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April 16, 2014
13:13 EDTLRCX, LTXC, ASML, AMAT, FORM, KLACASML trades lower after reducing Q2 sales view
Shares of Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML Holding (ASML) are falling today after the company reported first quarter results that were for the most part in-line with expectations but lowered its second quarter sales view. WHAT'S NEW: The company reported Q1 net sales of EUR1.4B vs. EUR892M from the same quarter a year ago, but, more importantly, said it sees lower than expected Q2 sales. For Q2, ASML expects net sales of around EUR1.6B, including EUV sales. "We are pleased to report that our first-quarter sales came in as expected, largely driven by memory customers," CEO Peter Wennink said. "Sales in the second quarter are, however, expected to be affected by adjustments of system demand from some logic customers." WHAT'S NOTABLE: As a result of lower sales expectations in Q2, the company lowered its first half 2014 net sales view to around EUR3B, including sales from Extreme Ultraviolet, EUV, systems, versus earlier guidance of around EUR3B excluding EUV. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, ASML shares are down 4.60, or 5.4%, to $80.54. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other semiconductor equipment names are also down, including Applied Materials (AMAT), FormFactor (FORM), KLA-Tencor (KLAC), LTX-Credence (LTXC), and Lam Research (LRCX).
News For ASML;AMAT;FORM;KLAC;LRCX;LTXC From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
06:12 EDTKLAC, AMATKLA-Tencor removed from Focus List at Citigroup
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October 16, 2014
09:35 EDTFORMFormFactor initiated with a Buy at Sidoti
Target $10.
07:54 EDTAMATApplied Materials weakness creates buying opportunity, says Stifel
Stifel believes that Applied Materials' (AMAT) fundamental story has not changed, while the weakness in the shares is an overreaction to certain issues, including the Microchip (MCHP) preannouncement. Stifel expects the company to benefit from strong WFE spending in 2015 and increasing capital intensity trends in the chip sector. The firm keeps a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTASMLASML affirms FY14 sales view of at least EUR5.6B
ASML President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink said, "We are on track to meet our full-year 2014 forecast of at least EUR 5.6B of net sales. In the third quarter, we delivered a good profit margin on net sales that fell just short of our previous guidance due to a couple of system shipments shifting into Q4, which does not impact our full-year guidance. Looking ahead, we see a solid start to 2015. In memory, we expect higher sales in H1 driven by the strong backlog. In logic, the ramp of 20/16/14 nanometer nodes is expected to continue, but the timing and volume depends on the business allocations by our customers' customers." As part of ASML's policy to return excess cash to shareholders through dividend and regularly timed share buybacks, ASML has announced its intention to purchase up to EUR 1.0B of its shares in 2013-2014. Through September 28, ASML has acquired 11.8M shares under this program for a total consideration of EUR 776M.
08:28 EDTASMLASML sees Q4 net sales around EUR 1.3B
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08:27 EDTASMLASML reports Q3 EPS EUR0.56 vs. EUR0.91 in prior quarter
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07:39 EDTAMATApplied Materials upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTAMATApplied Materials upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:08 EDTAMATApplied Materials implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index mean range
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTLRCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:22 EDTLRCXLam Research upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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October 10, 2014
11:27 EDTAMATApplied Materials falls with peers, bearish double top active
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11:13 EDTASML, LRCX, KLAC, AMAT, FORMMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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October 9, 2014
14:53 EDTKLACCapital World Investors reports 10.5% passive stake in KLA-Tencor
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October 8, 2014
10:00 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
07:50 EDTAMAT, AMATApplied Materials upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA upgraded Applied Materials to Outperform and said Tokyo Electron deal concerns are overdone and the company will not go through with the deal if it turns out to be dilutive. Additionally, CLSA said Applied Materials will benefit from the 2015 14/16nm FinFET capex cycle. Price target raised to $23 from $22.

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