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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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August 22, 2014
13:49 EDTORCLOregon sues Oracle over health exchange website
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11:26 EDTORCLSalesforce.com rallies following beat and raise quarter
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August 20, 2014
16:07 EDTVMWVMware acquires CloudVolumes, terms undisclosed
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August 19, 2014
08:11 EDTVMWVMware promotes Betsy Sutter to SVP, Chief People Officer
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08:09 EDTVMWVMware updates executive responsibilities
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August 15, 2014
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.
August 13, 2014
16:03 EDTORCLOracle extends tender offer for MICROS to September 2
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08:04 EDTTIBXTIBCO holder Praesidium urges company to conduct formal sale process
Praesidium Investment Management, which beneficially owns approximately 5.4M shares of TIBCO Software, announced last night that it sent a letter to TIBCO's Board of Directors, in which it stated in part: "We were happy to read in the Wall Street Journal that TIBCO Software has started to reach out to potential acquirers. We support the Company's exploration of a potential sale as a way to maximize shareholder value. However, the article states that the talks are not part of a formal process and are being spearheaded by TIBCO's CEO, Vivek Ranadive. We strongly believe that a rigorous, formal process is required in order for the Board to make a fully informed decision in good faith regarding whether a sale, a stand-alone strategy or another alternative is in the best interests of the Company's shareholders. In order to avoid conflicts of interest, we think that it is imperative that the Board form a special committee of independent directors and that the special committee engage with an investment bank and legal advisors...We believe the Board has an opportunity to create a significant amount of value for shareholders through a formal and well run sales process. Praesidium, as a large, long-term TIBCO shareholder, would be more than willing to assist the special committee in pursuit of maximizing value for TIBCO shareholders. We intend to provide the Board our analysis and views on who we see as the potential strategic acquirers and how TIBCO's products would fit with each."
August 11, 2014
11:21 EDTTIBXTIBCO management to meet with JMP Securities
Meeting to be held in Palo Alto, CA on August 14 hosted by JMP Securities.
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
09:15 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:32 EDTVMWVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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08:13 EDTVMWArista Networks, VMware enter strategic relationship
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