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April 17, 2014
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AcelRx (ACRX) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Alcobra (ADHD) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Covanta (CVA) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Foundation Medicine (FMI) initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair... Golub Capital (GBDC) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Kronos Worldwide (KRO) initiated with a Reduce at SunTrust... Magnum Hunter (MHR) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) assumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... TransEnterix (TRXC) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... TriQuint (TQNT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... WebMD (WBMD) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
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October 14, 2014
08:04 EDTSWKSSkyworks raises Q4 EPS view to $1.08 from $1.00, consensus $1.01
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08:03 EDTSWKSSkyworks raises EPS, revenue outlook for Q4
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
16:33 EDTGBDCGolub Capital announces $331.5M in new middle-market orginations in Q4
Golub Capital announced that it originated $331.5M in new middle-market investment commitments during the three months ended September 30. Approximately 11% of the new middle-market investment commitments were senior secured loans, 81% were one stop loans, 6% were second lien and 2% were equity securities. Of the new middle-market investment commitments, $293.5M funded at close. In addition, during the three months ended September 30, Golub Capital invested $1.1M in Senior Loan Fund LLC, an unconsolidated Delaware limited liability company that invests in senior secured loans and is co-managed by Golub Capital and RGA Reinsurance Company. Total investments at fair value are estimated to have increased by $22.7M during the three months ended September 30, 2014 after factoring in debt repayments, sales of securities, net fundings on revolvers, and net change in unrealized gains (losses). Total investments at fair value held by SLF are estimated to have decreased by approximately $0.5M after factoring in debt repayments, sales of securities, net fundings on revolvers, and net change in unrealized gains (losses).
14:11 EDTSWKSSkyworks should report a strong quarter, says Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt remains positive on Skyworks given iPhone exposure and expects a strong quarterly report. The firm's Taiwanese foundries checks suggest continued order strength from Skyworks for Q4 despite some sights that overall PA orders will slow for quarter.
13:22 EDTNCLHNorwegian Cruise Line names Drew Madsen as COO
Norwegian Cruise (NCLH) announced that hospitality veteran Drew Madsen has joined as president and COO of Norwegian Cruise Line. Madsen brings a strong track record of success to Norwegian with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the hospitality and consumer products industry, most recently as president and COO at Darden Restaurants (DRI) the world's largest full-service restaurant company.
06:11 EDTSWKSSkyworks implied volatility of 59 at upper end of index mean range
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October 10, 2014
15:50 EDTBNFTBenefitfocus shares defended at Raymond James
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11:18 EDTADHDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:29 EDTSWKS, SNDKMicrochip 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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10:01 EDTPCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:52 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:00 EDTBNFTBenefitfocus pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes concerns over employers sending their employees to health insurance exchanges has pressured shares of Benefitfocus. Piper views the recent pullback as unwarranted, saying the Benefitfocus platform addresses the key challenges faced by employers. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $62 price target.
October 9, 2014
16:05 EDTMHRMagnum Hunter announces agreement to sell certain non-core assets for $84.7M
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10:27 EDTACRXAcelRx management to meet with Guggenheim
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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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