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July 14, 2014
10:59 EDTLOGM, CTXS, NTCT, RVBDElliot reaffirms $21 Riverbed bid following Q2 warning
Shares of information technology solution developer Riverbed (RVBD) are falling after the company cut its second quarter adjusted EPS and revenue outlook. Afterward, investor Elliot Management announced that it is reaffirming its $21 per share bid for the company. WHAT'S NEW: Riverbed announced this morning that it now sees Q2 adjusted EPS to be at low end of a 26c-28c range, which is in line with analysts' consensus forecast of 27c. The company lowered its Q2 adjusted revenue view to $264M-$265M from $274M-$280M, below analysts' consensus of $277.4M. The company said Q2 sales were below its expectations, principally in North America, as it experienced longer sales cycles on some of its larger and more complex deals. Following the company's announcement, activist investor Elliot Management, one of Riverbedís largest shareholders, said Riverbed's "poor performance this quarter reveals its decision to stonewall prospective buyers to be a serious and costly mistake." Elliot urged the board to "immediately" retain an advisor and announce a review of strategic alternatives, including a sale. Elliot also reaffirmed its previously announced cash bid of $21 per share to buy the company. ANALYST OPINION: Research firm Wells Fargo said after the profit warning that it thinks there are still fundamental reasons to be cautious about Riverbed. However, the firm also believes the company's Q2 miss strengthens Elliot's position that its $21 offer represents fair value and the activist investor's involvement limits downside risk in the stock. The firm keeps its Market Perform rating and $19-21 price target range on Riverbed. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other cloud infrastructure companies include Citrix Systems (CTXS), LogMeIn (LOGM), and NetScout Systems (NTCT). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Riverbed were down $1.19, or 5.85%, to $19.16.
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April 23, 2015
17:39 EDTRVBDS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Dunkin' Brands Group (DNKN) will replace Riverbed Technology (RVBD) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Monday, April 27. A group led by Thoma Bravo is acquiring Riverbed Technology in a deal expected to be completed tomorrow. Walker & Dunlop (WD) will replace Entropic Communications (ENTR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, April 30. MaxLinear (MXL) is acquiring Entropic Communications in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.
17:17 EDTRVBDDunkin' Brands to replace Riverbed in S&P 400 as of 4/27 close
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10:00 EDTCTXSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Northland... BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Hold from Overweight at HSBC... Brink's (BCO) downgraded to Neutral, sees 'imminent' downside risk, says Macquarie... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Cognex (CGNX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Enbridge (ENB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Fulton Financial (FULT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Heartland Express (HTLD) downgraded on limited earnings growth at Raymond James... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... MobileIron (MOBL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Noble Corp. (NE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Omnicare (OCR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... RAM Energy (RAME) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Repsol (REPYY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Stillwater Mining (SWC) downgraded on lack of catalysts at BB&T... Texas Capital (TCBI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
06:33 EDTCTXSCitrix downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
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06:24 EDTNTCTNetScout receives clearance for acquisition of Danaher Communications business
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06:16 EDTNTCTNetScout receives DoJ clearance for Danaher Communications business acquisition
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April 22, 2015
16:15 EDTCTXSCitrix sees FY15 EPS $3.55-$3.60, consensus $3.53
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16:13 EDTCTXSCitrix sees Q2 EPS 80c-83c, consensus 86c
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16:11 EDTCTXSCitrix reports Q1 EPS 65c, consensus 65c
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15:30 EDTCTXSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
April 16, 2015
08:00 EDTCTXSCitrix will use part of GoTo sales proceeds to buy back shares, says Bernstein
After CRN reported that Citrix is considering a divestiture of its Online Services businesses, Bernstein expects the company to sell its GoTo businesses for $2.1B and use a portion of the proceeds to repurchase shares, possibly shrinking its share count by 10%-20%. The firm says it would view the move positively and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
April 15, 2015
10:03 EDTCTXSHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: SKS NSAM AMP CTXS KS WUBA CIT OC ASML SLM
09:39 EDTCTXSCitrix weighing sale of online services subsidiary, CRN reports
Citrix Systems (CTXS) is weighing the sale of spinoff of its online services subsidiary, CRN reported last night, citing sources familiar with the matter. The unit includes GoToMeeting Web conferencing and GoToMyPC remote access apps, the website pointed out. Shares of Citrix are up $1.58 to $65.59 in early trading. Reference Link

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