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May 16, 2014
10:40 EDTRAX, CSCO, AMZN, GOOG, HPQ, EMC, VMW, RHTCisco, 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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July 9, 2014
18:10 EDTRAX, HPQHP sources deny bid made for Rackspace, Re/code reports
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16:13 EDTGOOGZynga appoints Google executive Dugan to board
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16:01 EDTGOOG, AMZNOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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15:20 EDTRAXRackspace mentioned positively at Cowen
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15:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Canon, SAP among members of new cooperative patent-licensing group
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14:45 EDTGOOGTime Warner says no truth to rumor of M&A talks with Google, WSJ reporter says
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13:44 EDTAMZNNetflix wins video on demand rights to 'Zoo' series, Variety reports
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12:52 EDTGOOGGasparino says hearing 'buzz' of Google buying Time Warner
Charles Gasparino of Fox Business tweeted ahead of the Sun Valley conference, "I'm now hearing more Google buying time warner buzz than any other company will advise once I get to #sunvalley." Shares of Time Warner are at their highs of the day, up 81c to $71.56.
11:00 EDTGOOG, EMC, VMW, AMZN, RHTWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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10:02 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTGOOG, VMW, EMC, AMZNVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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08:09 EDTEMCEMC product refresh addressed TCO issues, says Credit Suisse
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07:25 EDTRHT, VMWVMware downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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07:14 EDTCSCOTech Data announces U.S. distribution agreement with Cisco
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06:59 EDTGOOGYelp formally opposed the EU's antitrust settlement with Google, NY Times says
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06:36 EDTHPQNotebook vendors shifting more orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
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06:34 EDTGOOGFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTGOOGFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGOOG, AMZNGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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