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September 25, 2015
10:59 EDTMRVLMarvell plans to lay off 17% of workforce, restructures mobile operations
Shares of Marvell Technology (MRVL) rose in morning trading after the company announced a major restructuring of its mobile platform business that will include a "significant" headcount reduction. WHAT'S NEW: Marvell Technology announced after the bell yesterday that it will cut about 17% of its global workforce as it restructures its mobile platform business. Marvel is seeking to focus its focus its mobile product line on "anticipated more profitable opportunities" and "right-size its expenses in line with corporate targets." The company plans to take a charge of $100M-$130M related to the structuring, which is currently expected to result in annualized operating expense savings of $170M-$220M. Marvell said it plans to "significantly" downsize the mobile platform organization to refocus its technology to emerging opportunities in IoT, automotive and networking. The moves have already started and the company anticipates the major activities to take place through the end of fiscal 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Marvell announced on September 11 that it was conducting an internal investigation of certain accounting and internal control matters. "The investigation consists of a review of certain revenue recognition issues in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 and any associated issues with whether senior management's operating style during the period resulted in an open flow of information and communication to set an appropriate tone for an effective control environment," the company stated. Specifically, the company said it was focused on 7%-8% of revenue recognized that would have been received in the third quarter. The company forecast a preliminary second quarter net loss of (74c) on revenue of $711M, which may not compare to analysts' consensus estimates at that time for 11c and $721.9M, respectively. Marvell said the preliminary results reflected weaker-than-expected demand for certain products, particularly in the storage market. STREET RESEARCH: Commenting on Marvel's restructuring move, Craig-Hallum analyst Christian Schwab said that Marvell's exit from its mobile handset business is a positive since the unit struggled to create scale and profits, generating just $122M in revenue and $13M in gross profit in the first half of fiscal 2016. Schwab said the move will drive company-wide gross margins toward the mid-50% range and expects a strengthened product profile following the restructuring efforts. The analyst added that the risk/reward is attractive and upgraded the stock's rating to Buy while maintaining a $14 price target. PRICE ACTION: Marvell shares are up 3.05% to $9.30 in morning trading.
10:48 EDTNFLXMorgan 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.
10:00 EDTMRVL, LRCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3M (MMM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ACE Limited (ACE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Box (BOX) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... CyberArk (CYBR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... General Growth (GGP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks, developments at JMP Securities... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Lam Research (LRCX) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Nike (NKE) upgraded on share gains at Sterne Agee CRT... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... United Rentals (URI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill.
09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTMRVLMarvell upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
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08:58 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nike (NKE), up 8% after last night's better than expected earnings report and futures orders prompted numerous price target hikes at Street research firms. Among them, Deutsche Bank raised it price target on Nike shares to $140 and UBS bumped its target up to $137... Jabil Circuit (JBL), up 9%... BlackBerry (BBRY), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Bellerophon Therapeutics (BLPH), up 67% after announcing data from an interim analysis of the company's Phase 2 long-term extension study of INOpulse for the treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension... Marvell (MRVL), up 5% after announcing a global headcount reduction, plans to downsize its mobile platform business... PayPal (PYPL), up 3% after being initiated with a Buy rating at Canaccord. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 15% after Q2 results, FY16 guidance cut... Finish Line (FINL), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Internap (INAP), down 17% after cutting its revenue forecast and having its shares downgraded at Oppenheimer.
08:24 EDTLRCX, LRCXLam Research upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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06:13 EDTNFLXPiper's Munster sees building virtual reality momentum for Facebook
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Facebook's (FB) virtual reality theme is building momentum after its Oculus unit announced a 50% price cut for its mobile VR solution headset to $99. Also announced was that the headset, named Gear VR, will work with five phones versus three in the past. A better virtual reality experience is now available to a larger market and the "critically important" content is growing, Munster tells investors in a research note. Oculus has partnerships with Netflix (NFLX), Hulu, Tivo (TIVO), Sega and Midway to bring their content into Gear VR, Munster points out. He expects Samsung to sell 5M-10M Oculus enabled Gear VR headsets next year, up from around 1M in 2015. Munster maintains an Overweight rating on Facebook with a $146 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 44c to $94.41.
September 24, 2015
20:04 EDTNFLXFacebook virtual reality initiative picks up speed with $99 Samsung device
Thursday's Oculus Connect 2 event saw numerous announcements from Facebook (FB) virtual reality subsidiary Oculus VR, including content deals with major media players as well as a $99 VR headset developed in conjunction with Samsung (SSNLF). CONTENT OFFERINGS: The virtual reality firm will be partnering with Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Lionsgate (LGF) to bring more than 100 films to the Oculus Store at launch. Additionally, Netflix (NFLX), Amazon's (AMZN), TiVo (TIVO), and Hulu -- the joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox, and Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) NBCUniversal -- will be launching apps for the company's virtual reality products, bringing web TV and streaming content to early adopters of the new technology. MAINSTREAM DEVICE: Samsung joined with Oculus to reveal a new $99 "Gear VR" headset on Thursday. Standing in contrast to Oculus' own pricier devices, the Samsung headset will rely on the company's Galaxy line of smartphones to power its virtual reality experiences. Note that a major point of contention regarding the "blockbuster" potential -- or lack thereof -- of VR technology is whether consumers will be willing to pay upwards of $399 for the Oculus gadgets. Samsung's Gear VR tends more towards what Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has called "medium immersion" devices, potentially allaying investor concern over adoption rates with its more attractive point of entry. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares closed higher by 0.5% and continued to rise in after-hours trading, up another 0.2%.
19:14 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Jabil Circuit (JBL), up 9.6%... Nike (NKE), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Bellerophon Therapeutics (BLPH), up 92% after announcing "positive" data from its interim Phase 2 study of INOpulse... Reynolds American (RAI), up 1% after Bloomberg reported the company may sell $5B in assets to Japan Tobacco... Marvell (MRVL), up 5.15% after announcing a 17% global headcount reduction. LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 7.5%... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: Internap (INAP), down 15.1% after cutting its FY15 revenue forecast... Emerge Energy Services (EMES), down 3.25% after withdrawing its distribution guidance due to "difficult market conditions."
17:10 EDTMRVLMarvell up 8% after announcing 17% global headcount reduction
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16:24 EDTMRVLMarvell to downsize mobile platform business, sees $100M-$130M charge
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 24, 2015
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13:46 EDTNFLXNetflix says working on app with Facebook's Oculus
Anthony Park, VP of Engineering at Netflix said in a blog post, "We've been working with Oculus to develop a Netflix app for Samsung Gear VR. The app includes a Netflix Living Room, allowing members to get the Netflix experience from the comfort of a virtual couch, wherever they bring their Gear VR headset. It's available to Oculus users today." Reference Link
13:44 EDTNFLXOculus says bringing Netflix, Huly to GearVR, company says in tweet
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10:58 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; TWTR NFLX
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09:32 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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September 23, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
11:50 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; EWZ NFLX
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05:56 EDTEAReviews solid for EA's FIFA 16, says Piper Jaffray
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