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May 16, 2014
10:40 EDTEMC, AMZN, RHT, HPQ, CSCO, VMW, GOOG, RAXCisco, Amazon seen as potential acquirers of Rackspace
Several analysts issued upbeat notes to investors on Rackspace (RAX) after the company, which provides cloud computing services, last night announced that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships, including partnerships and acquisitions. Rackspace disclosed it had hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to evaluate the proposals and explore other alternatives. ANALYST OPINION: In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse wrote that Rackspace's cloud offerings would be attractive to multiple companies, including Cisco (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Dell. These companies could use Rackspace to expand their cloud offerings, according to the firm, which thinks Rackspace would likely be worth more than $47 per share in a potential deal. Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray said in its own note that the list of potential buyers for Rackspace is "extensive" and includes Cisco, Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), EMC (EMC), VMware (VMW) and Red Hat (RHT). Piper believes takeout speculation, coupled with improving fundamentals, limits downside risk in Red Hat shares and the firm keeps an Overweight rating on the stock after the company confirmed being approached by multiple parties. Also upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Patrick Walravens, who recommended investors buy Rackspace shares. The company's business is poised to accelerate, and it could attract interest from multiple bidders, Walravens contended, adding that the stock is "significantly undervalued" and could more than double from current levels. The analyst kept a $67 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Rackspace climbed over 19% to $36.53.
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November 12, 2014
10:13 EDTCSCOEZchip expects revenue from Cisco to grow YoY in 2014
Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
09:58 EDTCSCOCisco November volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Cisco November weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, November is at 34, December is at 23, January is at 19, February is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on November 12.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL CLSN TWTR BABA NFLX TSLA AMZN CSIQ C
06:12 EDTGOOGVestager says not all concerns about Google can be covered by inquiry, WSJ says
New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says she will investigate the concerns posed by Google’s control over large amounts of data, but notes that not all of society’s concerns can be addressed by the competition case, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
November 11, 2014
16:24 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:59 EDTGOOGYouTube strikes music deals, paving way for streaming service, FT says
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13:55 EDTGOOGYuoTube hires Zynga executive to lead consumer products group, Re/code says
Google's (GOOG) YouTube has hired Manuel Bronstein, a Zynga (ZNGA) executive, to lead its consumer products group, says Re/code. According to the Re/code report, YouTube has had a series of notable managers depart in the last year. Reference Link
13:38 EDTGOOGNew European antitrust chief needs time to resolve Google probe, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Google Fiber for small businesses
Google announced that it had launched a high speed Internet service, Google Fiber, for small businesses in select areas of Kansas City. Google will charge $100 per month for the service.
12:46 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were little changed at midday, as the light economic calendar and bond markets being closed in observance of Veteran's Day make for a quiet tone to the market. The averages have remained close to the flat line throughout the morning, as the major averages undergo a day of consolidation near their record levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 96.1, which was up from the prior 95.3 figure and roughly matched the consensus forecast. In Asia, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the country's intended second sales tax hike will be delayed, according to government sources cited by Reuters. COMPANY NEWS: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) generated record sales during the Chinese Singles Day holiday and a number of research firms initiated coverage of the stock with upbeat notes. Alibaba stated on its official corporate news Twitter feed that its final Singles Day shopping festival gross merchandise volume exceeded $9.3B and the company's Executive Chairman Jack Ma made headlines by stating that the company's Alipay finance services arm will "definitely" go public. Additionally, Oppenheimer initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night and HSBC earlier today initiated coverage of Alibaba with an Overweight rating and a Street-high price target of $148 per share. Despite all of this, the stock appeared to have a "sell-the-news" reaction to the Singles Day event, as its shares fell about 3% in midday trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Rackspace (RAX), which rallied 13.5% after the cloud computing service provider reported better than expected third quarter results and announced a $500M share repurchase plan. Also higher was ICU Medical (ICUI), which rose 14% and was upgraded at Roth Capital and Piper Jaffray following its second consecutive better than expected quarterly report. Among the noteworthy losers was Vivint Solar (VSLR), which tumbled over 21% after the company reported steeper than expected losses in its first quarterly report since coming public last month. Also lower following its first earnings report since coming public was e-commerce home goods retailer Wayfair (W), which dropped 13% despite posting revenues that beat the consensus forecast and Pacific Crest and Wells Fargo making positive comments on its results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 9.89, or 0.06%, to 17,603.85, the Nasdaq was up 1.67, or 0.04%, to 4,653.29, and the S&P 500 was little changed at 2,038.15.
12:09 EDTRAX, VMWRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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10:01 EDTCSCOInteractive Intelligence hires Jeff Platon as Chief Marketing Officer
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09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
09:37 EDTRAXActive equity options trading
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08:42 EDTRAXRackspace buyback likely to push shares higher, says Needham
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08:42 EDTEMC, VMWEMC returns could be limited after potential spin off, says Bernstein
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08:13 EDTRAXRackspace reported strong Q3 results, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that Rackspace's Q3 results showed very strong trends, and it thinks the company's revenue/EBITDA growth can reach high teen percentage levels in 2015-2016. The firm keeps a $62 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:51 EDTRAXRackspace price target raised to $50-$52 from $42-$46 at Wells Fargo
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06:03 EDTHPQ, AMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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