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July 16, 2014
10:00 EDTSYT, RCI, MLNX, IM, BDRFF, WDC, SRC, PDS, JBHT, CMA, TECD, SJW, PEG, INTC, CSHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Beiersdorf (BDRFF) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cash America (CSH) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ingram Micro (IM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Mellanox (MLNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PSEG (PEG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... SJW Corp. (SJW) upgraded at RW Baird... Spirit Realty (SRC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Tech Data (TECD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded at RW Baird.
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November 19, 2015
11:52 EDTINTCIntel sees Altera as accelerator of 'virtuous cycle'
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11:41 EDTINTCIntel says Cloud is key growth area for Data Center
11:32 EDTINTCIntel says Tabet business is not a growth business
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11:24 EDTINTCIntel targets FY15 revenue $55.2B, consensus $55.25B
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07:43 EDTINTCHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee holds a hearing entitled, "The Disrupter Series: The Fast-Evolving Uses & Economic Impacts of Drones" with Joshua Walden, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Technology Group at Intel on November 19 at 10:15 am. Webcast Link
November 18, 2015
13:44 EDTINTCBefore the Move: Watch Intel into tomorrow's analyst day
Chipmaker Intel's (INTC) analyst day tomorrow could yield information on numerous company operations, but Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis cautions investors that the probability for positive surprises appears low given recent spending outlays. BACKGROUND: Intel, one of the largest semiconductor makers in the world, is scheduled to hold an analyst day on Thursday, November 19. Beyond providing forecasts for its various business segments and remarks on the larger computer market, Intel is expected to provide further clarity on several recent stories, including its memory joint venture with Micron (MU), plans to invest heavily in a Chinese production facility and progression towards chips on the 10 nanometer scale. STRONG OUTLOOK, MILD MEETING: Intel's pending acquisition of Altera (ALTR) and its plans to invest as much as $5.5B in a computer memory facility in Dalian, China leave little room for positive surprises at tomorrow's event in regards to 2016 margins, capital expenditures, or shareholder returns, Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis said in a recent research note. That said, the analyst views Intel's Chinese facility expansion as part of a "brilliant investment strategy that positions Intel as a partner to China" and "keeps the market open" to its microprocessors, perhaps Intel's more famed business segment. Though the two initiatives are certain to push up near-term debt load, Lipacis takes the longer-term view, reminding investors that Intel has shown consistently strong free cash flow over the past decade, leading him to forecast another $13B in 2016. The year may also bring "a number" of other positives for the company, including more data center wins after the Altera tie-up, potentially renewed sales on a cyclical uptick in PC gaming, and even the possibility of an iPhone chip contract, though Lipacis said none of those points look set to be discussed tomorrow. The analyst kept a Buy rating and $38 price target on the shares while reiterating that Thursday's Intel event may have little in store for those expecting eye-grabbing surprises. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Intel have advanced roughly 0.9% to $32.92 Wednesday afternoon. "Before the Move" is The Fly's recurring series of exclusive stories that identify potentially market moving events, along with analyst predictions, ahead of the news.
