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March 28, 2014
11:21 EDTORCL, MSFT, IBM, RHTRed 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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April 9, 2015
07:36 EDTRHTRed Hat OpenStack could more than double in three years, says JPMorgan
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07:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Microsoft April call option implied volatility is at 19, May is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large late April price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 29.
05:57 EDTORCLOracle plans to hire 300 in India, Economic Times reports
Oracle is planning to hire 300 people in India to create a specialized cloud force, according to The Economic Times. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
20:17 EDTMSFTAppeals court questions Google in patent dispute with Microsoft, Reuters says
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12:21 EDTIBMIBM announces U.S. Army is using IBM Hybrid Cloud for logistics
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10:01 EDTIBMIBM announces longstanding collaboration with Care.com
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06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects Surface shipments to exceed 4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
Microsoft is expected to have a chance to ship over 4M Surface tablets in 2015 due to its new Surface 3 and Surface Pro series products, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft is expected to unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet and will enter mass production in June. It will be released along with Windows 10 in 2H15. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTIBMXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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15:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images announce partnership to develop products for Bing
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15:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Getty Images dismiss copyright infringement dispute, Reuters says
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10:43 EDTRHTInformatica rises after agreeing to be taken private for $48.75 per share
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09:19 EDTIBMCLSA holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:52 EDTMSFTHP, Microsoft partnering on solutions for auto, financial services industries
HP (HPQ) announced it is partnering with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver solutions for the automotive, public sector and financial services industries to help organizations deliver differentiated products and create new revenue through mobile, web and social channels. HP and Microsoft are building a portfolio of business process accelerators and are delivering them as Business Process as-a-Service solutions, HP stated. HP Business Process as-a-Service solutions for Microsoft Dynamics services are available immediately worldwide. Reference Link
06:31 EDTIBMIBM an unlikely target for activists, Reuters columnist says
Shareholders calling for activist investors to take aim at IBM are likely to be disappointed, according to a Reuters columnist. The company has already carried out a great deal of financial engineering, and it will probably need to spend heavily on R&D and invest in its business for a couple of years in order to turn itself around, the columnist believes. Reference Link
06:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Wells Fargo
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07:34 EDTMSFTWells Fargo upgrades Microsoft on improved strategic position
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft completes latest round of layoffs, Business Insider reports
Microsoft has completed its latest round of layoffs in a move to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Business Insider reports, citing an email from Chief Information Officer Jim DuBois. A company spokesperson commented that the company believes this will be the "last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July." Though it is unclear how many employees were laid off in this round, affected workers are coming from Microsoft's divisions and not focused on former Nokia employees. Reference Link
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