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July 2, 2014
10:44 EDTAMZN, IBM, VMW, GOOG, HPQ, EMC, CSCO, RAXRackspace surges after report on 'going private' talks
Shares of open cloud company Rackspace (RAX) are rising after a technology focused blog said the firm is in talks with a private equity company to figure out a deal that would take it private. WHAT'S NEW: TechCrunch reported that Rackspace has been involved in negotiations with a private equity company for an agreement that would take the company private. A source within Rackspace is quoted as saying that the pressures of being a public firm could be "too much," while another source told the blog that an official announcement regarding the deal could occur as soon as this week. The TechCrunch article added that Rackspace has received bids from both HP (HPQ), which was said to be offering up to $43 per share, and IBM (IBM), though the source added that IBM's offer "fell through." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On May 15, Rackspace 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. Afterwards, analysts from Credit Suisse, Piper Jaffray and JMP Securities gave their opinions regarding potential acquirers of Rackspace, listing HP, Cisco (CSCO), Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), EMC (EMC), VMWare (VMW) and Red Hat (RHT) as among the many potentially interested or suitable matches. ANALYST REACTION: Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell feels that Rackspace could be "seriously" contemplating a motion to go private. Due to the company's strong balance sheet, Powell notes that the move is possible, but he thinks it is more likely that the company is trying to pressure possible acquirers. Wells continues to maintain an Outperform rating on Raxspace shares. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Rackspace jumped $2.23 or 6.6%, to $35.98.
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November 18, 2014
06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh grocery delivery expands to Philadelphia
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05:29 EDTIBMIBM signs EUR 1B contract with Lufthansa
IBM (IBM) announced that it has signed a seven-year EUR 1B outsourcing contract to deliver IT infrastructure services for the Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLAKY) and its Group companies. According to the agreement, which is subject in particular to the approval of the Lufthansa Supervisory Board and antitrust authorities, IBM will first optimize the airline's IT processes to increase efficiency, which is expected to generate an estimated cost savings by an average of approximately EUR 70M annually for the Lufthansa Group. This agreement is in line with the terms and conditions as published already in October. As part of the outsourcing agreement, IBM will manage Lufthansa Systems' entire data center operations, help desk and printer services along with individual infrastructure services. Around 1,400 Lufthansa Systems employees will transfer to IBM. Infrastructure services are scheduled to begin from IBM on April 1, 2015. The contract was signed November 15, 2014.
November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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12:03 EDTRAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTAMZNAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
08:40 EDTAMZNOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Technology Analysts discuss Amazon's recently-held AWS re:Invent Conference, as well as implications for other cloud and software companies in the Technology sector, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 9 am.
07:52 EDTIBMDepartment of Energy awards $425M for supercomputing technologies
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06:23 EDTGOOGFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Telstra to test Project Loon in Australia, SMH reports
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06:02 EDTEMCStocks with implied volatility movement; WFT EMC
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTGOOGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:58 EDTRAXThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
16:39 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:55 EDTEMCEMC volatility elevated as shares near 13-year high
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13:52 EDTVMWVMware volatility at low end of historic range
VMware November call option implied volatility is at 22, December is at 23, January is at 20, April is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
10:10 EDTRAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle to retire Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015
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