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March 18, 2014
13:24 EDTTIBX, VMW, ORCL, RHTEarnings 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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December 16, 2014
12:55 EDTORCLOracle December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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08:03 EDTORCLUnisys names Peter Altabef as new CEOOracle
Unisys Corporation (UIS) announced that it has named Peter Altabef as President and CEO, effective January 1, 2015. At that time Altabef also will join the company's board of directors. Altabef was most recently President and CEO of MICROS Systems from January 2013 until the completion in September 2014 of its acquisition by Oracle (ORCL). Paul Weaver, currently interim Chairman of the Unisys board, will become Chairman, effective January 1, 2015.
December 15, 2014
15:57 EDTTIBXJet Capital Investors reports 5.6% passive stake in TIBCO
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10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Opko Health (OPK), up 13.1% after Pfizer (PFE) and OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... PetSmart (PETM), up 4.7% after being acquired by BC Partners led consortium for $83 per share... Sohu.com (SOHU), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Oracle (ORCL), up 2.2% after receiving FedRAMP provisional authority to operate. LOWER: Unwired Planet (UPIP), down 25.7% after commenting on Google (GOOG) Markman ruling... EXCO Resources (XCO), down 13% after suspending its dividend.
09:03 EDTORCLOracle achieves FedRAMP provisional authority to operate
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07:33 EDTORCLOracle upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Oracle to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm's surveys indicate improving Cloud Apps growth in 2015 against low expectations and weak sentiment, favorable adoption of the new 12c database options next year, and improved perception value in Engineered Systems. Price target is $50.
06:34 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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December 12, 2014
12:26 EDTVMWPiper Jaffray bearish, RBC bullish on VMware outlook
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10:28 EDTRHTRed Hat December volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:01 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:24 EDTORCLOracle December volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Oracle December call option implied volatility is at 40, January is at 26, March is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the close on December 17.
06:40 EDTORCLOracle resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:35 EDTRHTRed Hat resumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:34 EDTVMWVMware resumed with an Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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December 11, 2014
07:58 EDTVMWVMware pullback creates attractive entry point, says RBC Capital
After meeting with VMware's management, RBC Capital continues to believe that the company has significant cross selling opportunities and can benefit from a $60B data center total available market. The firm believes that several of the company's markets could reach a positive turning point in 2015. RBC keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
December 8, 2014
10:00 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:14 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded at Wells Fargo
As noted earlier, Wells Fargo downgraded Red Hat to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation. Target $64-$68.
05:54 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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