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May 20, 2014
07:57 EDTEMC, IBM, NYT, SEAS, VZ, WU, CBSO, VMW, WDC, FEYEJPMorgan to hold a conference
Technology, Media & Telecom Conference to be held in Boston on May 19-21 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 20 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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November 19, 2015
16:11 EDTVMWGoogle names VMware co-founder to lead cloud businesses
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13:45 EDTIBMIBM mulling 3,000 job cuts in Germany, Reuters says
IBM is weighing cutting 3,000 jobs in Germany over the next two years, Reuters reports, citing Wirschafts Woche magazine. The magazine was quoting a union leader who sits on the firm's supervisory board, the report says. Reference Link
10:02 EDTFEYEFireEye November calls active on renewed takeover chatter
FireEye November calls 22.5 and 23 calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. November call option implied volatility 74, December is at 54; compared to its 52-week range of 37 to 78. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
November 18, 2015
20:01 EDTWUWestern Union confirms acquisition discussions with OzForex
The Western Union Company confirmed that it has submitted a non-binding, indicative proposal to potentially acquire online payments services provider OzForex Group Limited, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The discussions are at a preliminary stage, and the proposal is subject to detailed diligence and a number of conditions so there is no certainty that a transaction will occur. The company does not intend to provide any further comment on the potential transaction at this time.
19:08 EDTWUOzForex says receives acquisition proposal from Western Union
OzForex Group said it has received a preliminary, non-binding, indicative conditional proposal from Western Union to acquire 100% of the company's shares. The proposal contemplates an all cash consideration of $3.50-$3.70 per OzForex share and is subject to a number of conditions, said the company, including access to due diligence, retention of management, and relevant regulatory approvals. "The board of directors of OzForex intends to evaluate the indicative proposal... Irrespective of whether the indicative proposal proceeds, the board believes that OzForex has a very attractive independent future," remarked the company. Reference Link
14:49 EDTWUEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up 14% since last earnings report
Salesforce (CRM) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce is a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions that include apps and platform services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 19c on revenue of $1.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 17c-20c on revenue of $1.68B-$1.72B. On its last earnings conference call, Salesforce gave Q3 EPS guidance of 18c-19c and revenue guidance of $1.69B-$1.7B. It also gave FY16 EPS guidance of 70c-72c and FY16 revenue of $6.6B-$6.63B. The company expects FY16 operating cash flow growth of approximately 34%-35%. Salesforce said it is now on pace to reach $7B run rate later this year. LAST QUARTER: On August 20, Salesforce reported second quarter EPS of 19c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 18c. The company's revenue came in at $1.63B, topping the consensus estimate of $1.60B. It reported deferred revenue on balance of $3.03B as of July 31 and Q2 subscription and support revenue of $1.52B. Salesforce added that Q2 was the "best quarter ever" for the company due to momentum in Europe and growth in the adoption of its core platform. NEWS: Salesforce and Western Union (WU) announced an agreement for Western Union to use Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and App Cloud to automate previously paper-based processes. Salesforce also announced plans to extend its strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT). The company said it would double its workforce in the Seattle area. STREET RESEARCH: Brean Capital said Salesforce should be a core holding due its new cloud targets, operating margin expansion and revenue growth in the 20%-30% range year over year. Jeffries said it was impressed with the company's DreamForce conference, but kept an Underperform rating on the stock because the net present value of new business may be negative for Salesforce at this time. In late September, Oppenheimer said that the company's checks were positive. It added that Salesforce's share of the market could be increasing and adds that Salesforce's platform strategy is becoming more popular with customers. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce shares are up over 14% since the company's Q2 report. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Salesforce shares are up fractionally.
11:33 EDTVZSprint announces launch of LTE Plus network
In celebration of the launch of its new LTE Plus network, Sprint (S) is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history - 50% off the price of most Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (TMUS) rate plans, the company says. New customers can sign up for this offer nationwide Nov. 20 through Jan. 7, 2016. LTE Plus, available today in 77 major markets, takes advantage of Sprint's rich triband spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world's most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers switching to Sprint also can take advantage of iPhone Forever, where they are eligible to upgrade every time a new iPhone launches. Customers must port one line, and can add up to 9 additional lines on the account. Customers must choose from the 50 percent off rate plans available from their current carrier. Cricket and MetroPCS customers also can switch and save 50 percent off their parent company's postpaid rates. 50 percent off pricing remains valid until Jan. 8, 2018, for activations between Nov. 20, 2015, and Jan. 7, 2016.
09:34 EDTFEYEActive equity options trading on open
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08:04 EDTNYTTribune Publishing names Rajiv Pant chief product, tech, user experience officer
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November 17, 2015
16:08 EDTFEYESynopsys notifies on unauthorized access to web portal
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11:10 EDTWDCMicron the most likely target for Tsinghua stake, says Macquarie
Macquarie analyst Deepon Nag highlighted yesterday that Tsinghua Unigroup Chairman Zhao Weiguo told Reuters in an interview that his company was in talks with a U.S. semiconductor company, and that a deal could be announced as early as the end of the month. Zhao stated that a majority stake was unlikely due to regulatory concerns. Given recent moves by China in the memory market, Micron (MU) is the most likely target for Tsinghua, Nag wrote in a note to investors. Tsinghua recently announced a 15% stake in Western Digital (WDC) at a 33% premium to the company's prior closing price. A similar premium for Micron would lead to a 15% stake in Micron for $20 per share, which would equal $3.4B, the analyst points out. Shares of Micron are up 46c, or 3%, to $15.35 in late morning trading. Nag has an Outperform rating on Micron with a $30 price target.
08:03 EDTWUWestern Union offers new global money transfer service on WeChat
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07:56 EDTFEYEUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:31 EDTIBMBerkshire buys more IBM shares, WSJ says
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November 16, 2015
07:50 EDTIBMUBS to hold a conference
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06:13 EDTFEYECyberArk CEO: Lack of data breaches won't hurt company, Bloomberg says
CyberArk (CYBR) is distancing itself from FireEye (FEYE), saying that the lack of security breaches won't hurt the company, Bloomberg reports, citing comments from CyberArk CEO Udi Mokady. FireEye blamed a lull in cyber attacks for its downbeat quarterly earnings, the report says. "That is totally not the case in our world," Mokady said by phone from San Francisco last week. "It's not our business model -- our model is to put in private account security ahead of time, and we're seeing increased demand, increased awareness of that." Reference Link
05:42 EDTIBMXilinx, IBM announce strategic collaboration
IBM (IBM), and Xilinx (XLNX) announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, or NFV, genomics, high performance computing, or HPC, and big data analytics. As part of the IBM and Xilinx strategic collaboration, IBM Systems Group developers will create solution stacks for POWER-based servers, storage and middleware systems with Xilinx FPGA accelerators for data center architectures such as OpenStack, Docker, and Spark. IBM will also develop and qualify Xilinx accelerator boards into IBM Power Systems servers. Xilinx is developing and will release POWER-based versions of its leading software defined SDAccel Development Environment and libraries for the OpenPOWER developer community. Additionally, IBM and Xilinx will continue to further utilize IBM's innovative Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, or CAPI, to deliver accelerated computing value to its clients. CAPI, a unique feature built into the POWER architecture, provides Xilinx and the technology industry at large with the ability to build tightly integrated, coherent solutions right on top of the POWER architecture.
November 13, 2015
09:58 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:43 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye active on renewed takeover chatter
09:20 EDTEMCCisco CEO says 'certainly have ability to acquire'
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