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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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September 17, 2014
07:58 EDTRHTRed Hat October volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Red Hat September call option implied volatility is at 92, October is at 36, December is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 18.
06:59 EDTAMZNAmazon.com ads could increase EPS, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Amazon.com's ad initiatives could boost its EPS by $2.60 and raise its operating margin by one point in 2018. The firm quotes ad tech experts with whom it spoke as saying that the company is "a potential juggernaut in the ad industry" and is "on a $1B run rate." The firm keeps a $460 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
September 16, 2014
19:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to add Kraft CFO Teri List-Stoll, Visa CEO Charles Scharf to board
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19:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft raises dividend 11% to 31c per share
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18:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to add Kraft CFO List-Stoll, Visa CEO Scharf to board, Bloomberg says
Microsoft board members Marquardt and Dublon are retiring from the board, according to Bloomberg, citing an emailed press release from the company.
18:54 EDTMSFTMicrosoft raises dividend 11% to 31c per share, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 16, 2014
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15:32 EDTCTXSCitrix acquires Android and iOS virtualization start-up, TechCrunch reports
Citrix has acquired a start-up, Virtual, that claims to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS well enough to act as an environment for bug testing and hardware emulation, reported TechCrunch, citing "a reliable source." Reference Link
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat, shares near fresh 14-year high
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10:52 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nexus 9 tablet may arrive on October 8, PhoneArena.com says
Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be unveiled on October 8, reports PhoneArena.com, citing a Portuguese report from 4G News. According to the source, the Nexus 9 will feature a Tegra K1 processor and may come equipped with 3GB of RAM rather than the previously rumored 4GB. Reference Link
10:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weighs German-only cloud platform, Datacenter Dynamics reports
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09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 in Q4
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to its Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the Q4.
09:05 EDTEMCEMC selects ADP for human capital management
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07:57 EDTAMZN, MSFTFBN Securities to hold a tour
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07:19 EDTMSFTCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAMZNBoeing, Lockheed ally with Amazon CEO on rocket engine, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle called on by Berlin to disclose search engine formula, FT reports
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