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March 28, 2014
11:21 EDTRHT, ORCL, MSFT, IBMRed Hat slides after profit outlook trails estimates
Shares of open source software provider Red Hat (RHT) are falling after the company’s first quarter and fiscal 2015 profit views trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q4 earnings per share of 39c and revenue of $400M, against consensus views of 37c and $398.92M, respectively. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q1 EPS of 32c-33c, trailing estimates of 38c. Q1 revenue was seen at $412M-$415M, compared to consensus of $415.9M. For FY15, Red Hat sees EPS of $1.54-$1.56, versus consensus of $1.63, while FY15 revenue is expected to be $1.73B-$1.755B, compared to consensus $1.76B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, despite the weak profit guidance, analyst commentary was positive. Oppenheimer said that Red Hat reported strong results, and the firm thought that sentiment towards the company had already bottomed. Oppenheimer believed the company has several positive FY15 catalysts, and argued that the company is in "a renaissance." It kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Morgan Stanley said Red Hat's billings growth is accelerating and remained confident in its FY15 growth outlook of 14%. The firm said the April 16 analyst day should provide increased visibility into emerging businesses and remained a buyer of shares The firm rated Red Hat an Overweight with a $69 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Red Hat fell $3.23, or about 5.75%, to $52.90 on heavy volume. Including today’s fall, the stock has gained approximately 5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Others in the software industry include Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL), and IBM (IBM).
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July 17, 2015
17:26 EDTIBMBAE Systems, others awarded $6B government contract
American Systems, Chantilly, Virginia; BAE Systems (BAESY), McLean, Virginia; Blue Canopy, Reston, Virginia; The Boeing Co. (BA), Annapolis Junction, Maryland; Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia; CACI (CACI), Chantilly, Virginia; CGI Federal, Fairfax, Virginia; Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Falls Church, Virginia; D&S Consultants Inc., Eatontown, New Jersey; EIS, Vienna, Virginia; General Dynamics Information Technology (GD), Herndon, Virginia; HP Enterprise Services, Herndon, Virginia; IBM (IBM), Reston, Virginia; Intelligent Decisions, Ashburn, Virginia; K Force Government Solutions, Fairfax, Virginia; L3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Virginia; Leidos (LDOS), Reston, Virginia; Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) Gaithersburg, Maryland; ManTech/WINS, Fairfax, Virginia; Northrop Grumman (NOC), Chantilly, Virginia; Pragmatics, Reston, Virginia; Raytheon IIS Group (RTN), Dulles, Virginia; Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia; Sotera, Herndon, Virginia; SRA International, Fairfax, Virginia; 22nd Century Technologies, McLean, Virginia; AEEC LLC, Reston, Virginia; American Technology Solutions International, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Berico Technologies, Reston, Virginia; The Buffalo Group, Reston, Virginia; Convergent Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia; Criterion Systems Inc., Vienna, Virginia; Cyberspace Solutions, Reston, Virginia; DAn Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia; DKW Communications, Washington, District of Columbia; E-Volve Technology Systems, National Harbor, Maryland; Federated IT, Washington, District of Columbia; Intrepid Solutions & Services Inc., Reston, Virginia; The Kenjya Group, Columbia, Maryland; New River Systems, Sterling, Virginia; OCCAM Solutions, McLean, Virginia; QVine Corp., Reston, Virginia; Red Arch Solutions, Columbia, Maryland; Riite, Chantilly, Virginia; Soft Tech Consulting, Chantilly, Virginia; Trusted Mission Solutions, McLean, Virginia; Varen Technologies, Columbia, Maryland; Vykin Corp., Tampa, Florida; Xcelerate Solutions, McLean, Virginia; and Zolon Tech Inc., Herndon, Virginia, were awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract with a combined ceiling value of $6B. The Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise contract supports information technology requirements across the Defense intelligence enterprise and the greater intelligence community. Work will be performed worldwide with an estimated completion date of July 16, 2020. The E-SITE contract vehicle was solicited on the basis of full and open competition, and 77 proposals were received. After conducting a thorough evaluation based on the request for proposal criteria, contracts are being awarded to 25 large businesses and 25 small businesses. Each company will be awarded a $500 minimum guarantee and additional funding will be obligated on individual task orders with the initial follow-on task order competitions scheduled this summer. The Virginia Contracting Activity, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
08:05 EDTMSFTLexmark launches Kofax View for Microsoft Outlook
Lexmark (LXK) announced the availability of Kofax View, the first document viewing, editing and PDF creation application for Microsoft (MSFT) Outlook. “Microsoft Office delivers exceptional workforce productivity and Microsoft Outlook is central to increased productivity through collaboration. Kofax View gives Outlook users—including Outlook for Office 365 users in the cloud—the ability to more easily create, manage and share familiar document types for improved communication that significantly streamlines the workflow process,” said David Caldeira, product marketing executive, Lexmark Enterprise Software.
