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June 20, 2014
11:28 EDTMSFT, ORCL, CRM, CA, SAPOracle falls after fourth quarter results miss estimates
Shares of enterprise software provider Oracle (ORCL) are sinking after the company’s fourth quarter results trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Oracle reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 92c and revenue of $11.3B, trailing the consensus views of 95c and $11.48B, respectively. The company’s Q4 new software licenses remained unchanged at $3.8B. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Oracle forecast Q1 adjusted EPS of 62c-66c, compared to the consensus of 64c. Q1 revenue growth was expected to be 4%-6% versus a consensus of $8.78B. Oracle also forecast the following for Q1: New software license and cloud revenue growth of 6%-8% in U.S. dollars; Saas & PaaS growth of 25%-35% in U.S. dollars; IaaS growth of 10%-20% in U.S. dollars; Hardware system revenues on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, which includes hardware systems products and hardware systems support, is expected to be between negative one and positive three in U.S. dollars. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Citigroup downgraded Oracle to Neutral from Buy citing weak license growth and "relatively aggressive" Q1 targets following the company's Q4 results. Citi lowered its price target for shares to $41 from $44 and said it would rather own SAP (SAP). Conversely, research firm Stifel said Oracle was still poised to grow in the mid-single digit range. Stifel thinks the company is seeing healthy gains across its SaaS/PaaS/IaaS cloud assets. The firm thinks this a healthy trend for the long-term, and predicts that the company can sustain mid-single digit growth and strong free cash flow in coming years. The firm finds the stock's valuation attractive and kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Oracle fell $2.41, or about 5.67%, to $40.10 on almost triple its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s pull back, the stock has gained approximately 20% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software space include SAP (SAP), Salesforce.com (CRM), Microsoft (MSFT), and CA, Inc. (CA).
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April 9, 2015
07:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Microsoft April call option implied volatility is at 19, May is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large late April price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 29.
06:05 EDTCRMSalesforce.com implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
05:57 EDTORCLOracle plans to hire 300 in India, Economic Times reports
Oracle is planning to hire 300 people in India to create a specialized cloud force, according to The Economic Times. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
20:17 EDTMSFTAppeals court questions Google in patent dispute with Microsoft, Reuters says
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17:21 EDTCACA, Inc. sees FY15 total new product sales down in mid-single digits, y/y
In an interview published on the Internet on April 7, Michael Gregoire, the CEO of CA, Inc. inadvertently referenced certain performance metrics for the company's Enterprise Solutions segment. The statistics Gregoire cited were actually the company's total new product sales performance for fiscal years 2015, 2014 and 2013, with one clarification - while the company has not completed its year end close processes and audit, it expects that total new product sales for fiscal year 2015 will decline by an approximate mid-single-digit percentage when compared to fiscal year 2014, rather than the Enterprise Solutions segment being “pretty much flat” as referenced in the interview. The company previously reported total new product sales performance for fiscal years 2014 and 2013 in its Annual Reports on Form 10-K for those years. The company will report in full on these metrics for fiscal year 2015 when it releases its full fiscal year earnings.
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects Surface shipments to exceed 4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
Microsoft is expected to have a chance to ship over 4M Surface tablets in 2015 due to its new Surface 3 and Surface Pro series products, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft is expected to unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet and will enter mass production in June. It will be released along with Windows 10 in 2H15. Reference Link
06:00 EDTCRMSalesforce.com implied volatility of 28 at lower end of index mean range
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April 7, 2015
15:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images announce partnership to develop products for Bing
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15:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images dismiss copyright infringement dispute, Reuters says
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10:43 EDTCAInformatica rises after agreeing to be taken private for $48.75 per share
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07:52 EDTMSFTHP, Microsoft partnering on solutions for auto, financial services industries
HP (HPQ) announced it is partnering with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver solutions for the automotive, public sector and financial services industries to help organizations deliver differentiated products and create new revenue through mobile, web and social channels. HP and Microsoft are building a portfolio of business process accelerators and are delivering them as Business Process as-a-Service solutions, HP stated. HP Business Process as-a-Service solutions for Microsoft Dynamics services are available immediately worldwide. Reference Link
06:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTSAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... SAP (SAP) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Skyworks (SWKS) downgraded at Stephens... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
07:52 EDTSAPSAP downgraded at Wells Fargo
As noted earlier, Wells Fargo downgraded SAP to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation and its belief that transitioning to cloud computing will prove challenging for the company ,given technical weaknesses and the shortcomings of the HS/4 HANA product. Wells does not expect the product to drive material growth.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Wells Fargo
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07:37 EDTSAPSAP downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded SAP to Underperform saying the stock is fully valued while the company faces a "fundamental challenge" in transitioning to cloud computing. Wells believes SAP is "paying for the poor technical decisions made last decade." It has a EUR56-EUR60 price target range for shares.
07:34 EDTMSFTWells Fargo upgrades Microsoft on improved strategic position
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft completes latest round of layoffs, Business Insider reports
Microsoft has completed its latest round of layoffs in a move to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Business Insider reports, citing an email from Chief Information Officer Jim DuBois. A company spokesperson commented that the company believes this will be the "last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July." Though it is unclear how many employees were laid off in this round, affected workers are coming from Microsoft's divisions and not focused on former Nokia employees. Reference Link
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