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July 22, 2014
12:53 EDTTOELY, SMI, AMAT, INTCApplied Materials drops following report of opposition to merger
Shares of Applied Materials (AMAT) are falling after a website reported that Chinese authorities are opposing the company's proposed merger with Tokyo Electron (TOELY). However, two research firms said they still expect the merger to occur and remained upbeat on Applied Materials' outlook. Applied Materials makes equipment that enables the production of semiconductor and solar photovoltaic products. WHAT'S NEW: Applied Materials' proposed merger with Tokyo Electron is encountering strong opposition from Chinese regulators, DealReporter said earlier today, citing unnamed sources. However, Patrick Ho, an analyst at research firm Stifel, wrote that he remained confident that the deal will be approved without any changes. DealReporter's report is "pure speculation" and there are serious doubts about its validity, the analyst contended. The weakness in the stock today represents an opportunity for long-term investors, added Ho, who kept a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Meanwhile, ISI Group analyst C.J. Muse wrote that DealReporter's story is "old news." Although Intel (INTC), Samsung and China's Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) oppose Applied Material's deal, there are ways of convincing them to drop their opposition, Muse wrote. Chinese regulators are likely to agree to remedies proposed by Applied Materials and the deal should close in October or November, according to the analyst, who also recommended buying Applied Material's stock on today's weakness. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Applied Materials lost 1.1% to $22.66.
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November 21, 2014
07:29 EDTINTCIntel data center unit forecast beat estimates, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Intel's 2015 guidance for its data center unit surpassed consensus estimates. The firm notes that the unit generates 42% of the company's operating profits, and it thinks the company has a number of other positive catalysts. It recommends buying the shares.
06:05 EDTINTCIntel may not reach goal of shipping 70M tablet chips next year, Re/code reports
Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich said in an interview on the sidelines of the company's investor meeting that the company may not ship 70M tablet chips in 2015 as previously predicted, Re/code reports. Krzanich commented, "I donít think our standalone number will be that high." Reference Link
November 20, 2014
16:24 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:59 EDTINTCIntel remains a top pick at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says Intel's outlook for 2015 is "roughly consistent" with its estimates. It expects Intel's competitive strength to profitability and share value over the next several years. The firm views Intel as a top pick and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
12:34 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 R&D spending approximately $20B, plus or minus $400M
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12:33 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 CapEx approximately $10.5B, plus or minus $500M
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12:32 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 gross margin 62%, plus or minus two points
12:32 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 revenue growth in mid-single digits, consensus $57.78B
12:31 EDTINTCIntel raises annual dividend to 96c per share
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11:52 EDTINTCIntel CEO confirms organizational change made this week
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Intel has reorganized by combing its groups that handle personal computer chips with those used for smartphones and tablets, and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed the change during the company's investor day presentation.
11:32 EDTINTCIntel says high-end gaming segment among fastest growing in PCs
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10:35 EDTAMATOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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November 19, 2014
10:29 EDTINTC, AMATGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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November 18, 2014
11:50 EDTINTCIntel November volatility elevated into investor meeting
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10:55 EDTINTCIntel to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held in Santa Clara, CA on November 20 at 11 am. Webcast Link
09:06 EDTINTCIntel to combine two groups in new 'Client Computing' unit, WSJ says
Intel plans to reorganize by combing its groups that handle personal computer chips with those used for smartphones and tablets, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an email sent to employees by CEO Brian Krzanich. Intelís changes are scheduled to go into effect in early 2015, the report noted. Reference Link
07:36 EDTAMATUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 18 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:08 EDTINTCIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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November 17, 2014
07:52 EDTINTCDepartment of Energy awards $425M for supercomputing technologies
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November 14, 2014
07:55 EDTAMAT, TOELYApplied Materials 2015 set up looks solid, says Cowen
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