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April 9, 2014
07:00 EDTBAC, INTCBofA, Intel fire 3K workers, leaving Costa Rica shocked, Bloomberg says
Bank of America (BAC) and Intel (INTC) have shocked Costa Ricaís government by announcing that they would fire about 3K workers in the country just two days after the opposition won a presidential runoff, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from an Intel spokesman and the head of Costa Ricaís foreign investment promotion agency. Reference Link
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July 15, 2014
15:19 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:32 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after peers beat expectations
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12:55 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
12:10 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:12 EDTBACBank of America reports June default rate 3.24% vs. 3.75% last month
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:33 EDTINTCIntel July 31.5 straddle priced for 3% move into Q2
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07:23 EDTINTCFortune to hold a conference
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July 14, 2014
16:41 EDTINTCIntel initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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13:02 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:14 EDTINTCSemiconductor top picks at Topeka
Topeka's anticipates strong unit growth in the smartphone, tablet and wearable end markets and recommends exposure to large/mid cap growth names Intel (INTC), Skyworks (SWKS), Atmel and (ATML), small cap growth name, Rambus (RMBS), and value names Freescale (FSL), Spansion (CODE) and Silicon Motion (SIMO).
09:07 EDTINTCMellanox Q3 guidance likely to be conservative, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital said it expects Mellanox' (MLNX) Q2 revenue to be in-line and for its Q3 guidance to be conservative, as the firm believes the High Performance Computing market has temporarily slowed ahead of Intel's (INTC) release of its Grantley processors. However, the firm thinks that HPC will recover soon and it maintains its Buy rating and $57 fair value estimate on Mellanox.
08:52 EDTINTCIntel volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Intel July call option implied volatility is at 27, August is at 20, October is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 on July 15.
08:34 EDTINTCPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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July 12, 2014
18:33 EDTINTCIntel looks to Chinese unbranded makers to boost tablet presence, WSJ says
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July 11, 2014
07:20 EDTBACBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:06 EDTINTCIntel to unveil 14nm processors, 10nm wafers at IDF in September, DigiTimes says
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July 10, 2014
06:56 EDTBACBank of America July volatility elevated into Q2 and capital outlook
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06:29 EDTBACBank of America requests 5c dividend reapproval, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTBACHolder refuses meeting with BofA head, Reuters says
Attorney General Eric Holder has formally decided to not meet with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan to discuss a multibillion-dollar agreement, as talks to resolve investigations into shoddy mortgage securities sold by the firm and its divisions are delayed, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said that no discussions between the bank and the U.S. Department of Justice have occurred since the second week in June. Reference Link
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