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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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September 18, 2014
15:15 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
12:58 EDTORCL, SAPEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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12:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft laying off 2,100 employees today, company tells CNBC
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft lays off 2,100 employees, Seattle Times reports
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05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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September 17, 2014
06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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September 16, 2014
19:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to add Kraft CFO Teri List-Stoll, Visa CEO Charles Scharf to board
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19:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft raises dividend 11% to 31c per share
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18:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to add Kraft CFO List-Stoll, Visa CEO Scharf to board, Bloomberg says
Microsoft board members Marquardt and Dublon are retiring from the board, according to Bloomberg, citing an emailed press release from the company.
18:54 EDTMSFTMicrosoft raises dividend 11% to 31c per share, Bloomberg says
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14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat, shares near fresh 14-year high
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10:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weighs German-only cloud platform, Datacenter Dynamics reports
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09:59 EDTORCL, SAPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 in Q4
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to its Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the Q4.
07:57 EDTMSFTFBN Securities to hold a tour
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07:34 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:19 EDTORCL, MSFTCompanies' 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
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