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May 31, 2013
16:22 EDTAIG, OVTI, KKD, PANWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after the averages fell sharply in the final hour of trading. The averages moved in a narrow range near the flatline for much of the session, and despite the late-day selloff, each of the major indices finished the month with marked gains, going against the "sell in May" theory. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income was reported to be flat in April, versus expectations of an increase of 0.1%, while personal spending fell 0.2% in the month, versus the consensus forecast for it to be unchanged. The ISM-Chicago business survey had a reading of 58.7, versus an expected reading of 50.0. The University of Michigan consumer confidence report came in at 84.5, versus expectations for a reading of 83.7. COMPANY NEWS: American International Group (AIG) lost $1.75, or 3.79%, to $44.46, after the company disclosed that a Chinese group that has agreed to buy up to 90% of International Lease Finance Corporation common stock missed a deposit deadline. AIG has previously said asset sales will be key to funding its capital return plans, potentially including share buybacks. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports and better than expected guidance were OmniVision (OVTI),up $2.978, or 19.24%, to $18.47, and Krispy Kreme (KKD), up $3.06, or 21.46%, to $17.32. Among noteworthy losers was Palo Alto Networks (PANW), $5.87, or 10.795, to $48.52 after its third quarter revenue missed the Street view and its fourth quarter outlook came in below expectations. INCDICES: The Dow lost 208.96, or 1.36%, to 15,115.57; the S&P lost 23.87, or 1.43%, to 1,630.74; the Nasdaq lost 35.39, or 1.01%, to 3,455.91.
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July 23, 2014
13:28 EDTPANWCheck Point advances after results beat expectations
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12:57 EDTPANWCheck Point Q2 results, guidance solid, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Check Point (CHK) reported solid Q2 results and provided solid guidance, as its large deal metrics were particularly strong, according to Wells. The firm thinks the results show that spending trends in cyber security remain strong, boding well for cyber security companies Palo Alto (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE). Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Check Point.
10:20 EDTOVTISony investing to increase stacked CMOS image sensor production
Sony (SNE) announced earlier that it plans to invest in Nagasaki TEC and Kumamoto TEC from the second half of FY14 through the first half of FY15 to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment is primarily intended to reinforce Nagasaki TEC's layering process production capabilities, as well as Kumamoto TEC's mastering process facilities. The current investment is expected to enable Sony to complete subsequent stages of production, including the layering process, at Nagasaki TEC on semiconductor chips that have undergone the mastering process at Yamagata TEC, providing Sony with a fully integrated production system for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment forms part of Sony's mid - to long-term plan to increase its total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 75K wafers per month and is expected to increase the current capacity of approximately 60K wafers per month to approximately 68K wafers per month in August 2015. Sony intends to bolster its manufacturing capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors, and further strengthen its integrated supply operations, and to thereby reinforce its leading market position. The total investment amount is expected to be approximately Y35B to be carried out in FY14 and in FY15. Of this, the amount to be invested in FY14, or approximately Y9B, was included in the forecast of capital expenditure for semiconductors in the current fiscal year of approximately Y65B announced on May 14. Note that OmniVision Technologies (OVTI) designs, develops and markets integrated and semiconductor image-sensor devices.
July 22, 2014
13:25 EDTPANWEarnings Preview: Juniper sahres rise ahead of Q2 earnings report
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06:43 EDTAIGMalaysia Airlines incidents rattle insurance market, NY Times says
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July 21, 2014
07:29 EDTAIGAIG settlement with BofA takes crisis claw back total up to $2B, FT says
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July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:21 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $105 from $90 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Palo Alto as the firm touts what it sees as the company's strong fundamentals, fastest ramping profitability in enterprise IT and emerging opportunities. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:49 EDTAIGAIG initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
Target $64.
July 16, 2014
13:06 EDTPANWIT security stocks advance after upbeat Goldman note
Shares of a number of IT security stocks are rallying after Goldman Sachs wrote that it was upbeat on the sector in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam assumed coverage of the Security Software sector with an Attractive rating. Cyber threats have become larger and more costly, so many companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on IT security, Niknam wrote. Spending on security is increasing by the highest rate since 2010, the analyst estimated. Companies in the sector should see their free cash flow growth accelerate, while cash rich tech companies could become interested in carrying out M&A transactions with security vendors, the analyst predicted. Additionally, more mature companies in the sector should be able to buy back more of their shares going forward, Niknam believes. He identified Palo Alto (PANW) as his top pick in the space, as he believes that the company provides "the most unique blend of disruptive long-term growth and accelerating profitability." The company is poised to gain additional market share, while its growth going forward should beat expectations, Niknam stated. He raised his price target on the shares to $97 from $91 and kept a Conviction List-Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst upgraded another stock in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), to Buy from Neutral after assuming coverage of the shares. The company's status as the market leader in fighting Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, leaves it well-positioned in the current market, he contended. An IT survey indicates that most respondents plan to increase their APT-related spending, and 59% of the respondents say they plan to spend more money on solutions from a new vendor, Niknam reported. Furthermore, FireEye's revenue growth likely accelerated in Q2 and its revenue should beat expectations in 2014 and 2015, while the company's free cash flow should come in above consensus levels next year, Niknam predicted. FireEye may eventually be acquired by another company, according to Niknam, who raised his price target on the shares to $42 from $36. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Niknam initiated coverage of Proofpoint (PFPT) with a Buy rating as he predicted that the company's growth and free cash flow would beat expectations in the near-term and he believes that the company could also become a takeover target. The analyst started coverage of Fortinet (FTNT) with a Neutral rating. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto climbed 3% to $78.36, FireEye rose 3.5% to $34.99, Proofpoint climbed 3.6% to $34.46, and Fortinet rose 1% to $24.24.
10:00 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
07:04 EDTAIGAIG to receive $650M in cash in Bank of America settlement
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07:02 EDTAIGAIG announces settlement with BofA on residential mortgage related disputes
American International Group (AIG) announced that it has reached a global resolution of its residential mortgage related disputes with Bank of America (BAC). The resolution includes its claims pending in New York and California federal courts related to the creation, offering, and sale of RMBS from which AIG and its subsidiaries suffered losses either directly on their own account or in connection with their participation in AIG’s securities lending program. The resolution also covers AIG’s objections to the $8.5 billion settlement of Countrywide’s mortgage repurchase obligations to various investors, as well as disputes concerning the issuance of mortgage guaranty insurance by AIG’s United Guaranty subsidiaries to Bank of America and Countrywide. Under the terms of the settlement, AIG will receive $650M in cash plus its pro rata share of whatever amount is ultimately paid out to investors in connection with the Countrywide repurchase settlement. In addition, the parties have agreed, subject to the approval of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and certain other mortgage holders, to resolve the outstanding mortgage guaranty claims disputes in accordance with agreed-to claims processes and payment formulae.
07:01 EDTAIGAIG announces settlement with BofA on residential mortgage related disputes
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05:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman
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July 15, 2014
08:48 EDTPANWPalo Alto outlook has improved, says JMP Securities
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08:19 EDTOVTIOmniVision regaining smartphone market share in China, says RW Baird
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July 13, 2014
17:49 EDTOVTIOmniVision could see improvement after Apple, Barron's says
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