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August 18, 2014
10:01 EDTARW, WCG, RNR, NXPI, MNST, MCY, MXIM, LVNTA, INVN, CSTM, FRT, ELY, WERNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Arrow Electronics (ARW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Callaway Golf (ELY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Constellium (CSTM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Liberty Ventures (LVNTA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Mercury General (MCY) downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) downgraded at Goldman... RenaissanceRe (RNR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... WellCare (WCG) downgraded at Wedbush... Werner (WERN) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
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October 15, 2014
07:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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October 14, 2014
10:10 EDTNXPIChip makers rise following Skyworks positive preannouncement
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Skyworks (SWKS), preannounced stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Skyworks, which develops chips for cell phones, raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook to $1.08 from $1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was $1.01. The chip maker increased its Q4 revenue guidance to $718M from $680M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $679.5M. "Skyworks’ upwardly revised outlook demonstrates the broad-based strength of our business and our ability to capitalize on positive underlying market trends to connect everyone and everything, all the time,” said Skyworks CEO David Aldrich. "These multi-year technology trends are setting the stage for us to outperform the broader semiconductor industry in the December quarter and for the foreseeable future," the CEO added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Skyworks' positive report comes less than a week after another semiconductor maker, Microchip (MCHP), preannounced lower than expected revenue and said it thought the sector had entered a correction. Semiconductor stocks have sold off sharply since Microchip's preannouncement and pessimistic comments. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Skyworks surged 6.4% to $48.24, Intel (INTC) rose 1.5% to $31.94, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) rose 1.2% to $54.55, STMicroelectronics (STM) advanced 2% to $6.82, and Avago Technologies (AVG) gained fractionally to $69.30.
09:13 EDTNXPIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1%... Dominos Pizza (DPZ), up 2.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 2.5% following earnings report, announcement of plans to exit consumer businesses in 11 markets... MagneGas (MNGA), up 14% after signing Letter of Intent with Pioneer Recycling... Skyworks (SWKS), up 6% after raising its outlook for Q4. Shares of peers Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and RF Micro Devices (RFMD) are also moving higher in pre-market trading after Skyworks pointed to "broad-based strength" of its business in raising its outlook... Halcon Resources (HK), up 6% after upgraded at KLR Group... Quantum (QTM), up 8.8% after issuing Q2 earnings guidance. LOWER: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1.4% after reporting in-line Q3 earnings... JPMorgan (JPM), down 1.8% after Q3 headline earnings miss... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 1% following downgrade at BofA Merrill Lynch.
08:55 EDTNXPIBarclays top ideas in U.S. Semiconductors on the pullback
Barclays' top U.S. Semiconductor ideas to buy on the pullback are Avago (AVGO), Cavium (CAVM), Spansion (CODE), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Xilinx (XLNX).
08:50 EDTNXPIAvago, NXP rally after Skyworks ups outlook on 'broad-based strength'
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October 13, 2014
09:06 EDTINVNInvenSense recent pullback a buying opportunity, says Northland
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07:26 EDTMNSTAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
14:27 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors breaks long-term uptrend line, levels to watch
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13:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors buy on weakness, says Sterne Agee
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10:29 EDTNXPIMicrochip 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 EDTNXPISemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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10:01 EDTLVNTAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:28 EDTLVNTALiberty Interactive removed from Focus List, HSN added at Citigroup
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06:22 EDTLVNTALiberty Ventures upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Liberty Ventures to Neutral with a $35 price target following the Ventures/QVC transaction.
October 9, 2014
08:02 EDTLVNTALiberty Interactive increases share repurchase authorization at Liberty Ventures
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October 7, 2014
14:52 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage sales up 17.6% for four week period, says Goldman
Goldman said Monster's energy drink sales grew 17.6% vs total energy drink sales growth of 12.9% for the same four weeks ending September 27, according to Nielsen data.
10:02 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air France-KLM (AFLYY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Alcobra (ADHD) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded at Bernstein... CTC Media (CTCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CVR Refining (CVRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... CalAmp (CAMP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Crown Holdings (CCK) upgraded at Macquarie... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Horsehead Holding (ZINC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... International Paper (IP) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Leidos (LDOS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natus Medical (BABY) upgraded to Outperform at William Blair... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... RockTenn (RKT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Sun Life Financial (SLF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... WellCare (WCG) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC.
09:14 EDTWCGWellCare upgraded at Sterne Agee
As previously reported, Sterne Agee upgraded WellCare to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation, improving Q2 metrics, and and expected margin improvement in the Florida MMA program. Price target is $72.
06:16 EDTCSTMConstellium shares oversold following acquisition, says Citigroup
Citigroup says that even though Constellium's acquisition of Wise Metals looks rich, the stock is "overly punished" following the news. It lowered its price target for shares to $31 from $37 but reiterates a Buy rating on Constellium.
06:11 EDTWCGWellCare upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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