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January 10, 2014
11:51 EDTAZN, ISRG, SNDK, AKAM, CMGOptions with increasing implied volatility: AKAM ISRG CMG SNDK AZN
News For AKAM;ISRG;CMG;SNDK;AZN From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
07:52 EDTSNDKUBS to hold a tour
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August 24, 2015
09:03 EDTCMGChipotle price target raised to $740 from $620 at Wedbush
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09:00 EDTCMGChipotle to hire 4,000 people on a single day on September 9
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08:29 EDTISRGWilliam Blair to hold a field trip
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08:14 EDTAKAMAkamai management to meet with Oppenheimer
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06:36 EDTCMGChipotle to hire 4,000 employees in one day next month, WSJ reports
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05:13 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to collaborate with Peregrine on cancer immunotherapy clinical trial
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August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTAZNBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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August 20, 2015
11:33 EDTAZNLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:23 EDTAZNAdvaxis, MedImmune begin enrollment in axalimogene filolisbac Phase I/II study
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07:34 EDTAKAMAkamai resumed with an Overweight at Pacific Crest
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August 19, 2015
10:00 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Biocept (BIOC) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Dermira (DERM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Fleetmatics (FLTX) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Gevo (GEVO) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Logitech (LOGI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Navistar (NAV) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Swift Transport (SWFT) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... WEX Inc. (WEX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
August 18, 2015
18:52 EDTCMGChipotle initiated with a Hold at Maxim
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10:01 EDTAKAMAkamai management to meet with William Blair
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:27 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Underperform on industry capex increases at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded SanDisk two notches to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $40 from $75. The firm is more cautious on the memory chip sector given new developments of SK Group's "significantly higher capex budget" and Micron's unexpected FY16 capex hike. BofA/Merrill said excess capacity is now a concern and cut long-term earnings estimates for most memory chip stocks.
06:50 EDTAKAMAkamai reports Q2 DDoS attack traffic up 7% vs. Q1
Akamai Technologies announced the availability of the Q2 State of the Internet - Security Report. For the past three quarters, there has been a doubling in the number of DDoS attacks year over year. And while attackers favored less powerful but longer duration attacks this quarter, the number of dangerous mega attacks continues to increase. In Q2, there were 12 attacks peaking at more than 100 Gigabits per second, or Gbps, and five attacks peaking at more than 50 Million packets per second, or Mpps. Very few organizations have the capacity to withstand such attacks on their own. The largest DDoS attack of Q2 measured more than 240 gigabits per second, or Gbps, and persisted for more than 13 hours. Peak bandwidth is typically constrained to a one to two hour window. Q2 also saw one of the highest packet rate attacks ever recorded across the Prolexic Routed network, which peaked at 214 Mpps. That attack volume is capable of taking out tier 1 routers, such as those used by Internet service providers, or ISPs. DDoS attack activity set a new record in Q2 , increasing 132% compared to Q2 of 2014 and increasing 7% compared to Q1. Average peak attack bandwidth and volume increased slightly in Q2 compared to Q1, but remained significantly lower than the peak averages observed in Q2 of 2014. SYN and Simple Service Discovery Protocol, or SSDP, were the most common DDoS attack vectors this quarter - each accounting for approximately 16% of DDoS attack traffic. The proliferation of unsecured home-based, Internet-connected devices using the Universal Plug and Play, or UPnP, Protocol continues to make them attractive for use as SSDP reflectors. Practically unseen a year ago, SSDP attacks have been one of the top attack vectors for the past three quarters. SYN floods have continued to be one of the most common vectors in all volumetric attacks, dating back to the first edition of the security reports in Q3 of 2011. Online gaming has remained the most targeted industry since Q2 of 2014, consistently being targeted in about 35% of DDoS attacks. China has remained the top source of non-spoofed attack traffic for the past two quarters, and has been among the top three source countries since the very first report was issued in Q3 of 2011.
06:16 EDTCMGFast food chains making new push with more fresh ingredients, WSJ says
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August 17, 2015
11:11 EDTSNDKAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
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