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January 16, 2014
07:32 EDTHON, AXP, AVT, TASR, AT, CA, ONNN, INTC, SWYHMG Strategy to hold a summit
2014 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit is being held in Phoenix on January 16.
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July 15, 2015
14:53 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports June net write-off rate 1.3% vs. 1.3% last month
Reports 30 days past due loans 0.9% vs. 0.9% last month.
10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:41 EDTTASRTASER reports several large Smart Weapon orders from security forces in Q2
TASER announced multiple orders of its Smart Weapons received and shipped in Q2. Some of the largest orders include 1250 TASER X26P Smart Weapons from the Nassau County Police Department ; 950 X2s from the Portland Police Bureau; 400 X26Ps from the Fresno, CA, Police Department; and 227 X2s from the Fulton, GA, County Sheriff's Department.
07:31 EDTINTCIntel target lowered, removed from Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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06:48 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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July 14, 2015
16:01 EDTINTCOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
15:27 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Bernstein says sell Intel ahead of Q2 report
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15:10 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
The key technical feature, best seen on a 5-year chart, is a potential bearish head and shoulders top. On bearish news or outlook, a move below $28.50 would confirm that the pattern is active. If the pattern were to remain active and complete, downside potential over time would be to the $21 to $20 area. If the news is instead a bullish surprise, the first resistance level of note would be at $32.08. Additional upside would be at $34.75, which is the top of the right shoulder of the pattern. If price broke out above the top of the pattern, it would be voided. Next resistance would then be at $36.37.
10:52 EDTINTCAnalysts say Micron could be sold, but not at price Tsinghua said to offer
Research firms have reacted to a Wall Street Journal report, published last night, that Chinese chip maker Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron (MU) for $23B, or $21 per share. Summit Research said that Tsinghua would probably raise its bid, while JMP Securities wrote that the deal would be logical from Tsinghua's perspective. However, Piper Jaffray contended that the reported buyout offer is illogical and Cowen agreed, saying that the deal makes no sense for shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted, adding that he expects Micron's stock to reach $21 soon. Sundarararjan kept a $34 price target and Buy rating on Micron. JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that the deal would be logical for Tsinghua, as it would allow the Chinese company to access leading edge process technology, enable it to deliver more complete system solutions, and give it access to 3D NAND technology. The analyst, who believes that other Chinese companies may make competing bids for Micron, finds it difficult to believe that Micron would accept an offer more than 5%-10% below its 52-week high of $36.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy countered that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector have received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Roy, who kept an Overweight rating on Micron. Similarly, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that the $21 per share price wouldn't make sense for Micron's shareholders, since it's barely above the estimated replacement cost of the company's capacity. The analyst indicated that he does not believe that Tsinghua would actually make the deal and he thinks that the U.S. Department of Justice would not approve the deal if it does get offered. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a separate note, Summit's Sundarararjan, noting that Intel (INTC) has a 20% stake in Tsinghua. contended that the U.S. chip giant probably "midwifed" Tsinghua's offer for Micron. The analyst says that Intel "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice and he believes that the DOJ could approve the deal. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Micron jumped 11% to $19.60. Several other semi chip related stocks were also rising, with SanDisk (SNDK) gaining 4%, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) advancing 3% and Atmel (ATML) adding 2%.
10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTHONHoneywell Solstice refrigerants approved for use by EPA
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09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
09:07 EDTHONHoneywell's UOP technology licensed in China
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07:40 EDTINTCCiti sees arbitrage opportunity in Altera ahead of buyout
Shares of Altera (ALTR) currently trade at a 7.5% discount to Intel's (INTC) buyout offer of $54, Citi analyst Christopher Danely points out today in a research note. Danely expects the deal will go through without any antitrust issues. As such, he sees an arbitrage opportunity in Altera. He raised his price target for shares to $54 from $43. The chipmaker closed yesterday up 50c to $50.25. Shares of Intel (INTC) are trading down 24c to $29.49 in pre-market trading after Bernstein downgraded the name to its sell-equivalent Underperform.
07:06 EDTINTCIntel July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:41 EDTINTCMicron, Tsinghua deal 'probably won't happen,' WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon downgraded Intel to Underperform ahead of the company's Q2 results and cut his price target for shares to $25 from $29. Rasgon believes weaker than expected Data Center Group results is a "real possibility," which he feels would be "much worse" than weak PCs.
06:29 EDTHONHoneywell July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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05:46 EDTINTCIntel may have 'midwifed' Tsinghua bid for Micron, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan says Tsinghua Unigroup's reported $23B offer for Micron (MU) is highly likely to have been "midwifed" by Intel (INTC). Intel owns 20% of Tsinghua, Sundararajan points out. The analyst thinks the potential merger will "only have a few objections to work through," despite doubt from investors that the deal will be allowed by the Department of Justice. Sundararajan has viewed Micron as an acquisition candidate and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $34 price target after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that the state-owned Tsinghua offered $21 a share for Micron. The chip maker is up $1.99 to $19.60 in pre-market trading.
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