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December 13, 2012
10:12 EDTAVGO, RDY, ENOC, LLY, YUM, BGS, VRA, TSO, RFMD, MCHP, MTB, HBC, GLF, FRME, DRC, BBEP, CRLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Avago (AVGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Dresser-Rand (DRC) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... GulfMark Offshore (GLF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... HSBC (HBC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... M&T Bank (MTB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Microchip (MCHP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tesoro (TSO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vera Bradley (VRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Cowen... EnerNOC (ENOC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Dr. Reddy's Labs (RDY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.
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October 10, 2014
12:04 EDTAVGOAvago tumbles, levels to watch
The shares are down 11.4%, enjoying less of a bounce than its peers this morning off early lows. Support is at the session low at $68.75. Resistance based on the current price of $71.61 is at $73.84.
11:18 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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11:13 EDTMCHPMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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10:29 EDTMCHP, AVGOMicrochip 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 EDTAVGOSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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10:03 EDTLLYEli Lilly olaratumab granted orphan designation as soft tissue sarcoma treatment
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10:01 EDTMCHPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:53 EDTMCHPMicrochip tumbles following Q2 pre-announcement, levels to watch
The stock is down over 9.9% to $40.99. At that price support is at the session low at $39.41. Resistance is at $42, the session high. Drexel Hamilton and Needham both downgraded the shares to Hold, while FBR Capital said it was taking a "more defensive position" for the semiconductor universe it covers following Microchip's news.
07:53 EDTMCHPON Semiconductor removed from Top Picks list at FBR Capital
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07:33 EDTMCHPMicrochip downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
07:05 EDTMCHPMicrochip downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
Drexel Hamilton downgraded Microchip to Hold and reduced its price target to $38 from $55 following the Q2 pre-announcment. Our previous note said the price target was reduced to $17, which was incorrect.
October 9, 2014
16:49 EDTRDYSucampo announces settlement agreement resolving patent litigation on AMITIZA
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16:17 EDTMCHPMicrochip lowers Q2 revenue guidance to $546.2M from $560.0M-$575.9M
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13:14 EDTMTBM&T Bank to refund $2.9M to customers for deceptive advertising practices
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10:00 EDTTSOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTBBEPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Bank of Montreal (BMO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Golden Minerals (AUMN) upgraded at Roth Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... II-VI (IIVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... LivePerson (LPSN) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Luminex (LMNX) upgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... New Gold (NGD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... New Source Energy (NSLP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pacific Coast Oil (ROYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Pioneer Energy (PES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Resource Capital (RSO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Toyota (TM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Universal Technical (UTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow.
09:44 EDTBBEPBreitBurn Energy upgraded at Oppenheimer
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09:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands China business still poised to recover, says RBC Capital
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08:49 EDTBBEPBreitBurn Energy upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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06:40 EDTHBCSource 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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