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June 20, 2014
11:28 EDTORCL, SAP, CRM, MSFT, CAOracle 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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August 19, 2014
05:29 EDTSAPSAP invests $500M in Africa
SAP announced a seven-year plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. With more than 1,300 customers across the continent, SAP is already enabling African businesses and governments of all sizes to grow, scale and globalize, as well as make the transition to a networked, technology-driven innovative economy. As part of this commitment, SAP Africa is now taking responsibility for SAP operations across 51 African countries, including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and Mauritania.With the vision of helping make Africa run better and improve the lives of Africans, SAP plans to invest up to $500M through 2020 as it continues to build on the region's impressive double-digit growth rate momentum. The goal is to establish the African region as one of the company's top-five growth markets globally. Much of the direct investment will be outside South Africa, where SAP already has a solid footprint.
August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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11:05 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:06 EDTSAPSGI opens new German subsidiary
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August 15, 2014
11:20 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:39 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony's PS4 beats out Xbox One in July, BGR reports
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08:11 EDTORCLOracle checks showing signs of improvement, says FBR Capital
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August 14, 2014
18:28 EDTORCLCourt finds Rimini Street infringed Oracle copyrights, stole IP
On August 14, the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas entered an order granting Oracle's motion for partial summary judgment in its case against Rimini Street, and its CEO, Seth Ravin. Oracle moved for summary judgment on Rimini's counterclaims for defamation and unfair competition. In those counterclaims, Rimini challenged Oracle's public statements that Rimini had engaged in massive theft of Oracle's intellectual property. The Court dismissed those counterclaims finding that Oracle's statements "that Rimini had engaged in 'massive theft' of Oracle's intellectual property are true." The Court explained that "It is undisputed that Rimini engaged in theft of Oracle's intellectual property." The Court also found that Rimini Street infringed Oracle's copyrights. In February, the Court found that Rimini Street infringed Oracle's PeopleSoft copyrights and that Oracle had proved prima facie copyright infringement as to its JD Edwards and Siebel copyrights. The Court ruled that Rimini Street also infringed Oracle Database copyrights. The Court found that Rimini Street had downloaded 25 copies of Oracle's Database software and possessed over 200 copies of this software even though Rimini's downloading, possession, and use of this software all was unlicensed. The Court ordered the parties to submit a pre-trial order within sixty days.
18:04 EDTMSFTInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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August 13, 2014
16:03 EDTORCLOracle extends tender offer for MICROS to September 2
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14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
08:09 EDTCRMBofA/Merrill says to buy Salesforce.com heading into 2H
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August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTMSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
11:56 EDTCRMSalesforce.com weakness a buying opportunity, says Pacific Crest
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August 11, 2014
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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10:36 EDTCRMSalesforce.com August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Salesforce.com weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, September is at 40, October and November is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on August 21.
06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 9, 2014
16:26 EDTORCLOracle sues Oregon over dispute with state's health-insurance exchange, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
08:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft has made strong progress in cloud, says Pacific Crest
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08:32 EDTMSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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