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May 13, 2014
11:27 EDTRAX, AMZN, MSFTRackspace rallies after results top expectations
Shares of open cloud company Rackspace (RAX) are advancing after the company's first quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Rackspace reported Q1 earnings per share of 18c and revenue of $421M, topping expectations of 12c and $419.53M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 revenue of $434M-$440M, compared to consensus of $435.53M. It also said it was on track to deliver 15%-18% year-over-year revenue growth. The consensus estimate for its FY14 revenue is $1.78B. Rackspace also noted it has no immediate plans for share repurchases. ANALYST REACTION: This morning,research firm Cowen raised its price target on Rackspace to $57 from $52. The firm said the company's margins were above guidance and Cowen expects sentiment to improve as Rackspace launches a more aggressive marketing campaign. Cowen continues to believe the company has a misunderstood story and that its shares offer a compelling risk/reward. Another firm, Stephens, lowered its price target on the shares to $41 from $59 due to multiple compression in the cloud space. However, Stephens said Rackspace reported a "solid" quarter and the firm maintained its Overweight rating on the stock. Wells Fargo thinks the company's slightly better than expected Q2 guidance was positive and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock, but the firm cut its price target range on the shares to $38-41 from $48-$51. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rackspace rose $2.28, or 8.3%, to $29.81 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's advance, the stock is down about 28% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rackspace's cloud offerings compete with those of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Azure and Amazon's (AMZN) Web Services cloud platform.
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May 12, 2015
06:10 EDTRAXRackspace downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
May 11, 2015
19:15 EDTRAXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:04 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q2 revenue growth 1.5%-2.5% at constant currency
The company said, "For the second quarter of 2015, Rackspace expects revenue to grow between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent on a constant currency basis and adjusted EBITDA margins to be between 32 percent and 34 percent."
16:03 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q1 EPS 20c, consensus 20c
Reports Q1 revenue $480.2M, consensus $481.57M.
15:00 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
11:16 EDTRAXRackspace volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Rackspace May call option implied volatility is at 92, June is at 40, September is at 39; compared to its 90-day average of 37, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results today.
09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to open fulfillment center in Carteret, NJ
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
06:11 EDTAMZNStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTMSFTStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
13:09 EDTAMZNCiti says 'sell in May, go away' on Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow
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09:56 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh expands to parts of Northern New Jersey, Re/code reports
Amazon Fresh, Amazon's grocery delivery business, has been quietly expanded to reach parts of Northern New Jersey, including Hoboken, Edison and Paramus, Re/code reports. Amazon began delivering groceries to Manhattan and Brooklyn in last eight months. Reference Link
09:36 EDTMSFT, AMZNActive equity options trading on open:
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA FB DIS MSFT TSLA NFLX AMZN BAC
08:32 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Mary Jo Foley, author, blogger and Microsoft expert, discuss Microsoft's product line and provide an update on the Microsoft Build Developer and Ignite Conferences on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 8 at 1 pm.
07:00 EDTRAXRackspace November volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft not weighing bid for Salesforce, Reuters says
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06:22 EDTAMZNCitigroup sees internet stocks underperforming this summer
Citigroup analyst Mark May says that even with the recent share pullbacks, the broader internet index has still meaningfully outperformed broader indices year-to-date. The group is nearing peak valuations, which could lead to underperformance through the summer, May tells investors today in a research note. He recommends avoiding shares of Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zillow Group (Z), as the companies are going through business transitions. The analyst believes Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Yelp (YELP), Netflix (NFLX), GrubHub (GRUB) and Facebook (FB) have company specific factors that should enable them to outperform the internet group over the near term.
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release server orders in Q2 or Q3, DigiTimes reports
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