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February 14, 2014
16:54 EDTAPC, DLPH, WPX, BAGL, NCR, IACI, DOX, VOYA, TPX, MU, BP, MDR, TTWO, EMC, NVRGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Anadarko (APC), EMC (EMC), Take-Two (TTWO), McDermott (MDR) and BP (BP). INCREASED STAKES: Micron (MU), Tempur Sealy (TPX), ING (VOYA), Amdocs (DOX) and IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI). DECREASED STAKES: NCR (NCR), Einstein Noah (BAGL), WPX Energy (WPX) and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). LIQUIDATED STAKES: NVR (NVR).
News For APC;EMC;TTWO;MDR;BP;MU;TPX;VOYA;DOX;IACI;NCR;BAGL;WPX;DLPH;NVR From The Last 14 Days
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October 10, 2014
10:58 EDTMUMicron falls with peers, levels to watch
The shares are down more than 7.5% to $28.30 at time of writing, just off the lows of the session at $27.59 which is now support. Resistance is at $28.78.
10:29 EDTMUMicrochip 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.
10:20 EDTMUSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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10:01 EDTMDR, EMCOn 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.
09:05 EDTBPBP begins $1.1B North Sea project, Bloomberg says
BP CEO Bob Dudley said that the company is poised to begin a project worth close to $1.1B in the North Sea this month, which is anticipated to supply oil and gas into the next ten years, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Dudley. Reference Link
05:57 EDTMDRStocks with implied volatility movement; RSH MDR
Stocks with implied volatility movement; RadioShack (RSH) 245, McDermott (MDR) 76 according to iVolatility.
05:28 EDTMDRMcDermott initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital
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October 9, 2014
16:59 EDTEMCJefferies initiates IT Hardware space, names Western Digital top pick
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16:26 EDTEMCEMC initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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13:39 EDTEMCCisco denies rumors that it will stop investing in VCE JV, The Register reports
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13:37 EDTEMCCisco may end further investment in VCE JV, CRN reports
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11:37 EDTAPCStocks with call strike movement; RIG APC
Transocean (RIG) January 34 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 38, Anadarko (APC) January 115 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 39 according to IVolatility.
10:41 EDTIACIHigh option volume stocks
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10:21 EDTWPXWPX Energy says will explore opportunistic, bolt-on acquisitions
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10:15 EDTWPXWPX Energy sees increasing market cap threefold by 2020
Says about 100 employees chose to accept early exit program. Sees year end employee headcount down about 15% from year end 2013. Says about 70%-80% of capital is oil focused. Says production guidance "in line" with previously provided view. Says expects to increase market capitalization threefold by 2020; says this belief is not reliant on M&A, bolt on acquisitions. Says targeting $12B market cap by 2020. Sees fivefold increase in oil production by 2020. Says bullish longer term for natural gas. Sees nat gas pricing $3.50-$4.50 over next three years, sees oil market at $80.00-$100.00 a barrel. Comments made on the company's strategy rollout conference call. WPX Energy shares are down 4.78% to $20.53 in morning trading.
09:59 EDTWPXWPX Energy sees Q3 adjusted production 1,060-1,073.3 MMcfe/d
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09:56 EDTWPXWPX Energy reaffirms adjusted full-year production guidance
WPX Energy reaffirmed its full-year production guidance ranges, adjusted for its Powder River sale. In the Williston, WPX says its initial result of larger stimulations encouraging. In San Juan Gallup, WPX says it is completing first two 7,500ʹ laterals and that a 3rd rig has been added. Guidance and comments from slides for strategic update.
07:17 EDTIACIIAC 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
06:55 EDTEMCAnalyst says PC company likely to get much of HP debt, Re/code reports
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06:12 EDTAPCAnadarko implied volatility of 37 at upper end of index mean range
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