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July 9, 2014
11:00 EDTGOOG, CTXS, MSFT, EMC, VMW, AMZN, RHTWells 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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April 7, 2015
06:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures leading $12M investment in CoreOS, Business Insider reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGTurkey restores access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, FT reports
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April 6, 2015
19:42 EDTGOOGSurvey of iPhone, iPad users indicates preference for Google search, BI says
48% of Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPad users report that if Yahoo (YHOO) were to acquire default search engine rights for Apple's Safari browser, they would manually switch the default search back to Google (GOOG), reports Business Insider, citing a survey of roughly 500 Apple users by Goldman Sachs tech analysts. 4% of the surveyed users stated they would intentionally keep Yahoo as the default. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 51c to 24.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA VZ TWTR BIDU RIG NFLX AMZN KO PBR according to Track Data.
10:02 EDTMSFT, VMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks with Hutchison for cheaper overseas calls, Telegraph reports
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAMZNeBay threatened by merchant satisfaction with Amazon, Bloomberg says
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07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Wells Fargo
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07:34 EDTMSFTWells Fargo upgrades Microsoft on improved strategic position
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06:35 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
Nomura upgraded VMware to Buy with a $95 price target following favorable survey results. The firm's Q1 survey came in slightly ahead of plan and believes the Street is too cautious on shares, which could serve as a positive catalyst for shares. Separately, Nomura said the upcoming end of Windows Server 2003 in July could be an incremental catalyst as replacement servers will likely be virtualized.
06:32 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures-backed Buttercoin to shut down
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft completes latest round of layoffs, Business Insider reports
Microsoft has completed its latest round of layoffs in a move to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Business Insider reports, citing an email from Chief Information Officer Jim DuBois. A company spokesperson commented that the company believes this will be the "last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July." Though it is unclear how many employees were laid off in this round, affected workers are coming from Microsoft's divisions and not focused on former Nokia employees. Reference Link
06:00 EDTAMZNIndian railways may tie up with Amazon for parcels, Economic Times says
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05:54 EDTGOOGYouTube planning advertising campaign aimed at Canada, Globe and Mail says
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05:43 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
April 5, 2015
16:56 EDTAMZN, GOOGEU considers major probe into Internet platforms, WSJ says
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14:32 EDTGOOGAntitrust suit against Google over Android app limits dropped, Reuters says
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