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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.
News For AMAT;TOELY;INTC;SMI From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTAMATActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
06:30 EDTAMATApplied Materials added to Focus List with $36 target at Citigroup
Citigroup added Applied Materials to its Focus List and raised its price target for shares to $36 from $26. Citi says it has increased confidence in the Tokyo Electron merger closing in the first half of 2015, which it believes will unlock $2.50 per share in combined earnings power in 2016. The firm keeps a Buy rating on AMAT.
06:16 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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December 17, 2014
08:55 EDTINTCJD.com signs partnership pact with Intel on shopping tech, Marbridge Daily says
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December 16, 2014
11:31 EDTINTCRackspace looks to reduce reliance on Intel chips, Bloomberg says
Rackspace Hosting (RAX), which has been testing server computers based on IBM (IBM) Power chip designs, is looking to reduce its reliance on Intel (INTC) chips as it shifting to some server computers based on modified International Business Machine processors, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTSMIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARIAD (ARIA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Aimco (AIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Approach Resources (AREX) downgraded at Sterne Agee... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Harmonic (HLIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Olin Corp. (OLN) downgraded at Longbow... Penn West (PWE) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Prudential plc (PUK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Vera Bradley (VRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
09:29 EDTSMISemiconductor Manufacturing downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
December 9, 2014
07:14 EDTAMATApplied Materials price target raised to $29 from $25 at Stifel
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMATOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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10:00 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
06:40 EDTAMATApplied Materials upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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