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July 7, 2013
20:01 EDTFFIV, VMW, JNPR, ALU, CSCOVMware, SDN threatens networking hardware makers, Barron's says
SDN, or software-defined networking, could pose a threat to hardware companies like Cisco (CSCO), F5 Networks (FFIV), Juniper Networks (JNPR), and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) as VMware (VMW) could steal business from the companies as SDN gains momentum, Barron's contends in its Technology Trader column. Cisco says that it intends to become a software and services vendor instead of only making hardware, the paper adds. Reference Link
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June 24, 2015
10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTCSCOInvestors should weigh waiting for better Arista entry point, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Arista's (ANET) new Cloudvision software should have only a minor impact on its 2H15 results. The firm recommends that investors consider waiting for a lower entry point before buying the stock. The firm thinks that such an entry point could materialize during the company's trial versus Cisco (CSCO) this summer. It keeps an $88 price target and Overweight rating on Arista..
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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08:04 EDTCSCONRG Renew to develop 20MW solar energy facility for Cisco
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07:41 EDTCSCORed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:33 EDTCSCOBlackBerry, Cisco sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement
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05:33 EDTJNPRJuniper, Ruckus Wireless announce new technology alliance
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June 22, 2015
08:08 EDTCSCORed Hat names Frank Calderoni as EVP, operations, CFO
Red Hat (RHT) announced that Frank Calderoni will join the company as EVP, operations and CFO. Calderoni will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and the leadership and management of IT and operations teams, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO, Jim Whitehurst. Calderoni served as EVP and CFO at Cisco Systems (CSCO) for seven years and most recently served as an executive advisor. Calderoni succeeds Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Charlie Peters, whose planned retirement was announced in December 2014, and who will remain with Red Hat until July 31. Calderoni joins Red Hat on June 22, 2015, and will succeed Peters as CFO effective July 13, 2015.
07:17 EDTALURegulators to decide by July 27 on Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent deal, Reuters reports
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June 18, 2015
16:54 EDTCSCOCisco announces stock trading plans for executives
On June 12, John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, adopted a pre-arranged stock trading plan to (i) exercise up to 1,775,000 Cisco stock options set to expire in September and November of 2016, and sell the acquired shares of Cisco stock, and (ii) sell up to 500,000 shares of Cisco stock from other shareholdings. The plan is scheduled to terminate in September 2016. On June 17, Charles Robbins, incoming CEO of Cisco, modified a pre-arranged stock trading plan originally entered into and disclosed in March 2015. Sales under the modified portion of the plan may begin in September 2015. Under the plan, Mr. Robbins may (i) exercise up to 42,000 Cisco stock options set to expire in September 2016, and sell the acquired shares of Cisco stock, and (ii) sell up to 90,000 shares of Cisco stock from other shareholdings. The plan is scheduled to terminate in December 2015.
09:31 EDTCSCOCisco plans to make $60M investment in India, Economic Times reports
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07:55 EDTCSCONimble Storage downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Nimble Storage (NMBL) to Hold citing the recent appreciation in shares, which the firm attributes to "heightened awareness of acquisition potential." The firm views Nimble as a "nice fit" for Cisco (CSCO), but believes some amount of a takeover premium is priced into the stock. It keeps a $33 price target for shares.
07:04 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
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June 17, 2015
16:12 EDTCSCOCrossroads Systems updates on patent litigation after Markman hearing
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11:03 EDTALUNokia, Alcatel-Lucent say DOJ permits companies to proceed with combination
Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has granted early termination of the U.S. antitrust waiting period for the combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, permitting the transaction to proceed. The parties said they continue to make good progress with the regulatory approval processes in the remaining relevant jurisdictions, with the parties having already obtained antitrust clearances in Brazil and Serbia. The transaction remains subject to approval by Nokia shareholders, Nokia holding over 50% of the share capital of Alcatel-Lucent on a fully diluted basis upon completion of the public exchange offer, receipt of other regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016.
09:48 EDTCSCOCisco to invest $10B in China innovation and development
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08:25 EDTCSCOCisco to participate in a tech talk with SunTrust
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June 16, 2015
09:36 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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06:18 EDTFFIVUp to 390,000 linked to DHS might have had data breached, AP reports
As many as 390,000 current and former Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, employees, contractors, and job applicants may have had private data compromised in a computer hack discovered a year ago, the Associated Press reports. Homeland Security Department spokesman S.Y. Lee said that internal notices about the breach were sent to employees starting April 27, the report says. Lee added that the hack is separate from one involving the same government contractor that was disclosed by the government in December. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
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