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August 8, 2014
08:32 EDTEMC, VMW, NTAP, EQIX, MSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
After conducting a survey, Pacific Crest believes that enterprise adoption of the cloud should increase significantly. The firm says the survey indicates that VMware (VMW) could have an increasing role in both core virtualization and vCloud services. As a result of what it sees as the potential for enterprises to accelerate the build outs of private clouds, Pacific Crest has an upward bias to second half estimates for VMware, Microsoft (MSFT), NetApp (NTAP), EMC (EMC), and Equinix (EQIX). The firm keeps Outperform ratings on all the stocks named.
News For VMW;MSFT;NTAP;EMC;EQIX From The Last 14 Days
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February 27, 2015
05:55 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 26, 2015
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:11 EDTEQIXEquinix and ScienceLogic announce collaboration to accelerate cloud adoption
Equinix, together with ScienceLogic, announced a collaboration to simplify and ease enterprise migration to the cloud. As part of this agreement, ScienceLogic has deployed its monitoring services globally within Equinix International Business Exchange data centers.
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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05:47 EDTEMC, VMWAtos and EMC to further strengthen strategic alliance
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February 25, 2015
15:17 EDTEQIXEquinix management to meet with Evercore ISI
Meetings to be held in San Francisco on February 25 and in Seattle on February 26 hosted by Evercore ISI.
10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
16:20 EDTVMWVMware appoints Bask Iyer as Chief Information Officer
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15:46 EDTVMWJuniper CIO leaving company for same role at VMware, Business Insider says
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09:56 EDTVMWVMware large DoD contract likely to be delayed, says Nomura
Nomura said competitors have protested VMware's large Defense Information Systems Agency $1.6B over 5-year contract expected to have been awarded to the company by the end of March. The firm expects a delay in the ward and for the scope of the contract to be modified. Nomura said its unclear how much of the contract is incremental business vs. renewals and weather renewals will be delayed. Shares of VMware are Neutral rated with a $95 price target.
February 20, 2015
07:15 EDTEQIXEquinix shares should be bought on any weakness, says Stifel
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February 19, 2015
16:14 EDTEQIXEquinix sees Q1 revenue $634M-$638M, consensus $647.28M
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16:13 EDTEQIXEquinix sees FY15 revenues greater than $2.63B, consensus $2.68B
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16:12 EDTEQIXEquinix reports Q4 pro forma EPS 56c, consensus $1.03
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15:32 EDTEQIXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Public Storage (PSA), consensus $2.19... Intuit (INTU), consensus (13c)... Consolidated Edison (ED), consensus 55c... Nordstrom (JWN), consensus $1.35... Mohawk Industries (MHK), consensus $2.21... Newmont Mining (NEM), consensus 10c... Frontier Communications (FTR), consensus 5c... Brocade Communications (BRCD), consensus 24c... Bruker (BRKR), consensus 29c... Rovi (ROVI), consensus 41c... Marvell Technology (MRVL), consensus 24c... MRC Global (MRC), consensus 46c... Equinix (EQIX), consensus $1.03.
08:48 EDTVMWVMware to hold a conference call with Jefferies
Jefferies Analyst John DiFucci co-hosts a conference call to discuss the VMware vSphere 6 and VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) on February 19 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
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