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March 28, 2014
11:21 EDTRHT, MSFT, ORCL, IBMRed Hat slides after profit outlook trails estimates
Shares of open source software provider Red Hat (RHT) are falling after the companyís first quarter and fiscal 2015 profit views trailed analystsí 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. WHATíS 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 todayís 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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September 18, 2014
16:02 EDTORCLOracle drops 3.7% after earnings miss, Ellison steps down as CEO
16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 64c
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16:01 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
Oracle's Board of Directors announced that it has elected Larry Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Henley, who has served as Oracle's Chairman for the last 10 years, was appointed Oracle's Vice Chairman of the Board. The Oracle Board also promoted both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to the position of CEO, Oracle Corporation. All manufacturing, finance, and legal functions will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. All sales, service and vertical industry global business units will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. All software and hardware engineering functions will continue to report to Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.
16:00 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
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15:15 EDTRHT, ORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
15:00 EDTRHTRed Hat September 60 straddle priced for 6.7% move into Q2
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
14:21 EDTRHTRed Hat technical comments before earnings
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12:58 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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12:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft laying off 2,100 employees today, company tells CNBC
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft lays off 2,100 employees, Seattle Times reports
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09:34 EDTIBMAT&T extends NetBond security services to IBM SoftLayer platform
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08:02 EDTRHTRed Hat to acquire FeedHenry for EUR63.5M in cash
Red Hat announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire FeedHenry, an enterprise mobile application platform provider. FeedHenry expands Red Hatís broad portfolio of application development, integration, and Platform-as-a-Service solutions, enabling Red Hat to support mobile application development in public and private environments. Red Hat has agreed to acquire FeedHenry, a privately held company, for approximately EUR 63.5M in cash, subject to certain adjustments at closing. The transaction is expected to close in 3Q15, subject to customary closing conditions.
07:25 EDTIBMActuate to hold a webinar
Database Trends & Applications Webinar will be held on September 18 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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September 17, 2014
12:17 EDTIBMIBM cuts pay by 10% for some employees, ComputerWorld reports
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08:23 EDTIBMIBM to hold a meeting
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07:58 EDTRHTRed Hat October volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Red Hat September call option implied volatility is at 92, October is at 36, December is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 18.
06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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