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2/4/13Oracle Swoops In on Acme Packet (Telecom Ramblings)

Session border specialist [company id="apkt"] found itself a strategic buyer, and not a minor one either. The database giant Oracle has agreed to purchase the company for $2.1B in cash, or $29.27 per share. That's a 22% premium to the closing price on Friday. The last couple years have been a bit frustrating for [company id="apkt"], [...]

9/4/12Nokia Wants to Conquer Apple by Changing Everything (Phil’s Stock World)

Courtesy of Benzinga. The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Wednesday August 29, 2012: Hearing Chatter of Cisco Interest in Acme Packet [...]

7/16/12(APKT) Company News for July 16, 2012 – Corporate Summary (Stock Blog Hub)

•    Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT) rose 3.6% after the company’s Board authorized a buyback plan of $200 million shares which is expected to continue till July 31,2013 •    Shares of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) gained 3.2% after it posted second quarter earnings per share of $0.82, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.81 by a [...]

7/15/12Acme Packet Spiking Higher on Share Buyback Announcement (Phil’s Stock World)

Courtesy of Benzinga. Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are: Wall Street expects Wells Fargo & [...]

7/12/12Earnings: Vendors Battening Down the Hatches? (Telecom Ramblings)

If the early word is any indication, this is going to be a difficult quarter for equipment vendors. Acme Packet checked in with rough times a few days ago, AudioCodes announced a restructuring effort, and now ADTRAN had a weak Q2 and projected a weaker Q3, while Calix is pre-announcing a big revenue miss.  And they're [...]

7/10/12So How Was Q2? MagicJack Parties, Acme Packet Staggers (Telecom Ramblings)

Two early data points for Q2 financials are now in, with quite opposing viewpoints. Upstart VoIP provider [company id="call"] pre-announced even better results than it had promised, while [company id="apkt"] took another punch in the gut. magicJack says that Q2 revenues are estimated to be in the $37.5-38.5M range, while earnings per share will tip the scales [...]

1/5/12(APKT) Company News for January 05, 2012 – Corporate Summary (Stock Blog Hub)

•    Laser-vision surgery chain LCA-Vision Inc.’s (NASDAQ:LCAV) share prices rocketed up 35.39% to close at $4.17 after the company reported a 30% increase in its same store procedures during its fourth quarter •    Network infrastructure provider Acme Packet Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT) shares declined 19.21% after the company lowered its 2011 forecast for adjusted earnings and sales •    Share [...]

1/4/12Acme Packet Tripped Up By Uncertainty in Q4 (Telecom Ramblings)

Well, it didn't take long for 2012 to punish someone for Q4 guidance. [company id="apkt"], a specialist in session border controllers and related technology, yesterday offered up a rather dismal preannouncement, reducing guidance for the fourth quarter and the full year 2011.  According to CEO Andy Ory: "Our results were impacted by uncertainty in the North [...]

1/3/12Acme Packet (APKT) Loses a Fifth in After Hours after Guidance Cut (Phil’s Stock World)

Submitted by Mark HannaCourtesy of MarketMontage. View original post here. With the pre-warnings we began seeing in mid December, I believe this might be one of the trickier earnings seasons in recent memory.  2009 was full of low expectations and 2010 benefited from the waves of job cuts of 2008-2009, along with massive global government [...]

1/3/12Acme Packet Falls 17% After Cutting Guidance (Phil’s Stock World)

Courtesy of Benzinga. Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), which was the S&P 500's best performing stock in 2010, has fallen on hard times. The company cut its fiscal Q4 and FY2011 EPS and revenue guidance after the close of trading on Tuesday. For the [...]

1/3/12UPDATE: Acme Packet Lowers 2011 Revs $308M-$310M from Prior Outlook of $315M-$320M and versus $31... (Phil’s Stock World)

Courtesy of Benzinga. Based on preliminary full year estimates which are subject to change, the Company expects: Total revenues for 2011 to range between $308 million and $310 million compared to its earlier outlook of between $315 million and $320 million. [...]

1/3/12Acme Packet Provides Fourth Quarter Financial Update; Expects Total Revenues $84-86M vs $93.42M Est (Phil’s Stock World)

Courtesy of Benzinga. Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, today provided a financial update for the quarter ended December 31, 2011. The Company will release final financial results for the fourth quarter on Thursday, February 2, 2012 after [...]

10/3/11Judge a Stock on its Own Merits (The Iconoclast Investor)

I wanted to quickly touch upon a topic that is likely to come up in the weeks ahead. That is, once we get a new, sustained uptrend, what stocks do you buy? Unfortunately, many investors go right back to the trough of the last uptrend. They'll talk about Baidu (BIDU), Acme Packet (APKT), Riverbed Technology (RVBD) [...]

