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December 13, 2012
10:12 EDTCRL, LLY, VRA, MCHP, GLF, BBEP, RDY, YUM, TSO, MTB, FRME, AVGO, ENOC, BGS, RFMD, HBC, DRCOn 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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September 28, 2015
09:35 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Sanofi reach settlement agreement in glargine litigation
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09:33 EDTLLYSanofi reaches patent settlement with Eli Lilly on Lantus
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08:04 EDTLLYEli Lilly announces study of Cyramza in combination met primary end
A Phase II study of Eli Lilly's CYRAMZA in combination with docetaxel met its primary endpoint, demonstrating a statistically significant increase in progression-free survival (PFS) for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who failed prior platinum-based therapy. Bladder cancer accounts for the vast majority of all urothelial carcinoma. Final results of the Phase II trial were presented at the European Cancer Congress (ECC2015) in Vienna, Austria on September 27. Based on these findings, Lilly recently initiated a Phase III trial called RANGE, which has begun to enroll patients. The three-arm trial evaluated 140 patients with advanced carcinoma of the urothelial tract who, after a first-line platinum-based chemotherapy regimen, had relapsed up to one year following the initial treatment. Patients were randomized to receive either a combination of ramucirumab and docetaxel, docetaxel alone (n=45), or a combination of icrucumab and docetaxel. Treatment continued until disease progression or toxicity levels resulted in an interruption of treatment with one or more of the study medicines.
07:46 EDTRDYUBS to hold a field trip
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07:41 EDTAVGOAvago fundamentals have improved, says Pacific Crest
After traveling to Asia, Pacific Crest believes that demand for Avago's (AVGO) products remains healthy ,given the company's low exposure to China and strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone. The firm reiterates a $180 price target and Overweight rating on the shares.
07:38 EDTLLYBox to hold a user conference
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07:27 EDTLLYFDA and the Parental Drug Association to co-host a conference
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05:22 EDTRDYDr. Reddy's Labs launches Esomeprazole Magnesium delayed-release capsules
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September 25, 2015
11:25 EDTRFMD, AVGOCirrus leads iPhone suppliers higher as analysts dissect 6S
Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO) are among the chipmakers that appear poised to obtain more revenue from Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices than from the previous generation of the market-leading smartphone. Research firms issued notes today based on their analysis of "teardowns" of the new phones after they went on sale for the first time, beginning in Australia. TEARDOWNS: Apple's common practice when rolling out its newest iPhone models is for Australia to be its first launch market. The unboxing of iPhones when they become available for sale for the first time anywhere in the world is a much anticipated event among the tech giant's fans, as well as by Apple-focused blogs and Wall Street analysts who follow the company. Websites like iFixit have become well known for their "teardowns" of the devices, where they purchase, take apart and analyze the way in which the device is made and how it differs from previous models. These teardowns are closely watched by analysts and can sometimes be catalysts for the stocks of iPhone component suppliers. CIRRUS: Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says teardowns of Apple's iPhone 6S indicate Cirrus Logic secured both a smart codec and boosted amp win in the new phone. The company's content in each phone is likely towards the upper end of his $3.50-$4.00 estimate, Curtis tells investors, noting that he views this as better than expected. Curtis thinks the 6S content, coupled with the "several new growth drivers" Cirrus outlined at yesterday's technology day, could reverse the negative sentiment on the stock. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $39 price target. OTHER WINNERS AND LOSERS: Skyworks and Qorvo saw their content rise 22% and 25% respectively, Curtis estimated. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is continuing to supply the NFC and Secure Element chips for the 6S devices, but is no longer providing the sensor hub, the analyst reported. The company will lose about 50c per iPhone as a result of this development, but it did know that it would no longer be providing the hub before it provided its guidance in July, according to Curtis. STMicroelectronics (STM) is no longer providing the secure MCU for the iPhone 6S, Curtis added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are supplying iPhone 6S components include Qualcomm (QCOM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Avago (AVGO), iFixit reported. After conducting checks, Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss estimated that Skyworks will obtain about $6.50 of revenue per iPhone, up from about $5.50 previously, while Qorvo's revenue per device will rise to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago will see its revenue per device increase to about $6.75 from about $6.50, Stoss believes. The firm kept Buy ratings on Skyworks, Avago, and Qorvo. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cirrus shares jumped $4.36, or 16%, to $31.49, Skyworks added about 3% and Qorvo rose 4%. Meanwhile, NXP gained about 2% and STMicroelectronics advanced 2.5%.
09:48 EDTRFMD, AVGOApple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports
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09:47 EDTAVGOiPhone 6S teardown positive for Skyworks, Qorvo, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss says Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6S teardowns indicate content increases for Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and Avago (AVGO). Ross estimates Skyworks' content in the phone rose to $6.50 versus $5.50 in the first versions of iPhone 6, Qorvo's content rose to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago's content rose to $6.75 from $6.50. He believes RF content is increasing and reiterates Buy ratings on all three names.
