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March 21, 2013
12:09 EDTSCHL, HPQ, DELL, ACAD, CSCO, ORCL, GES, SVU, BXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as Europe's woes continue, though purchasing managers' indexes for the U.S. and China were strong. Amidst the backdrop of ongoing negotiations in Cyprus and a wealth of economic data from around the globe, the major averages slumped at the open and have been range-bound ever since... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims rose 2K from the prior week to 336K, a bit below the forecast for an increase to 340K. The FHFA home price index for January rose 0.6% from the prior month, versus expectations for a 0.7% advance. The leading economic indicators rose 0.5% for February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. Existing home sales rose 0.8% in February, versus expectations for a 1.6% monthly increase. The Philly Fed manufacturing survey reading for March came in at +2.0, versus expectations for a -3.0 reading. Markit's preliminary U.S. purchasing managers' index for March came in at 54.9, nearly matching the 54.8 consensus forecast. In China, HSBC's preliminary PMI reading for March was 51.7, which compares to a 50.4 final reading for February. In Europe, Markit's flash composite PMI for services and manufacturing fell to 46.5 in March from 47.9 in February. Also, the European Central Bank said it will cut Cypriot banks off from emergency funds after this Monday, March 25, unless a bailout agreement is struck with the EU and IMF... COMPANY NEWS: Oracle (ORCL) shares fell 8% and were downgraded at CLSA and Evercore following the company's disappointing earnings report. Oracle may also risk losing its president Mark Hurd, according to a report from Fortune. The publication said Blackstone (BX) is seriously considering a bid for Dell (DELL) and one of the PE firm's top choices to run Dell, assuming it chooses to bid, would be Oracle's Hurd... Cisco (CSCO) was by far the Dow's worst performer, sinking over 3% following Oracle's report and after FBR Capital downgraded Cisco to an Underperform rating in a note to investors earlier today... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) raised its regular dividend by 10% after shareholders failed in an attempt to remove the company's two longest-serving directors at its annual meeting, held last night... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SuperValu (SVU), which rose more than 6% after it completed the sale of several of its chains to a private equity firm consortium in a deal valued at $3.3B, including $100M in cash and $3.2B in debt assumption. Also higher were shares of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), up 29% after presenting detailed results from a Phase III study of its treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Scholastic (SCHL), which fell 14%, and Guess (GES), which declined nearly 5%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 35.83, or 0.25%, to 14,475.90; the Nasdaq was down 20.01, or 0.61%, to 3,234.18; and the S&P 500 was down 4.80, or 0.31%, to 1,553.91.
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June 23, 2015
06:04 EDTORCLOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
June 22, 2015
08:22 EDTORCLOracle to hold a webinar
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08:08 EDTCSCORed Hat names Frank Calderoni as EVP, operations, CFO
Red Hat (RHT) announced that Frank Calderoni will join the company as EVP, operations and CFO. Calderoni will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and the leadership and management of IT and operations teams, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO, Jim Whitehurst. Calderoni served as EVP and CFO at Cisco Systems (CSCO) for seven years and most recently served as an executive advisor. Calderoni succeeds Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Charlie Peters, whose planned retirement was announced in December 2014, and who will remain with Red Hat until July 31. Calderoni joins Red Hat on June 22, 2015, and will succeed Peters as CFO effective July 13, 2015.
June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTORCLStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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09:37 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTORCLFortinet adds Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Judith Sim to board
Fortinet (FTNT) announced that Judith Sim, Chief Marketing Officer at Oracle (ORCL), is joining Fortinet's board, effective June 22.
07:44 EDTHPQTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamr’s scalable data unification platform.
June 18, 2015
16:54 EDTCSCOCisco announces stock trading plans for executives
On June 12, John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, adopted a pre-arranged stock trading plan to (i) exercise up to 1,775,000 Cisco stock options set to expire in September and November of 2016, and sell the acquired shares of Cisco stock, and (ii) sell up to 500,000 shares of Cisco stock from other shareholdings. The plan is scheduled to terminate in September 2016. On June 17, Charles Robbins, incoming CEO of Cisco, modified a pre-arranged stock trading plan originally entered into and disclosed in March 2015. Sales under the modified portion of the plan may begin in September 2015. Under the plan, Mr. Robbins may (i) exercise up to 42,000 Cisco stock options set to expire in September 2016, and sell the acquired shares of Cisco stock, and (ii) sell up to 90,000 shares of Cisco stock from other shareholdings. The plan is scheduled to terminate in December 2015.
16:24 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
15:05 EDTORCL, HPQOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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12:34 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and continued to tack on gains throughout the morning. The move has been broad based, with each of the major averages gaining at least 1%. The move may be reflecting investors feeling a sense of relief following yesterday’s FOMC meeting, after which the central bank repeated its promise to be gradual in raising rates, without specifying when rate "lift-off" will commence. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states are set to meet today, but expectations for progress on Greece are low. Also, the Norwegian central bank cut interest rates to a record low, while the Swiss National Bank kept its deposit rate at record lows as well. In Asia, the Shanghai composite index tumbled 3.7% overnight, doubling its weekly decline to 7.4% and increasing fears that a bubble in the nation's stock market may be preparing to burst. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider Oracle (ORCL) dropped 7% after the company reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter. Analysts at several firms, including Susquehanna, Wells Fargo and Cantor, suggested the post-earnings drop may be a buying opportunity, citing progress in the company's cloud efforts... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged nearly 50% in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, then opened at $30.40 per share, giving it a market value near $6.3B in early trading. Near noon, the stock had pulled back a bit to trade just below $30 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PBF Energy (PBF), which gained 18% after announcing that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, a joint venture between affiliates of Petroleos de Venezuela and ExxonMobil (XOM). Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), which rose 13% after the company reported results from a study of BMN-111 in dwarfism and several analysts hiked their price targets on the stock to reflect the increased probability of success for the drug. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Bankrate (RATE), which fell 18%, and Jabil Circuit (JBL), which dropped 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 218.44, or 1.22%, to 18,154.18, the Nasdaq was up 74.96, or 1.48%, to 5,139.84, and the S&P 500 was up 23.57, or 1.12%, to 2,124.01.
12:04 EDTORCLActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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11:02 EDTBXBlackstone company Onyx establishes strategic alliance with Corvias
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09:35 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTCSCOCisco plans to make $60M investment in India, Economic Times reports
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09:04 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTORCLOracle weakness a buying opportunity, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna said investors should be buying Oracle on weakness following its missed Q4 results. The firm cited its cloud revenue and bookings, which beat expectations, and the company's guidance for cloud revenue acceleration. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating and $50 price target on Oracle shares.
07:55 EDTCSCONimble Storage downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Nimble Storage (NMBL) to Hold citing the recent appreciation in shares, which the firm attributes to "heightened awareness of acquisition potential." The firm views Nimble as a "nice fit" for Cisco (CSCO), but believes some amount of a takeover premium is priced into the stock. It keeps a $33 price target for shares.
07:29 EDTORCLOracle cloud growth positive over the long-term, says Wells Fargo
After Oracle reported weaker than expected Q4 results, Wells Fargo says that the rapid growth in Oracle's cloud subscriptions is probably pressuring the company's financial results, but that the trend should ultimately improve its results over the longer term. The firm expects estimates for the company's performance over the next two years to be cut, but it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:05 EDTORCLOracle building strong growth foundation, says Cantor
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