9/7/11WPRT, APKT, NUS, IDCC Among Charts to Watch (Wall Street Sector Selector)

The stock market had an excellent day on Wednesday. A lot of the stocks we follow had a very stellar session, so we’re going to take a look at some of those stocks that are doing very well. Westport Innovations Inc. (WPRT) had a big da...

8/19/11(APKT) Company News for August 19, 2011 – Corporate Summary (Stock Blog Hub)

•    Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) posted a Q2 loss of $1.13, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate for a loss of $0.64 per share. Revenues for the quarter fell 1.2% year-over-year to $10.33 billion, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $10.097 billion•    Tech giant Hewlett-Packard's (NYSE:HPQ) reported adjusted earnings of $1.10 per share on revenues of [...]

7/22/11Congrats to Brave Buyers of Acme Packet (APKT) in After Hours (Fund my Mutual Fund)

I was scratching my head at the treatment of Acme Packet (APKT) last nite - down to the mid $50s on a beat on both top and bottom line.  Anyone who took the plunge and bought in the mid $50s has a nice 15-18% gain in half a session. The trouble with having the 'guts' to buy that strange action is you are looking around thinking 'what does everyone else know that I am don't.'  In this case - apparently nothing.  Just a massive head fake. No position

7/21/11Market Being Tough on Almost Entire Networking Space - Acme Packet (APKT) Selling Off in After Ho... (Fund my Mutual Fund)

There has been a sour taste in this general space with the likes of F5 Networks (FFIV) and Riverbed Technology (RVBD) the past 48 hours.  While these companies are not exactly 'related' perfectly they all fall under a wide umbrella called 'networking', and Acme Packet is the latest to report this afternoon.  Despite a 2 cent beat, and $2M+ beat on the top line, the company is off another $3 $5 from the level it closed at - which was a substantial loss in itself. Expectations were...

5/16/11Corrections at NASDAQ Communication Equipment: (APKT, CIEN, JDSU) (Penny Stock DD)

Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT) went down by 1.66% to close at $77.97 with overall traded volume of 1.45 million shares in the last trading day. The company stands in profit with the profit margin of 19.05%. The company is in highly profitability with ROE of 16.64%. Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN) closed at $27 after moving down by [...]

4/27/11Acme Packet (APKT) Beats Slightly on Top and Bottom Line, Enough to Please Market (Fund my Mutual Fund)

The FOMC decision is out today at 12:30 PM, but with no significant change I expect most of today's attention will be on the Bernank's speech and Q&A at 2:15 PM.  The market seems to be on hold until then. -------------------------- Much like, Acme Packet (APKT) was not doing so well last night in afteer hours but it is as if once midnight struck all memories of the previous day disappeared.  The stock is surging today on a small beat on both the top and bottom...

4/27/11Despite Q2 Forecast, Amazon Rises, Leads Cloud Stocks (AMZN, APKT, RVBD, EMC, VMW) (

Shares of (AMZN), the world's largest online retailer, are soaring 5% despite the company saying it expects a second-quarter operating profit of $95-$245 million, well below the $369.5 million analysts were expecting. Costs tied to new warehouses and promoting the Kindle e-reader are among the reasons Amazon's results will miss estimates in the current [...]

4/14/113 Primetime Stock Charts APKT, HAL, VMW (The Wild Investor)

It has been a while since I really posted an new and interesting charts, so take a look at some of the beastly charts below. Acme Packet (APKT) - This stock has done some consolidating over the last couple of months leading into an eventual busting out of one direction. Looking for a breakout above $78 [...]

2/2/11Acme Packet (APKT) Goes Ballistic on Analyst Upgrades (Fund my Mutual Fund)

I've mentioned the past few months that I am seeing many things that remind me of 1999 including analysts who have no way to justify current valuations, hence are either coming up with innovative new measures OR are using far out years (2012, 2013, 2014) and trying to back into a valuation.  This morning I mentioned Acme Packet (APKT), which was indicating +8% premarket.  It is now up 18% on the day.  While an expensive stock in the mid $50s it is now in the mid $60s and of course the...

2/2/11Acme Packet (APKT) Continues Its Momentum with a Fine Quarter, Increase in Guidance (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Acme Packet (APKT) - one of our big winners of 2010 - reported last evening and had some excellent numbers.  Analysts expectations of $60.8M and $0.23 were easily bested as APKT came in at $70.2M and non GAAP EPS of $0.26.  This is another stock that benefited from F5 Networks (FFIV) earnings implosion as expectations of the investment community were tempered, although again, they don't play in the same space.  The stock is up 8% in premarket.  As for guidance for 2011, Acme moved...

