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June 30, 2014
08:01 EDTRAX, IBM, CSCORackspace risks have increased, buyer pool has shrunk, says Cowen
Cowen said that the pool of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX) appears to have shrunk, with at least IBM (IBM) and Cisco (CSCO) indicating they have less interest in a deal in recent weeks. The firm said it still believes Rackspace will be acquired, adding that if it announces it is selling, a deal would be done for at least $43, but if it is not selling the stock could reach as low as $26. Cowen keeps its Outperform rating on Rackspace.
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October 9, 2014
13:39 EDTCSCOCisco denies rumors that it will stop investing in VCE JV, The Register reports
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13:37 EDTCSCOCisco may end further investment in VCE JV, CRN reports
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11:25 EDTCSCOCisco and TCL to set up $80M China cloud joint venture, Reuters reports
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09:02 EDTRAXRackspace appoints Brian Kelly as Chief Security Officer
Rackspace announced the appointment of Brian Kelly as Chief Security Officer. Kelly will be responsible for overseeing physical and information security efforts for Rackspace and its customers globally. Prior to Rackspace, Kelly served as Ernst & Young's Executive Director where he successfully modernized and transformed enterprise security programs while driving business value.
06:52 EDTCSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
07:22 EDTIBMIBM to make renewed push around 'Watson' AI system, FT reports
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06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
11:27 EDTRAXHP non-public info may relate to Rackspace, Betaville speculates
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09:18 EDTRAXRackspace partnership with Google positive for sentiment, says Wells Fargo
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09:03 EDTRAXRackspace to offer managed IT services support for full Google Apps for Work
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07:48 EDTIBMU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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06:29 EDTIBMIBM, Globalfoundries reignite discussions for chip division, Bloomberg says
IBM and Globalfoundries have restarted discussions for IBM to sell its unprofitable chip production division, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. The source said that IBM could pay Globalfoundries more than $1B to take over the unit. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
11:02 EDTCSCOHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
08:10 EDTIBMArrow Electronics says now authorized distributor of Lenovo enterprise products
Arrow Electronics (RW) announced it is now an authorized North American Lenovo distributor System X and related solutions following the transition of IBM’s (IBM) System X server business to Lenovo (LNVGY) effective Oct. 1. Additionally, Lenovo’s ThinkServer rack servers, tower servers and enterprise storage product lines are available through Arrow. Future offerings from Lenovo through Arrow will include the low-end storage and associated networking products to be announced in the coming weeks.
07:50 EDTCSCOCisco shares could reach $40 with splits, spin-offs, says RBC Capital
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06:38 EDTCSCOSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
06:19 EDTIBMHP facing competition from Lenovo in PCs, servers, WSJ reports
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