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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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September 30, 2015
10:49 EDTSNDKWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
08:32 EDTJAZZJazz Pharmaceuticals' NDA for defibrotide accepted by FDA
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05:06 EDTSWKSStocks with implied volatility movement; SWKS ETE
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September 29, 2015
17:11 EDTWBMDWebMD announces commitment on additional shares for long-term incentive plan
WebMD is making a commitment that none of the 1.7M additional shares to be made available for grant under its 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan will be used for grants to members of WebMD's Board of Directors or to WebMD's executive officers, except in the case of a new hire who joins WebMD as an executive officer.
10:22 EDTWBMDABC clarifies that WebMD doesn't sell identifiable personal information of users
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10:13 EDTNCLHNorwegian Cruise Line sees adjusted EPS $5.00 by 2017
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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September 28, 2015
16:09 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
12:39 EDTKROHuntsman plunges after warning of continued headwinds
Shares of chemical maker Huntsman (HUN) are plunging after warning that headwinds would impact its third quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Friday, Huntsman warned that certain trends are expected to impact Q3 earnings. Trends expected to impact its earnings include lower titanium dioxide selling prices amid continued foreign currency headwinds, the company said. The company also noted continued soft demand in the Asia Pacific region. Huntsman said it also sees lower MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, margins as a result of lower oil prices and forecast continued lower MDI urethane component product margins in the Asia Pacific region. Peter Huntsman, the company's chief executive officer, said the company is "optimistic about the future" despite seeing headwinds in the short term. "Lower raw material prices impacted demand and margins in Q3, thus the accounting benefits will be delayed into the fourth quarter," added Huntsman. The company is anticipating fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA similar to Q3 at about $300M, similar to last year's level. The company is committed to a separation of the Pigments and Additives business by the end of 2016 or sooner. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 17, Goldman Sachs removed Huntsman from its Conviction Buy List and said investors remain skeptical on value proposition and free cash flow generation that could strengthen the balance sheet is likely several quarters away. The firm continued to rate shares a Buy with a $26 price target. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, shares of Huntsman are down 23.08% to $10.70. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other chemical companies are trading lower, including Chemours (CC), which is down 7.8%, Kronos Worldwide (KRO), down 1.62%, Dow Chemical (DOW), falling 3.94% and DuPont (DD), down 2.06%%.
10:50 EDTSWKSAnalyst more upbeat on Intel, downgrades Qorvo following trip to Asia
After traveling to Asia, Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConenell was more upbeat on the outlook for Intel (INTC), as well as smartphone chip makers Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS). The analyst downgraded another smartphone chip maker, Qorvo (QRVO), to Sector Weight from Overweight, warning that the company's results may miss expectations down the road. BULLISH: Shipments of notebook computers appear set to exceed expectations by 5%-10% this month, after more of the devices seem to have been manufactured in August and September than in previous months, according to McConnell. Meanwhile, cloud customers are sparking a significant rebound in data centers' semiconductor demand, the analyst stated. Moreover, motherboard manufacturers say they are seeing increased demand for their products from desktop PC makers, the analyst stated. All of these trends bode well for Intel, indicated McConnell, who kept a $35 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Demand for Avago's products appears to have remained healthy, given the company's low exposure to China and the strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices, the analyst stated. Another research firm, Craig-Hallum, recently estimated that Avago generates $6.75 of revenue per iPhone 6S sold, up from the $6.50 it obtained from the previous generation of iPhones. Pacific Crest's McConnell kept a $180 price target and Overweight rating on the shares of Avago. Skyworks should benefit from strong near-term demand trends, driven by a shift to module architectures, McConnell contended. According to the analyst, the company's 2016 outlook is also strong. BEARISH: Analysts' "out-quarter estimates" for Qorvo are too high, as they expect the company to grow 8.4% each quarter, versus only 5.9% for Skyworks, McConnell stated. Qorvo is facing several headwinds, including struggles with a key customer, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, and its inability to obtain more revenue per each iPhone sold, the analyst stated. These headwinds will probably prevent Qorvo from meeting analysts' expectations, warned McConnell. Additionally, the company will be hurt by the slowdown in the growth of the Chinese smartphone market, predicted the analyst, who cut his rating on the stock to Sector Weight from Overweight. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel rose 1.2% to $29.16, Avago dropped 1.7% to $124.56, Skyworks fell 3.6% to $84.58 and Qorvo declined 8.5% to $43.61.