1/24/11Insiders Trading APOL, APKT, GPS (Penny Stock DD)

By Jonathan Moreland, founder of and author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Which insiders are selling and buying chunks of stocks? Below are lists of the top 10 open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 as ranked by dollar value. Company executives [...]

1/12/11(APKT) One Sector Has Quietly Lurked in the Shadows – The Coming $1.7 Trillion Tech Sector... (Stock Blog Hub)

by Matthew Carr, Contributing Editor, Investment U Monday, January 10, 2011: Issue #1424 Over the past year, we’ve heard a lot about precious metals and other commodities. We’ve heard a lot about healthcare, financials and automakers. Heck, even the rare earth area has received some press. But one sector has quietly lurked in the shadows. And [...]

12/2/10Bookkeeping: Selling Another 30% of the Acme Packet (APKT) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

For reasons of "Egregious" I am selling another 30% exposure to Acme Packet (APKT) (using yesterday morning's position size as the guide) shrinking my exposure to 0.5%.  I sold over $50 yesterday morning on a 4% move, but it kept running and ended up 8%ish for the day, after being up 10% the previous day.  Like Netflix (NFLX) it is reaching the stage it is prone for a pullback. Long Acme Packet in fund; no personal position x

12/1/10Bookkeeping: Selling 30% of Acme Packet (APKT) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Acme Packet (APKT) presented at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference yesterday, and whatever they said must have been a doozy (have not had time to listen to a replay); the stock was up 10%+ yesterday.  With the name running another 4% today I am going to lock in profits on 30% of the position and look to buy back on a pullback if and when. Long Acme Packet in fund; no personal position x

11/19/10Acme Packet (APKT) Catches New Wind on Barclays Upgrade (Fund my Mutual Fund)

At least there was a reason for what I originally thought to be a random rocketshot move; Acme Packet (APKT) is up 7% on nothing more than an upgrade by Barclays.  Boo yaaaahhh. Via IBD Barclays initiated coverage of Acme Packet (APKT) with an overweight rating and $50 price target and considers the company a critical enabler of the long term migration to VoIP.  The bank said that VoIP penetration is very low and growing rapidly, with the percentage of enterprises currently using...

11/2/10Acme Packet Being Accumulated On Heavy Volume (APKT) (Benzinga)

Shares of Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT) are surging on heavy volume on Tuesday. APKT has gained 2.86% to $39.88. Around 1.14 million shares have already traded hands compared to a daily average of 1.36 million. Pete Najarian mentioned this stock today on CNBC's Halftime Show. APKT trades at a trailing P/E of 84, a forward P/E of 43.39, and a PEG ratio of 2.09. Acme Packet, Inc., incorporated on August 3, 2000, provides session border controllers (SBCs) that enable service providers,...

11/2/10Calls Heavily Favored on Acme Packet (APKT) (Benzinga)

Shares of Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT) are higher in the session by 2.99%, currently trading at $39.99. Shares spiked earlier in the session, hitting an intra-day high of $40.44; the stock is now just 4.6% from making a fresh 52-week high. Calls are in heavy demand on Acme today. Mid way through the session, 5,000 calls have already been traded versus only 668 puts. The majority of this action is concentrated on the November $37.50, $42.50, and $45.00 calls, each of which seeing over...

10/29/10Acme Packet (APKT) with Small Beat, and Raised Guidance - Adding a Bit (Fund my Mutual Fund)

In retrospect my flip of the coin last week would have been better served to land on tails (F5 Networks) rather than heads (Acme Packet) but what can you do.   Since I was restarting a position going into earnings the size was small enough that no real damage would be done if it had imploded, so my upside (in F5) would have been limited in dollar terms, but still would be nice to always be right. ;)  The reaction to earnings for the 2 were immensely different; Acme reported last night and...

10/28/10Acme Packet Plunges After Earnings (APKT) (Benzinga)

Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT) released its Q3 earnings results after the closing bell on Thursday. The company reported non-GAAP not income of $13.6 million or $0.20 per share, compared to $5.7 million or $0.09 per share, in the year ago period. This compares with analysts' consensus EPS estimates of $0.19. Revenues were $56.6 million versus $36.3 million in last year's corresponding quarter. This beat analysts' revenue expectations of $54.98 million. The company also provided full year...

