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August 8, 2014
10:00 EDTSLAB, PFPT, NMBL, NXPI, INVN, GCO, CSTE, BCRX, ASHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ashland (ASH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Caesarstone (CSTE) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Genesco (GCO) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... InvenSense (INVN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord.
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October 13, 2014
06:47 EDTSLABSilicon Laboratories downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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October 12, 2014
19:26 EDTBCRXPatient being evaluated at Boston hospital for possible Ebola, Boston Globe says
Health officials say that a man that recently traveled to Liberia is being assessed at Beth Israel Deaconess hospital in Boston for the Ebola virus, the Boston Globe says. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX) and NewLink Genetics (NLNK). Reference Link
19:12 EDTBCRXCDC confirms Texas healthcare worker positive for Ebola
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14:18 EDTBCRXNY's JFK Airport begins Ebola screenings, WSJ says
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12:48 EDTBCRXTexas health-care worker tests positive for Ebola, WSJ says
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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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10:54 EDTBCRXMapp looking to up production of experimental Ebola treatment, WSJ says
Mapp Biopharmaceutical is aiming to broaden the manufacturing of its experimental Ebola treatment, ZMapp, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from the company. Mapp said that the treatment was given to a few infected individuals prior to supplies running out two months ago. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX) and NewLink Genetics (NLNK). Reference Link
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 EDTNMBLOn 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.
October 9, 2014
16:59 EDTNMBLJefferies initiates IT Hardware space, names Western Digital top pick
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16:22 EDTNMBLNimble Storage initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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14:55 EDTBCRXHospital says deputy showing no signs of Ebola, AP reports
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14:24 EDTBCRXCDC head compares Ebola to AIDS, Washington Post says
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14:13 EDTBCRXFirst Ebola vaccine trial in West Africa started, NBC News reports
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12:06 EDTBCRXLakeland Industries continues surge amid Ebola fears
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11:17 EDTNMBLNimble Storage management to meet with Oppenheimer
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08:33 EDTASHAshland to sell elastomers business to Lion Copolymer, terms not disclosed
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06:40 EDTPFPTSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
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