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March 22, 2013
10:04 EDTAPEI, MSG, PANW, TCBI, DSW, SPRD, PROV, MPR, FDO, ADTN, NXPI, R, IRGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Public (APEI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... DSW (DSW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Family Dollar (FDO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Met-Pro (MPR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Ryder (R) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Provident Financial (PROV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley Caris... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at JNK Securities... Spreadtrum (SPRD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Adtran (ADTN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James.
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September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTPANWBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
10:00 EDTMSGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Brookfield (BAM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Citizens Financial (CFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... HSBC (HSBC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Johnson Controls (JCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded on asset value, share buyback outlook at Stifel... Medivation (MDVN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Post Holdings (POST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Shire (SHPG) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC... Sinopec (SNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus.
08:02 EDTPANWTrustwave and Palo Alto announce strategic alliance
Trustwave and Palo Alto announced a strategic alliance designed to bring next-generation managed security services to global, multi-national businesses and government agencies. Under the terms of the agreement, Trustwave has become a global member of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner program to provide managed security services for the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
07:27 EDTMSGMadison Square Garden upgraded on asset value, share buyback outlook at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Madison Square Garden to Buy from Hold. The firm says that the company can monetize its content IP, has "attractive assets," and is likely to implement "sizable" share buybacks,. Target $190.
07:07 EDTMSGDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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06:34 EDTMSGMadison Square Garden upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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September 28, 2015
10:05 EDTDSWHigh option volume stocks
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06:23 EDTDSWDSW downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTPANWCybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
14:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors volatility elevated on wide price movement
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11:25 EDTNXPICirrus 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 EDTMSGMorgan 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 EDTNXPIApple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports
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September 24, 2015
11:15 EDTNXPIAnalyst sees $55,000 car from Apple as soon as 2019
Apple (AAPL) could introduce a car by as soon as 2019, but assuming an average selling price of $55,000 and 200,000 shipments, the contribution to the tech giant's earnings in that year is probably not enough to "excite" investors, said the research team at Jefferies this morning. However, a car would give the tech giant some "much needed" diversification away from the iPhone and would be positive for the broader tech space, the firm added. RIPE FOR DISRUPTION: Jefferies analysts Sundeep Bajikar, Mark Lipacis and their team say their analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors. He assumes a $55,000 average selling price for an Apple Car and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited and earnings contributions from a vehicle may not become meaningful before iPhone decelerates, the analysts argue. However, the firm said it could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar and Lipacis keep a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. TOP CHIP PICKS: Efforts in the car market from tech heavyweights Apple and Google (GOOGL) will lead the industry to design and sell more intelligent vehicles, accelerating the growth of semiconductors for automobiles above current forecasts, contend Jefferies' analysts in a separate note to investors this morning. The analysts lay out their top picks among automotive semiconductor suppliers, saying the pending merger of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Freescale (FSL) will create the world's biggest automotive semi company, adding that growth in microcontroller content and networking applications will benefit that combined giant. NVIDIA's (NVDA) automotive sales have grown the fastest since the end of the 2012 fiscal year among the companies the firm follows, while Maxim Integrated (MXIM) had the second fastest growth in that time frame, the analysts noted in naming those two as their other top picks in the space. Lipacis and Bajikar identified Analog Devices (ADI), Microchip (MCHP) and Linear Technology (LLTC) as other notable beneficiaries from the expected growth of semiconductor content in automobiles. PRICE ACTION: Amid broad weakness in the market, Apple shares are down 1.5% to $112.56. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Sector index (SOX) is down 2.4% this morning.
09:59 EDTNXPIOTR Global believes NXP Semiconductors lost sensor gub in new iPhone 6S
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08:08 EDTNXPIBofA/Merrill sees 45%+ upside for NXP Semiconductors
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTPANWChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
12:36 EDTPANWGovernment cyber attack affects larger number of fingerprint data
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12:16 EDTPANWPiper says reseller event positive for Palo Alto, Imperva, CyberArk
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says his investor briefing with a large security reseller yielded positive feedback on Palo Alto (PANW), Imperva (IMPV) and CyberArk (CYBR). The reseller's customers' top spending priority is now inside threat protection, which bodes well for Imperva and CyberArk, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. Further, their growth with Palo Alto continues to ramp and should exceed 50% in 2016, the analyst adds. Nowinski found comments around FireEye (FEYE) "slightly more cautious" with some viewing the Mandiant service organization as competitive to their professional service offerings.
September 22, 2015
07:46 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Topeka
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