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May 13, 2014
11:27 EDTMSFT, RAX, 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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February 18, 2015
08:43 EDTAMZNIAC, Qualcomm, Amazon seen as breakup candidates, Bloomberg says
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08:28 EDTRAXRackspace price target raised to $57-$60 from $50-$52 at Wells Fargo
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08:19 EDTRAXRackspace upgraded following Q4 results at Pacific Crest
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06:21 EDTRAXRackspace upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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05:57 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 17, 2015
18:36 EDTRAXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:17 EDTRAXJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
16:17 EDTRAXRackspace falls after earnings, levels to watch
Shares are down over 6% in the extended session to $46.85 following results. At that price next support is at $45.51. Resistance is at $47.29.
16:04 EDTRAXRackspace sees FY15 revenue $2B-$2.1B, consensus $2.08B
Sees FY15 revenue to grow between 14%-18% on a constant currency basis. Based on foreign currency movements to date, Rackspace anticipates a 200 basis point headwind to revenue growth for the full year of 2015, resulting in GAAP revenue in the range of $2.0B-$2.1B. The company expects adjusted EBITDA margins to be between 33%-36% for the year.
16:03 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q1 revenue $477M-$484M, consensus $490.51M
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16:02 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q4 EPS 26c, consensus 19c
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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15:32 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Devon Energy (DVN), consensus $1.05... Vornado Realty (VNO), consensus $1.23... Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 61c... FirstEnergy (FE), consensus 75c... CF Industries (CF), consensus $5.08... Agilent Technologies (A), consensus 41c... Cimarex Energy (XEC), consensus 82c... Flowserve (FLS), consensus $1.13... Fossil (FOSL), consensus $3.07... Rackspace (RAX), consensus 19c... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), consensus 37c... Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 87c... Cloud Peak Energy (CLD), consensus 7c... La-Z-Boy (LZB), consensus 38c... KAR Auction Services (KAR), consensus 29c... Owens & Minor (OMI), consensus 50c... Valmont Industries (VMI), consensus $1.65... Realty Income (O), consensus 66c.
15:09 EDTRAXRackspace February 50 straddle priced for 8.4% movement into Q4
10:28 EDTRAXJANA Partners reports 5.6% passive stake in Rackspace
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09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTMSFTBox announces Microsoft Office cloud integration
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09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
07:33 EDTRAXRackspace volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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