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November 26, 2012
10:00 EDTAAPL, LNCO, SRPT, RLGY, Z, SMBL, SNDK, RDS.A, BP, DNKN, ATRSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... BP (BP) initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Smart Balance (SMBL) initiated with a Top Pick at RBC Capital... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Burrill... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... LinnCo (LNCO) initiated with a Strong Buy at Raymond James... Antares Pharma (ATRS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim.
News For A;SNDK;SMBL;Z;RLGY;SRPT;LNCO;ATRS From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
13:02 EDTAAgilent to close Nuclear Magnetic Resonance business
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11:28 EDTLNCOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:04 EDTSRPTChinese company says drug can cure Ebola, Reuters reports
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07:59 EDTSNDKSanDisk should be bought on weakness, says Pacific Crest
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07:47 EDTSNDKSanDisk October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
SanDisk October call option implied volatility is at 98, November is at 44, January is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 16.
October 13, 2014
12:44 EDTSRPTSarepta data supported by DMD study in journal, TheStreet reports
A study published in medical journal PLOS One following the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy supports Sarepta's push for accelerated approval of eteplirsen, TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein reports. Reference Link
October 12, 2014
19:26 EDTSRPTPatient being evaluated at Boston hospital for possible Ebola, Boston Globe says
Health officials say that a man that recently traveled to Liberia is being assessed at Beth Israel Deaconess hospital in Boston for the Ebola virus, the Boston Globe says. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX) and NewLink Genetics (NLNK). Reference Link
19:12 EDTSRPTCDC confirms Texas healthcare worker positive for Ebola
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14:18 EDTSRPTNY's JFK Airport begins Ebola screenings, WSJ says
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12:48 EDTSRPTTexas health-care worker tests positive for Ebola, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
10:54 EDTSRPTMapp looking to up production of experimental Ebola treatment, WSJ says
Mapp Biopharmaceutical is aiming to broaden the manufacturing of its experimental Ebola treatment, ZMapp, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from the company. Mapp said that the treatment was given to a few infected individuals prior to supplies running out two months ago. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX) and NewLink Genetics (NLNK). Reference Link
10:29 EDTSNDKMicrochip 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.
10:20 EDTSNDKSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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October 9, 2014
14:55 EDTSRPTHospital says deputy showing no signs of Ebola, AP reports
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14:24 EDTSRPTCDC head compares Ebola to AIDS, Washington Post says
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14:13 EDTSRPTFirst Ebola vaccine trial in West Africa started, NBC News reports
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12:06 EDTSRPTLakeland Industries continues surge amid Ebola fears
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09:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects SanDisk to report stronger than expected results for its September quarter. The firm's estimates for SanDisk remain above those of the Street for the next few years because the firm is upbeat on the company's ability to move to higher margin markets. The firm keeps an $118 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk's NAND ASPs trending below consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research said SanDisk's NAND ASP's are trending below Q3 consensus of +.5% but sees bit consensus growth of +39% year-over-year as achievable.
08:40 EDTSNDKDiablo Technologies comments on Netlist injunction
Diablo Technologies commented on the announcement that Netlist (NLST) has filed a motion for preliminary injunction against the company and its technology partner SanDisk (SNDK), in an attempt to impede the manufacture and sale of the ULLtraDIMM product. Diablo stated, "Notably absent from Netlist's press release is the fact that their recent motion has abandoned much of their previous positioning. Netlist's recent amendments now limit their claims of lost sales to the NVvault. These changes can be attributed to Netlist's failure to substantiate claims in the so-called anonymous 'whistleblower' letter, on which they have based their case from the start. The request for a Preliminary Injunction will take months to resolve and Diablo will continue to deal with these baseless accusations in court. We view their latest move as a public relations stunt, which we will address in our existing claim against them." Diablo filed its defense and a counter claim against Netlist's unfair business practices on September 25.
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