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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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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTGOOGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:58 EDTCTXSThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
13:55 EDTEMCEMC volatility elevated as shares near 13-year high
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13:52 EDTVMWVMware volatility at low end of historic range
VMware November call option implied volatility is at 22, December is at 23, January is at 20, April is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
09:38 EDTMSFT, AMZNActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs contract with Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed a contract with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes related professional services, licensing, training and support.
09:05 EDTMSFTNPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle to retire Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015
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November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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14:26 EDTGOOGAVG Technologies, Google renew Internet search and advertising agreement
AVG Technologies (AVG) announced earlier it has signed a renewal of its Internet search and advertising services agreement with Google (GOOG; GOOGL). The agreement has a 16-month term. AVG Technologies advised that the company's news release earlier today included an incorrect statement of the terms of the Google contract.
11:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms acquisition of security company Aorato
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11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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10:01 EDTEMC, VMWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:14 EDTVMWVMware initiated with a Buy at Maxim
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08:14 EDTEMCEMC initiated with a Hold at Maxim
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07:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Aorato for about $200M, sources say, WSJ reports
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGLenovo, Asustek to launch $149 Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo and Asustek plan to release Chromebooks using Google (GOOG) certified solutions from Rockchip in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. According to DigiTimes Resarch's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain, the devices are expected to be priced at $149. Reference Link
06:20 EDTMSFT, AMZN, GOOGAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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