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April 7, 2014
10:10 EDTIBM, N, MSFT, SAP, PANW, CRM, FEYE, SPLK, WDAYAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
The recent decline in high-growth software names has created a buying opportunity, FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The analyst recommended buying several names that he thinks fit this category, identifying Splunk (SPLK), salesforce.com (CRM), Workday (WDAY), FireEye (FEYE), Netsuite (N), and Palo Alto (PANW) as stocks that should be bought following their recent sell-off. WHAT'S NEW: There has been "panic-like" selling of high valuation software stocks, partly due to fears about seasonally weak first quarter results and the general rotation into value names, Ives wrote. However, the analyst suggested that the stocks named above are "winners" in high growth markets, with annual growth rates that should be well above 3%-5%. The sell-off in software names was not caused by fundamental issues and the declines in the top high growth companies has created a "golden buying opportunity," Ives added. Additionally, the analyst wrote that he would not be surprised if a tech giant, such as Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), or SAP (SAP), acquires a data, cloud or cybersecurity company in the wake of the recent downturns in their stocks. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Splunk added 0.7% to $63.14, salesforce.com rose 1.4% to $55.02, Workday climbed 0.6% to $81.16, FireEye rebounded 2% to $51.42, Netsuite was little changed at $84.65, and Palo Alto gained 0.8% to $63.55.
News For SPLK;CRM;WDAY;FEYE;N;PANW;MSFT;IBM;SAP From The Last 14 Days
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April 15, 2015
11:23 EDTCRMSalesforce.com participates in a meeting with Stephens
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08:43 EDTIBMIBM estimates lowered at Credit Suisse ahead of the Q1 report
Credit Suisse lowered IBM estimates ahead of the Q1 report on April 20 and reiterated its Underperform rating and $125 price target on the stock. The firm's Q1 estimates for EPS and revenue go to $2.84/$19.8B versus consensus of $2.86/$19.9B and FY15 to $15.59/$85B versus consensus of $15.98/$85.4B. Credit Suisse concerns remain a weak order book and a reduction in industry-wide deal sizes, margin dilution from the cloud despite any revenue growth, less effective restructuring, and internal turmoil and underinvestment.
08:17 EDTSAPSAP's financial integration platform selected by Citi and Asian Paints
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
April 14, 2015
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:01 EDTSPLKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
17:14 EDTSPLKSplunk initiated with an Outperform at Baird
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17:13 EDTIBMIBM Medtronic to partner to improve diabetes care
IBM (IBM) and Medtronic (MDT) announced that they will work together to combine powerful analytics and cognitive computing with diabetes medical devices and health data to develop a new generation of personalized diabetes management solutions. People using Medtronic diabetes solutions could benefit from new solutions developed in collaboration with IBM's newly-formed Watson Health unit.
17:12 EDTIBMIBM acquires Cleveland-based Explorys and Dallas-based Phytel
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17:10 EDTIBMIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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12:42 EDTCRMFly Watch: Wells says ServiceNow likely to unveil upbeat revenue target
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12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
11:24 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; GPRO FEYE
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06:47 EDTFEYE, PANWPalo Alto, FireEye remain Piper's favorite security ideas
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06:21 EDTFEYEFireEye April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTMSFTNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
18:11 EDTPANW, FEYEEx-hacker says many capable of launching Sony-style cyber attack, CNET says
Ninety percent of companies are vulnerable to a Sony (SNE)-like cyber attack security experts tell "60 Minutes," CNET says. Companies in the cyber security space include Barracuda (CUDA), FireEye (FEYE), Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Qualys (QLYS), Symantec (SYMC) and Proofpoint (PFPT). Reference Link
12:48 EDTFEYEFireEye executive Kevin Mandia to appear on 60 Minutes broadcast
In a blog post from its website, FireEye said: "A little over four months ago, more than 18M viewers watched the 60 Minutes segment 'What Happens When You Swipe Your Credit Card,' in which FireEye was featured prominently. It was the most watched 60 Minutes broadcast in two years. Earlier this year, this legendary TV broadcast magazine was back for more, again turning to FireEye for our insights on the evolving threat landscape.Correspondent Steve Kroft and his producers spent a day on the FireEye campus and hours interviewing FireEye President Kevin Mandia for a segment that will appear on the 60 Minutes broadcast this Sunday, April 12." Reference Link
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