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July 2, 2014
10:44 EDTRAX, HPQ, IBM, CSCO, GOOG, AMZN, EMC, VMWRackspace 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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August 12, 2014
07:42 EDTCSCOCisco August volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:06 EDTCSCOCisco planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports
As part of a worldwide streamlining effort, Cisco is planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports. Reference Link
05:58 EDTAMZNAmazon's Disney dispute about more than pricing, WSJ reports
Amazon's (AMZN) dispute with Disney (DIS) is about more than pricing, according to the Wall Street Journal, and concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon's website. Additionally, the dispute encompasses questions over "who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors," a source says. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
18:00 EDTGOOGSix-company consortium to build new trans-pacific cable system
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16:48 EDTRAXRackspace says on track to deliver 15%-18% YoY revenue growth for FY14
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16:36 EDTRAXRackspace says continuing to explore strategic options
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16:03 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q3 revenue $454M-$461M, consensus $454.23M
The company expects Adjusted EBITDA margin to be in the range of 31%-33% in the third quarter.
16:01 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q2 EPS 16c, consensus 16c
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Ventas (VTR), consensus $1.09; Nuance Communications (NUAN), consensus 27c; Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), consensus (12c); Rackspace Hosting (RAX), consensus 16c; Opko Health (OPK), consensus (9c); Mindray Medical (MR), consensus 54c; Chimera Investment (CIM), consensus 9c; Globalstar (GSAT), one estimate (4c); 51job (JOBS), consensus 32c; Dealertrack Technologies (TRAK), consensus 373c; Caesars Entertainment (CZR), consensus ($1.19); Towerstream (TWER), consensus (10c); Resolute Energy (REN), consensus 1c; Forest Oil (FST), consensus (2c).
15:24 EDTHPQBloomberg to hold a summit
Silicon Valley 2014 Cybersecurity Summit to be held in Palo Alto, California on August 12.
13:16 EDTRAXRackspace technical comments before earnings
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09:36 EDTGOOG, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:33 EDTIBMIBM acquires Lighthouse Security Group
IBM announced it has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group, LLC, a cloud security services provider. Lighthouse Security Group's Gateway platform protects identity and data. Lighthouse Security Group is a subsidiary of Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.
07:19 EDTGOOGGoogle settles suit over drug ads, to spend $250M on changes, Re/code says
Google has agreed to spend at least $50M a year for at least five years on an internal effort to make content about prescription drug abuse more visible and work with legitimate pharmacies to counter marketing by non-U.S. drug sellers as part of settlement to end shareholder lawsuits over accusations the company improperly allowed certain drug ads, reported Re/code, citing legal documents. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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05:55 EDTCSCOCisco expected to report solid Q4 results at Wells Fargo
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTGOOGCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon urges customers to express opinions on e-book prices with Hachette
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15:21 EDTAMZNAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
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