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May 16, 2014
08:33 EDTHPQ, T, EMC, RAX, VMW, IBMRackspace may be worth $54 per share in takeout, says William Blair
William Blair believes Rackspace (RAX) could be a strategic asset to other companies in the OpenStack ecosystem, such as AT&T (T), IBM (IBM), EMC (EMC), HP (HPQ) and VMware (VMW). The firm says recent deals in the data center space would imply a $54 per share valuation for Rackspace in a takeout scenario. William Blair has an Outperform rating on Rackspace.
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May 12, 2015
11:38 EDTTLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
11:14 EDTTAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:43 EDTRAXRackspace drops sharply after earnings and outlook, downgrades
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10:32 EDTTAcacia Research enters settlement, license agreement with AT&T Mobility
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10:04 EDTRAXHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:20 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:01 EDTRAXRackspace downgraded to Equal Weight following Q1 report at Morgan Stanley
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07:51 EDTRAXRackspace outlook still positive, says Wells Fargo
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07:51 EDTRAXRackspace weakness a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen noted shares of Rackspace were lower following its Q1 results and "disappointing" Q2 guidance, but the firm sees the weakness providing a buying opportunity. The firm believes the company's fundamentals remain intact and sees the potential for a major public cloud partnership in Q3. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating and $74 price target on Rackspace shares.
07:26 EDTRAXRackspace weakness creates buying opportunity, says Stifel
After Rackspace reported in-line Q1 results and provided weaker than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Stifel says the guidance miss was primarily timing related. The firm believes that the company's momentum remains strong, while its fundamental outlook is unchanged. It adds that the deal which was postponed, causing the guidance miss, was a key win for the company. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:10 EDTRAX, RAXRackspace downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
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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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12:06 EDTTAT&T appoints Jeffrey Lewis Chief Accessibility Officer
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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.
07:50 EDTHPQHP awarded IT services contract by California WCDS
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