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April 18, 2013
10:00 EDTACE, QGEN, QLYS, TRV, WGP, ACCO, AVGO, CPRX, SCSS, POT, PKI, PRE, AIG, AGU, AXS, AON, ACGL, MMC, CPHD, MM, POn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACE Ltd. (ACE) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... AIG (AIG) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... AXIS Capital (AXS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Agrium (AGU) initiated with an Overweight at HSBC... Aon Corp. (AON) initiated with an Underperform at BMO Capital... Arch Capital (ACGL) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cepheid (CPHD) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Marsh & McLennan (MMC) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Millennial Media (MM) initiated with an Outperform at Northland Securities... Mosaic (MOS) initiated with a Neutral at HSBC... PartnerRe (PRE) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... PerkinElmer (PKI) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Potash (POT) initiated with an Overweight at HSBC... QIAGEN (QGEN) initiated with a Sell at Citigroup... Qualys (QLYS) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Travelers (TRV) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... ACCO Brands (ACCO) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Western Gas Equity (WGP) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Catalyst Pharmaceutical (CPRX) initiated with a Buy at Aegis... Select Comfort (SCSS) reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Pandora (P) initiated with a Neutral at Lazard Capital.
News For ACE;AIG;AGU;AXS;AON;ACGL;MMC;CPHD;MM;PRE;PKI;POT;QGEN;QLYS;TRV;WGP;ACCO;AVGO;CPRX;SCSS;P From The Last 14 Days
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October 10, 2014
10:29 EDTAVGOMicrochip 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 EDTAVGOSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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10:01 EDTAONOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:14 EDTAONAon plc upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
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October 9, 2014
14:10 EDTPShazam, Sun Broadcasting to launch customized, interactive radio content
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10:00 EDTQGENOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:11 EDTAONAon plc 2015 private exchange enrollment very encouraging, says MKM Partners
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08:16 EDTCPHDCepheid price target lowered to $54 from $58 at Cowen
Cowen lowered its price target on Cepheid to $54 from $58 ahead of the company's Q3 results. The firm sees a modest upside to estimates and believes the company is well positioned for an acceleration of Commercial growth in 2015. Near term, however, Cowen sees only modest upside, but little risk, and maintains its Outperform rating on Cepheid shares.
08:02 EDTPPandora announces new auto partnership with Ford Australia
Pandora (P) Internet Radio has officially announced its partnership with Ford (F) Australia. The launch, effective across a range of nameplates including Fiesta ST and Focus ST and Ford Kuga line up, will continue to roll out across other Ford nameplates including the Fiesta, Focus, Ranger and Transit range by early 2015. Pandora locally also partners with Holden and Mazda, and will soon be released on new model Nissans (NSANY).
07:46 EDTQGENQIAGEN initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Target $25.
07:46 EDTCPHDCepheid initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
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07:29 EDTPPandora 2016 EBITDA likely to beat consensus, says Oppenheimer
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06:40 EDTQLYSSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
October 8, 2014
07:18 EDTQGEN, CPHDInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
October 6, 2014
08:36 EDTAIGOaktree Capital names Wintrob CEO
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07:36 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $97 from $95 at Canaccord
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07:13 EDTPMobile Marketing & Technology Magazine to hold a conference
Mobile Payments Conference is being held in Chicago on October 6-8.
07:09 EDTTRVAmerican Trucking Association to hold a conference
2014 ATA Management Conference is being held in San Diego on October 4-7.
06:27 EDTQLYSJPMorgan hackers hit about nine other firms, NY Times says
The group of hackers that infiltrated JPMorgan (JPM) also penetrated about nine other financial institutions, according to The New York Times. Washington intelligence officials and policy makers are much more concerned about the attacks than they have disclosed, the newspaper added. Other publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded cybersecurity companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).Reference Link
06:02 EDTCPHDCepheid to benefit from stronger than normal flu season, says Piper Jaffray
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