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March 18, 2014
19:03 EDTORCL, ADBE, COCO, EXAS, PSUN, CWH, NUS, HLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: Oracle (ORCL), down 3.6% after reporting third earnings and revenue that missed expectations, though the company's fourth quarter profit outlook was in-line with expectations... Adobe Systems (ADBE) shares were little-changed after hours after the company's first quarter results were posted on a company website before the market close, initially sending shares higher. Adobe confirmed the results after the close and beat on both the top and bottom lines, and on its conference call, the company said second quarter profit will be in-line with expectations while revenue is expected top estimates. HIGHER: Corinthian Colleges (COCO), up 14.2% after Shah Capital, which holds a 5.64% stake in the company, sent a letter to its board outlining strategic initiatives the company should undertake, including evaluating possible sale of non-core assets and a headcount reduction... Exact Sciences (EXAS), up 8% after a clinical trial of its Cologuard test, which it co-developed with the Mayo Clinic, showed unprecedented rates of precancer and cancer detection by a noninvasive test... Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), up 9.7% after reporting earnings and revenue that were better than expected... CommonWealth REIT (CWH), up 4.8% after activist funds Corvex and Related said 81% of CommonWealth holders approve of their proposal to remove the entire board of the company. LOWER: Nu Skin (NUS), down 4.8% after disclosing in a filing with the SEC that it has received inquiries from regulators in China, which it said may result in sanctions against the company. Shares of multi-level-marketing peer Herbalife (HLF) were down 0.4% following the disclosure.
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September 16, 2014
07:34 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:19 EDTORCLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
16:39 EDTORCLOracle assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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16:38 EDTADBEAdobe assumed with a Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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16:15 EDTADBEAdobe downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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12:14 EDTHLFHerbalife expands partnership with American Youth Soccer Organization
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08:00 EDTADBEAdobe September volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Adobe September call option implied volatility is at 57, October is at 29, January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results before the market open on September 16.
07:19 EDTORCLSNIA to hold a conference
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September 14, 2014
20:25 EDTORCLOracle buys Front Porch Digital, terms undisclosed
Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management solutions that help companies migrate, manage and monetize large-scale media assets. Front Porch Digital's big data technologies help enterprises easily handle their rapidly expanding and complex volumes of digital media content, such as high definition films and TV shows, medical images and records, and real-time security monitoring feeds. More than 550 organizations worldwide rely on Front Porch Digital across multiple industries to ensure the availability and accessibility of their valuable content, including A&E Television, BBC, Discovery Communications, U.S. Library of Congress and NASCAR. In total, Front Porch Digital helps manage over 750 petabytes of digital content. Together, Oracle and Front Porch Digital will help organizations more effectively and efficiently manage the growing complexities associated with the migration, integration, storage, and delivery of rich media content.
16:17 EDTHLFHerbalife near settlement with former distributors, NY Post says
Herbalife is close to reaching a settlement with five former distributors that allege the nutrition company is a pyramid scheme and has victimized thousands, says the NY Post. Reference Link
September 12, 2014
15:31 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 31, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
09:01 EDTADBEWipro announces Premier Partnership with Adobe
Wipro Ltd. (WIT) announced that it has entered into a Premier Partnership with Adobe (ADBE). Wipro is the first Indian Global IT services company to attain this level of partnership. Wipro will partner with Adobe in creating integrated marketing, commerce, analytics and customer experience solutions. These solutions will help businesses to better understand and win customers, increase share of wallet and differentiate through targeted, relevant and consistent conversations across multiple devices and channels.
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTORCLEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:30 EDTORCLUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
07:56 EDTADBEAdobe September volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:35 EDTADBEAntitrust suit over tech giants' hiring pushed back, WSJ reports
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September 10, 2014
10:51 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 28, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
07:23 EDTORCLOracle coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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05:28 EDTADBEAdobe, Publicis announce strategic partnership
Publicis Groupe (PUBGY), and Adobe (ADBE) announced a strategic partnership to deliver the Publicis Groupe Always-On Platform, the first end-to-end marketing management platform from Publicis Groupe that automates and connects all components of a client's marketing efforts. This unique platform will standardize on Adobe Marketing Cloud, and for the first time in the industry all agencies across Publicis Groupe will be able to create engaging content, access marketing intelligence, identify and build audience segments, deliver campaigns, and track and measure marketing performance through a unified technology and data structure. Both Adobe and Publicis Groupe will invest in joint sales and marketing, including retaining a dedicated team of strategists and business development specialists to innovate and bring the platform to market.
September 9, 2014
07:17 EDTORCLThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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