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July 22, 2014
12:53 EDTINTC, TOELY, SMI, AMATApplied 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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March 2, 2015
05:56 EDTINTCWind River announces collaboration with China Mobile
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05:51 EDTINTCIntel Security selected by Samsung for Galaxy S6 smartphones
Intel Security announced that Samsung will be providing Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphone users with a security solution to help keep them safe from a growing number of mobile threats. For the first time, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be pre-installed with VirusScan Mobile technology. With this agreement, customers’ Galaxy S6 devices will be protected by anti-malware technology that provides users with a more secure online mobile experience.
February 26, 2015
11:03 EDTINTCSamsung ranks first in 2014 EU patent applications
The European Patent Office reports that Samsung (SSNLF) was ranked first in number of European patent applications for 2014 with 2,541 applications filed. Philips (PHG) took second place with 2,317, Siemens (SIEGY) took third with 2,133, BASF (BASFY) took sixth with 1,530, Qualcomm (QCOM) took seventh with 1,459, Ericsson (ERIC) took ninth with 1,347, and Intel (INTC) took 10th with 1,054 applications filed.
10:40 EDTAMAT, TOELYApplied Materials merger close date extended to June 30
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09:35 EDTAMATActive equity options trading on open
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06:30 EDTINTCARM Holdings looking to expand to Internet of Things, servers, WSJ reports
ARM Holdings (ARMH) is trying to break into the nascent Internet of Things market and the server segment, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the server market, ARM is looking to take share from Intel (INTC), the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:26 EDTINTCCiti sees downside risk to consensus estimates for Intel
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February 25, 2015
10:34 EDTINTCHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:25 EDTINTCCisco, Apple among U.S. names cut from China state buying list, Reuters says
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07:27 EDTINTCThe Linley Group to hold a conference
Linley Data Center Conference 2015 is being held in Santa Clara, California on February 25-26.
February 24, 2015
09:35 EDTAMATActive equity options trading on open
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05:57 EDTAMATStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Applied Materials (AMAT) 43, Macy's (M) 28 according to iVolatility.
February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTAMATOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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10:45 EDTAMATOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:46 EDTINTCIntel initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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February 20, 2015
04:19 EDTAMATStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT ANF
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February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTAMATOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
11:50 EDTAMATApplied Materials edges closer to its 52-week high
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11:43 EDTAMATApplied Materials calls active on wide price movement
Applied Materials February weekly 24 and March 26 calls are active on total call volume of 69K contracts (3K puts). February weekly option implied volatility is at 46, March is at 40, July is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
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