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September 24, 2012
10:25 EDTGRC, FNSR, ATML, WBS, SQNM, PROV, MRX, FLS, CCI, ATU, VECO, RBC, NICE, IEX, FCF, BAX, AKS, X, QCOR, MUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Actuant (ATU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crown Castle (CCI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Finisar (FNSR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... First Commonwealth (FCF) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Flowserve (FLS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Gorman-Rupp (GRC) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... IDEX Corp. (IEX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Medicis (MRX) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Micron (MU) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... NICE Systems (NICE) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Providen (PROV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Questcor (QCOR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Sequenom (SQNM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Veeco (VECO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Webster Financial (WBS) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
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November 24, 2015
07:33 EDTXU.S. Steel price target cut to $3 from $7 at BofA/Merrill
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05:46 EDTXU.S. Steel implied volatility of 106 at upper end of index mean range
05:37 EDTWBSWebster Financial upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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November 23, 2015
17:34 EDTMUIntermolecular says CDP program with Micron to conclude on April 1, 2016
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17:11 EDTXU.S. Steel announces idling of Granite City Works operations
United States Steel announced it will temporarily idle its Granite City Works steelmaking and finishing operations in Granite City, IL. As the primary flat-roll supplier of the oil and gas industry, the idling is part of an on-going adjustment of steelmaking operations throughout North America to match customer demand. The company routinely adjusts production at its operating facilities to reflect market fluctuations. This is a result of continued challenging global market conditions including fluctuating oil prices, reduced rig counts and associated inventory overhang, depressed steel prices and unfairly traded imports, which continue to have a significant impact on the business. The company will be working closely with its customers through this transition. The company will continue to operate its steelmaking operations in Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania as well some finishing operations in Alabama. Granite City Works employees were issued notices under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act on Oct. 8.
16:02 EDTXOptions Update; November 23, 2015
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11:15 EDTXStocks with call strike movement; CHK X
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09:39 EDTXActive equity options trading on open
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05:46 EDTXStocks with implied volatility movement; X XOM
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November 20, 2015
16:02 EDTMUOptions Update; November 20, 2015
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November 19, 2015
10:25 EDTATMLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:48 EDTATMLDialog shareholders approve allocation of shares to complete Atmel takeover
Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) announced that at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held today, the Dialog shareholders have approved the allocation of shares required to complete the company's previously announced acquisition of Atmel Corporation (ATML). The resolution was approved by a vote of 61.94% of the shares represented at the meeting. The transaction remains subject to approval of Atmel's stockholders and other customary conditions. The parties continue to expect completion of the transaction during the first quarter of 2016.
08:47 EDTATMLDialog says resolution in favor of Atmel takeover passed at General Meeting
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07:30 EDTFLSUBS to hold a conference
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November 18, 2015
13:44 EDTMUBefore the Move: Watch Intel into tomorrow's analyst day
Chipmaker Intel's (INTC) analyst day tomorrow could yield information on numerous company operations, but Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis cautions investors that the probability for positive surprises appears low given recent spending outlays. BACKGROUND: Intel, one of the largest semiconductor makers in the world, is scheduled to hold an analyst day on Thursday, November 19. Beyond providing forecasts for its various business segments and remarks on the larger computer market, Intel is expected to provide further clarity on several recent stories, including its memory joint venture with Micron (MU), plans to invest heavily in a Chinese production facility and progression towards chips on the 10 nanometer scale. STRONG OUTLOOK, MILD MEETING: Intel's pending acquisition of Altera (ALTR) and its plans to invest as much as $5.5B in a computer memory facility in Dalian, China leave little room for positive surprises at tomorrow's event in regards to 2016 margins, capital expenditures, or shareholder returns, Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis said in a recent research note. That said, the analyst views Intel's Chinese facility expansion as part of a "brilliant investment strategy that positions Intel as a partner to China" and "keeps the market open" to its microprocessors, perhaps Intel's more famed business segment. Though the two initiatives are certain to push up near-term debt load, Lipacis takes the longer-term view, reminding investors that Intel has shown consistently strong free cash flow over the past decade, leading him to forecast another $13B in 2016. The year may also bring "a number" of other positives for the company, including more data center wins after the Altera tie-up, potentially renewed sales on a cyclical uptick in PC gaming, and even the possibility of an iPhone chip contract, though Lipacis said none of those points look set to be discussed tomorrow. The analyst kept a Buy rating and $38 price target on the shares while reiterating that Thursday's Intel event may have little in store for those expecting eye-grabbing surprises. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Intel have advanced roughly 0.9% to $32.92 Wednesday afternoon. "Before the Move" is The Fly's recurring series of exclusive stories that identify potentially market moving events, along with analyst predictions, ahead of the news.
10:10 EDTATMLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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November 17, 2015
11:10 EDTMUMicron the most likely target for Tsinghua stake, says Macquarie
Macquarie analyst Deepon Nag highlighted yesterday that Tsinghua Unigroup Chairman Zhao Weiguo told Reuters in an interview that his company was in talks with a U.S. semiconductor company, and that a deal could be announced as early as the end of the month. Zhao stated that a majority stake was unlikely due to regulatory concerns. Given recent moves by China in the memory market, Micron (MU) is the most likely target for Tsinghua, Nag wrote in a note to investors. Tsinghua recently announced a 15% stake in Western Digital (WDC) at a 33% premium to the company's prior closing price. A similar premium for Micron would lead to a 15% stake in Micron for $20 per share, which would equal $3.4B, the analyst points out. Shares of Micron are up 46c, or 3%, to $15.35 in late morning trading. Nag has an Outperform rating on Micron with a $30 price target.
11:03 EDTMUTsinghua Chairman says in talks with U.S.-based chipmaker, Reuters reports
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11:02 EDTMUMicron calls active on speculation of a Chinese investment
Micron November 15.5 and 16 calls are active on total call volume of 27K contracts (12K puts) on speculation of a Chinese investment. November call option implied volatility is at 65, December is at 55; compared to its 52-week range of 28 to 74. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
07:56 EDTMUUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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