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June 26, 2014
12:12 EDTCSCO, PANW, SPLK, AMZNSplunk climbs after analyst says shares look poised to rebound
Shares of Splunk (SPLK), which creates data mining tools, are advancing slightly in a down market after research firm Wedbush wrote in a note to investors earlier today that the stock is well-positioned to advance. WHAT'S NEW: Splunk's stock has tumbled 27% this year, while its high-growth software peers covered by Wedbush have been flat on average in 2014, analyst Steve Koenig wrote. After speaking with a number of Splunk's resellers and customers, the analyst believes that its products are becoming more popular. Moreover, Splunk's products appear to be several years ahead of its competitors, Koenig stated. Additionally, partnerships that the company has signed with a number of tech firms - including Cisco (CSCO), Amazon (AMZN), and Palo Alto (PANW) - will make it harder for competitors to put a dent in its market share, the analyst believes. With Splunk increasing the size of its sales force, the company's revenue growth could exceed expectations by as much as ten percentage points in the second half of fiscal 2015, Koenig stated. He kept a $67 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, the shares climbed 1% to $53.82. Splunk's stock is up 17% in the last month.
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March 19, 2015
05:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands Prime Now delivery to Baltimore and Miami
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March 18, 2015
05:35 EDTCSCODeutsche Telekom and Cisco launch intercloud services on OpenStack
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) and Cisco (CSCO) are announcing a newly developed Intercloud-based services for small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise customers. The two companies announced their Intercloud collaboration in September 2014. Deutsche Telekom and Cisco are currently setting up the necessary infrastructure for a redundant Intercloud node in Deutsche Telekom's high-performance data centers in Magdeburg and Biere near Berlin, Germany. Deutsche Telekom will deliver sovereign and highly secure services that meet Germany's strict data protection standards to business customers throughout the European region.
March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTAMZNVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTAMZNVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
11:23 EDTAMZNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:07 EDTAMZNDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTAMZNBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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11:00 EDTSPLKArrow Electronics and Splunk announce distribution agreement
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10:44 EDTAMZNNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:21 EDTCSCOVicor says SynQor power converter claims held to be invalid
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 13 issued a ruling invalidating key claims of a power converter patent asserted by SynQor Inc. against Vicor Corporation (VICR) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) in litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Reversing a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit agreed with Vicor that prior art anticipated certain claims of SynQor's 7,072,190 patent and ordered the USPTO to reconsider the obviousness of the remaining claims. Commenting on the decision, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Vicor's CEO, stated, "The Federal Circuit decision turns the tables on SynQor, which resorted to attacking competitors and customers with bogus intellectual property after failing in the marketplace with its inferior bus converters. As a company founded on innovation, Vicor respects legitimate IP interests of others. However, Vicor will confront abusive IP litigation where, as here, illegitimate claims are asserted to suppress competition from superior products known not to infringe." Vicor has asserted counterclaims against SynQor. In its counterclaims, Vicor seeks damages for unfair and deceptive trade practices and tortious interference engaged in by SynQor as part of its campaign to discourage customers from using Vicor's superior products so as to monopolize the bus converter market. Vicor will hold SynQor, and its principals, accountable for damages they have intentionally caused.
07:32 EDTCSCOUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
06:09 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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March 13, 2015
17:11 EDTAMZNSony Pictures TV nears streaming video deal for Seinfeld, WSJ reports
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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10:34 EDTAMZNApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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09:50 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:12 EDTPANWVista exploring sale of cybersecurity company Websense, Bloomberg says
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06:03 EDTCSCO, AMZNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN QCOM
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