08:49 EDTJBHTBernstein transportation/services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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06:01 EDTSYTMonsanto studying possibility for consolidation in agrochem sector, Reuters says
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November 17, 2015
20:10 EDTMLNXRaging Capital comments on revised EZchip-Mellanox merger agreement
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16:26 EDTSYTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street see-sawed throughout the day and eventually finished the day mixed, with solid earnings reports from both Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) helping the Dow notch a small gain while the S&P recorded a small loss. The averages looked to be set to extend yesterday's advance, but weakened during the afternoon following news of a stadium evacuation in Europe that unsettled investors and put a halt to the rally. The market struggled into the close but avoided a big selloff as headlines crossed that police in Germany found no explosives at the site of the game cancellation in Hanover. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. NAHB's home builder sentiment index fell 3 points to 62 in November, versus expectations for a reading of 64. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced 3.5% to $59.92 after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot, gained 4.4% to $126.18 while TJX (TJX), owner of the TJ Maxx and HomeGoods brands, rose nearly 4% to $68.18 after their own better than expected quarterly reports. Missing out on the retail rally, however, was Dick's Sporting Good (DKS), which tumbled 9.4% to $36.96 after giving guidance for the holiday quarter and fiscal 2015 that missed consensus estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Airgas (ARG), which jumped $31.17, or 29.39%, to $137.35 after agreeing to be acquired by Air Liquide for $143 per share. Also higher was Syngenta (SYT), which advanced $6.69, or 9.24%, to $79.06 after Monsanto (MON) Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann told reporters the company is weighing another attempt at acquiring the Swiss firm. Among the noteworthy losers were GNC (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC), which dropped a respective 6.4%, 5%, and 15.4% after the Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it would announce actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Shares in the publicly traded companies came off their lows, but did not fully recover heading into the close, after the agency announced that its criminal case was charging USPlabs and that its five civil cases were against a number of smaller businesses. Also lower was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell $1.54, or 33.74%, to $3.02, with Oppenheimer attributing the selloff to "unsubstantiated rumors" regarding its liquidity and Deutsche Bank saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors who are focused on the balance sheet. Additionally, Adeptus (ADPT) declined 22.3% to $46.50 after an NBC affiliate published an investigative report scrutinizing billing practices at freestanding emergency rooms in Colorado. INDEXES: The Dow rose 6.49, or 0.04%, to 17,489.50, the Nasdaq gained 1.40, or 0.03%, to 4,986.02, and the S&P 500 slipped 2.75, or 0.13%, to 2,050.44.
15:40 EDTINTCIntel to host investor meeting
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13:19 EDTSYTMonsanto weighs another takeover offer for Syngenta, Bloomberg reports
Monsanto (MON) is weighing another takeover attempt for Syngenta (SYT) after China National Chemical Corporation made an offer for Syngenta, Bloomberg reports. Monsanto is having internal discussions over the benefits of a new offer, the report says, citing comments from COO Brett Begemann in front of reporters in St. Louis. Reference Link
11:27 EDTSYTMonsanto still sees earnings doubling by 2019, Bloomberg reports
Monsanto (MON) COO Brett Begemann told reporters ahead of the company's biennial investor event tomorrow that his company still expects its earnings to double between 2014 and 2019, according to Bloomberg. Begemann added that Monsanto management is internally discussing making another takeover approach to Syngenta (SYT), the news agency added. Begemann noted that acquisitions are not needed for Monsanto to double earnings by 2019. He expects 20% earnings growth in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Bloomberg reports.
11:24 EDTSYTSyngenta jumps 3% after Monsanto says discussing another approach
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11:23 EDTSYTMonsanto COO says internally discussing another Syngenta approach
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11:10 EDTWDCMicron the most likely target for Tsinghua stake, says Macquarie
Macquarie analyst Deepon Nag highlighted yesterday that Tsinghua Unigroup Chairman Zhao Weiguo told Reuters in an interview that his company was in talks with a U.S. semiconductor company, and that a deal could be announced as early as the end of the month. Zhao stated that a majority stake was unlikely due to regulatory concerns. Given recent moves by China in the memory market, Micron (MU) is the most likely target for Tsinghua, Nag wrote in a note to investors. Tsinghua recently announced a 15% stake in Western Digital (WDC) at a 33% premium to the company's prior closing price. A similar premium for Micron would lead to a 15% stake in Micron for $20 per share, which would equal $3.4B, the analyst points out. Shares of Micron are up 46c, or 3%, to $15.35 in late morning trading. Nag has an Outperform rating on Micron with a $30 price target.
11:03 EDTINTCTsinghua Chairman says in talks with U.S.-based chipmaker, Reuters reports
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08:04 EDTMLNXEZchip announces amended merger agreement with Mellanox
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07:48 EDTINTCHP Enterprise announces alliance with Intel
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06:27 EDTINTCIntel November volatility elevated into investor meeting
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