10/28/10Acme Packet Reports Third Quarter EPS of $.20 (Benzinga)

Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced record results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010 and raised its business outlook for 2010. Results for the Third Quarter of 2010 Total revenue for the third quarter of 2010 was $56.6 million, compared to $36.3 million in the third quarter of 2009 and $53.3 million in the second quarter of 2010. Net income for the third quarter of 2010 was $10.5 million, or $0.15 per share on a...

10/22/10Bookkeeping: Transactions in Baidu (BIDU), Riverbed Technology (RVBD), and Acme Packet (APKT) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

The POMO/QE2/WEAK DOLLAR meme is everywhere - I have never seen the market discount the same information (that everyone knows) over and over and over.   At some point news everyone knows is not supposed to cause the same action... strange days. I am making some transactions this morning... 1) Riverbed Technology (RVBD) surged out of the gate and is up 13% 14% 15% 16% on the open.  I am selling about 1/3rd of the position into the euphoria. 2) To replace Riverbed Tech exposure in...

10/12/10Bookkeeping: Closing (CRM), Acme Packet (APKT), and F5 Networks (FFIV) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

I am not liking the action of the 'cloud' or any such stocks remotely related to such.  There has been a wholesale move out of this space since the turn of the quarter as speculators chase into commodities or lower quality stocks.  I already cut a lot of exposure in this group but am going to fully exit a few names because the technicals are degrading rapidly. I had a 0.1% exposure remaining in (CRM) - selling that this morning. I had a 0.3% exposure remaining in Acme...

10/7/10Bookkeeping: Cutting Back Acme Packet (APKT) by 75% (Fund my Mutual Fund)

I only had a 1.7% type of position in Acme Packet (APKT) but going back to the theme of canary in coal mines, the leadership stocks continue to take some serious damage.  Acme is breaking support intraday (the close is more important than the current action but....) so I am going to take a cautionary stance and cut back the position by 3/4ths.  If there is no quick rebound the rest will go soon as (like many stocks) there are only acres and acres of vapor before any real support. I'll...

10/6/10Stock Market Leaders Are Now Lagging? (SPY, FFIV, NTAP, APKT, AKAM) (Wall Street Sector Selector)

Wednesday’s session closed mixed on the day. The DOW posted a third of a percent gain while the tech sector closed down almost nine tenths of a percent. While technology stocks have been(...)Read the rest of Stock Market Leaders Are Now Lagging? (SPY, FFIV, NTAP, APKT, AKAM) Copyright 2010 ETFDAILYNEWS.COM The copying, republication or redistribution [...] Related posts: ETFs: Back To Back Reversals For The Stock Market (SPY, GLD, USO) Now What Is The Stock Market Going To Do? (VXZ,...

9/30/10Bookkeeping: Adding to Acme Packet (APKT) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Having gutted a lot of long exposure and refusing to chase things that could now fall 10-20% and still not reach even their 20 day moving average, I am going to selectively buy a few things here or there, that actually are in reasonable areas of the chart in case I am wrong and the S&P goes to 1170 (and beyond) without retracing.  I'll throw the same caveat as I should have attached to any short position in the past month - any long side purchase will look foolish if the market finally...

9/17/10Acme Packet Surging Again (APKT) (Benzinga)

Shares of Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT) are surging again during Friday's trading session. This stock has just been amazing throughout 2010, gaining more than 237%. On Friday, the stock has risen another 2.72% to $37.06. The 52-week high in APKT is $37.88. The stock is trading at a forward P/E of 40.84. One catalyst for this name going forward may be price target raises at Wall Street brokerages. The median analysts' target on this name is $33.00, which has long ago been surpassed. Look for...

8/10/10Bookkeeping: Selling 1/3rd Acme Packet (APKT) on CNBC Mention (Fund my Mutual Fund)

I am going to squirrel away a few more gains and make them 'realized' rather than 'unrealized' and hence prone to go 'poof' if the bipolar reaction in a few hours is 'down'.  Acme Packet (APKT) has a similar technical setup to Netflix although its recent 52 week high is much more recent.  That said, the strategy is identical.  I'm going to take some profits here and happy to repurchase on a breakout to new highs (or a pullback). I charged back into the stock once it regained support...

8/4/10Bookkeeping: Adding Back to Acme Packet (APKT) & VMWare (VMW) Today, Covered (AMZN) Ye... (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Just realized my (AMZN) short hit its cover limit order yesterday at $122.25.  Hence my only short is gone - the stock actually held in there quite well as a hedge despite the market rallying, until finally the dam burst late yesterday... today we see what happens when a stock breaks over a key resistance. Unlike Akamai Tech (AKAM) and Netflix (NFLX), Acme Packet (APKT) has been able to regain key moving averages quickly after earnings.   I still don't understand the selloff...

