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October 23, 2012
10:00 EDTWDC, BTU, JBT, PH, STI, TXN, VTR, NTAP, AMCX, OHI, EIX, MNST, ACMP, MSTROn 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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September 30, 2015
10:49 EDTWDCWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:13 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Mediwound (MDWD), up 25.5% after being awarded a BARDA contract valued up to $112M... Novavax (NVAX), up 8.4% after RSV F vaccine meets safety endpoints in its Phase 1 clinical trial... Western Digital (WDC), up 11.7% after receiving a $3.78B equity investment by Unisplendour Corporation... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 9.9% after being upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan and after JPMorgan said they still see longer-term upside in the shares... Pericom Semiconductor (PSEM), up 6.5% after Montage Technology proposes to acquire the company for $18.50 per share... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 5.2% after CNBC reported that the company could launch Ferrari's IPO as soon as Friday. NOTABLE: Ralph Lauren (RL), up 6.4% after appointing Gap's (GPS) global president of Old Navy, Stefan Larsson as CEO... Gap is down 7.4%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Barracuda Networks (CUDA), down 28.5%... Costco (COST), down a half a percent.
08:57 EDTWDCWestern Digital receives $3.78B equity intestment by Unisplendour Corporation
Western Digital and Unisplendour Corporation have entered into an agreement under which a subsidiary of Unis will make a $3.78B equity investment in Western Digital. Under the terms of the investment, Unis has agreed to purchase newly issued Western Digital common stock at a price of $92.50 per share. Immediately following the closing of the investment, Unis will hold approximately 15% of Western Digital's issued and outstanding shares of common stock. Unis will have the right to nominate one representative to the Western Digital board of directors and will be subject to a five-year position standstill and voting restrictions. In addition, Unis has agreed to a five-year lock-up on its shares, with a limited number of shares becoming available for transfer each year. Proceeds from the investment will go toward strengthening Western Digital's balance sheet.
07:47 EDTWDCWestern Digital volatility flat into receives $3.7B equity investment
Western Digital October weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, October is at 41, November is at 43; compared to its 52-week range off 21 to 46, suggesting non-directional price movement after receives $3.7B equity investment by Unisplendour Corporation.
September 29, 2015
10:00 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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September 28, 2015
17:36 EDTVTRVentas promotes Liebbe to Chief Accounting Officer
Ventas said that it has promoted Gregory Liebbe to SVP, Chief Accounting Officer and controller, effective immediately. Liebbe will continue to report to EVP and CFO Robert Probst, who has held the position of Chief Accounting Officer on an interim basis after he joined the company in 2014. Liebbe has worked in Ventas's accounting functions since joining the company in 2007. Most recently, he was VP, accounting, a position he had held since 2011.
17:07 EDTPHParker-Hannifin acquires President Engineering Group, terms not disclosed
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16:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $95.
September 25, 2015
11:25 EDTTXNCirrus leads iPhone suppliers higher as analysts dissect 6S
Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO) are among the chipmakers that appear poised to obtain more revenue from Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices than from the previous generation of the market-leading smartphone. Research firms issued notes today based on their analysis of "teardowns" of the new phones after they went on sale for the first time, beginning in Australia. TEARDOWNS: Apple's common practice when rolling out its newest iPhone models is for Australia to be its first launch market. The unboxing of iPhones when they become available for sale for the first time anywhere in the world is a much anticipated event among the tech giant's fans, as well as by Apple-focused blogs and Wall Street analysts who follow the company. Websites like iFixit have become well known for their "teardowns" of the devices, where they purchase, take apart and analyze the way in which the device is made and how it differs from previous models. These teardowns are closely watched by analysts and can sometimes be catalysts for the stocks of iPhone component suppliers. CIRRUS: Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says teardowns of Apple's iPhone 6S indicate Cirrus Logic secured both a smart codec and boosted amp win in the new phone. The company's content in each phone is likely towards the upper end of his $3.50-$4.00 estimate, Curtis tells investors, noting that he views this as better than expected. Curtis thinks the 6S content, coupled with the "several new growth drivers" Cirrus outlined at yesterday's technology day, could reverse the negative sentiment on the stock. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $39 price target. OTHER WINNERS AND LOSERS: Skyworks and Qorvo saw their content rise 22% and 25% respectively, Curtis estimated. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is continuing to supply the NFC and Secure Element chips for the 6S devices, but is no longer providing the sensor hub, the analyst reported. The company will lose about 50c per iPhone as a result of this development, but it did know that it would no longer be providing the hub before it provided its guidance in July, according to Curtis. STMicroelectronics (STM) is no longer providing the secure MCU for the iPhone 6S, Curtis added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are supplying iPhone 6S components include Qualcomm (QCOM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Avago (AVGO), iFixit reported. After conducting checks, Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss estimated that Skyworks will obtain about $6.50 of revenue per iPhone, up from about $5.50 previously, while Qorvo's revenue per device will rise to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago will see its revenue per device increase to about $6.75 from about $6.50, Stoss believes. The firm kept Buy ratings on Skyworks, Avago, and Qorvo. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cirrus shares jumped $4.36, or 16%, to $31.49, Skyworks added about 3% and Qorvo rose 4%. Meanwhile, NXP gained about 2% and STMicroelectronics advanced 2.5%.
