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June 17, 2014
10:08 EDTAEM, WHZ, LUV, SNV, SNDK, PEG, NFLX, MDT, LAZ, EXPE, EXC, EGN, EZCH, DSW, XEC, AWI, AINV, WMBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Apollo Investment (AINV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... DSW (DSW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EZchip (EZCH) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Feltl... Energen (EGN) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Expedia (EXPE) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... PSEG (PEG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Stifel... Synovus (SNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Whiting USA Trust (WHZ) upgraded at RW Baird... Williams (WMB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
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October 10, 2014
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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08:31 EDTWMBGoldman remains bullish on MLPs
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07:04 EDTMDTMedtronic announces Omar Ishrak will remain CEO of new company
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06:39 EDTNFLXNetflix spends $150M annually on content recommendations, Gigaom reports
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October 9, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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15:13 EDTEXPELiberty Media CEO says Diller not interested in sale of Expedia, Bloomberg says
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15:10 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco receive DOJ requests for additional information
Exelon (EXC) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on October 9 the company and Pepco Holdings (POM) each received a request for additional information from the Department of Justice regarding the companies' planned merger. "The request for additional information has the effect of extending the DOJ review period until 30 days after each of PHI and Exelon has certified that it has substantially complied with the request. Exelon and PHI will continue to work cooperatively with the DOJ as it conducts its review of the proposed merger. Exelon and PHI continue to expect to complete the merger in the second or third quarter 2015," Exelon stated.
14:48 EDTEXPELiberty Media CEO says discussed exiting Expedia stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:32 EDTNFLXIcahn says never discussed Netflix with Tim Cook
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13:48 EDTEXCExelon nuclear power generating station reported leak
Exelon released a statement on Wednesday sayingthat its Limerick generating station in Pennsylvania leaked about 100 gallons of water purifying chemical sodium hypochlorite, the primary ingredient in bleach, into to the Schuylkill River. The company said the leak was stopped and did not present an environmental risk. Reference Link
12:37 EDTNFLXBrett Icahn says Netflix is 30% position at Sargon
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12:35 EDTNFLXBrett Icahn says still owns shares of Netflix
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10:00 EDTAEMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Bank of Montreal (BMO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Golden Minerals (AUMN) upgraded at Roth Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... II-VI (IIVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... LivePerson (LPSN) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Luminex (LMNX) upgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... New Gold (NGD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... New Source Energy (NSLP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pacific Coast Oil (ROYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Pioneer Energy (PES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Resource Capital (RSO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Toyota (TM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Universal Technical (UTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow.
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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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.
08:57 EDTAEMAgnico-Eagle upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins
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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.
08:37 EDTXECCimarex Energy named a Top Pick at Global Hunter
Global Hunter named Buy rated Cimarex a Top Pick following the recent pullback in shares and its strong Permian position. Price target is $189.
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