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October 23, 2012
10:00 EDTJBT, TXN, WDC, PH, VTR, BTU, STI, NTAP, OHI, MNST, MSTR, EIX, ACMP, AMCXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Access Midstream Partners (ACMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Edison International (EIX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... MicroStrategy (MSTR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Omega Healthcare (OHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Peabody Energy (BTU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Ventas (VTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Northwest Bancshares (NWBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Western Digital (WDC) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gabelli... John Bean Technology (JBT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
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October 13, 2014
09:22 EDTPHParker-Hannifin downgraded to Neutral at Baird
As reported previously, Baird downgraded Parker-Hannifin to Neutral from Outperform citing softening energy prices which are likely to impact future growth. Baird lowered its price target on Parker-Hannifin to $115 from $128.
07:26 EDTMNSTAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
06:51 EDTPHParker-Hannifin downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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05:57 EDTTXNStocks with implied volatility movement; SMH TXN
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05:40 EDTPHParker-Hannifin downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTTXNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
13:08 EDTTXNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
10:29 EDTTXNMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:01 EDTWDC, NTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
10:01 EDTVTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:16 EDTVTRVentas upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgraded Ventas to Buy based on valuation. Price target is $70.
October 9, 2014
18:46 EDTMSTRMicroStrategy committed to restructuring plan, sees charges $17.0M-$20.0M
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16:59 EDTNTAP, WDCJefferies initiates IT Hardware space, names Western Digital top pick
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16:23 EDTWDCWestern Digital initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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16:22 EDTNTAPNetApp initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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11:36 EDTBTUCoal price near-term rebound less likely after China tax, says Brean Capital
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11:05 EDTWDCSeagate court win net-neutral to Western Digital, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes Seagate's (STX) $800M arbitration appeal victory over Western Digital (WDC) was not entirely unexpected. The firm sees the ruling as an incremental positive for Seagate and believes it will have no impact to Western Digital's operations or capital allocation, noting that the company had already accrued liability of $758M and that its intends to make payment using foreign-based cash. Brean reiterates its Buy ratings on both stocks.
11:00 EDTBTUChina to reinstate tariffs on coal, Bloomberg reports
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08:11 EDTWDCWestern Digital and Gobbler partner for cloud collaboration platform
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07:17 EDTAMCXIAC in talks to buy Korean web video service DramaFever, Re/code reports
Korean web video service DramaFever is looking to either sell the company or raise a round of funds, and IAC (IACI) has held talks to buy the company, Re/code reports. DramaFever has also talked to AMC Networks (AMCX) about helping the programmer launch its own Web video subscription services. Valuations for DramaFever have ranged between $80-140M. Reference Link
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