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April 7, 2014
10:10 EDTSAP, PANW, IBM, N, MSFT, SPLK, WDAY, CRM, FEYEAnalyst 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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May 15, 2015
08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 14, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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14:01 EDTFEYEFireEye currently unwilling to consider sale, Re/code reports
After Cisco (CEO) John Chambers said last night on the company Q3 conference call that he "wouldn't bet on" the rumor that his company was targeting an acquisition of FireEye (FEYE), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl added that FireEye is not for sale in any case. The security company's management would not be willing to entertain takeover offers before it reaches $1B in annual revenue, sources familiar with the matter told Hesseldahl. Reference Link
11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto Q3 checks positive, says Stephens
Stephens said its checks have come back positive during Palo Alto's Q3 have been positive, leading the firm to expect the company's results to top consensus expectations. Stephens keeps its Overweight rating and $170 price target on Palo Alto shares.
08:21 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $87 from $78 at Goldman
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08:21 EDTPANW, FEYEFinjan says patent suits ongoing with numerous cybersecurity companies
Finjan (FNJN) said it has an active Markman Hearing schedule with two Markman Hearings already concluded in favor of the company and two additional Markman Hearings to be held in Q2. The company has a two-week trial against Blue Coat set to commence on July 20. Finjan has patent infringement lawsuits against FireEye (FEYE), BlueCoat, Proofpoint (PFPT), Sophos, Symantec (SYMC), and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio. Subsequent to the quarter end, Finjan entered into a negotiated license agreement with F-Secure Corporation, a company incorporated in Finland. The agreement provides for F-Secure to pay Finjan the sum of $1M in cash, to be paid in two installments, consisting of $700,000 which was received on April 22 and $300,000 on or before March 31, 2016. The agreement also provides for the assignment by F-Secure to Finjan of two patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,474,048 and 7,749,991.
06:21 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 57 at upper end of index
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May 13, 2015
18:04 EDTFEYECisco CEO says don't bet on talk of FireEye acquisition
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16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
10:32 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:20 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTIBMIBM partners with Teleflora for large florists network
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07:21 EDTNCredit Suisse to hold a conference
4th Annual Disruptive Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on May 13-14 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 13 at 10:35 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
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