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April 7, 2014
10:10 EDTMSFT, SAP, PANW, IBM, N, FEYE, SPLK, WDAY, CRMAnalyst 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.
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January 13, 2015
17:55 EDTIBMIBM launches the z13 mainframe after $1B investment
IBM announced the z13 mainframe system, capable of processing 2.5B transactions per day and it is the first system to make real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale. z13 speeds real-time encryption of mobile transactions to help protect the transaction data and ensure response times consistent with a positive customer experience. The system includes 500 new patents including cryptographic encryption technologies that enable more security features for mobile initiated transactions. The system culminates a $1B investment and five years of development.
11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTMSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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10:32 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; CLF FEYE
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10:00 EDTSAPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTSAPSAP upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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07:47 EDTPANW, CRM, SPLKUBS to hold investor trip
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07:04 EDTIBMFederal court confirms halt to sales of chips used by SanDisk, IBM, others
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06:40 EDTSAPSAP upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
06:33 EDTIBMTeradata set to acquire Appoxee for about $20M, WSJ reports
Teradata (TDC) will buy Appoxee, a Tel Aviv-based mobile-marketing-automation startup, for around $20M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. Teradata rival IBM (IBM) acquired Xtify, a mobile-marketing company, in 2013. Reference Link
06:30 EDTIBMCourt order bars sales of chips used by SanDisk and IBM, WSJ reports
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05:50 EDTFEYEStocks with implied volatility movement; GRPN FEYE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Groupon (GRPN) 70, FireEye (FEYE) 66 according to iVolatility.
January 12, 2015
11:51 EDTIBMIBM results seen being hurt by continued dollar strength
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10:23 EDTSAPSAP jumps 3.5% after resuming trade following Q4 report
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10:12 EDTSAPSAP reports Q4 revenue EUR 5.46B
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09:57 EDTSAPSAP trading halted, pending news
08:05 EDTMSFTGameStop to use Microsoft Azure to stream game content, promotional materials
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07:52 EDTIBMIBM to undertake biggest re-organization in company history, Register says
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07:52 EDTIBMIBM price target lowered to $130 from $144 at Jefferies
Jefferies lowered its price target for IBM shares to $130 after cutting its estimates to reflect the strengthening of the dollar against almost every other major currency worldwide since the tech giant reported Q3 results. Jefferies believes consensus estimates for IBM need to come down as the company deals with enterprises increasingly allocating investments away from traditional Software and IT Outsourcing toward investments in Cloud, Mobile and and Social initiatives. The firm reiterates an Underperform rating on IBM.
07:35 EDTSAP, IBMNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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