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January 15, 2014
10:00 EDTCMCSA, STO, SUSP, SYA, TER, WDC, XLNX, MWV, LPI, SNX, RHI, DKS, EXR, FMC, HTGC, INTC, LAZ, PCG, PRI, FTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Primerica (PRI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Robert Half (RHI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... SYNNEX (SNX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Susser Petroleum Partners (SUSP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Symetra Financial (SYA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Teradyne (TER) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... MeadWestvaco (MWV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
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July 15, 2014
12:55 EDTXLNX, INTCEarnings 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.
10:00 EDTINTC, WDCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:03 EDTCMCSAPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
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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16:40 EDTWDCWestern Digital initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
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13:02 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:18 EDTCMCSAComcast acquired PowerCloud Systems for under $50M, TechCrunch reports
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11:45 EDTSTOStatoil downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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11:21 EDTWDCWestern Digital added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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10:00 EDTFMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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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 EDTWDC, INTC, SNXPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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07:42 EDTCMCSAComcast reportedly acquires PowerCloud Systems, TechCrunch reports
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06:59 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $118 from $100 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Western Digital shares to $118 on expectations PC market strength will continue and that enterprise will recover in the second half of 2014. Deutsche expects Western Digital to report June quarter results above guidance due to market share gains and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:56 EDTCMCSADisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
05:51 EDTFMCFMC Corporation downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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