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December 5, 2012
10:00 EDTLMCA, ICLR, WCC, TIBX, NVDA, INTC, HEI, ECTE, DRI, CLF, ALTR, ADTNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Adtran (ADTN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Echo Therapeutics (ECTE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... HEICO (HEI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Intel (INTC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... NVIDIA (NVDA) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... TIBCO (TIBX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... ICON plc (ICLR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Liberty Media (LMCA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
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October 10, 2014
15:27 EDTCLFCliffs held preliminary talks on iron ore assets with Glencore, WSJ says
Glencore had talks that were described as "very preliminary" with Cliffs Natural Resources about its Australian iron ore assets, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Shares of Cliffs spiked higher following the first headlines from the report, but are now down about 1% in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
15:16 EDTCLFCliffs Natural held preliminary talks on iron ore assets with Glencore, DJ says
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.
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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10:01 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
10:01 EDTICLROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTDRIDarden resumes trading, up 1.8% after all Starboard nominees elected to board
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09:47 EDTDRIDarden confirms 12 Starboard-nominated directors to board
Darden announced that, based on the preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor following the company's 2014 Annual Meeting, shareholders have elected all 12 Starboard-nominated directors to Darden's Board of Directors including Betsy Atkins, Margaret Shan Atkins, Jean Birch, Bradley Blum, Peter Feld, James Fogarty, Cynthia Jamison, William Lenehan, Lionel Nowell, III, Jeffrey Smith, Charles Sonsteby, and Alan Stillman. Darden noted that the preliminary vote count following the Annual Meeting also indicates that shareholders voted FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of the company's executive compensation, for the ratification of the appointment of KPMG as Darden's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2015, for a management proposal to amend the Company's bylaws to provide for proxy access and against two shareholder proposals as described in the company's associated Proxy Statement.
09:38 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTDRIAll Starboard directors elected to Darden board, CNBC reports
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07:56 EDTINTCIntel Q3 results may be near-term catalyst, says Stifel
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07:50 EDTICLRICON plc downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group
As previously reported, ISI Group downgraded ICON plc to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on valuation and lack of near-term catalysts. Price target is $62.
06:40 EDTDRIDarden up against Starboard at yearly meeting, Reuters says
Darden and Starboard Value are expected to enter into heated discussions at the company's yearly meeting, where Starboard is aiming to win full control of the restaurant company's board, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:19 EDTICLRICON plc downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group
October 9, 2014
16:46 EDTDRIDarden initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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16:10 EDTTIBXEminence Capital reports 5.4% passive stake in TIBCO
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15:13 EDTLMCALiberty Media CEO says Diller not interested in sale of Expedia, Bloomberg says
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14:48 EDTLMCALiberty Media CEO says discussed exiting Expedia stake, Bloomberg reports
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07:03 EDTINTCIntel quarter to be in-line or modestly better, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray expects Intel's quarterly results on October 14 to be in-line to modestly above consensus. The firm's channel checks indicate PC demand trends will remain stable into year-end amid solid corporate demand. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Intel with a $37 price target.
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