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June 4, 2014
11:27 EDTEMC, ORCL, VMW, TIBX, SPLKTIBCO sinks after weaker than expected second quarter outlook
Shares of TIBCO (TIBX), which supplies middleware and infrastructure software, are sinking after the company issued a weaker than expected outlook for the second quarter and received several analyst downgrades. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, TIBCO forecast Q2 adjusted EPS of 12c-13c and revenue of $250M-$252M, trailing expectations of 21c and $267.48M, respectively. "After a solid first quarter, revenue fell short of expectations in the second quarter, primarily due to lower-than-expected sales of Spotfire," said Vivek Ranadive, TIBCO's founder and CEO. "We again experienced growth this quarter in our core infrastructure and event processing product revenue, but Spotfire sales were less than anticipated. We have several changes under way that we believe will improve Spotfire performance. We also acquired Jaspersoft this quarter, and while not a meaningful contributor to second quarter revenue, it represents an important addition to our analytics strategy going forward," Ranadive added. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly negative. Three separate firms - Mizuho, JMP Securities, and Stifel - all downgraded their ratings on TIBCO, citing its guidance. Conversely, Wells Fargo said the stock could recover within 12 months. Wells believes that the company's guidance is achievable and that the company can benefit from increasing its focus on analytics products. The firm cut its price target range on the stock to $25-$27 from $34-$36, but kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, TIBCO fell $1.47, or about 7%, to $19.32 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the stock is down about 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: TIBCO competitors include Oracle (ORCL), Splunk (SPLK), VMware (VMW) and EMC (EMC).
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May 26, 2015
08:15 EDTEMCEMC to host conference call
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08:04 EDTEMCEMC to acquire Virtustream in deal valued at $1.2B in cash
EMC Corporation announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream. When the transaction closes, Virtustream will form EMC's new managed cloud services business. Virtustream's cloud software and Infrastructure-as-a-Service portfolio will be delivered directly to customers and through partners. EMC Federation service provider partners will receive access to Virtustream's xStream cloud management software platform and be enabled to adopt and deliver their own branded services based upon it. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions, is valued at approximately $1.2B, and has been approved by the boards of directors of both EMC and Virtustream and the requisite Virtustream stockholders. The transaction is expected to have no material impact to EMC financial results in 2015 and is expected to be additive to revenues and accretive to EPS in 2016.
08:02 EDTEMCEMC to acquire Virtustream in deal valued at $1.2B in cash
06:38 EDTORCLMicrosoft buying Salesforce 'makes a lot of sense,' says Piper Jaffray
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May 21, 2015
11:39 EDTEMCNetApp hits 52-week low after results, outlook miss expectations
Shares of storage company NetApp (NTAP) are falling after the company’s fourth quarter results and first quarter outlook significantly trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday, NetApp reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 65c and revenue of $1.54B, trailing analysts’ consensus estimates of 72c and $1.59B, respectively. The company raised its quarterly dividend 9% to 18c per share. It also announced a “realignment” that will be implemented through the end of 3Q16. As part of the realignment, NetApp expects to reduce worldwide headcount by approximately 500 employees. The company expects to incur aggregate charges of approximately $25M-$35M for employee terminations and other costs associated with the realignment. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q1, NetApp forecast adjusted EPS of 20c-25c and revenue of $1.275B-$1.375B, well below the consensus of 60c and $1.46B, respectively. On the company’s conference call, management said it sees a return to a growth trajectory in second half of FY16. OEM revenue ended at less than 10% of FY15 net revenues and normalized to a level of revenue that the company will no longer discuss separately, management stated, adding that the company is well positioned for the era of cloud computing. They expect to reduce the company’s share count by another 5%, and see operating margins back in range in the second half of the year. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JP Morgan, Cantor, Summit Research and Needham all downgraded NetApp following its Q4 report. JPMorgan went to Underweight on NetApp, citing the "tough" Cluster ONTAP product transition after the company's Q1 revenue guidance missed expectations. The firm cut its price target for shares to $29 from $35. Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian White downgraded NetApp to Hold from Buy, citing execution issues with the product transition and secular challenges for the storage market, and cut his price target for shares to $35 from $43. Last night marked the seventh time in eight quarters that NetApp missed estimates, Summit Research noted. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, NetApp fell $4.17, or about 12%, to $31.16 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $30.90. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 10% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the in the storage space include EMC Corporation (EMC), Dot Hill Systems (HILL) and Nimble Storage (NMBL).
08:15 EDTORCLSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:04 EDTSPLKSplunk volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:37 EDTORCLOracle to cut 40% of industry solutions team, Business Insider reports
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May 20, 2015
10:00 EDTSPLKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:16 EDTSPLKSplunk Q1 revenue likely to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:09 EDTSPLKSplunk upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Splunk to Outperform with a $87 price target based on efforts to expand new customer adoption and the application layer. The firm said Splunk has provided increased flexibility in the product evaluation phase, which should improve new customer adoption, and extended efforts to build full solutions in the application layer. Macquarie also believes Splunk could emerge as a winner in Big Data analytics, resulting in new customer wins.
05:57 EDTORCLSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
13:05 EDTORCLSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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May 18, 2015
12:00 EDTSPLKSplunk selloff following CTO change unwarranted, says Cantor
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08:07 EDTSPLKSplunk appoints Snehal Antani as Chief Technology Officer
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07:27 EDTEMCJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
16:50 EDTORCLWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTEMC, VMWPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:51 EDTEMCGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:13 EDTEMCThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
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