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March 18, 2014
13:24 EDTORCL, TIBX, RHT, VMWEarnings 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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July 23, 2014
08:06 EDTVMWVMware upgraded at CLSA
As previously reported, CLSA upgraded VMware to Buy from Outperform. The firm upgraded shares after the Q2 report citing expectations for solid growth, new product introductions, and the potential spin-off from EMC (EMC) following recent actions by Elliott Management. Price target is $115.
07:26 EDTVMW, VMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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July 22, 2014
17:34 EDTVMWVMware sees FY14 revenue $5.96B-$6.08B, consensus $6.02B
Sees FY14 operating margin approximately 31%.
17:33 EDTVMWVMware sees Q3 revenue midpoint, narrows revenue guidance to $1.48B-$1.52B
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16:03 EDTVMWVMware reports Q2 EPS 81c, consensus 79c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.46B, consensus $1.44B.
15:30 EDTVMWNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:54 EDTVMWVMware technical notes ahead of results
Shares have sharply underperformed in the last three months. Ahead of results the stock is trading up toward the top of the narrow range which has developed over the last ten weeks. The bulk of the range is contained by a low at the $93 area and a high at the $98 area. As we have seen several times in this earnings season, narrow ranges with the right catalyst can lead to very strong post-earnings moves. Technically for the range to be broken it would require a strong move below the low of above the high, and so these boundaries become key. On better than expected news or guidance, a move above $98 on an increasing scale of positive surprise would have $99.24, $102.83, and $106.87 as upside objectives. If the news disappoints, the low at the $93 area would be the first test of support. If that low is broken, supports below as downside objectives would be at $90.93, and then at $87.10 and $85.
09:28 EDTVMWEMC spin-off of VMware unlikely at this point, says Janney Capital
Following the report of Elliott taking a stake in EMC (EMC) and pushing for a break-up to unlock value, Janney Capital said it does believe that a spin-off of VMware (VMW) could help improve EMC's multiple but that the firm thinks such a move is not likely at this point. Janney adds that while it views a spin-off as unlikely, other shareholder-friendly responses, such as a dividend boost or increased share buybacks, are possible. The firm keeps its Buy ratings on both EMC and VMware.
06:56 EDTVMWElliot Management to consider activist options for EMC, NY Times reports
Elliot Management is expected to consider a push for the breakup of EMC (EMC) and spinoff VMware (VMW), reports the New York Times. Citing people briefed on the matter, the hedge fund is expected to meet with EMC executives this week after the company reports its quarterly earnings to determine whether to undertake a full-bore activist campaign. Reference Link
July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
12:10 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:15 EDTRHTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTVMWElliott Management to push EMC to break up, WSJ reports
Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in EMC (EMC), according to sources, and plans to push the data-storage company to break itself up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), of which it owns an 80% stake. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
08:08 EDTORCLOracle Social Cloud announces LinkedIn support for SRM platform
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July 15, 2014
08:53 EDTVMWVMware announces partnerships with China Telecom, Softbank
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July 14, 2014
12:49 EDTORCLOracle hosts an educational webcast
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July 11, 2014
08:12 EDTVMWVMware shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
After conducting checks, Pacific Crest believes that the performance of the company's stand-alone vSphere seems solid, while it is gaining traction in suites and end-user computing. The firm identifies VMware as its top pick heading into Q2 results.
July 10, 2014
16:15 EDTORCLKEYW, Oracle collaborate on advanced security solutions
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09:35 EDTRHTRed Hat, Google collaborate on open standard for Docker containers at scale
Red Hat (RHT) and Google (GOOG) are collaborating to drive a new open standard around orchestrating Docker containers, a standard for application packaging in containerized environments, at scale for the management of cloud application deployments, Red Hat announced in a post to its corporate website. Reference Link
07:20 EDTORCLIridium completes implementation of Oracle's management and billing solution
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