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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Revenues for VMware Increase 4% YoY in 2Q15

    In this series, we will analyze the stocks in the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index ETF (SKYY) that comprise the Systems Software subsector. Since January 2015, SKYY generated returns of 2.42% to close at $29.18 on August 28.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Are NetApp’s Data Fabric and Strategic Solutions Important?

    NetApp (NTAP) believes that the data fabric is the future for data management.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Did HPE’s Software and Financial Services Segments Perform?

    In fiscal 2Q16, the revenue from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) software business fell 13% YoY (year-over-year) to $774 million.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    EMC-Dell Merger Cleared: What Does This Mean for the Competition?

    EMC and Dell announced the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 for the companies’ merger.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Informatica’s Leveraged Buyout Deal

    In April 2015, it was announced that Informatica agreed to be bought by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Permira Advisors for $5.3 billion.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Tech Stocks Push S&P 500 to Record Highs?

    Tech stocks have been on a roll since the start of 2019. The S&P 500 ETF (INDEXSP: INX) has gained 31.4% since January 2019.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Technology & Communications

    Informatica: A market leader in data integration and data quality

    Informatica Data Exchange products offer technology infrastructure for multi-enterprise data integration, partner management, and business-event monitoring.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    A must-know overview of the cloud computing business

    There’s so much information available on the Internet about the cloud that you might be confused as to what exactly the cloud is and how it affects the tech sector.

    By Anne Shields
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    Earnings Report

    Equinix Has 88% ‘Buy’ Ratings ahead of Its Q3 2018 Earnings

    On October 23, eight of the 25 analysts gave EQIX a “strong buy” rating, 14 gave it a “buy” rating, and the remaining three gave the stock a “hold.”

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Earnings Report

    Equinix’s Valuation and Analysts’ Ratings

    For Equinix, eight out of 20 analysts recommended a “strong buy,” 14 recommended a “buy,” and two recommended a “hold.”

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Earnings Report

    Why Wall Street Loves Data Center REITs—Including Equinix

    Over the last four months, analysts have maintained their “buy” recommendations on Equinix stock.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Technology & Communications

    Can Seagate Sustain Its Dividend Yield?

    What’s behind Seagate’s dividend yield  Seagate Technology (STX) is a data storage technology and solutions provider. The company’s revenue, which has fallen over the years, seems to have recovered in 2017. Its revenue has fallen 3% in 2017, compared with a fall of 19% in 2016 due to intense competition in the data storage market. The company’s […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Cisco-Apple Partnership: A Few Updates

    At the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership where Apple customers can optimize Cisco’s networks for iOS devices and applications.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Did Acquiring Meraki Benefit Cisco in Wireless Networking Space?

    Cisco acquired Meraki in November 2012 for $1.2 billion. Meraki’s technology provides a means to control Wi-Fi networks through the cloud.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    Why EA’s Trading below Moving Averages after Q3 Earnings

    Electronic Arts (EA) generated investor returns of 17.8% in the trailing 12 months and -6.6% in the trailing one month

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    LinkedIn’s Operating Margin in 3Q15 Beats Facebook, Twitter

    LinkedIn’s (LNKD) gross margin has been more or less flat year-over-year from 86.4% in 3Q13 to 86.8% in 3Q14 and 85.71% in 3Q15.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Twitter’s Revenue Growth in 3Q15 Beats Facebook, LinkedIn

    Twitter’s (TWTR) revenues rose 199% from $106 million in fiscal 2011 to $317 million in fiscal 2012. Revenues then rose 109.78% year-over-year in fiscal 2013…

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing Netflix’s Operating Efficiency and Cash Flow in 3Q15

    In 3Q15, Netflix reported consolidated revenues of $1.7 billion compared to 1.4 billion in the same period the previous year—an increase of 23.3%.

    By Parker Thomas
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Microsoft and Amazon to Consolidate FAA’s Data Centers

    Amazon and Microsoft contracted with the FAA to streamline the FAA’s network centers and store its data on Amazon’s Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Microsoft Trades below Moving Averages in August

    Out of 41 analysts covering Microsoft (MSFT), 22 have a “buy” recommendation on it, six have a “sell” recommendation, and 13 recommend “hold.”

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Intuit’s Small Business Lending Debut

    Intuit’s lending program offers terms of up to one year, payments deducted on a weekly basis, and rates of 8%–19% for customers with good credit history,

    By Matilda James
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Intuit Plans to Create a $100 Million Fund to Offer Loans

    Intuit announced its plans to create a $100 million fund to offer loans by joining hands with OnDeck, an online lender in the United States.

    By Matilda James
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Electronic Arts and Activision Dominate the Gaming Space

    In this series, we’ll compare the performance of gaming industry companies such as Electronic Arts (EA), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), and Zynga (ZNGA).

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    Organic Growth Boosts Red Hat’s Performance

    Red Hat has a market cap of $13.34 billion. Its YTD performance is stable. After the earnings report for 2Q16, Red Hat stock rose by 2.34% to close at $72.72 per share.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Microsoft Only Firm Expected to See Tablet Growth in 2015

    Microsoft’s Window tablets are forecasted to increase by 59.5% in 2015 to 17.7 million units in 2015, or a market share of 8.4%.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    VMware Trades below Moving Averages in August

    VMware generated investor returns of -18.97% in the trailing 12-month period and -10.02% in the trailing one-month period.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    EPS Increases 15% YoY for VMware in 2Q15

    VMWare’s GAAP net income in 2Q15 was $172 million and its EPS equaled $0.40 per diluted share. This compares to its net income of $167 million and EPS of $0.38 in 2Q14.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    Microsoft and Salesforce Invest in Informatica

    Earlier this month, it was announced that Microsoft (MSFT) and Salesforce (CRM) have joined in the $5.3 billion leveraged buyout deal of Informatica.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Consumer

    Why Salesforce.com’s Heroku is becoming a popular platform

    Recently, Salesforce.com (CRM) has been quite aggressive in its acquisitions to build its applications portfolio. To further expand its presence in the cloud space, it acquired Heroku in 2010 for $212 million. Heroku is developed on open source technologies like Ruby, Node, PHP, and Python.

    By Anne Shields
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    Consumer

    Must-know: Is an increase in deferred revenues cause for concern?

    Salesforce.com (CRM) has a subscription business. It collects revenue for many of its offerings and applications before services. The company reports that the “deferred revenue” is rendered from its customers. In 2011, deferred revenue formed 65% of its liquid assets. It grew to 95% in 2014.

    By Anne Shields
  • Technology & Communications

    Why improved SAP HANA SPS 08 features will benefit SAP

    SAP HANA SPS 08 offers the option of including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHT) and Intel Ivy Bridge processor-based systems (INTC). It provides support for backup and recovery solutions from multiple vendors.

    By Anne Shields
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