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May 20, 2014
07:57 EDTIBM, EMC, 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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August 20, 2015
18:07 EDTIBMBrocade seeing pressure in server business due to IBM-Lenovo deal
Brocade (BRCD) says "where we've really seen pressure has been in our server related business," due to market conditions as well as divestiture of IBM's (IBM) commodity business to Lenovo (LNVGY). Says growth of flash storage continues to be one of the "most disruptive" factors in data center. Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
14:39 EDTVMW, EMCEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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08:02 EDTVZFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTVZBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:22 EDTVZSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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August 18, 2015
11:34 EDTVZSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
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10:00 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTFEYEFireEye called top-tier security vendor in new upgrade
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are getting a boost after Imperial Capital highlighted the company's "significant progress" when upgrading its rating on the name. California-based FireEye is a provider of cybersecurity solutions. UPGRADE: Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform from In-Line this morning in a note to investors, citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Ramping global adoption of the company's platform has made FireEye a top-tier security vendor, Kim argues. He raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. NOT ALONE: Kim is not alone in recommending stocks in the cybersecurity space. Analysts at Piper Jaffray and Wells Fargo last week highlighted security names that they view as attractive investments. CyberArk Software (CYBR), Barracuda Networks (CUDA) and Fortinet (FTNT) were among the stocks recommended by the firms. Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski said the recent pullback in the sector is an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda, CyberArk, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), he told investors last week. Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell last week upgraded Israel-based CyberArk to Outperform from Market Perform saying the company's billings growth as well as its sales and marketing efficiencies are "exceeding peers by a wide margin. HACKS CONTINUE: High-profile cyber attacks continue with the Internal Revenue Service yesterday raising the number of accounts that were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. In May, the IRS revealed that 114,000 tax accounts through its "Get Transcript" application were exposed to thieves. Yesterday, the agency said a recent review revealed approximately 220,000 additional tax accounts may have been breached, bringing the total number of victims up to 334,000. Shares of FireEye are up 56c to $44.21 in early trading. CyberArk is up 13c to $60.06 while Proofpoint (PFPT), a company focused on securing email communication, is up 16c to $65.06.
05:29 EDTFEYEFireEye upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Kim raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. The cybersecurity provider closed yesterday up 64c to $43.65.
August 17, 2015
16:06 EDTSEASSeaWorld names Peter Crage as CFO, names Anthony Esparza Chief Creative Officer
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14:27 EDTFEYEIRS says cyber attack larger than originally thought, AP says
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08:06 EDTWDCWestern Digital shares offer attractive entry point, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst James Kisner believes current share levels provide an attractive entry point into Western Digital. The analyst views consensus earnings expectations as achievable and believes the current valuation does not price in potential upside from MOFCOM approval. He keeps a Buy rating on Western Digital with a $116 price target.
07:39 EDTIBM, VZTMC to hold a conference
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August 16, 2015
15:33 EDTNYTNew York Times CEO says no hint of selling company, NYT reports
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13:59 EDTIBMIBM product development strategy leaves cause for concern, Barron's says
IBM's hefty dividend and buyback programs have expended upward of 80% of operating cash flow in the past three years, and the company's "thin" R&D investments should give investors a "reason to be concerned," Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
17:29 EDTEMCGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:03 EDTIBMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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07:59 EDTFEYEAnalysts recommend cybersecurity stocks after recent underperformance
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07:00 EDTFEYESecurity stocks underperformed despite 'solid' results, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says the security stocks he covers have underperformed the Nasdaq composite despite delivering "solid beat-and-raise" results. With the exception of Fortinet (FTNT) and Imperva (IMPV), the remaining security stocks within Nowinski's security coverage universe have all underperformed the Nasdaq. Symantec (SYMC) has underperformed by 0.7%, CyberArk by 1.6%, Proofpoint (PFPT) by 5.3%, Palo Alto by 7.4%, FireEye (FEYE) by 8.4% and Barracuda by 36.7%, Nowinski tells investors this morning in a research note. Investors remain concerned with the potential for a moderation in spending, the analyst believes. However, his channel checks with resellers suggest demand should remain strong for the next 12 months. Nowinski views the recent pullback in the sector as an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), CyberArk Software (CYBR), Fortinet (FTNT) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Nowinski writes. Wells Fargo this morning upgraded shares of CyberArk to Outperform.
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