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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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October 16, 2014
07:57 EDTSAP, CRMSalesforce president lays out vision for quadrupling revenue, WSJ reports
Salesforce (CRM) president and vice chairman Keith Block outlined his plan to grow the company's annual revenue to $20B at the company’s annual Dreamforce conference, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that Block specifically said, “We want to be bigger than SAP.” Block's strategy involves expansion in new product areas, adding new packages of software tailored to a handful of high-value industries, and expanding sales efforts outside of North America, the Journal reported. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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October 15, 2014
09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Docker for container applications
Microsoft and Docker Inc. announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux.
06:39 EDTMSFTChina's reponse to Xbox One 'chilly,' Business Insider reports
Sales of Microsoft's Xbox One in China began nearly two weeks ago, and signs indicate that the response has been "chilly," Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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October 14, 2014
15:24 EDTSAPIBM, SAP partner to accelerate Enterprise Cloud adoption
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09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFT, CRMMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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15:33 EDTSAPSAP announces SAP Cloud for Planning solution
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14:35 EDTCRMSalesforce launches analytics cloud
Salesforce earlier today announced Wave, Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device, the company stated. Companies can now quickly deploy sales, service and marketing analytics, or build custom mobile analytics apps, using any data source, Salesforce added.
13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
10:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com October volatility elevated into executive Q&A with Marc Benioff
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09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:38 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a conference
Dreamforce 2014 is being held in San Francisco on October 13-16.
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCRMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
08:34 EDTSAPSAP CEO refutes Boerse Online, says business 'never stronger,' Reuters reports
In response to a report published by German website Boerse Online that quoted SAP sources as saying fourth quarter orders were below expectations, SAP CEO Bill McDermott told Reuters: "Our business has never been stronger. We have a fine, fine company and we are doing all the right things for our customers." McDermott also dismissed Boerse fueled speculation over cost cutting, telling Reuters, "We are investing, we are hiring, we have lots of things that we are doing to grow our company." Reference Link
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