Rackspace Hosting Inc

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    Rackspace Hosting sees activist interest from Blue Harbour

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    Inside Rackspace’s Margins and Cash Flows

    Given Rackspace’s eventual sale to Apollo Global, we can safely deduce that the former finally gave in to Blue Harbour’s pressure.

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    Why Rackspace Revenue Growth Has Slowed Down

    The primary reason for Rackspace’s slow revenue growth in spite of increased preference for the cloud,is a change in its strategy.

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    JANA Partners starts a new position in Rackspace Hosting

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    PE Firms and the Current Acquisition Spree

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    Why Was Rackspace Destined to Lose in the Cloud Space?

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    Why Public Cloud is being adopted more by enterprises

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    Must-know positions traded by Blue Harbour Group

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    Blue Harbour exits position in DeVry Education Group

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    Rowan Companies sees activist interest from Blue Harbour

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    Must-know: Why cloud storage is the key to rapid data growth

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    The Word on the Street: What Are Analysts Recommending for Rackspace’s Stock?

    Of the 20 analysts covering Rackspace’s stock, only one issued a “sell,” while more than half of analysts issued “hold” recommendations.

    By Anne Shields
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    Consumer

    How Did Rackspace’s Growth in the Public Cloud Space Contribute to Its Sale?

    It’s estimated that Rackspace’s fiscal 2Q16 public cloud revenues grew by only 11% YoY. Amazon and Microsoft reported growth of 66% and 113%, respectively.

    By Anne Shields
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    Why Rackspace Agreed to Be Bought Despite Strategic Divestment

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    Rackspace Is the Latest to Yield to Rising Competition in Cloud Space

    Rackspace and other smaller players are losing market share to large players in the cloud space.

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    What’s Rackspace’s Value Proposition in the Software Space?

    Rackspace was trading at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of ~4.02x on July 26, 2016.

    By Anne Shields
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    Will Rackspace’s Fiscal 2Q16 Results Meet Analyst Estimates?

    Rackspace (RAX) is scheduled to report its fiscal 2Q16 earnings on August 8, 2016.

    By Anne Shields
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    What Are Analyst Recommendations for Rackspace?

    Rackspace’s stock price movement during the past month has been negative.

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    Why Is Rackspace Stock on a Decline in 2016?

    Rackspace’s fiscal 1Q16 revenues, the growing competition in the cloud space, and the company’s tepid guidance for fiscal 2Q16 weighed heavily on Rackspace’s stock.

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    Why Is Rackspace Finding It Difficult to Grow in the Cloud Space?

    In its own terms, Rackspace is a “managed cloud” company. In managed cloud hosting, companies share and access resources that include databases, hardware, and software.

    By Anne Shields
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    Why Strong Growth in Cloud Space Isn’t Necessarily Good for Rackspace

    Rackspace (RAX) is one such cloud company that is finding it difficult to meet market expectations despite growth in the cloud space.

    By Anne Shields
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    How Is Rackspace Positioned in the Cloud Space?

    Synergy Research estimates that quarterly cloud infrastructure service revenues have surpassed the $7 billion landmark in 1Q16.

    By Anne Shields
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    Following Amazon’s Lead, Microsoft Slashes Prices of Azure

    Following Amazon’s lead, Microsoft (MSFT) has announced cuts in the prices of its Azure platform.

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    Rackspace Hosting Broadens Its Partnership with Cloud Providers

    In 3Q15, Rackspace broadened its partnership with Amazon Web Services, Intel, and Microsoft to assist businesses by leveraging the power of cloud computing.

    By Parker Thomas
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    Facebook (FB) generated investor returns of 29.3% in the trailing-12-month period and 11.9% in the trailing-one-month period.

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    Gartner Positions Rackspace as a Leader in Its Magic Quadrant

    Rackspace announced that it had made it to the leading quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting in Europe and North America.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Rackspace Will Offer Its Cloud-Segment Expertise to Amazon

    Rackspace announced an agreement to offer tools, application management, expertise, and operational support to customers on the Amazon Web Services cloud.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Turnaround Expected in Rackspace Hosting

    Rackspace, VMware, and Teradata generated negative returns of -15.9%, -15.4%, and -4.7%, respectively, in the trailing-one-month period.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Amazon Web Services Continues to Churn High Growth

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    Intense Competition and Lack of Cash Flow Haunt Rackspace

    With a market capitalization of ~$4.5 billion, Rackspace (RAX) was considered a “pioneer” in the cloud space.

    By Anne Shields
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    Rackspace Increases Its Stock Buyback Plan to $1 Billion

    The reason for the rise in Rackspace’s stock price was the company’s announcement of a $1 billion stock buyback.

    By Anne Shields
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    Rackspace Is the Leader in the Hosted Private Cloud Market

    Rackspace leads the hosted private cloud space with a 20% market share. This market is a “highly fragmented market.”

    By Anne Shields
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    Rackspace Is One of the Leaders in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

    On July 31, Rackspace (RAX) announced that it had made it to the leading quadrant of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting” in both Europe and North America.

    By Anne Shields
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    Rackspace Added Microsoft Azure to Its Managed Cloud Portfolio

    Microsoft Azure is a public cloud platform. Public cloud services are the cloud services provided by the likes of Google to the general public over the Internet.

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    Fund Managers

    Blue Harbour Raises Its Stakes in Rackspace Hosting

    Blue Harbour increased its position in Rackspace Hosting (RAX) in 4Q14. The company accounts for 13.72% of the fund’s portfolio in 4Q14.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Highlights of Blue Harbour’s Top Increased Positions in 4Q14

    Blue Harbour’s top ten holdings include Rackspace Hosting at 13.42%, Akamai Technologies at 10.31%, and Babcock & Wilcox at 9.90%.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Steven Cohen and Point72 Asset Management’s 4Q14 Positions

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    By Diana Key
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    Fund Managers

    Rackspace Hosting eliminated as D.E. Shaw position

    D.E. Shaw exited a position in Rackspace Inc. (RAX), which accounted for 0.016% of the fund’s second-quarter portfolio.

    By Patricia Garner
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