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July 9, 2014
11:00 EDTAMZN, RHT, GOOG, CTXS, MSFT, EMC, VMWWells 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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January 26, 2016
16:24 EDTEMC, VMWVMware appoints Zane Rowe as CFO
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16:21 EDTVMWVMware moves up
After results, the shares are up over 4.8% in the extended session to $51.69. At that price resistance is at $52.88. Support is at $50.39.
16:18 EDTVMWVMware to take charge on restructuring, announces new CFO
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16:16 EDTVMWVMware reports Q4 EPS $1.26, consensus $1.25
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16:00 EDTMSFT, AMZNOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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15:20 EDTEMC, VMWEarnings Watch: EMC reports as questions linger on Dell deal
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14:32 EDTEMCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
14:32 EDTVMWNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:41 EDTEMCEMC volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:13 EDTAMZNFANG shares are trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
Amazon current 30-day call option implied volatility is at 49, compared to a one-month ago of 29, suggesting large price movement.
11:13 EDTMSFT, AMZNActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:34 EDTRHT, MSFTBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
09:32 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTGOOG, MSFTTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
08:13 EDTVMWVMware expected layoffs hit Monday, Fortune reports
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07:51 EDTAMZN, GOOGStreet still underestimates Alphabet's outlook, says Bernstein
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07:44 EDTGOOG, AMZNStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
07:11 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle tax avoidance deal reignites controversy, FT reports
The U.K. government is distancing itself from George Osborne's belief taht the tax deal with Google was "a major success," the Financial Times reports. Google's deal to pay GBP130M in back taxes to the U.K. government has brought back a controversy that made fixing tax avoidance the top priority three years ago, the report says. Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman declines to repeat Osborne's claim that the deal was a "success" and a "victory," the report says. Reference Link
06:00 EDTEMC, VMWEU to decide on Dell, EMC deal by February 29, Reuters reports
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