July 16, 2015
18:48 EDTORCLOracle drops largest copyright damages theory against Rimini Street
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13:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 36, August is at 27, September is at 20 compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on July 21.
11:39 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Evercore ISI
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09:43 EDTIBMMicron deal would likely get U.S. approval, Forbes contributor says
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09:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to acquire FieldOne Systems, terms not disclosed
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07:18 EDTIBMIBM July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:25 EDTORCLOracle announces 'disciplined reduction' in overall compensatoin
Oracle announced bonuses to Ellison, Catz and Hurd will be paid out at $0 in FY15, compared to 16% targe tin FY14. Oracle said that no performance-based cash bonuses will be awarded in years where no growth in non-GAAP pre-tax profits is achieved. PSU payouts are based on Oracle revenue growth and operating cash flow growth relative to select peer company performances. In connection with the management transition in 2015, the compensation committee canceled 1.5M equity equivalent shares of Ellison's FY15 equity award. The company announced option awards will be reduced to 5 year terms from 10 year terms in 2016, significantly reducing its value and maintaining long-term vest. Comments taken from slides for July Investor Presentation.
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new Surface expected to be available in October, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft's new Surface tablet is expected to be launched in October after upstream supply chains have been notified to start mass shipments of components in September, reports DigiTimes. According to sources, Microsoft's Surface Pro shipments were 200K-250K units per month in Q1 and its monthly tablet shipment volume rose to above 300K. Sources say Microsoft's monthly tablet shipments may have a chance to reach 500K-600K units. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may increase smartphone outsourcing in Taiwan, Vietnam, DigiTimes says
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July 15, 2015
13:11 EDTMSFTWindows 10 finalized, the Verge reports
Microsoft has finalized its Windows 10 software, ready for release on July 29, the Verge reports. The company is signing off on the build, known as build 10240, internally and may announce the manufacturing copy publicly by the end of the week, the report says. Reference Link
08:12 EDTIBMIBM and RTI International partner for data-driven development
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July 14, 2015
17:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft M&A chief says Salesforce sale 'depends on' Benioff, Fortune reports
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16:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to focus on 'a few phones,' ZDNet says
In a ZDNet interview at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella remarked, "I'm not going to launch a phone a day. I'm going to focus on a few phones that actually grab share that, in fact, showcase our uniqueness." Nadella called the company's restructuring of its mobile phone business "a change to our operating approach," and he added that "we will do everything we have to do to make sure we're making progress on phones." Reference Link
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
09:45 EDTMSFTRackspace preparing deal with Amazon Web Services, CRN reports
In addition to its deal announced yesterday with Microsoft (MSFT) Azure, Rackspace is preparing an alliance with Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, CRN reported last night, citing a source. Reference Link
09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
08:10 EDTIBMIBM and Mubdala sign agreement to bring Watson to MENA
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05:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft likely to revamp and focus on flagship smartphones, DigiTimes says
Microsoft will likely revamp its strategy for smartphones by focusing on high-end and business-use models, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain, the company's new roadmap is expected to call for the launch of 1-2 models for its high-end business and mid-range to entry-level family lineups. The company and most industry insiders are wondering whether the new Windows 10 OS will help ramp up significantly the share of Windows Phone-based smartphones in the global market. Reference Link
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