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April 3, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, C, AA, INTC, TSLA, MNKD, AMZN, TWTROptions Update; April 3, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 7c to 40.96. Option volume leaders: AAPL C AA INTC TSLA FB MNKD AMZN TWTR FB according to Track Data.
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October 10, 2014
15:58 EDTTSLATesla breaks support, levels to watch
Shares are ending near session lows, last at $236.76. Support is at the session low at $235.20. Resistance is at previous support at $238.49.
15:30 EDTAAPLApple, Bose settle patent infringement litigation, CNBC reports
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13:08 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
12:52 EDTTSLATesla shares sink after all-wheel drive model unveiling
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) are falling after the company's CEO, Elon Musk, introduced an all-wheel drive model and some autonomous driving features on a number of its vehicles. On October 2, Musk had teased on Twitter that Tesla would "unveil D, something else,' exciting investors. WHAT'S NEW: Musk last night said Tesla would enable consumers to buy an all-wheel drive version of the company's Model S electric vehicle. The all wheel drive feature will increase the speed and efficiency of vehicles, Musk said. It will also enable the cars to drive more effectively in poor driving conditions, the CEO stated. The feature will be offered on the company's new advanced Model S car, the P85D, which will cost $120,000. The feature can be added onto other Tesla vehicles for $4,000. Additionally, Musk announced that all new Model S vehicles will have a number of auto pilot features. Among other capabilities, the new vehicles will be able to change lanes and park on their own, the CEO said. ANALYST REACTION: The updates unveiled by Tesla largely add features already offered by other companies, Merrill Lynch analyst John Lovallo II wrote For example, Mercedes has been offering all wheel drive since 1985, and Subaru offers the technology as a standard feature on almost all of its vehicles, Lovallo stated. Several companies also offer the speed limit reading feature, the analyst reported. Tesla's ability to drive its share price up at will, exhibited by the rise in the stock following Musk's tweet, could create a significant risk for shareholders, the analyst warned. He kept an Underperform rating on the name. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Shares of Mobileye (MBLY), which develops components for automatic driver-assist systems, are falling today. Mobileye investors may be disappointed that Tesla did not offer more advanced autonomous driving features. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Tesla slumped 6% to $242 and Mobileye sank 7% to $50.50.
11:51 EDTAAUpdate: Alcoa upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Tigress Financial
Tigress Financial upgraded Alcoa to Strong Buy from Buy and added it to the Focus List. The analyst believes Alcoa's transition to a higher value-added business will drive increasing profits and shareholder returns. Tigress would be aggressive buyers of shares.
11:45 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR GPRO
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11:23 EDTTWTRTwitter falls after bounce attempt, levels to watch
The stock is heading lower after a bounce attempt off the session low at $51 failed to hold. At the current price of $52.26, next support is at the low of the day. Resistance is at $52.77, the peak price of the recent bounce.
10:29 EDTINTCMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:16 EDTINTCIntel falls with semiconductor peers, levels to watch
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10:12 EDTAAPLApple to remove Bose products from retail stores, MacRumors reports
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09:57 EDTTSLATesla drops after 'D' announcement, levels to watch
The shares are down over 6% to $241. At that price next support is at $240.24 and then at $238.49. Resistance is at $245.26.
09:38 EDTAAPL, TWTR, INTC, CActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTTSLATesla's announcement may fail to impress investors, says BofA/Merrill
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09:00 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:56 EDTINTCIntel Q3 results may be near-term catalyst, says Stifel
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07:39 EDTAAPLApple underappreciated but Icahn estimates aggressive, says UBS
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07:08 EDTAAPLApple given at least 3 days to block info in GT bankruptcy case, Reuters says
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07:04 EDTAAPL, AMZNAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon in discussions for Jabong acquisition, Economic Times says
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06:14 EDTTSLATesla unveils all-wheel-drive version of Model S
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