07:22 EDTLLYEuropean Society for Medical Oncology to hold a conference
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September 24, 2015
13:19 EDTMTBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday, with each of the major indexes down more than 1%. Continued weakness in Asia and a lack of clarity regarding the Fed's rate decision last week has kept buyers on the sidelines while the sellers have had their way. Lowered guidance from Dow component Caterpillar (CAT) has weighed on the market in addition to some economic data points that were below expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims were 267,000, versus expectations for 272,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.41, versus expectations of +0.24. New home sales jumped 5.7% in August to a 552,000 rate, versus expectations for a rise of 1.6% to a 515,000 rate. In Asia, Japan's stock market reopened for the first time since Friday and the Nikkei suffered a nearly 3% decline as it caught up to other global market trends in the week-to-date. The slide came despite Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiling new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration. Elsewhere, Norway and Taiwan both cut interest rates this morning. The Norges Bank lowered rates by 25 basis points to 0.75%, while Taiwan cut its benchmark by 12.5 basis points to 1.75% in the nation's first lowering of rates since 2009. COMPANY NEWS: A slide in shares of Caterpillar weighed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Before the news was announced, research firm Axiom initiated coverage of Caterpillar with a Sell rating and $28 price target, which its shares were 5.7% closer to at midday following their swoon. Other mining and agriculture equipment makers, including Joy Global and Deere (DE), were also weaker following the Dow member's announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which rose 18% after disclosing top-line findings from the Heparc-2001 Phase 2a clinical study of ARC-520, its candidate for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B infection. Also higher was Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK), the parent company of Hudson City Savings Bank, which gained 3% after the bank, the Justice Department and CFPB reached a settlement to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in a pattern or practice of "redlining" predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in its residential mortgage lending practices. Notably, settling the allegations may pave the way for the bank to close out a proposed merger with M&T Bank (MTB). Among the noteworthy losers was Sientra (SIEN), which dropped 42% after disclosing that the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announced the suspension of the CE certificate for all medical devices made by Silimed, the company's contract manufacturer. Also lower were shares of Twitter (TWTR), which slid 4% after Citi cut its estimates below consensus and lowered its price target on the microblog service operator to $30. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 186.90, or 1.15%, to 16,092.99, the Nasdaq was down 56.64, or 1.19%, to 4,696.10, and the S&P 500 was down 20.18, or 1.04%, to 1,918.58.
12:35 EDTBBEPBreitBurn Energy downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill
11:15 EDTMCHPAnalyst sees $55,000 car from Apple as soon as 2019
Apple (AAPL) could introduce a car by as soon as 2019, but assuming an average selling price of $55,000 and 200,000 shipments, the contribution to the tech giant's earnings in that year is probably not enough to "excite" investors, said the research team at Jefferies this morning. However, a car would give the tech giant some "much needed" diversification away from the iPhone and would be positive for the broader tech space, the firm added. RIPE FOR DISRUPTION: Jefferies analysts Sundeep Bajikar, Mark Lipacis and their team say their analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors. He assumes a $55,000 average selling price for an Apple Car and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited and earnings contributions from a vehicle may not become meaningful before iPhone decelerates, the analysts argue. However, the firm said it could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar and Lipacis keep a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. TOP CHIP PICKS: Efforts in the car market from tech heavyweights Apple and Google (GOOGL) will lead the industry to design and sell more intelligent vehicles, accelerating the growth of semiconductors for automobiles above current forecasts, contend Jefferies' analysts in a separate note to investors this morning. The analysts lay out their top picks among automotive semiconductor suppliers, saying the pending merger of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Freescale (FSL) will create the world's biggest automotive semi company, adding that growth in microcontroller content and networking applications will benefit that combined giant. NVIDIA's (NVDA) automotive sales have grown the fastest since the end of the 2012 fiscal year among the companies the firm follows, while Maxim Integrated (MXIM) had the second fastest growth in that time frame, the analysts noted in naming those two as their other top picks in the space. Lipacis and Bajikar identified Analog Devices (ADI), Microchip (MCHP) and Linear Technology (LLTC) as other notable beneficiaries from the expected growth of semiconductor content in automobiles. PRICE ACTION: Amid broad weakness in the market, Apple shares are down 1.5% to $112.56. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Sector index (SOX) is down 2.4% this morning.
08:39 EDTENOCEnerNOC selected by SmartestEnergy
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September 23, 2015
13:30 EDTTSOTesoro options active on speculation of a conference cancellation
Tesoro October 98 and 100 calls are active on total call volume of 6K contracts (4K puts) following speculation of a conference cancellation. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 42, October is 36; compared to its 52-week range of 26 to 56. Active options volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
September 22, 2015
07:43 EDTLLYDrug stocks could be hurt by focus on pricing, says Oppenheimer
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06:40 EDTMCHPChip sector deal size up substantially in 2015, WSJ reports
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06:19 EDTLLYClinton to roll out plan to rein in prescription drug costs, USA Today reports
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