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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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May 13, 2015
17:03 EDTCSCOCisco sees Q4 non-GAAP gross margin 61%-62%
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16:39 EDTCSCOCisco sees Q4 EPS 55c-57c, consensus 56c
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16:23 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:11 EDTCSCOCisco down 1.2% after reporting quarterly results
16:07 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q3 EPS 54c, consensus 53c
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16:06 EDTCSCOOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:22 EDTCSCOCisco May 29.5 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q3
15:10 EDTCSCOCisco May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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15:06 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
The stock has been on a strong run since the lows of last October, but the trend has flattened out heading into earnings. The range the shares have been in may be helpful in suggesting where price will head after earnings. The low of the range in the last couple of months has been $27 at the low and $30 at the high. A breakout above $30 on good news would be bullish, potentially moving the shares further into the ten-year high range. Above $30 the following resistance levels could become upside objectives depending on the degree of positive news: $31.09. $32.47, and $33.60. The 10-year high is at $34.24, and this would match with a projection of the top of uptrend channel that runs from September 2011 to present. If the news is a bearish surprise, the 50-day moving average at $28.37 would be the first support with the low of the range at $27 next. If the low at $27 were broken, next support would be at $25.92 and then at $24.98. There is significant support at the $25 area.
15:04 EDTMSFT, CSCOEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
15:04 EDTCSCONotable companies reporting after market close
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13:45 EDTCSCOEZchip tumbles after losing spot in Cisco line cards
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10:32 EDTCSCOFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:22 EDTCSCOEZchip sees Q2 revenue $27.5M-$28.5M, consensus $28.3M
Sees Q2 gross margins in the 75% range. Says NP-5 product revenues poised for growth in 2015. EZchip (EZCH) expects revenues from Cisco (CSCO) to continue to grow in 2015, 2016. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. EZchip is down 25.24% to $14.62 in mid-morning trading.
10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTIBMIBM partners with Teleflora for large florists network
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07:21 EDTEMCCredit Suisse to hold a conference
4th Annual Disruptive Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on May 13-14 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 13 at 10:35 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
05:58 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Altera (ALTR) 81, Cisco (CSCO) 27 according to iVolatility.
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