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May 9, 2014
04:55 EDTRHT, RHTRed Hat management to meet with Evercore
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Raleigh, NC on May 12 hosted by Evercore.
News For RHT From The Last 14 Days
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December 23, 2014
10:00 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:55 EDTRHTRed Hat initiated with a Buy at Cantor
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December 19, 2014
12:27 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:54 EDTRHTRed Hat soars to 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of open source software solutions provider Red Hat (RHT) are rallying after the company’s third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and it raised its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $455.9M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 40c and $451.39M, respectively. Q3 subscription revenue was $395M, up 15% year-over-year, while operating cash flow of $133M was up 40% year-over-year. CFO Charlie Peters noted that strong performance in the quarter was driven by outstanding sales execution. He said, “performance this quarter with large deals was exceptional, setting new records in number of deals over $5M in a quarter and deals over $10M in a Q3.” Peters also announced his intention to retire in the next twelve months. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Red Hat forecast EPS of 40c-41c and revenue of $456M-$459M, compared to consensus of 41c and $459.39M, respectively. The company raised its outlook for FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58 from $1.53-$1.55, versus consensus of $1.54. It also boosted the bottom end its FY15 revenue outlook to $1.78B-$1.79B from $1.77B-$1.79B, compared to the consensus of $1.78B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, four research firms - Piper Jaffray, Stifel, UBS, and Oppenheimer - all raised their respective price targets on Red Hat. Each cited the company’s stronger than expected Q3 results. All four maintained a Buy or equivalent rating on the shares and among the four Oppenheimer took its price target up to the highest level, increasing its target on Red Hat to $80 from $74. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Red Hat rose $6.98, or 11.4%, to $68.48 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $70.13. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software and cloud space include Oracle (ORCL), LogMeIn (LOGM) VMware (VMW), and Microsoft (MSFT).
10:12 EDTRHTHigh option volume stocks
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09:28 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:47 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $80 from $74 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Red Hat after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. The firm thinks the company appears to have strong momentum, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:42 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $74 from $68 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Red Hat to $74 from $68 following the company's Q3 results, which beat estimates despite difficult comps driven by a record number of large deals, a record contract length, and continued strength in large deal renewals. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Red Hat shares.
07:04 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $76 from $64 at Stifel
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07:01 EDTRHTRed Hat price target raised to $75 from $68 at Piper Jaffray
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December 18, 2014
18:22 EDTRHTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Red Hat (RHT), up 9.3%... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 8%... NQ Mobile (NQ), up 9.3%... Cintas (CTAS), up 6.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), up 25.9% after candidate for dog osteoarthritis shows positive results... Ally Financial (ALLY), up 5% after announcing that it will exit the Troubled Asset Relief Program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nike (NKE), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: American Apparel (APP), down 2.8% after New York Post reports on takeover bid.
17:29 EDTRHTRed Hat continues higher to 9.4% in after hours trading after Q3 conference call
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17:27 EDTRHTRed Hat CFO to retire in next 12 months
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17:26 EDTRHTRed Hat sees Q4 EPS 40-41c, consensus 41c
Sees Q4 revenue $456M-$459M, consensus $459.39M. Guidance provided during Q3 earnings conference call.
17:25 EDTRHTRed Hat raises FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58, consensus $1.55
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16:10 EDTRHTRed Hat trades higher in extended session
The shares are trading up above the prior 52-week high following earnings. At the current price of $65.43, next resistance is at $67.50. Support is at $63.69, the prior 52-week high.
16:10 EDTRHTRed Hat up 4.9% after reporting Q3 results
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16:06 EDTRHTRed Hat reports Q3 EPS 42c, consensus 40c
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14:01 EDTRHTRed Hat December 60 straddle priced for 6.2% movement into Q3
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December 17, 2014
07:32 EDTRHTRed Hat December volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Red Hat December call option implied volatility is at 96, January is at 39, March is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results today.

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