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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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August 11, 2014
16:03 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q3 revenue $454M-$461M, consensus $454.23M
The company expects Adjusted EBITDA margin to be in the range of 31%-33% in the third quarter.
16:01 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q2 EPS 16c, consensus 16c
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15:45 EDTTSpherix subsidiary settles with AT&T, files joint motion to dismiss
Spherix (SPEX) subsidiary Guidance IP has reached a settlement with AT&T (T), according to a court document filed August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2013 by Spherix for infringement of its patent entitled, "System and Method for Determining the Geolocation of a Transmitter." Shares of small-cap Spherix are up 19% to $1.75 in later afternoon trading following the circulation of the court filing. Reference Link
15:32 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Ventas (VTR), consensus $1.09; Nuance Communications (NUAN), consensus 27c; Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), consensus (12c); Rackspace Hosting (RAX), consensus 16c; Opko Health (OPK), consensus (9c); Mindray Medical (MR), consensus 54c; Chimera Investment (CIM), consensus 9c; Globalstar (GSAT), one estimate (4c); 51job (JOBS), consensus 32c; Dealertrack Technologies (TRAK), consensus 373c; Caesars Entertainment (CZR), consensus ($1.19); Towerstream (TWER), consensus (10c); Resolute Energy (REN), consensus 1c; Forest Oil (FST), consensus (2c).
15:24 EDTHPQBloomberg to hold a summit
Silicon Valley 2014 Cybersecurity Summit to be held in Palo Alto, California on August 12.
13:16 EDTRAXRackspace technical comments before earnings
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08:33 EDTIBMIBM acquires Lighthouse Security Group
IBM announced it has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group, LLC, a cloud security services provider. Lighthouse Security Group's Gateway platform protects identity and data. Lighthouse Security Group is a subsidiary of Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.
August 8, 2014
11:32 EDTTSprint is preparing to engage in fierce pricing war, WSJ reports
Sprint (S) is preparing to engage in a fierce price competition on the heels of an almost complete network revamp, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing Masayoshi Son, the CEO of parent company Softbank (SFTBY). Sprint is currently testing new pricing plans, and will utilize its "street fighter" strategies to take on larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). "Price competition will intensify. Sprint will soon be ready to join the fray," Son said. Reference Link
09:15 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:32 EDTVMW, EMCVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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08:13 EDTVMWArista Networks, VMware enter strategic relationship
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07:56 EDTTSonus Networks upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington
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06:44 EDTIBMNew IBM chip identifies patterns, NY Times says
IBM has developed a new type of computer chip that tries to imitate the pattern identifying powers of human brains, according to The New York Times. The chip could eventually perform calculations that today's supercomputers are not capable of, the newspaper added. Reference Link
August 7, 2014
18:03 EDTIBMCSC, IBM expand alliance to accelerate customers transition to the cloud
Leading technology companies CSC (CSC) and IBM (IBM) announced they are building on their existing alliance with new ways to help global customers accelerate their transition to the cloud. Both companies will collaborate on consulting, apps modernization tools, big data and analytics, cloud and mobile capabilities, and security to create a single, consumable services framework.
12:02 EDTIBMIBM selected by Shanghai Wind Information
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07:43 EDTRAXRackspace August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 6, 2014
18:54 EDTVMWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:08 EDTVMWVMware authorizes $1B stock repurchase program
VMware announced that its board has authorized the purchase of up to $1.0B of its class A common stock through the end of 2016. Stock will be purchased from time to time, in the open market or through private transactions, subject to market conditions. The company expects the equity purchase program to help partially offset dilution from its equity programs. The new stock repurchase authorization is in addition to the company's ongoing $700M stock repurchase program, originally announced August 7, 2013.
13:12 EDTTAT&T mulls buying CSN Houston, Bloomberg says
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10:37 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility increases into Q3
Hewlett-Packard August call option implied volatility is at 23, August is at 39, September is at 29, January is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on August 20.
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