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June 4, 2014
11:27 EDTSPLK, EMC, ORCL, VMW, TIBXTIBCO 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).
News For TIBX;ORCL;SPLK;VMW;EMC From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
16:26 EDTSPLKSplunk initiated with an Equal-Weight at First Analysis
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07:57 EDTORCLOracle weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord said the recent dip in Oracle is a good chance to buy the shares as their investment thesis remains unchanged. The firm noted the Q4 earnings disappointment and its recent sell-off and trimmed its estimates accordingly. Canaccord continues to expect a several point multiple expansion on its free cash flow based valuation as investors gain confidence in the company's transition to the Cloud. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $50 price target on Oracle shares.
July 1, 2015
10:00 EDTSPLKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:57 EDTVMWVMware, Carahsoft pay $75.5M to settle claims of overcharging government
VMware and Carahsoft Technology Corporation yesterday agreed to pay $75.5M to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting their commercial pricing practices and overcharging the government on VMware software products and related services, the Department of Justice announced. VMware is a Delaware corporation that specializes in computer virtualization software and has its principal place of business in Palo Alto, California. Carahsoft is a privately held Maryland corporation that distributes information technology products to federal, state and local governments and has its principal place of business in Reston, Virginia. The settlement resolves allegations that VMware and Carahsoft made false statements to the government in connection with the sale of VMware products and services under Carahsoft’s MAS contract. These false statements allegedly concealed the companies’ commercial pricing practices and enabled the companies to overcharge the government for VMware’s products and services from 2007 through 2013. The civil settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act, which permits private parties to file suit on behalf of the United States for false claims and obtain a portion of the government’s recovery. The civil lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia by Dane Smith, who is a former vice president of the Americas at VMware Inc. Smith’s share of the recovery has not been determined.
June 30, 2015
17:06 EDTSPLKSplunk initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
Target $80.
05:59 EDTORCLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
June 29, 2015
10:54 EDTORCLGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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10:02 EDTVMW, EMCHP deal for EMC 'more than a distinct possibility,' says Raymond James
Noting that shares of both HP (HPQ) and EMC (EMC) have been stagnant, Raymond James analyst Brian Alexander repeated that he believes shareholders of both would earn substantial returns from a deal between the two and that he thinks an HP acquisition of EMC is "more than a distinct possibility." Alexander previously said in a note to investors on June 4 that he believed HP will ultimately buy EMC, including VMware (VMW). Assuming EMC is acquired for $32-$34 at various combinations of debt/stock, accretion for HP ranges from 39%-52%, Alexander calculates. Raymond James has a Market Perform rating on HP, a Strong Buy rating on EMC and an Outperform rating on VMware.
June 26, 2015
06:17 EDTORCLConcerns over AWS pricing overblown, says Piper Jaffray
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June 25, 2015
12:59 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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June 24, 2015
11:16 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:57 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added VMware to the Conviction Buy List and maintained its $102 price target. The firm believes VMware will benefit from improving execution, accelerating cash flow, ELA renewals, and growth from expanded product adoption and gains in emerging areas.
June 23, 2015
11:00 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:47 EDTORCLOracle new services round out cloud platform, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White believes Oracle's addition of 25 new cloud services rounds out the Oracle Cloud Platform. He says Oracle is now in a unique position to competitively deliver cloud solutions to enterprise customers and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $48 price target.
06:04 EDTORCLOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
June 22, 2015
08:22 EDTORCLOracle to hold a webinar
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