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June 13, 2014
10:03 EDTSRCL, PF, NMBL, EDR, BRC, ANZBY, SXE, PVA, INTC, CNW, AA, SON, OI, GEF, CWH, ARAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ANZ Banking (ANZBY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Accuray (ARAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded at BMO Capital... Brady (BRC) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CommonWealth REIT (CWH) upgraded at Stifel... Con-way (CNW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Education Realty (EDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Greif (GEF) upgraded upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Intel (INTC) upgraded at Roth Capital... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Owens-Illinois (OI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Penn Virginia (PVA) upgraded at Stifel... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Sonoco Products (SON) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Stericycle (SRCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird.
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April 23, 2015
05:53 EDTINTCIntel to launch SoFIA LTE chips in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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April 22, 2015
18:27 EDTINTCSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
16:33 EDTCNWCon-way Freight employees in Buffalo reject Teamsters union representation
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14:47 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Texas Instruments reports amid M&A focus in semiconductor space
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor manufacturer operating in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $3.2B. The consensus range is 61c-64c for EPS on revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B, according to First Call. On its last earning call, Texas Instruments said it expected Q1 EPS of 57c-67c and revenue of $3.07B-$3.33B. LAST QUARTER: On January 26, Texas Instruments reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of 69c, which matched consensus expectations at that time. Its Q4 revenue of $3.27B came in just above the consensus forecast of $3.26B. Texas Instruments said its inventory ended the quarter at 117 days and noted on its associated conference call that it believe inventories were at "healthy levels." Texas Instruments also said then that it expected its embedded operating margins to increase. STREET RESEARCH: The day after TI's last quarterly report, Ascendiant raised its price target for Texas Instruments shares to $64 from $56 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. The firm attributed the post-earnings slide the stock experienced then to profit taking, rather than a fundamental disappointment. That same week, Argus increased its price target on Texas Instruments to $62 from $54 and said it expected the company's operating trends to continue to strengthen. Argus kept a Buy rating on the shares. Acquiring companies in the semiconductor space "can materially outperform the market," Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis wrote in a note to investors on March 9. At that time, Lipacis identified Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Marvell (MRVL), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Broadcom (BRCM), Altera (ALTR), and Xilinx (XLNX) as companies that were well-positioned to make acquisitions in the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On March 1, NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction valuing the combined enterprise at just over $40B. Recent media reports suggested that Intel's (INTC) talks to acquire Altera stalled when the latter wanted more than Intel was willing to pay. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, Texas Instruments' stock has rallied nearly 7%. In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments gained over 1% to $58.76.
12:31 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after having been on a bit of a see-saw during morning trading. The averages opened in positive territory, soon turned negative, then back into positive ground following the release of a better than expected existing home sales report. The housing data was followed by a lift in the averages, which remained in positive ground near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 2% after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. Also rising after its quarterly report was another globally recognized brand, Coca-Cola (KO), whose shares gained 1% after its comparable earnings per share topped the consensus estimate. A third member of the Dow, Boeing (BA), slid over 2.5% after its earnings beat expectations but its revenue fell short of the consensus forecast... Visa (V) rose 5% and MasterCard (MA) advanced over 4% after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 12% after the company reported it was profitable in the first quarter and announced an exclusive relationship that will see carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries give the company's members exclusive product offers. Also higher was ASML (ASML), which gained 11% after announcing that it has signed an agreement with one of its "major U.S. customers" to deliver a minimum of 15 ASML EUV, or Extreme Ultraviolet, lithography systems. Afterward, Summit Research said it thinks the most likely buyer is Intel (INTC), which the firm believes does not want to be left behind if TSMC (TSM) puts EUV to use in 10nm processing. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped 19% after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell over 9%, Cree (CREE), which slid 9%, and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which declined 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 28.69, or 0.16%, to 17,978.28, the Nasdaq was up 6.66, or 0.13%, to 5,020.77, and the S&P 500 was up 5.24, or 0.25%, to 2,102.53.
