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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 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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August 20, 2014
07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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11:05 EDTIBMImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTIBMImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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August 15, 2014
16:10 EDTIBMIBM issues statement on U.S. regulatory approval of x86 server sale to Lenovo
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09:39 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony's PS4 beats out Xbox One in July, BGR reports
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08:11 EDTORCLOracle checks showing signs of improvement, says FBR Capital
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August 14, 2014
18:28 EDTORCLCourt finds Rimini Street infringed Oracle copyrights, stole IP
On August 14, the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas entered an order granting Oracle's motion for partial summary judgment in its case against Rimini Street, and its CEO, Seth Ravin. Oracle moved for summary judgment on Rimini's counterclaims for defamation and unfair competition. In those counterclaims, Rimini challenged Oracle's public statements that Rimini had engaged in massive theft of Oracle's intellectual property. The Court dismissed those counterclaims finding that Oracle's statements "that Rimini had engaged in 'massive theft' of Oracle's intellectual property are true." The Court explained that "It is undisputed that Rimini engaged in theft of Oracle's intellectual property." The Court also found that Rimini Street infringed Oracle's copyrights. In February, the Court found that Rimini Street infringed Oracle's PeopleSoft copyrights and that Oracle had proved prima facie copyright infringement as to its JD Edwards and Siebel copyrights. The Court ruled that Rimini Street also infringed Oracle Database copyrights. The Court found that Rimini Street had downloaded 25 copies of Oracle's Database software and possessed over 200 copies of this software even though Rimini's downloading, possession, and use of this software all was unlicensed. The Court ordered the parties to submit a pre-trial order within sixty days.
18:04 EDTMSFTInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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August 13, 2014
16:03 EDTORCLOracle extends tender offer for MICROS to September 2
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14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTMSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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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.
06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 9, 2014
16:26 EDTORCLOracle sues Oregon over dispute with state's health-insurance exchange, WSJ says
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