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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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September 5, 2014
06:29 EDTGOOG$30 to be competitive price for sapphire covers in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon, USPS launch grocery delivery service in San Francisco, WSJ reports
Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service have launched a grocery-delivery experiment in San Francisco, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon and USPS are already partners in Sunday deliveries, the publication notes. The Postal Service says it is testing AmazonFresh deliveries "to determine if delivering groceries to residential and business addresses would be feasible from an operations standpoint and could be financially beneficial for the organization." Reference Link]:[http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-mail-to-deliver-amazon-groceries-in-san-francisco-1409854499?mod=rss_Technology]
06:03 EDTGOOGGoogle implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
06:01 EDTGOOGESPN head doesn't see people using Google for big sports events, Re/code reports
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September 4, 2014
16:28 EDTHPQPMC-Sierra licenses HP Smart Array intellectual property
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 4, 2014
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15:26 EDTCSCOCisco UCS update further strengthens portfolio, says Cantor
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15:20 EDTCSCOCisco expands Unified Computing System portfolio
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12:34 EDTGOOGGoogle settles FTC complaint over kids app purchases
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12:30 EDTGOOGFTC says Google settles app purchase charges for $19M
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11:20 EDTVMWStocks with increasing options volume
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10:32 EDTCSCOCisco, Red Hat expand relationship, launch solution for OpenStack
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTHPQHP, Intel, Dell announce creation of Redfish industry standard
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07:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com well-positioned to beat 2015 profit expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Amazon.com's 2015 profits and margins to beat expectations, driven by batter than expected category mix shift and greater scale. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $450 from $360 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle has upward bias to estimates, says Credit Suisse
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06:40 EDTGOOGApple, others restart discussions with tech staff in hiring suit, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTGOOGIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:22 EDTAMZNeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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06:16 EDTGOOGLuxottica's returning CEO says 'embarrassed’ by Google Glass, FT reports
Luxottica's (LUX) founder and returning CEO Leonardo Del Vecchio told the Financial Times earlier this week that he has not used Google Glass (GOOG) and that it would "embarrass [him] going around with that on my face." Luxottica signed a deal with Google earlier this year to develop the $1,500 interactive headset. Reference Link
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