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August 15, 2014
11:42 EDTAMAT, LRCX, KLIC, KLACApplied Materials rises following strong profit, gross margin, order growth
Shares of semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials (AMAT) are advancing after posting strong third quarter profit, adjusted gross margin, and order growth. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Applied Materials reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 28c and revenue of $2.27B, compared to analysts’ consensus estimates of 27c and $2.29B, respectively. Q3 adjusted gross margin came in at 45.5%, up 260 basis points year-over-year, and up 130 basis points sequentially. Q3 orders of $2.48B, increased 24% year-over-year led by SSG year-over-year order growth of $362M. President and CEO Gary Dickerson said, “We have focused our strategy and investments in areas that have the largest impact for customers while driving improvements in execution and speed across the company. With these actions, we have improved our operating margins for seven quarters in a row and are making substantial progress towards our long-term financial model." WHAT’S NOTABLE: For the fourth quarter, Applied Materials expects adjusted EPS of 25c-29c, versus consensus of 26c. Q4 revenue is expected to be approximately flat, plus or minus 3% sequentially, and up by approximately 10%-17% from the year-ago period, compared to consensus of $2.28B. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Applied Materials rose $1.04, or about 5%, to $22.19 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 45% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the semiconductor equipment space include Lam Research (LRCX), Kulicke and Soffa (KLIC), and KLA-Tencor (KLAC).
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October 24, 2014
08:11 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor downgraded at Credit Suisse
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06:17 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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06:15 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
B. Riley downgraded KLA-Tencor to Neutral citing the recent strength in shares. Price target is $82.
October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTKLACOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
17:13 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor sees Q2 revenue $620M-$700M, consensus may not compare $754.97M
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17:11 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor sees Q2 bookings $700M-$900M
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17:10 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor sees Q2 EPS 46c-70c, consensus may not compare 89c
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16:48 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor up 14% after-hours following Q1 earnings report, special dividend
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16:27 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor increases stock buyback program to additional 3.6M shares
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16:26 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor announces special dividend of $16.50 per share
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16:24 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor reports Q1 EPS 47c, consensus 46c
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15:30 EDTKLACNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:42 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor technical comments before results
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09:27 EDTLRCXLam Research remains a top pick for 2015 at Goldman
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October 22, 2014
18:34 EDTLRCXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 13.1% after reporting third quarter results and increasing share repurchase authorization to $250M... Infinera (INFN), up 9.8%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), up 11.8%... Acacia Research (ACTG), up 7.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 4.5%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.9%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 1.5%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 2.9%... ServiceNow (NOW), up just under 1%. ALSO HIGHER: CarMax (KMX), up 1% after announcing a $2B increase to its share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Air Methods (AIRM), down 19.8% following preliminary third quarter results... Yelp (YELP), down 13.6%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 7.9%... Varian Medical (VAR), down 4.9% after reporting fourth quarter results... Open Text (OTEX), down 3.9%... Citrix (CTXS), down 5.7%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 4.5%... Allied World (AWH), down 4.7%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 3.3%... Skechers (SKX), down just under 1% after reporting third quarter results above analyst estimates... AT&T (T), down 1.5%. ALSO LOWER: DIRECTV (DTV), down just under 1% following AT&T third quarter results... Alcobra (ADHD), down 16% following results of MDX study... WidePoint (WYY), down 8.1% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4.4% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock.
16:52 EDTLRCXLam Research down 3.3% after reporting Q3 results
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16:16 EDTLRCXLam Research sees Q2 EPS $1.12 plus or minus 7c, consensus $1.16
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16:15 EDTLRCXLam Research reports Q1 EPS 96c, consensus 93c
Reports Q1 revenue $1.15B, consensus $1.15B.
15:30 EDTLRCXNotable companies reporting after market close
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06:12 EDTKLAC, AMATKLA-Tencor removed from Focus List at Citigroup
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