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July 9, 2014
11:00 EDTMSFT, EMC, VMW, AMZN, RHT, GOOG, CTXSWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
Shares of cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW) are dropping slightly after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock due to concerns about the company's growth outlook. Meanwhile, in comments made to The Wall Street Journal, VMware's CEO suggested that the company was unlikely to be acquired. WHAT'S NEW: VMware will have difficulty achieving analysts' consensus growth expectations over the next 6-18 months, Wells Fargo predicted. The company will have difficulty sustaining its current mid-teen percentage growth rates in its fiscal 2015, the firm added. Growth in VMware's core virtualization business should slow sooner or later, and the company's new products probably won't grow quickly enough to compensate, the firm forecast. Wells downgraded VMware to Market Perform from Outperform and cut its price target range on the stock to $98-105 from $107-$112. The firm prefers two other software infrastructure companies, Red Hat (RHT) and Citrix (CTXS). Citrix has easy comparisons and better execution than VMware, while its valuation is depressed, the firm believes. Meanwhile, Red Hat could see 15% or better revenue growth and an increase in its multiple, Wells predicted. The firm kept Outperform ratings on Citrix and Red Hat. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Asked if it will be tough for VMware to remain independent, the company's CEO, Patrick Gelsinger, suggested that to buy VMware, an acquirer would also have to purchase its parent, EMC (EMC), The Wall Street Journal reported today. As a result, the acquirer would have to pay $60B for EMC, including a premium, the CEO added. EMC owns 80% of VMware. In the interview, Gelsinger identified the "key cloud-tech companies" that matter in the long term as his own, Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), and Microsoft (MSFT), which he said has the most "comparable view" to VMware's. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, VMware fell 0.8% to $94.45.
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December 9, 2014
07:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com continuing to gain share, says Pacific Crest
After conducting a consumer technology survey, Pacific Crest reports that 81% of respondents plan to shop at Amazon this holiday, while 31% plan to do most or nearly all of their online holiday shopping on the website. The firm thinks the company is continuing to gain share and it recommends buying the stock.
07:41 EDTCTXSBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon warns of moving more drone research abroad, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTMSFTSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com testing faster deliveries through bikes, drones, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon unveils 'Make an Offer' for customers to negotiate lower prices
Amazon.com has announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items. Expanding on Amazonís traditional fixed price model, the new pricing feature allows customers to offer to buy items at even lower prices. If agreed upon, customers can then purchase the items at a savings from the listed price. To start, more than 150,000 items from sellers on Amazon are enabled with the "Make an Offer" experience across Sports and Entertainment Collectibles, Collectible Coins and Fine Art. The new feature will expand to hundreds of thousands of items from sellers in 2015. The "Make an Offer" feature is not an auction format. All negotiations are 1:1 and private between individual customers and sellers. A seller is able to accept a customerís offer at any time. The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.
06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Street View in Dubai
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06:00 EDTGOOGSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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05:34 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the companyís argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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10:00 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTAMZNAmazon increasing robot fulfilment use faster than expected, says Janney Capital
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08:14 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded at Wells Fargo
As noted earlier, Wells Fargo downgraded Red Hat to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation. Target $64-$68.
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers strike again, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
December 7, 2014
13:47 EDTGOOGGoogle could reach $634 in a year, Barron's says
Google shares look attractive at current levels and shares could reach $634.00 in a year, driven by stabilizing ad pricing, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
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