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July 9, 2014
11:00 EDTVMW, CTXS, RHT, EMC, GOOG, AMZN, MSFTWells 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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July 9, 2014
13:44 EDTAMZNNetflix wins video on demand rights to 'Zoo' series, Variety reports
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12:52 EDTGOOGGasparino says hearing 'buzz' of Google buying Time Warner
Charles Gasparino of Fox Business tweeted ahead of the Sun Valley conference, "I'm now hearing more Google buying time warner buzz than any other company will advise once I get to #sunvalley." Shares of Time Warner are at their highs of the day, up 81c to $71.56.
11:00 EDTAMZN, MSFT, VMW, RHT, EMC, CTXS, GOOGWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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10:02 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTVMW, EMC, GOOG, AMZN, MSFTVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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08:09 EDTEMCEMC product refresh addressed TCO issues, says Credit Suisse
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07:25 EDTRHT, VMW, CTXSVMware downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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06:59 EDTGOOGYelp formally opposed the EU's antitrust settlement with Google, NY Times says
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06:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft warns of support deadlines for Windows 7
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06:34 EDTGOOGFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTGOOGFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFT, GOOG, AMZNGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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July 8, 2014
18:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com proposes e-book authors keep 100% of revenue, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; July 8, 2014
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10:39 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook leave net neutrality fight to startups, Bloomberg says
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07:47 EDTGOOG, MSFTThe Cato Institute holds a discussion
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07:32 EDTGOOG, MSFTSemiconductor Equipment & Materials International to hold a conference
SEMICON West to be held in San Francisco on July 8-10.
06:28 EDTAMZNWal-Mart embracing small store models, online strategies, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTEMCEMC acquires TwinStrata, terms not disclosed
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