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August 4, 2014
11:02 EDTMSFT, VMW, IBM, CSCO, EMCVMware seen as takeover candidate if spun from EMC
Shares of VMware (VMW) and EMC (EMC) are advancing after FBR Capital wrote that VMware would become an acquisition target if it is spun off from EMC, as has reportedly been urged by an activist investor. Meanwhile, EMC could take more steps to enhance shareholder value, FBR Capital believes. WHAT'S NEW: After The Wall Street Journal reported that hedge fund Elliott Management would push EMC to spin off VMware, FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives wrote that he thinks that such a spin-off would make VMware "a top acquisition candidate." Among the potential acquirers of VMware in such a scenario are IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), and Cisco (CSCO), Ives contended. Furthermore, EMC could consider other measures to enhance shareholder value, including a reduction of the company's stake in VMware and an increase in its dividend and/or share repurchases, Ives believes. Meanwhile, EMC's fundamentals appear healthy, as FBR's checks suggest that the company is poised to capitalize on solid trends this year and beyond, the analyst wrote. He raised his price target on EMC to $35 from $33 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Elliott Management has obtained a stake of over $1B in EMC, The Journal reported on July 21. During its earning conference call on July 23, EMC management said it had heard nothing else from Elliot Management at that point other than the request for a meeting. EMC added, "We are always open and welcome with dialogue with all of our shareholders... and will respectfully listen to them." PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.7% to $29.25 and VMware advanced 1.4% to $99.69.
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January 26, 2016
17:32 EDTVMWVMware sees FY16 revenue $6.8B-$6.9B, consensus $7.21B
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17:18 EDTVMWVMware sees continued weakness in China, Russia and Brazil
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17:12 EDTVMWVMware sees 2016 total bookings, license bookings to exceed revenue growth
In its Q4 slides presentation the company said for 2016 expect total bookings and license bookings to exceed revenue growth by 3-5% points.
16:25 EDTEMCEMC names Denis Cashman CFO
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16:24 EDTVMW, EMCVMware appoints Zane Rowe as CFO
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16:21 EDTVMWVMware moves up
After results, the shares are up over 4.8% in the extended session to $51.69. At that price resistance is at $52.88. Support is at $50.39.
16:18 EDTVMWVMware to take charge on restructuring, announces new CFO
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16:16 EDTVMWVMware reports Q4 EPS $1.26, consensus $1.25
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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15:20 EDTEMC, VMWEarnings Watch: EMC reports as questions linger on Dell deal
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14:32 EDTEMCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
14:32 EDTVMWNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:41 EDTEMCEMC volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:13 EDTMSFTActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:34 EDTMSFTBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
10:06 EDTIBMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT GNC ALKS CALM NFLX CREE FFIV COH ISRG IBM
09:32 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTMSFTTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
08:13 EDTVMWVMware expected layoffs hit Monday, Fortune reports
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06:00 EDTEMC, VMWEU to decide on Dell, EMC deal by February 29, Reuters reports
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