10:48 EDTAMCXMorgan Stanley cautious on media, but sees several stocks punished too hard
Morgan Stanley cut its price targets on a number of media companies, citing the impact of cord cutting and skinny bundles. The firm also reduced its outlook for the pay-TV sector due to its belief that the adoption of skinny bundles will accelerate, while the outlook for cable TV ads has deteriorated slightly, given macro pressures. The firm kept a Cautious view on the media sector, but also identified several stocks in the space that it thinks have been punished too harshly by investors recently. WHAT'S NEW: TV networks in general, and cable networks in particular, have the highest margins in media and are encountering increased top and bottom line competitive pressures, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne believes. On the top line, they are being hit by ratings and ad pressures as well as cord cutting and distribution consolidation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, their profit is being hurt by the increased need to obtain new content and intensified competition for content from new sources like Netflix (NFLX) and Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Swinburne said. However, the analyst thinks that media stocks are "starting to get" cheap, given the leverage that many of the companies carry. Swinburne cuts his price target on 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to $31 from $37, on AMC Networks (AMCX) to $86 from $88, on CBS (CBS) to $46 from $56, on Time Warner (TWX) to $72 from $87 and on Viacom (VIAB) to $48 from $60. He kept Overweight ratings on Fox, AMC and CBS, an Equal Weight rating on Time Warner and an Underweight rating on Viacom. OVERDONE DECLINES: Swinburne believes that the declines in three media stocks - CBS, 21st Century Fox, and AMC Networks - have been overdone, while the decline in Comcast's (CMCSA) stock has also been excessive. CBS and 21st Century Fox are "best positioned for the skinny bundle" and have the cheapest valuations relative to their growth rates, Swinburne believes. Meanwhile, AMC Networks has "content momentum" and its EPS can exceed expectations, the analyst believes. Comcast is gaining share in the broadband Internet market, could take share in video soon, and has sufficient scale and offerings to benefit from the increased popularity of skinny bundles, according to the analyst, who kept an Overweight rating on the stock. The media sector could benefit from consolidation going forward, added Swinburne, who recommended that investors interested in buying potential takeover targets in the space focus on AMC Networks, MSG Networks (MSG) and Dreamworks Animation (DWA). He kept Overweight ratings on all three of those stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Besides Comcast, other pay TV companies include DISH Network (DISH) and Charter Communications (CHTR). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Fox A shares lost 0.5% to $25.83, AMC fell 0.3% to $73.29, CBS added 0.2% to $41, Time Warner was little changed at $67.66 and Comcast A shares added 0.6% to $57.17.
09:48 EDTTXNApple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports
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September 24, 2015
10:01 EDTAMCX, MNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 8point3 Energy (CAFD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Avondale... AEGON (AEG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Citi ups Ralph Lauren (RL) to Buy on valuation, cost savings... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... L'Oreal (LRLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Marriott (MAR) upgraded on historical performance, growth outlook at SunTrust... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Qualys (QLYS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded on better than expected transaction at SunTrust.
06:51 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Monster Beverage (MNST) to Buy and increased its price target to $165 from $160. Analyst Judy Hong said Monster shares have underperformed the market since August, primarily due to issues with the distributor transition and uncertainty on the timing of cash returns. Hong views valuation as attractive ahead of Monster's entry into the China energy market in early 2016, which she believes could add 11c-27c to 2017 earnings. Further, the analyst is modeling a $5B tender announcement in early 2016, twice the amount the market is forecasting, following the close of the Coca-Cola (KO) deal. This is the key driver for Hong's above consensus 2016 earnings estimate of $4.20 versus $3.96.
06:28 EDTAMCXAMC Networks upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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September 22, 2015
13:05 EDTPHParker-Hannifin sees 5-year CAGR EPS growth 8%
Sees 8% EPS growth CAGR over a five-year period through FY20. Other targeted metrics by FY20 include: Organic sales growth 150 bps greater than Industrial growth; sales of $14B via organic growth; segment operating margins 17%; ROIC 17%; cash from operations greater than10%. Regarding capital deployment, though FY20, sees $1.8B in dividends, $1.2B in CapEx, $4B in strategic M&A and share buybacks. Comments from slides that will be presented at the company's investor meeting.
10:36 EDTNTAPGoldman upbeat on telecom equipment, lukewarm on IT hardware
The telecom equipment sector has a number of positive catalysts, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm has a neutral view on the IT Hardware sector, however, noted the analyst team that took over coverage of the stocks in the space. WHAT'S NEW: Telecom equipment companies should benefit from spending on 100G wide area network upgrades between 2015 and 2017, Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski wrote. Also likely to boost the sector is the expansion of cloud providers' private networks, the analyst stated. The latter trend should produce a new market for the sector, Jankowski believes. Within the sector, she kept Buy ratings on Juniper (JNPR), Arris (ARRS) and Ciena (CIEN). The analyst, who has an Attractive view on the Telecom Equipment sector, has a Sell rating on shares of Infinera (INFN), however. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jankowski views the IT hardware sector as a mixed bag. The sector's valuations are attractive, and it is generating strong free cash flow and robust capital returns, the analyst believes. However, it is being hurt by the shift to cloud computing and by foreign exchange fluctuations, Jankowski warned. Within the sector, she downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sell from Neutral and kept a Sell rating on Motorola Solutions (MSI). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Jumiper declined 2% to $25.24, Arris gave back 1.8% to $26.40, Ciena dropped 2% to $21.77, Infinera fell 3.8% to $20.27, NetApp tumbled 4.5% to $29.80 and Motorola Solutions lost 1% to $66.30.
10:01 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ABB (ABB) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Aaron's (AAN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Allison Transmission (ALSN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Sector Perform at RBC Capital... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Infoblox (BLOX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Israel Chemicals (ICL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Nimble Storage (NMBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Oxford Instruments (OXINF) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Societe Generale (SCGLY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Toronto-Dominion (TD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Virgin America (VA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
06:52 EDTMSTRMicroStrategy management to meet with SunTrust
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06:40 EDTTXNChip sector deal size up substantially in 2015, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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