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January 22, 2014
09:06 EDTVMW, FTNTSpending increasing on security, infrastructure software, says Pacific Crest
After conducting checks, Pacific Crest reports that spending on both infrastructure and security software appear to be rebounding. The firm believes that spending on security appears to be particularly strong. It identifies VMware (VMW) and Fortinet (FTNT) as its favorite names In these sectors ahead of earnings. It keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
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July 23, 2014
10:02 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:06 EDTVMWVMware upgraded at CLSA
As previously reported, CLSA upgraded VMware to Buy from Outperform. The firm upgraded shares after the Q2 report citing expectations for solid growth, new product introductions, and the potential spin-off from EMC (EMC) following recent actions by Elliott Management. Price target is $115.
07:26 EDTVMW, VMWVMware upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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July 22, 2014
17:34 EDTVMWVMware sees FY14 revenue $5.96B-$6.08B, consensus $6.02B
Sees FY14 operating margin approximately 31%.
17:33 EDTVMWVMware sees Q3 revenue midpoint, narrows revenue guidance to $1.48B-$1.52B
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16:03 EDTVMWVMware reports Q2 EPS 81c, consensus 79c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.46B, consensus $1.44B.
15:30 EDTVMWNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:54 EDTVMWVMware technical notes ahead of results
Shares have sharply underperformed in the last three months. Ahead of results the stock is trading up toward the top of the narrow range which has developed over the last ten weeks. The bulk of the range is contained by a low at the $93 area and a high at the $98 area. As we have seen several times in this earnings season, narrow ranges with the right catalyst can lead to very strong post-earnings moves. Technically for the range to be broken it would require a strong move below the low of above the high, and so these boundaries become key. On better than expected news or guidance, a move above $98 on an increasing scale of positive surprise would have $99.24, $102.83, and $106.87 as upside objectives. If the news disappoints, the low at the $93 area would be the first test of support. If that low is broken, supports below as downside objectives would be at $90.93, and then at $87.10 and $85.
09:28 EDTVMWEMC spin-off of VMware unlikely at this point, says Janney Capital
Following the report of Elliott taking a stake in EMC (EMC) and pushing for a break-up to unlock value, Janney Capital said it does believe that a spin-off of VMware (VMW) could help improve EMC's multiple but that the firm thinks such a move is not likely at this point. Janney adds that while it views a spin-off as unlikely, other shareholder-friendly responses, such as a dividend boost or increased share buybacks, are possible. The firm keeps its Buy ratings on both EMC and VMware.
06:56 EDTVMWElliot Management to consider activist options for EMC, NY Times reports
Elliot Management is expected to consider a push for the breakup of EMC (EMC) and spinoff VMware (VMW), reports the New York Times. Citing people briefed on the matter, the hedge fund is expected to meet with EMC executives this week after the company reports its quarterly earnings to determine whether to undertake a full-bore activist campaign. Reference Link
July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
12:10 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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06:27 EDTVMWElliott Management to push EMC to break up, WSJ reports
Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in EMC (EMC), according to sources, and plans to push the data-storage company to break itself up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), of which it owns an 80% stake. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
13:06 EDTFTNTIT security stocks advance after upbeat Goldman note
Shares of a number of IT security stocks are rallying after Goldman Sachs wrote that it was upbeat on the sector in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam assumed coverage of the Security Software sector with an Attractive rating. Cyber threats have become larger and more costly, so many companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on IT security, Niknam wrote. Spending on security is increasing by the highest rate since 2010, the analyst estimated. Companies in the sector should see their free cash flow growth accelerate, while cash rich tech companies could become interested in carrying out M&A transactions with security vendors, the analyst predicted. Additionally, more mature companies in the sector should be able to buy back more of their shares going forward, Niknam believes. He identified Palo Alto (PANW) as his top pick in the space, as he believes that the company provides "the most unique blend of disruptive long-term growth and accelerating profitability." The company is poised to gain additional market share, while its growth going forward should beat expectations, Niknam stated. He raised his price target on the shares to $97 from $91 and kept a Conviction List-Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst upgraded another stock in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), to Buy from Neutral after assuming coverage of the shares. The company's status as the market leader in fighting Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, leaves it well-positioned in the current market, he contended. An IT survey indicates that most respondents plan to increase their APT-related spending, and 59% of the respondents say they plan to spend more money on solutions from a new vendor, Niknam reported. Furthermore, FireEye's revenue growth likely accelerated in Q2 and its revenue should beat expectations in 2014 and 2015, while the company's free cash flow should come in above consensus levels next year, Niknam predicted. FireEye may eventually be acquired by another company, according to Niknam, who raised his price target on the shares to $42 from $36. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Niknam initiated coverage of Proofpoint (PFPT) with a Buy rating as he predicted that the company's growth and free cash flow would beat expectations in the near-term and he believes that the company could also become a takeover target. The analyst started coverage of Fortinet (FTNT) with a Neutral rating. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto climbed 3% to $78.36, FireEye rose 3.5% to $34.99, Proofpoint climbed 3.6% to $34.46, and Fortinet rose 1% to $24.24.
10:24 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks:
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10:00 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
05:47 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
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July 15, 2014
08:53 EDTVMWVMware announces partnerships with China Telecom, Softbank
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July 11, 2014
08:12 EDTVMWVMware shares should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
After conducting checks, Pacific Crest believes that the performance of the company's stand-alone vSphere seems solid, while it is gaining traction in suites and end-user computing. The firm identifies VMware as its top pick heading into Q2 results.
July 10, 2014
11:09 EDTFTNTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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