10:11 EDTINTCHouse Committee on Small Business to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Small Business: Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses From Cyber Attacks" with Chief Technology Officer Grobman of Intel on April 22 at 11 am.
10:02 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Alcoa (AA) initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... American Water (AWK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Anadarko (APC) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Apache (APA) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Associated Banc Corp (ASB) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Concho Resources (CXO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Consolidated Edison (ED) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Denbury Resources (DNR) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Dominion (D) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Duke Energy (DUK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Edison International (EIX) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Encana (ECA) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Eversource (ES) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Exelon (EXC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... FirstEnergy (FE) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Great Plains Energy (GXP) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Media General (MEG) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Medley Capital (MCC) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Murphy Oil (MUR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Newtek Business Services (NEWT) initiated with a Neutral at Ladenburg... NextEra Energy (NEE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Noble Energy (NBL) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PG&E (PCG) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... PPL Corp. (PPL) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... PSEG (PEG) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Pinnacle West (PNW) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Range Resources (RRC) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... STMicroelectronics (STM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Southern Company (SO) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Southwestern Energy (SWN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Starz (STRZA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Stellus Capital (SCM) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... TECO Energy (TE) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... bluebird bio (BLUE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
09:37 EDTINTCAltera quarterly results 'may not be great,' CNBC's Faber reports
There is talk that Altera's (ALTR) earnings report "may not be great" when the chip company reports Q1 results on Thursday, April 23, CNBC's David Faber reports. Investors assume Altera will report a strong quarter after turning down Intel's takeover attempt, but that may not be the case, according to Faber. Shares of the chip maker are down 35c to $42.89 in early trading. Piper Jaffray this morning downgraded the stock to Neutral.
09:32 EDTINTCASML large EUV tool order likely from Intel, says Summit Research
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09:26 EDTAAAlcoa initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research
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05:43 EDTINTCAltera downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy downgraded Altera (ALTR) to Neutral from Overweight saying takeover speculation has driven the valuation above a fundamentals based fair value. He believes an acquisition by Intel (INTC) makes sense, but at a reasonable valuation. The analyst thinks a higher premium than $54 per share is unlikely. Piper keeps a $42 price target for shares of Altera. Roy still views the longer-term prospects for the programmable logic device companies favorably and thinks Altera is better positioned near-term versus Xilinx (XLNX). Shares of Altera closed yesterday up 8c to $43.24.
April 21, 2015
14:34 EDTNMBLEarnings Watch: EMC to report after several downgrades
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10:55 EDTINTCStreet Check: Lam Research defenders rewarded with post-earnings jump
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07:14 EDTARAYAccuray initiates international commercial launch of InCise Multileaf Collimator
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07:06 EDTINTCRe/Code to hold a conference
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTAAOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
11:04 EDTCNWCon-way Truckload invests in 635 tractors
Con-way Truckload, a subsidiary of Con-way, announced its purchase of 635 new, twin-screw tractors in a replacement cycle that will maintain the company's 2,500-tractor fleet as one of the newest and most technically advanced in the truckload industry. This purchase of 575 new Kenworth T680s and 60 new Freightliner Cascadias, which are being delivered into the fleet in a phased deployment starting this month through November, represents an increase from 23% to 48% in the number of trucks outfitted with AMTs.
09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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07:30 EDTINTCApplied Materials added to Franchise Picks list at Jefferies
Jefferies added Applied Materials (AMAT) to its Franchise Picks list with the stock down 14% year-to-date. The firm attributes the pullback to concerns around tool reuse, and notes it still expects foundry capital spending to increase amid "increased process complexity and competition." Jefferies' work indicates TSMC's (TSM) and Intel's (INTC) capex cuts were driven by market share losses rather than innovation in tool reuse. It keeps a Buy rating on AMAT with a $29 price target.
05:26 EDTINTCEricsson announces collaboration with Intel security
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