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Salesforce Soars, Apple Axed: Tech Winners & Losers

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Salesforce.com (CRM) soared 6.42% to $180.09 on Friday after the cloud computing company posted fourth-quarter results that surged past Wall Street expectations.

Salesforce.com reported non-GAAP earnings of 51 cents a share on $835 million in revenue, as its software and services continue to show strength. Subscription and support revenue rose 32% year over year to $785 million, while professional services and other revenue grew 31% to $49 million. Wall Street analysts were expecting profit of 40 cents a share.

"Salesforce.com had a spectacular finish to its fiscal year. We delivered more than $3 billion in revenue and constant currency revenue growth of 37%," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, in a press release.

Full-year 2014 guidance was also better than anticipated. Salesforce said revenue for the full year, which starts Feb. 1, will be between $3.82 billion and $3.87 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters are looking for $3.85 billion in revenue.


Apple (AAPL) shares fell 1.52% to $434.67 as Credit Suisse cut its earnings estimates, citing near-term worries about the iPhone.

Analyst Kulbinder Garcha cut his earnings estimates on the company, but kept the "outperform" rating as he believes Apple will refresh its iPhone lineup in the second half of 2013 that will "return Apple to its growing ways." He now expects 30.6 million iPhones to be sold in the second quarter of 2013, due in large part to a mid-2013 iPhone refresh, which may cause some hesitancy on consumers.

There are rumors that Apple will release the iPhone 5S sometime around mid-year, though nothing has been confirmed at this point.

Activist hedge fund investor David Einhorn also dropped his lawsuit against the company, following a victory in court over a proposal to issue preferred stock.


Groupon (GRPN) shares 7.86% to $4.89 following news that CEO Andrew Mason had been fired.

Mason was removed as Groupon's CEO, effectively immediately, following the company's poor fourth-quarter results. He was replaced by Executive Chairman Eric Lefkofsky and Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis in the interim, while Groupon searches for a new CEO.

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