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January 15, 2013
07:54 EDTREIS, NATI, GRMN, MCRL, DWRE, CLH, APOG, QLGC, CODENeedham to host a conference
15th Annual Growth Conference is being held in New York on January 15-17 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 15 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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November 29, 2015
12:57 EDTGRMNHigh-yield tech stocks could offer significant returns, Barron's says
Growth-focused investors have piled into Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Salesforce (CRM), and others, but if the "current situation" changes, high-yield stocks with compelling valuations could grab some of the spotlight, Barron's contends in a feature story. The publication names Seagate (STX), Garmin (GRMN), Qualcomm (QCOM), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM (IBM), and Western Digital (WDC) as attractive plays, noting that their dividends -- ranging 3.2% to 7.3% -- look secure and offer nice rewards for those willing to wait for potential turnarounds or strategic transactions. Reference Link
November 24, 2015
11:33 EDTQLGCBrocade sinks to 52-week low after Q1 outlook trails estimates
Shares of Brocade (BRCD), a supplier of networking equipment, are sinking after the company's outlook for the first quarter trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Brocade reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $588.83M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 24c and $575.1M, respectively. Adjusted gross margin for the quarter was 67.9%, while adjusted operating margin was 25%. SAN product revenue was $325M in Q4, flat year-over-year and up 5% quarter-over-quarter, while Q4 IP Networking product revenue was $170M, up 12% year-over-year and 10% quarter-over-quarter. GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to Q1, Brocade forecast adjusted EPS of 23c-25c and revenue of $550M-$570M, below analysts' consensus estimates of 26c and $582.17M, respectively. The company also sees Q1 adjusted gross margin of 67%-67.5%, adjusted operating margin of 24%-25.5%, adjusted free cash flow of $30M-$50M, operating cash flow of $50M-$70M and capital expenditures of $15M-$20M. Additionally, the company forecast Q1 SAN product revenue flat to up 3% quarter over quarter, "as we typically see stronger buying patterns from our OEM partners in our fiscal Q1." IP Networking revenue is expected down 16% to down 22% q/q, driven by U.S. federal seasonality and lower router sales. The company sees Q1 Global Services revenue down 2% q/q due to a one-time catch-up benefit realized in Q4 of approximately $3M. Brocade noted that at the end of Q4, OEM inventory was approximately 1.3 weeks of supply based on SAN business revenue and the company expects inventory to be between one to two weeks in Q1. ANALYST REACTION: JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall downgraded Brocade to Neutral from Overweight this morning, saying that enterprise IT spending continues to look weak after the company's guidance missed estimates. Hall also cut his price target for shares to $9 from $14. PRICE ACTION: Brocade fell 82c, or about 8%, to $9.27 in late morning trading on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $9.16. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 20% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other networking equipment suppliers include Cisco Systems (CSCO), down 0.6%, Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 0.4%, Extreme Networks (EXTR), down 0.7%, and QLogic (QLGC), down 1.3%.
November 23, 2015
07:16 EDTDWREDemandware analyst day a positive step forward, says Stephens
Stephens analyst Alex Zukin said investors "got more than we bargained for" at Demandware's analyst day, as the company presented metrics that made him feel more comfortable about its future direction while also issuing "solid but conservative" FY16 guidance. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating and $63 price target on Demandware shares.
November 20, 2015
08:27 EDTDWREDemandware a compelling long-term buy, says Canaccord
Canaccord said Demandware shares are a compelling long-term buy, citing its current valuation, products, strategy and evolution to omni-channel commerce. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $65 from $68 on Demandware shares.
November 19, 2015
07:18 EDTDWREStephens to host a tour
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07:16 EDTGRMNGarmin to appeal ITC judgment in Johnson Outdoors investigation
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (GRMN), announced that the International Trade Commission issued a final determination in the investigation brought by Johnson Outdoors (JOUT) against Garmin. The ITC concluded that first generation Garmin SideVu scanning sonar products were too similar to some claims of one of the three patents asserted by Johnson Outdoors. The ITC ordered that these Garmin products be excluded from import into the United States; however, the ITC is allowing Garmin to freely import these products temporarily and further recommended that Garmin be allowed to freely import modified products permanently. The ITC found that Garmin did not infringe Johnson Outdoors' two other patents. "Garmin disagrees with the ITC and plans to appeal the determination," said Andrew Etkind, Garmin vice president and general counsel. "Nevertheless, we do not expect the ruling to have any impact on Garmin customers or products. Garmin has already modified our software to address the ITC's ruling, and we are ready to ship those products today. The ruling will have no impact on Garmin products already purchased by our customers and dealers, or any products purchased going forward."
06:25 EDTDWREDemandware to host investor day
Investor Day to be held in Boston on November 19 at 8 am. Webcast Link
05:15 EDTGRMNJohnson Outdoors, Hummingbird receive favorable ITC ruling against Garmin
Johnson Outdoors (JOUT) confirmed that the full International Trade Commission, or ITC, has affirmed the initial determination by the Administrative Law Judge that Garmin (GRMN) violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing and selling SideVu sonars, which the ITC affirmed infringe a Johnson Outdoors Inc. side scan sonar patent used in certain Humminbird fishfinders. The ITC affirmed that: All three patents asserted by Johnson Outdoors are valid and enforceable Numerous models of Garmin's SideVu sonars directly infringe six Johnson Outdoors patent claims. The ITC also issued: A limited exclusion order barring Garmin's infringing SideVu sonar systems and components thereof which are manufactured overseas from import into the United States; A cease and desist order prohibiting Garmin from selling or distributing any infringing product or component thereof from its inventory. The orders will go into effect pending the mandatory review by the U.S. trade representative.
November 18, 2015
15:49 EDTGRMNFCC documents point to new Garmin 'smart TV' streaming device
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07:05 EDTGRMNGarmin announces GAD 27 integrated controller
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November 17, 2015
09:02 EDTGRMNAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
09:01 EDTQLGCQLogic announces approval of $125M stock repurchase program
QLogic Corp. announced that its board of directors has authorized a program to repurchase up to $125M of the company's outstanding common stock over a period of up to two years from the initial purchase under the new program.
November 16, 2015
16:43 EDTGRMNGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
07:04 EDTGRMNGarmin introduces GPS 73 marine handheld
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced the GPS 73, a new low-cost marine handheld designed for mariners who want a simple, rugged, and reliable navigation solution. This easy-to-use handheld is packed with marine-specific features like man overboard, marine alarms, routing planning, and navigation. New SailAssist has also been added, offering sailing-inspired features like virtual starting line, race countdown times, distance to start line, speed history graph, and tack assist.
07:03 EDTGRMNGarmin says GSX 70 selected by Northrop Grumman for RQ-4 UAS
Garmin International, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (GRMN), announced the selection of the GSX 70, a full-featured solid-state weather radar by Northrop Grumman (NOC) for the U.S. Air Force fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems. Equipped to fly at a maximum altitude of 60,000 feet with an endurance of 32+ hours, the Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance UAS.

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