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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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October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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08:35 EDTAMZNAmazon set to open first retail store in San Francisco, GeekWire reports
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06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.in, Future Group enter into a strategic partnership
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06:19 EDTAMZNGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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05:50 EDTRAXRackspace upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTMSFT, AMZNGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
11:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to create 1,000 new permanent jobs at UK fulfillment centers
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09:23 EDTRAXHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime members to get early access to select Lightning Deals
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08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon, Future Group in online sales pact, Economic Times reports
India's largest listed retailer, Future Group, has signed a deal to jointly sell items over the Internet with Amazon, reported Economic Times, which noted that Future will begin by selling apparel and then expand to in-house brands in the home, electronics and food categories. Reference Link
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTAMZNGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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