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News For VZ;INTC;GOOG;QCOM;CSCO;FIRE;BRCD;VMW;RHT From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
18:41 EDTVZYahoo hires Qatalyst to advise on strategic alternatives, Re/code says
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16:40 EDTCSCOCisco and Jasper Technologies hold a joint conference call
Cisco Vice President Salvagno and Jasper Technologies CEO Mohammed discuss Cisco's intent to acquire Jasper Technologies on a joint conference call to be held on February 3 at 5 pm. Webcast Link
16:19 EDTCSCOCisco to acquire Jasper Technologies for $1.4B
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14:36 EDTCSCOArista shares jump as analysts encouraged patent issues can be overcome
Shares of Arista Networks (ANET) jumped Wednesday after the U.S. International Trade Commission reached an initial determination in the first of the company's ongoing patent disputes with Cisco (CSCO). The findings, though not entirely in Arista's favor, were cheered by several Wall Street analysts, who foresee little to no impact on Arista's business from the patent fight. NO BUSINESS IMPACT: Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron argued today that, while the ITC's early ruling found Arista in violation of three of the five Cisco patents in question, the company already has workarounds for two of the disputed patents and is working on a third. That last workaround is scheduled for a second quarter rollout and could potentially miss the final determination deadline, but Kidron explained that Arista would simply work with U.S. Customs on the matter at that point. The analyst expects Arista to take the necessary steps to preempt any disruption and foresees zero impact to its business, leading him to keep an Outperform rating on the shares and recommends buying them on any weakness. Kidron noted, however, that the stock could be volatile surrounding the final determination in early June and the rulings for the second ITC investigation, due late April and August. ARISTA ATTRACTIVE: Wells Fargo analyst Jess Lubert echoed Kidron's bullish outlook, saying the ITC findings were largely as expected and "more than priced into" the shares. Arista's story remains attractive, customer sentiment is unlikely to be affected, and securing approval for the Q2 software workaround is "unlikely to be a problem," said the analyst, adding that the additional engineering costs associated with the fix appear already embedded in Arista's financial model. Lubert kept an Outperform rating on the shares, though he too noted potential volatility surrounding future legal findings. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Arista Networks have jumped 5.4% to $60.83, while Cisco has edged up nearly 1%.
14:09 EDTVZBain, TPG among PE firms weighing bid for Yahoo core, FT reports
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13:43 EDTGOOGGoogle to start testing autonomous cars near Seattle, WSJ reports
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13:37 EDTVZComcast to be possible bidder for wireless airwaves, Bloomberg says
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13:31 EDTGOOGJohn Giannandrea to become Google's new search chief, Bloomberg reports
John Giannandrea, an executive who has worked on machine intelligence efforts at Google, will become the company's new search chief, Bloomberg reports. Earlier today, current head of search Amit Singhal announced his retirement. Reference Link
12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle's head of search Singhal to leave company, effective February 26
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12:24 EDTGOOGYouTube Red to premiere original content February 10
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10:21 EDTINTCActive puts: IWM INTC WDR EEM SPY
Active puts: IWM 3/18/16 97, INTC 2/19/16 31, WDR 3/18/16 20, EEM 2/19/16 28, SPY 2/19/16 190
10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Badger Meter (BMI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boot Barn (BOOT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Dow Chemical (DOW) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... Electro Scientific (ESIO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Hyatt (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PGT, Inc. (PGTI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Performance Sports Group (PSG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Syntel (SYNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Willis Towers Watson (WLTW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:40 EDTGOOG, QCOMGoogle to support early Qualcomm server chips, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB YHOO GILD CMG NFLX GOOGL QCOM
08:42 EDTVZSynchronoss says recently entered into JV with Verizon
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07:37 EDTCSCOArista Networks infringement 'largely priced into shares,' says Wells Fargo
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07:17 EDTCSCOArista Networks should be bought o nany weakness, says Oppenheimer
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06:30 EDTGOOGYouTube developing 360-degree livestream service, BuzzFeed says
Google's YouTube is developing the ability to livestream 360-degree video on its service, BuzzFeed reports, citing multiple sources familiar with the company's plans. The streaming service site has met with 360-degree camera makers about adding support for its livestream broadcasts, the report says. There is no clear launch timeline, the report says. Reference Link
06:27 EDTVZPiper's Munster says Yahoo growth to remain challenged for years
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Yahoo's (YHOO) core business "seems even more challenged than before" following the company's Q4 results. Yahoo's fundamental growth challenges "will remain for multiple years," Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note where he cut his price target for the shares to $31 from $39. He keeps an Overweight rating on Yahoo, however, pointing out that the shares still trade below a fully taxed value for both its Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo Japan (YAHOY) stakes. The current share price seems to imply zero value for the core business, which is unfair given Verizon's (VZ) $4.4B acquisition of AOL last year, Munster contends. He believes Alibaba still provides upside to the story. Yahoo is trading down 51c to $28.55 in pre-market trading following its Q4 results.
06:04 EDTCSCOCisco says ITC ruling 'beginning of the end' for Arista's copying
Cisco's (CSCO) Mark Chandler in a blog post last night commented on the International Trade Commission's ruling in the first of their investigations into Arista Networks (ANET). The judge found violations of three Cisco patents, foreshadowed an exclusion order banning imports of all Arista switches and installed a challenging ITC review process for any new designs, Chandler wrote. "The details of the Judge's determination will be published within 30 days, but this notice marks the beginning of the end for Arista's systemic copying of our intellectual property," he added. He listed four options for Arista: Withdraw the products, modify the products so that they no longer infringe, face an exclusion order or evade the ITC exclusion order. Chandler continued, "And this is just the beginning. In April we will see a ruling in the second ITC investigation, which may confirm more violations and import bans. Arista will also face two District Court juries with these rulings on their record. The judges and juries in those trials will note this day as the day that Arista no longer can pretend that its products aren't tainted by misconduct. This will be important as they consider injunctions to remove infringing Arista product from the market." Shares of Arista closed yesterday down $1.56 to $57.70. Cisco closed down 65c to $22.83. Reference Link
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