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March 24, 2014
06:07 EDTVECO, CREE, API, LEDSEORL: LED lighting market valued at $30.5B in 2014, DigiTimes says
The director general for Electronics and Optoelectronics Research Laboratories said the LED lighting market is valued at $30.5B in 2014 and is expected to increase to $51.6B in 2018, reports DigiTimes. Liu Chun-ting was citing predictions by the IHS and the Industrial Economics Knowledge Center. Reference Link
News For CREE;LEDS;API;VECO From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
10:15 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 22, 2015
10:35 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 21, 2015
10:47 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTCREEOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:16 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:34 EDTCREE, CREECree downgraded to Sell from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Cree to Sell to reflect the fierce competitive environment in LED and mix that may work against the company late in the year. Price target is $30.
07:40 EDTCREECree upgraded to Overweight at Stephens
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07:35 EDTCREECree upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
Price target is $42.
January 20, 2015
18:30 EDTCREEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTCREE, API, LEDSCree says LED lighting market still in early stages
Cree (CREE) CEO Chuck Swoboda said in the company's earnings release, "We made solid progress in Q2 with operating margin higher than targeted due to an improvement in gross margins in our lighting business. The market for LED lighting is still in the early stages, our new product pipeline is strong, sales momentum is building and our brand is growing in the market. As evidenced by our significant share repurchases in Q2, we believe we are on the right track to continue to grow the company and increase profits over the next several years." Cree peers include SemiLEDs (LEDS) and Acuity Brands (AYI). Cree shares are up 6% in after-hours trading to $34.40 after reporting better than expected Q2 results.
16:03 EDTCREECree sees Q3 EPS 21c-25c, consensus 21c
Sees Q3 revenue $395M-$415M, consensus $404.42M. Sees Q3 non-GAAP gross margin 33.5%+/-.
16:02 EDTCREECree reports Q2 EPS 33c, consensus 22c
Reports Q2 revenue $413.2M, consensus $412.12M.
15:48 EDTCREECreeJanuary weekly 32 straddle priced for 10.5% movement into Q4
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15:21 EDTCREENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:58 EDTCREECree technical comments ahead of earnings
There has been a pause in the dominant downtrend that began in the fall of 2013 in recent weeks that has seen basing at the $30 area. That level is the key area to watch on the downside should news be more negative than traders appear to expect. A breakdown below the $30 level could lead to a test of the 52-week low at $27.25 that was hit during the October market lows last year. If there is a positive surprise, the stock has a great deal of work ahead to turn the trend even toward neutral on a longer-term basis. Resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $35.46 and $37.26 which is the high of the range prior to the bearish gap down from early October. It would take a move above the $40 area for the stock to be back on a more bullish price path. The shares have a history of volatile reactions around earnings events with price gaps which could exceed levels noted.
14:27 EDTCREECree January weekly 31 straddle priced for 9.9% movement into Q4
13:55 EDTAPIAdvanced Photonix unit announces 100G orders from Asian customer
Picometrix, an Advanced Photonix company, announced that it has successfully completed its semi-annual negotiations to supply high-speed 100G coherent optical receivers, the CR-100D, to a leading Asian based OEM telecom systems customer. The company estimates revenue of approximately $3M during the first 6 months of FY 2016 and has received the first month's order of approximately $500K. "We are seeing growing demand for our 100G coherent receivers from our Asian customers as they accelerate deployment of 100G in the long haul and metro markets," commented Robin Risser, General Manager of Picometrix and COO of API. "We are pleased to enter FY2016 with substantial momentum in our 100G coherent optical receiver platform given our recent successful negotiations with two of our leading customers, one in Asian and the other in Europe. This positions us well for revenue growth in our 100G coherent optical receiver products for FY16."
09:45 EDTCREE, CREECree estimates lowered ahead of Q2 report, says CLSA
CLSA lowered Cree estimates ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report following checks that indicate a lack of demand improvement in China LED demand. The analyst also sees risk to increased inventory build that could lead to a cut in fab utilization and reiterates its Underperform rating.
08:46 EDTCREECree January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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