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May 13, 2014
11:27 EDTRAX, MSFT, AMZNRackspace 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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September 9, 2014
07:28 EDTMSFTThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTMSFTChamber of Commerce says China antitrust efforts may be illegal, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft begins rolling out 'Delve' to Office 365 business customers
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September 8, 2014
16:18 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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11:24 EDTRAXRackspace trades higher following report CenturyLink in talks to buy company
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11:12 EDTAMZNAmazon offering Fire Phone for 99c with two-year contract
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10:58 EDTRAXCenturyLink would need to issue stock, raise debt to buy Rackspace, Re/code says
Following a Bloomberg report that said CenturyLink (CTL) is interested in buying Raxspace (RAX), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl noted that CenturyLink has "practically no cash" and would have to issue stock and likely take on "significant debt" to make such an acquisition, though the author also noted that CenturyLink has a history of structuring such deals. However, Hesseldahl believes Rackspace remaining independent is still the "more likely scenario" than the company being bought. Reference Link
10:24 EDTRAXRackspace moves to resistance test on takeover speculation report
Bloomberg yesterday said in a report that sources indicated CenturyLink (CTL) was looking to acquire Rackspace Hosting (RAX). At the current price of $39.21, the stock is just under the $40 level which has been overhead resistance in the trading range in place since late last year. Support is at $38.28. A breakout above $40 would be bullish for future price.
09:40 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:12 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTRAXRackspace risk/reward remains compelling, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that even with some takeout speculation being priced into Rackspace (RAX)shares today following reports that CenturyLink (CTL) is in talks to buy the company, the risk/reward on the stock remains compelling. Wells believes Rackspace either gets acquired at a premium or stays independent and announces a share buyback of $900M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
08:36 EDTRAXRackspace Hosting volatility expected to move on acquisition report
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) volatility is expected to move on CenturyLink (CTL) looking to acquire says Bloomberg, citing sources. Overall option implied of 37 is below its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
07:34 EDTMSFTU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSFTSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
16:22 EDTRAXCenturyLink said to seek Rackspace acquisition, Bloomberg says
Louisiana-based landline phone service provider CenturyLink (CTL), is looking to acquire cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting (RAX), says Bloomberg, citing sources. Sources say a deal may not be reached for Rackspace Hosting, which currently has a stock market valuation of $5.33B, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
14:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com secures $2B credit arrangement
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