07:43 EDTSWKSSkyworks near-term demand trends strong, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Skyworks is benefiting from strong near-term demand trends, and the firm thinks the company will get a boost from the shift to module architectures. It's upbeat on the company's 2016 outlook and reiterates a $110 price target and Overweight rating on the shares.
September 25, 2015
13:56 EDTSWKSSkyworks volatility low on tight price range
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13:51 EDTJAZZBMO's pharma predictions for rest of year include take on Mylan, Perrigo
BMO Capital analyst David Maris rolled out his rest of year predictions for the Specialty Pharmaceuticals space. Among them is his belief that Mylan (MYL) will be unsuccessful in acquiring Perrigo (PRGO). Perrigo will either be acquired by another company or make an acquisition itself, Maris tells investors in a research note. His other predictions include Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) proving to be a good buying opportunity amidst the current negative sentiment and ZS Pharma (ZSPH) offering upside following the recent pullback given the potential for a near-term buyout and prospects for its "best in class drug for hyperkalemia" winning approval in 2016.
11:25 EDTRFMD, SWKSCirrus leads iPhone suppliers higher as analysts dissect 6S
Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO) are among the chipmakers that appear poised to obtain more revenue from Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices than from the previous generation of the market-leading smartphone. Research firms issued notes today based on their analysis of "teardowns" of the new phones after they went on sale for the first time, beginning in Australia. TEARDOWNS: Apple's common practice when rolling out its newest iPhone models is for Australia to be its first launch market. The unboxing of iPhones when they become available for sale for the first time anywhere in the world is a much anticipated event among the tech giant's fans, as well as by Apple-focused blogs and Wall Street analysts who follow the company. Websites like iFixit have become well known for their "teardowns" of the devices, where they purchase, take apart and analyze the way in which the device is made and how it differs from previous models. These teardowns are closely watched by analysts and can sometimes be catalysts for the stocks of iPhone component suppliers. CIRRUS: Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says teardowns of Apple's iPhone 6S indicate Cirrus Logic secured both a smart codec and boosted amp win in the new phone. The company's content in each phone is likely towards the upper end of his $3.50-$4.00 estimate, Curtis tells investors, noting that he views this as better than expected. Curtis thinks the 6S content, coupled with the "several new growth drivers" Cirrus outlined at yesterday's technology day, could reverse the negative sentiment on the stock. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $39 price target. OTHER WINNERS AND LOSERS: Skyworks and Qorvo saw their content rise 22% and 25% respectively, Curtis estimated. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is continuing to supply the NFC and Secure Element chips for the 6S devices, but is no longer providing the sensor hub, the analyst reported. The company will lose about 50c per iPhone as a result of this development, but it did know that it would no longer be providing the hub before it provided its guidance in July, according to Curtis. STMicroelectronics (STM) is no longer providing the secure MCU for the iPhone 6S, Curtis added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are supplying iPhone 6S components include Qualcomm (QCOM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Avago (AVGO), iFixit reported. After conducting checks, Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss estimated that Skyworks will obtain about $6.50 of revenue per iPhone, up from about $5.50 previously, while Qorvo's revenue per device will rise to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago will see its revenue per device increase to about $6.75 from about $6.50, Stoss believes. The firm kept Buy ratings on Skyworks, Avago, and Qorvo. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cirrus shares jumped $4.36, or 16%, to $31.49, Skyworks added about 3% and Qorvo rose 4%. Meanwhile, NXP gained about 2% and STMicroelectronics advanced 2.5%.
09:48 EDTRFMD, SWKSApple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports
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09:47 EDTSWKSiPhone 6S teardown positive for Skyworks, Qorvo, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss says Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6S teardowns indicate content increases for Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and Avago (AVGO). Ross estimates Skyworks' content in the phone rose to $6.50 versus $5.50 in the first versions of iPhone 6, Qorvo's content rose to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago's content rose to $6.75 from $6.50. He believes RF content is increasing and reiterates Buy ratings on all three names.
September 23, 2015
10:24 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:23 EDTADHDAlcobra management to meet with Jefferies
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10:10 EDTNCLHHigh option volume stocks
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07:18 EDTWBMDWebMD weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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