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February 14, 2014
08:47 EDTCMCSA, GSK, TSLA, MSFT, SNE, F, KW, NFX, APC, MUR, WFC, MU, CSCO, CHTR, TWC, ARNAOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Comcast's (CMCSA) Obama relationships to be tested in Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal...Charter (CHTR) likely to seek other acquisitions...Cisco's (CSCO) memory issue may be tied to Micron (MU)...REUTERS: Wells Fargo (WFC) moves back into the subprime home market...Murphy Oil (MUR) may sell about $3B of Asian assets...Brightoil interested in Anadarko (APC), Newfield (NFX) China operations...Kennedy Wilson (KW) looks to raise $1.25B from European property unit...BLOOMBERG: Ford (F) sales dominated by small SUVs...Sony (SNE) PlayStation beats Microsoft (MSFT) Xbox One sales...Tesla (TSLA) looking into cause of Toronto Model S fire...OTHER NEWS: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) interested in Arena (ARNA), Daily Mail reports.
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October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTTSLAMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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16:22 EDTMUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
16:02 EDTTSLAActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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15:58 EDTTSLATesla breaks support, levels to watch
Shares are ending near session lows, last at $236.76. Support is at the session low at $235.20. Resistance is at previous support at $238.49.
13:17 EDTCMCSANielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
13:08 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
12:52 EDTTSLATesla shares sink after all-wheel drive model unveiling
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) are falling after the company's CEO, Elon Musk, introduced an all-wheel drive model and some autonomous driving features on a number of its vehicles. On October 2, Musk had teased on Twitter that Tesla would "unveil D, something else,' exciting investors. WHAT'S NEW: Musk last night said Tesla would enable consumers to buy an all-wheel drive version of the company's Model S electric vehicle. The all wheel drive feature will increase the speed and efficiency of vehicles, Musk said. It will also enable the cars to drive more effectively in poor driving conditions, the CEO stated. The feature will be offered on the company's new advanced Model S car, the P85D, which will cost $120,000. The feature can be added onto other Tesla vehicles for $4,000. Additionally, Musk announced that all new Model S vehicles will have a number of auto pilot features. Among other capabilities, the new vehicles will be able to change lanes and park on their own, the CEO said. ANALYST REACTION: The updates unveiled by Tesla largely add features already offered by other companies, Merrill Lynch analyst John Lovallo II wrote For example, Mercedes has been offering all wheel drive since 1985, and Subaru offers the technology as a standard feature on almost all of its vehicles, Lovallo stated. Several companies also offer the speed limit reading feature, the analyst reported. Tesla's ability to drive its share price up at will, exhibited by the rise in the stock following Musk's tweet, could create a significant risk for shareholders, the analyst warned. He kept an Underperform rating on the name. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Shares of Mobileye (MBLY), which develops components for automatic driver-assist systems, are falling today. Mobileye investors may be disappointed that Tesla did not offer more advanced autonomous driving features. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Tesla slumped 6% to $242 and Mobileye sank 7% to $50.50.
11:38 EDTARNAArena, Eisai announce publication of BELVIQ Phase 3 trial
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11:13 EDTMUMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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10:58 EDTMUMicron falls with peers, levels to watch
The shares are down more than 7.5% to $28.30 at time of writing, just off the lows of the session at $27.59 which is now support. Resistance is at $28.78.
10:29 EDTMUMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:20 EDTMUSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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09:57 EDTTSLATesla drops after 'D' announcement, levels to watch
The shares are down over 6% to $241. At that price next support is at $240.24 and then at $238.49. Resistance is at $245.26.
09:21 EDTTSLATesla's announcement may fail to impress investors, says BofA/Merrill
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09:00 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:17 EDTFCitigroup and the Society of Automotive Analysts to co-host a summit
Automotive Investor Summit is being held in Southfield, Michigan on October 10.
07:04 EDTSNE, CMCSAAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:44 EDTFFord reports China unit sold 95,875 vehicles in September, Reuters says
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06:44 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $5M to settle discrimination allegations
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06:14 EDTTSLATesla unveils all-wheel-drive version of Model S
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