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June 10, 2014
10:00 EDTAFH, COT, CAVM, AMCC, COP, BRCM, AMD, WB, CCEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AMD (AMD) coverage resumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Atlas Financial (AFH) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Broadcom (BRCM) coverage resumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Cavium (CAVM) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... CenterState Banks (CSFL) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Cheniere Energy (LNG) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Chevron (CVX) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... ConocoPhillips (COP) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cott Corp. (COT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Domino's Pizza (DPZ) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Envision Healthcare (EVHC) reinstated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Exxon Mobil (XOM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) coverage resumed with a Hold at Canaccord... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Murphy Oil (MUR) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NVIDIA (NVDA) coverage resumed with a Hold at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with an Equalweight at Barclays... Occidental Petroleum (OXY) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... ShoreTel (SHOR) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Technicolor (TCLRY) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Weibo (WB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
News For AMD;AMCC;AFH;BRCM;CAVM;CCE;COP;COT;WB From The Last 14 Days
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February 4, 2016
07:07 EDTCOPConocoPhillips lowers 2016 capital expenditures guidance to $6.4B from $7.7B
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07:06 EDTCOPConocoPhillips reports Q4 EPS ex-items (90c), consensus (65c)
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07:05 EDTCOPConocoPhillips lowers dividend to 25c from 74c per share
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February 3, 2016
14:48 EDTCOPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Philip Morris (PM), consensus 81c... AstraZeneca (AZN), consensus 88c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus (12c)... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus (65c)... Cigna (CI), consensus $1.80... Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), consensus $3.01... Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 25c... Charter Communications (CHTR), consensus (12c)... Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.13... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), consensus 50c... GrubHub (GRUB), consensus 14c... Level 3 (LVLT), consensus 53c... AmerisourceBergen (ABC), consensus $1.25... Cummins (CMI), consensus $2.11.
February 2, 2016
15:01 EDTCOPConocoPhillips volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
ConocoPhillips February weekly call option implied volatility is at 81, February is at 63, March is at 57; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 74, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 4.
11:24 EDTCOPStocks with call strike movement; AA COP
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07:17 EDTCOPIran still struggling to finalize oil drilling contract terms, WSJ says
Iran is still having difficulty finalizing terms under which foreign energy companies can drill for oil there, the Wall Street Journal reports. Iranian oil officials canceled a conference scheduled for this month in London where new contracts for Western companies were supposed to be presented, with official blaming the cancellations on the inability to secure enough U.K. visas for the event, the report says. Another reason for the cancellation are conservative factions thinking that the contracts drawn up by president Hassan Rouhani's oil ministry are too generous to foreign entities, the report says, citing people familiar with the matter. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
05:41 EDTCOPStocks with implied volatility movement; ORCL COP
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January 28, 2016
16:16 EDTAMCCApplied Micro Circuits reports Q3 EPS (3c), consensus (3c)
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11:18 EDTCAVMOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume: DRII SNE LH CAVM KSS UCO ILMN JBLU AVT SWK JNPR RRC CL HES
10:55 EDTCOPOPEC delegates say no plan for meeting Russia about production, Bloomberg says
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10:05 EDTCAVMHigh option volume stocks
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January 27, 2016
17:22 EDTCAVMCavium sees Q1 adjusted EPS 24c-26c, consensus 27c
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17:17 EDTCAVMCavium reports Q4 adjusted gross margin 66.6%
Reports Q4 adjusted operating margin 17.1%.
16:19 EDTCAVMCavium reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS 28c, consensus 28c
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14:34 EDTCAVMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
11:06 EDTCOPStocks with call strike movement; NFLX COP
Netflix (NFLX) April 105 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 55, ConocoPhillips (COP) May 20 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 46 according to iVolatility.
