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March 18, 2014
13:24 EDTVMW, ORCL, RHT, TIBXEarnings Preview: Oracle guidance seen at risk by Morgan Stanley
Oracle (ORCL) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday, March 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Oracle provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 70c on revenue of $9.36B. The consensus range is 68c-71c for EPS and $9.29B-$9.49B for revenue, according to First Call. During its last earnings conference call, Oracle said it expects Q3 adjusted EPS to be between 68c-72c. At that time the company also projected its Q3 revenue to grow 3%-7% in constant currency terms compared to the prior year, or 2%-6% in terms of U.S. dollars. LAST QUARTER: The company reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 69c, topping the consensus expectation of 67c. Oracle's revenue of $9.27B also beat the $9.19B consensus projection. Oracle reported its Q2 hardware systems products revenues fell 3% from the prior year, that its Q2 non-GAAP new software licenses and cloud software subscriptions revenues declined 1% and that its Q2 license updates and product support revenues grew 6%. NEWS: Throughout this quarter, Oracle made several acquisitions. The largest of those was Oracle's agreement to buy Responsys for $27.00 per share in cash, or approximately $1.5B, net of Responsys' cash. Responsys' offerings are used by businesses to manage and orchestrate marketing interactions with their customers across email, mobile, social, display and the web. On February 6, the deal was completed and Responsys was merged into Oracle. On January 7, Oracle announced that it has agreed to acquire Corente, a provider of software defined networking technology for wide area networks. On February 24, Oracle agreed to acquire BlueKai, which owns a platform that centrally organizes a company's customer and audience data in the cloud and also runs a third party data marketplace to augment a company's proprietary customer data. STREET RESEARCH: On January 22, Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Oracle shares to $43 from $36 citing its favorable partner survey and the company's headcount growth. That same day, Oracle was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank, which raised its price target on the stock to $45 from $33, but the stock was also downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer, which cited a more balanced risk/reward profile given the share levels at that time. In a note issued last Friday, Morgan Stanley said it saw limited upside in either Oracle or another provider of middleware and infrastructure software that also reports this week, TIBCO Software (TIBX). Morgan Stanley contended that while both companies have achievable quarters, the firm sees risk, particularly for TIBCO, for forward guidance to fall short of the consensus view. Morgan added that it continues to favor Red Hat (RHT) and VMware (VMW) in infrastructure software. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Oracle shares were up nearly 1% to $38.55. Over the last three months, Oracle shares have advanced about 11%.
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April 30, 2015
07:04 EDTVMWVMware volatility at low end of historic range
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06:51 EDTORCLPiper sees Salesforce takeover price upwards of $100/share
Piper Jaffray followed JPMorgan in predicting a Salesforce takeover price upwards of $100 per share. Piper calls Salesforce a "very attractive and unique asset," but admits it has no proprietary information about a potential deal. Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM) and the large Internet centric vendors are the only tech companies likely to afford Salesforce, Piper believes. It points out that while Oracle denied it made an offer, the $10B in debt raised earlier this week by the company is likely to keep it near the top of the potential acquirer list. Piper says Salesforce potentially being in play raises the potential for any pure cloud vendor to be taken over, including Workday (WDAY) and ServiceNow (NOW), as well as "host of smaller pure cloud vendors and fast-growing non-cloud companies" such as Splunk (SPLK). The firm keeps an Overweight rating on Salesforce with an $80 price target.
06:49 EDTORCLOracle has not approached Salesforce, BuzzFeed says
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06:31 EDTVMWMicrosoft would likely sell off on Salesforce acquisition, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes that should Salesforce (CRM) be up for sale as Bloomberg yesterday suggested, Microsoft (MSFT) could be the most likely the suitor. Citi thinks Microsoft shares would likely trade lower should such a deal occur, as it would signal the company is in a "more tenuous position in commercial business than investors currently think." The firm lists Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG) as other potential suitors for Salesforce. With less upside now to its Saleforce price target, Citi prefers Check Point (CHKP) and VMware (VMW) for growth investors and ServiceNow (NOW) for exposure to software-as-a-service. It keeps a Buy rating on Salesforce with am unchanged price target of $78.
06:10 EDTORCLJefferies sees 'very low' probability of Salesforce takeover
Jefferies views the 12% rally in Salesforce (CRM) shares yesterday after Bloomberg reported the company is fielding takeover offers as an overreaction. The firm says the probability of a sale is "very low, especially with the stock already trading at an inflated valuation." It views Microsoft (MSFT) as the most likely suitor, with Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG) potentially in the mix. Jefferies keeps an Underperform rating on Salesforce with a $49 price target. The stock closed yesterday up $7.76 to $74.65.
05:57 EDTORCLMicrosoft, IBM, Oracle rumored as potential Salesforce.com suitors, Re/code says
Potential suitors for Salesforce.com (CRM), which is said to have hired financial advisers to handle takeover inquiries, may include Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), Google (GOOG) and Oracle (ORCL), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl reports. Hesseldahl notes that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attended a dinner with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday night, ahead of Microsoft's Build conference. Reference Link
05:46 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility movement; CRM ORCL
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Salesforce (CRM) 57, Oracle (ORCL) 21 according to iVolatility.
April 29, 2015
17:16 EDTORCLSalesforce could be worth $100/share in a takeover, says JPMorgan
After Bloomberg reported this afternoon that Salesforce has hired bankers to field takeover inquiries, JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy told investors that he believes the stock could be worth $100 in a buyout. Shares closed the trading day up $7.76 to $74.65. A deal would be the largest in software history, and only a short list of companies could pull it off, Murphy wrote. Those companies are Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL), IBM (IBM) and SAP (SAP), he believes. After pointing out JPMorgan has "no conclusive evidence to confirm or dispel the speculation," Murphy noted Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was sitting in the front row of the Microsoft Build Conference this morning and that Oracle just raised $10B of debt. The analyst calls Salesforce a "rare asset" and the "pioneering leader of the cloud computing." He has an Overweight rating on the shares.
14:58 EDTORCLSalesforce hires bankers after approach by potential buyer, Bloomberg says
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14:48 EDTORCLOracle May weekly volatility elevated
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April 27, 2015
08:08 EDTORCLAccenture, Oracle form new business group
Accenture (ACN) and Oracle (ORCL) have launched a new business group to jointly help customers embrace the cloud to achieve their digital transformation goals. Through the group, Accenture and Oracle will deliver industry-specific solutions built on the Oracle Cloud to help clients realize the benefits of the cloud faster and with reduced risk. The Accenture Oracle Business Group brings together the leading technology, skills and experience from each company to offer businesses the ability to implement cloud solutions quicker and easier than previously possible.
08:08 EDTVMWVMware NSX platform selected by FireHost
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07:13 EDTVMWUBM Tech to hold a conference
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April 23, 2015
10:45 EDTORCLRumor: Salesforce.com active on renewed takeover speculation
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08:31 EDTRHTRed Hat management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:05 EDTRHTRed Hat to hold a webinar
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April 22, 2015
08:30 EDTVMWVMware momentum appears to be building, says RBC Capital
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08:19 EDTVMWVMware shares compelling at current levels, says Pacific Crest
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08:16 EDTVMWSeveral companies to benefit from hybrid cloud growth, says Pacific Crest
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07:57 EDTVMWVMware price target raised to $102 from $92 at Goldman
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