The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Iconix Brand Group, Citrix Systems, VMware, Vocus and CA

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Iconix Brand Group, Citrix Systems, VMware,
                                 Vocus and CA

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CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2013

CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include  the Iconix Brand Group, Inc
(Nasdaq:ICON-Free Report), Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS-Free Report),
VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW-Free Report), Vocus Inc. (Nasdaq:VOCS-Free Report) and
CA Inc. (Nasdaq:CA-Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog:

Iconix Reiterated at Outperform

On Aug 26, we reiterated our Outperform recommendation on Iconix Brand Group,
Inc (Nasdaq:ICON-Free Report) on the back of its solid second quarter 2013
results and an enhanced guidance for the year.

Why the Reiteration?

Iconix reported solid second quarter 2013 results on Jul 24. Earnings of 72
cents increased 60% from the year-ago earnings, bolstered by top-line growth,
strategic acquisitions and lower share count owing to buybacks.

Total revenue surged 23% year over year to $115.1 million backed by the
company's strong brand portfolio, recent acquisitions and continued focus on
international expansion, which includes the new joint venture in Canada. The
formation of the Canadian joint venture contributed approximately $9.8 million
to current quarter revenues. Both earnings and revenues surpassed the Zacks
Consensus Estimate.

Following strong second quarter 2013 results, Iconix raised its 2013 adjusted
earnings guidance range to $2.20–$2.30 per share from the previously announced
range of $2.10–$2.20 per share. The company has raised its earnings guidance
consecutively in the last two quarters to include the impact of acquisitions
made in the recent past. Moreover, Iconix expects to deliver over 20% revenue
and earnings per share growth for 2013.

Iconix's overall growth story looks compelling. This clothing brand licensing
company has been aggressively acquiring brands and entering into joint
ventures to expand its portfolio. Most recently it added the rest of Ecko and
Marc Ecko Cut & Sew under its banner in May 2013.

Citrix, VMWare Team Up

Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS-Free Report), which offers cloud computing
services to PC and laptop users, will be launching its popular NetScaler
Control Center for VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW-Free Report). This will allow users
to automatically configure NetScaler from the VMware platform.

Installation of NetScaler programs in networks which employ will allow cloud
administrators to incorporate program-based NetScaler services into
application-based datacenters built on the VMware virtualization platform.

Such services will not only provide users flexibility to operate the VMware
platform but will also improve datacenter performance. Combining NetScaler
Control Center with VMware NSX not only eliminates difficulties related with
physical network topology but also helps users to install NetScaler services
without delay.

Last month, Citrix declared strong financial results for the second quarter of
2013. Both its top and bottom lines have easily surpassed the Zacks Consensus
Estimate. The company's Networking and Cloud Solutions revenues were $164.8
million, up by a significant 46.2% year over year while the Mobile and Desktop
revenues were $382.2 million, up 10.8% year over year.

So, Citrix's Networking and Cloud Solutions revenues will further get
bolstered with the launch of the new cloud solution service. A few days back
the company enhanced its mobile computing platform by offering Citrix Worx App
Gallery. Improvement of the new mobile apps will also drive the Mobile and
Desktop revenues.

Citrix currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Other Stocks to Consider

Other stocks to consider in the Business Software & Services industry are
Vocus Inc. (Nasdaq:VOCS-Free Report) and CA Inc. (Nasdaq:CA-Free Report).
Vocus carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) while CA Inc. carries a Zacks Rank #3
(Hold).

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