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July 9, 2014
07:25 EDTRHT, CTXS, VMWVMware downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded VMware (VMW) to Market Perform saying it will be difficult for the company to sustain mid-teens growth in FY15. Wells expects growth in VMware's virtualization business to slow and lowered its price target range for shares to $98-$105 from $107-$117. The firm prefers Citrix (CTXS) and Red Hat (RHT) to VMware.
News For VMW;CTXS;RHT From The Last 14 Days
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April 15, 2015
08:09 EDTVMWGood Technology and VMware resolve patent litigation
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April 10, 2015
13:35 EDTCTXSCitrix falls after guidance cut, but analyst says M&A potential may limit slide
The shares of Citrix (CTXS) are falling after the company lowered its first quarter guidance, but RBC Capital wrote that the miss could increase investors' focus on potential activism or M&A scenarios. The company provides virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. WHAT'S NEW: Citrix last night lowered its first quarter earnings per share guidance to 63c-65c from its previous outlook of 70c-72c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 72c. Citrix reduced its Q1 revenue view to $755M-$760M from $780M-$790M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $787M. The company said that it had underestimated the impact of its restructuring and changes to its field and channel strategies. Those changes had been made in order to prepare the business for its next phase of growth, Citrix added. Foreign exchange fluctuations and customer buying behavior also impacted the results, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote that the preannouncement could increase investors' focus on potential activism or M&A scenarios. As a result, the stock is unlikely to drop much further, the analyst stated. In an M&A scenario, the stock would be worth $79-$83 per share, estimated Hedberg after analyzing recent sizable transactions involving software companies. However, he warned that the company may need to implement additional restructuring measures in order to obtain the one percentage point of leverage from restructuring that it is seeking. Hedberg trimmed his price target on the shares to $67 from $69 and kept a Sector Perform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Another firm, William Blair, downgraded Citrix Systems to Market Perform from Outperform after the company preannounced weaker than expected Q1 results. On April 7, Stifel said it viewed Citrix as an "interesting name" for the rest of the year and thinks activist investors could get involved if the company's turnaround does not progress quickly enough. The firm calculated that, using a similar take out multiple to what is being paid for peer Informatica (INFA), equates to a $110 price for Citrix. Earlier that day, Informatica announced it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by a company controlled by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, or CPPIB, for approximately $5.3B, or $48.75 per share. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Citrix fell 2% to $63.35.
10:07 EDTCTXSHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTCTXSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTCTXSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quantum (QTM), up 22.2%. ALSO HIGHER: General Electric (GE), up 6.6% after announcing that it will sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B... Horizon Pharma (HZNP), up 3.7% after receiving fast track designation for Actimmune... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 2.3% after FDA modifies partial clinical hold on Tekmira TKM-Ebola IND... Netflix (NFLX), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT), up 3.6% after acquiring $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital. LOWER: Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 5.8% after lowering first quarter guidance... Uniqure (QURE), down 2.4% after 3M share Secondary priced at $29.50... FIS (FIS), down 2.5% after lowering first quarter guidance... Golub Capital (GBDC), down 2.3% after 3.5M share Spot Secondary priced at $17.42.
09:02 EDTCTXSCitrix news may increase focus on activism/M&A scenarios, says RBC Capital
After Citrix lowered its Q1 EPS guidance, RBC Capital thinks the preannouncement could increase investors' focus on potential activism and/or M&A scenarios. As a result, the firm thinks the stock can reach $71-$83. However, it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
05:46 EDTCTXSCitrix downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded Citrix Systems to Market Perform after the company preannounced weaker than expected Q1 results.
April 9, 2015
16:36 EDTCTXSCitrix down over 7% after lowering Q1 guidance
16:26 EDTCTXSCitrix halted, levels to watch
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16:17 EDTCTXSCitrix to resume trading at 4:35 pm ET
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16:09 EDTCTXSCitrix lowers Q1 EPS view to 63c-65c from 70c-72c, consensus 72c
Lowers Q1 revenue guidance to $755M-$760M from $780M-$790M, consensus $786.76M. Mark Templeton, president and CEO for Citrix stated, “We are disappointed with our Q1 results, but fully committed to the financial, operational and strategic initiatives announced last quarter. We underestimated the impact caused by our restructuring, organizational evolution, and changes to our field and channel strategies, which were the result of important decisions made to get the business ready for our next phase of growth. Additionally, the increase in foreign exchange volatility impacted results and customer-buying behavior to a larger extent than anticipated in the quarter. We are continuing to optimize our business model and our focus on improving margins remains unchanged.”
10:00 EDTCTXSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTCTXSCitrix downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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07:36 EDTRHTRed Hat OpenStack could more than double in three years, says JPMorgan
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April 7, 2015
15:45 EDTCTXSCitrix agrees to buy cloud-based telephony solution provider Grasshopper
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10:47 EDTCTXSCitrix could be targeted after Informatica deal, says Stifel
Stifel views Citrix (CTXS) as an "interesting name" for the rest of the year and thinks activist investors could get involved if the company's turnaround does not progress quickly enough. The firm calculates that, using a similar take out multiple to what is being paid for peer Informatica (INFA), equates to a $110 price for Citrix. The firm also believes Teradata (TDC) could be viewed as a potential takeout candidate after the deal for Informatica, noting that a takeout premium in line with Informatica’s would yield a price of about $55 per share for Teradata. Stifel has a Buy rating on Citrix and Hold rating on Teradata.
10:43 EDTRHT, CTXSInformatica rises after agreeing to be taken private for $48.75 per share
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April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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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.
05:43 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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