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May 16, 2014
10:40 EDTVMW, GOOG, RAX, EMC, AMZN, RHT, HPQ, CSCOCisco, 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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May 12, 2015
06:07 EDTGOOGGoogle's Urmson: Self-driving cars not the cause of accidents, Medium reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars in three collisons since September, AP reports
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06:00 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
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May 11, 2015
19:15 EDTRAXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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19:05 EDTGOOGFacebook tests in-house search engine, WSJ says
Facebook (FB) is testing a feature within its app that allows users to search for previously-shared links, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson statements. "We’re piloting a new way to add a link that’s been shared on Facebook," said a company spokesperson. The Journal notes that the feature could give Facebook an information edge over search engine leader Google (GOOG). Reference Link
16:04 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q2 revenue growth 1.5%-2.5% at constant currency
The company said, "For the second quarter of 2015, Rackspace expects revenue to grow between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent on a constant currency basis and adjusted EBITDA margins to be between 32 percent and 34 percent."
16:03 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q1 EPS 20c, consensus 20c
Reports Q1 revenue $480.2M, consensus $481.57M.
16:00 EDTCSCOOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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15:00 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:16 EDTRAXRackspace volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Rackspace May call option implied volatility is at 92, June is at 40, September is at 39; compared to its 90-day average of 37, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results today.
11:03 EDTGOOGLionsgate, Google Play partner on 'The Mad Men Experience'
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09:59 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:37 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to open fulfillment center in Carteret, NJ
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07:50 EDTHPQHP awarded IT services contract by California WCDS
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07:22 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform saying improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016. The firm believes the upcoming April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. It set a $36 price target for shares. Cisco closed Friday up 42c to $29.23.
06:34 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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06:11 EDTGOOG, AMZNStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTCSCOSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office, or USPTO, is issuing the company another standard-essential patent. The company has received from the USPTO an issue notification for patent RE45521, set to issue on May 19. This patent is part of the same family of standard-essential patents currently being litigated against both Cisco (CSCO) and Verizon (VZ). The patented technology relates to the transmittal of data over a network and further enhances the company's existing portfolio.
May 10, 2015
13:48 EDTHPQ3D Systems stock may tumble another 30%, Barron's says
Shares of 3D Systems (DDD) could lose another 30% as the company faces development delays, low demand, and the entry of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) into the market by 2016, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's maintains its price forecast of $15. Reference Link
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