05:24 EDTBRCMBroadcom implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
January 26, 2016
15:03 EDTBRCMEarnings Watch: Apple may report first ever quarter with iPhone unit decline
Apple (AAPL) is set to report earnings for the company's first quarter of fiscal year 2016 after the market close on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the most valuable U.S.-listed company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $3.23 on revenue of $76.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.83-$3.44 on revenue of $70.65B-$79.96B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $75.5B-$77.5B and a gross margin between 39%-40%. On average, analysts expect the tech giant to report iPhone units of 75M, according to Bloomberg data that sources nine analyst estimates. iPad units are estimated at 17.3M, Mac units are estimated at 5.8M and Watch units are estimated at 5.3M, according to Bloomberg. LAST QUARTER: On October 27, Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.96, which topped the consensus estimate of $1.88. Fourth quarter revenue of $51.5B also beat the $51.12B consensus expectation. Apple reported iPhone units of 48.05M, iPad units of 9.88M and Mac units of 5.71M in Q4. Apple reported a Q4 gross margin of 39.9%. LAST YEAR: In its first fiscal quarter of last year, Apple reported EPS of $3.06 on revenue of $74.6B and a gross margin of 39.9%. Last year, Apple reported iPhone units of 74.47M, iPad units of 21.42M and 5.52M Mac units in its first quarter. UPCOMING PHONES: According to media reports, Apple's next flagship smartphone, likely called the iPhone 7, will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, will be thinner, and will likely support wireless charging and be waterproof. Apple is also rumored to soon be releasing a new 4-inch iPhone, known as the "iPhone 5se," that will likely have faster A9/M9 chips and always-on Siri, 9to5Mac reported. The iPhone 5s will be discontinued upon the release of the 5se, which is expected as soon as mid-March, the report said. CAR EFFORTS: Steve Zadesky, who was tapped by Tim Cook to lead Apple's electric car development, is leaving the company, Bloomberg reported on January 24, citing sources. Zadesky stepped down due to personal reasons unrelated to his performance, and the move has not affected Apple's plans to build a car, Bloomberg added. The next day, AppleInsider said Apple has placed a hiring freeze on the team involved with the company's nascent automotive project known as "Project Titan" after company executives became unsatisfied with the project's progress, though CNET then said, citing a source, that contrary to the earlier report Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive was not unhappy with the direction of the company's car effort. OTHER NEWS: In early December, CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves said Apple had paused development of its live TV service, according to Bloomberg. "They've had conversations on it and I think they pressed the hold button. They were looking for a service," said Moonves, according to the report. Following up on that report, Re/code, citing sources, said Apple had walked away from negotiations with TV industry executives due to issues with the composition of the "skinny bundle" it would offer. Later in the month, Apple announced that Jeff Williams had been named COO and Johny Srouji is joining Apple's executive team as senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said afterward that Williams looks like CEO Tim Cook's successor, adding that Williams had been speculated as next in line since he had been included in presentations, but the promotion to a new position was still unexpected. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves upgraded Apple to Overweight, stating that its long-term value offset its remaining near-term risks. On November 18, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy, saying the market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, but over the next year she expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubbed "Apple-as-a-Service." On December 11, BMO Capital analyst Tim Long initiated Apple with an Outperform rating and $145 price target, contending that iPhone unit growth will be in the high single digits for a few years. During mid-to-late December, several analysts, including Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty, Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha, BofA Merrill Lynch's Wamsi Mohan and UBS' Milunovich, lowered their iPhone unit estimates, citing smartphone supply chain data points and other sources of information. On January 6, Rosenblatt analysts Jun Zhang and Martin Pyykkonen downgraded Apple to Neutral, saying they believe iPhone 6S sales slowed down during the holiday season. On January 11, Mizuho analyst Abhey Lamba upgraded Apple to Buy from Neutral, saying that investors' focus on short-term supply chain data points had created an attractive risk/reward in the tech giant's shares. The next day, Bank of American Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple to Buy, echoing the view that worries that were prompted by supply chain data points had been largely factored into the stock after its pullback. On January 22, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommended buying shares of Apple into the company's earnings report, stating that he believes the stock will rally on the iPhone number change cycle and experience multiple expansion over the next six months. Munster, who thinks shares of Apple could achieve upside of over 50% from its recent levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September, kept an Overweight rating on the iPhone maker with a $179 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Qualcomm (QCOM), Avago Technologies (AVGO) and Broadcom (BRCM), often move in reaction to Apple's earnings report and guidance. PRICE ACTION: On October 28, the day after Apple reported better than expected fourth quarter sales and profits, the stock advanced a bit over 4%. Since the beginning of the new year, Apple shares have declined more than 4.7%. Over the last three months, the stock has fallen 13% to trade near $100 per share in late afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's report.
January 25, 2016
09:02 EDTAMDRambus, AMD extend patent license agreement
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