7/30/10Acme Packet Was Priced for Unattainable Perfection (Wall Street Sector Selector)

Based on the current valuation, we had an Overvalued stance on the shares this week and will likely maintain that in next week’s report. It is not that the fundamentals are not growing solidly enough, rather as we saw today when the market has award such a great premium, great results may not be enough. We expect Acme to continue to grow as their business seems to be hitting its stride, but we will need to see the price decline into the low $20’s before we start to look more favorably...

7/30/10Bookkeeping: Closing Akamai Technologies (AKAM), Selling 2/3rds of Acme Packet (APKT), Shorting s... (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Well after a week or two of student body left, it appears we are back to student body right. (wax on, wax off)  Next week?  It could be left and right.  We have Chinese PMI overnight so we'll certainly gap up or down based on that figure on the open Monday, then domestic PMI figures, then the employment reports Friday.  I expect the lemmings to get a big workout, but who knows in which direction.  The major US multinationals are finishing up their reporting so we're now going to be be...

7/30/10Acme Packet (APKT) Punishes Investors (Fund my Mutual Fund)

This one's gonna sting; 2nd day in a row I did not check the schedule of earning reports due to a very busy schedule, and unlike Akamai Technologies (AKAM) I actually have some decent sized exposure to Acme Packet (APKT).  Tiny silver lining is it's a good reminder of the reasons why I have been cutting back almost every position going into earnings. Going into the day I have a 9% unrealized gain in the stock which shall vanish, and then some I am sure.  From there exactly the same...

7/28/10Acme Packet: A Great Cloud Computing Stock (The Iconoclast Investor)

But I’d rather not invest in the automotive industry (which I discussed yesterday), where high debt levels remain a problem and profit margins seldom top 5%. I’d rather invest in an industry that’s booming, an industry where the profit margins are high and the stocks are strong. Today, the industry that best fills the bill is "cloud [...]

7/23/10Bookkeeping: Double Down on Rovi (ROVI), Adding More to Acme Packet (APKT) and (CR... (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Rovi (ROVI) is a new name for me, so I started out relatively modestly to get used to how it trades; thus far it has not seemed incredibly volatile which is a nice change.  Looking at the chart, the stock has held its breakout that caught our attention and I do believe this is called a 'flag' by those who have technical analysis skills that dwarf mine.   The company reports on the 29th so I'll cut back ahead of earnings but for now I am liking what I am seeing and doubling my position from...

7/16/10Bookkeeping: Buying Back Some Acme Packet (APKT) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

On the last flush down in the market a few weeks ago, I made Acme Packet (APKT) my largest position.  It took a few days to wake up but it eventually worked out very well, with a 20% type of gain in 2 weeks.  I sold it off in increments, including a sale yesterday in the $32.70s.  The stock is already down over 9% from that price point and near the 20 day moving average.  Just as I incrementally sold off exposure, I shall do the same with purchases.   I will start slow and essentially...

7/15/10Bookkeeping: Another Round of Profits on Acme Packet (APKT) and VMWare (VMW) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

As mentioned yesterday you never know when these stocks that are on tears will pull back and can leave good money on the table, but there are bigger problems to be faced with.  I am not huge on secondary technical indicators (I try to K.I.S.S.) but Acme Packet (APKT) is now above the top Bollinger Band and its RSI is near the top end of its range, where it usually tops out (70ish).  Hence I will take a third off of what remains here in the low to mid $32s. I already cut my VMWare (VMW)...

7/9/10Bookkeeping: Selling 30% of Acme Packet (APKT) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Acme Packet (APKT) was one of the positions we put on into the flush down a week ago Thursday; it took a while to get going but is adavancing nicely the past 3 sessions.  With about a 10% gain in 6 sessions I am going to cut our largest long position back by 30% to lock in some profits. Specific to Acme itself, the next sale will hopefully be closer to the 52 week high from mid June.  If it clears that level it should be very positive but of course all stocks are hostage to the...

7/1/10Bookkeeping: Starting VMWare (VMW) and Acme Packet (APKT) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

One of the stock market generals of late has been VMWare (VMW) - it just "filled the gap" (from mid May) but now is below the 50 day moving average.  A tough one.  I am going to begin a modest 1.1% stake here, and then add on either (a) a move over $67 or (b) a move down to the mid $50s.  The former would signify a nice bounce back over support and the latter would coincide with a big move down in the greater market.  I don't really care which it is. Acme Packet (APKT) - same idea,...

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