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April 2, 2014
13:49 EDTRVBDSilver Peak confirms patent win against Riverbed, seeks permanent injunction
A Delaware jury delivered a verdict Tuesday in favor of Silver Peak in a trial in which Silver Peak asserted infringement of two of its patents against Riverbed. Silver Peak intends to seek a permanent injunction against the features of Riverbed’s RiOS and Steelhead devices covered by the Silver Peak patents – “SDR-Adaptive,” as well as “Enhanced Auto-Discovery” when used in combination with “Full Transparency.” The jury in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware found that one Silver Peak patent – U.S. Patent No. 7,945,736 – was directly infringed under the Doctrine of Equivalents and was also contributorily infringed by Riverbed. The validity of that patent was not challenged at trial. The jury also found that Riverbed induced infringement of a second Silver Peak patent – U.S. Patent No. 7,948,921 – and rejected an invalidity challenge to that patent. The court had previously granted summary judgment of direct infringement of that patent by Riverbed. Riverbed initiated the litigation in 2011. The asserted claims of two of the patents originally asserted by Riverbed were invalidated in inter partes reexamination before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Riverbed’s claims have been stayed by the court while those decisions are being appealed.
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTRVBDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
12:37 EDTRVBDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:35 EDTRVBDRiverbed going private deal a 'good decision,' says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Riverbed's agreement with Thoma Bravo to go private at $21 per share as a "good decision" for the company given the challenges in its business. Wells thinks the deal represents "fair value" to shareholders and does not expect a higher offer to emerge. It keeps a Market Perform rating on the name.
10:10 EDTRVBDHigh option volume stocks:
High option volume stocks: RVBD AGCO FRO CRUS UBNT LH PAY PETM OREX KOS
09:38 EDTRVBDActive equity options trading
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08:46 EDTRVBDElliot Management says supports Riverbed transaction
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08:37 EDTRVBDRiverbed says board concluded partnering with Thoma Bravo 'best choice' for co.
08:37 EDTRVBDRiverbed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $21 per share in cash
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08:36 EDTRVBDRiverbed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $21 per share in cash
December 8, 2014
07:28 EDTRVBDFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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