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January 22, 2013
14:57 EDTCREEEarnings Preview: Cree to report less than a week after two notch downgrade
Cree (CREE) is expected to report Q2 earnings after the close on Tuesday, January 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Cree develops and manufactures lighting-class light emitting diode products, traditional lighting products and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency applications... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 30c on revenue of $331.2M. The consensus range is 26c-32c for EPS on revenue of $319.99B-$342.8B, according to First Call. In conjunction with its last earnings report, Cree guided to Q2 adjusted EPS of 27c-31c on revenue of $320M-$340M... LAST QUARTER: Cree reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 27c, narrowly beating the 26c consensus estimate. Q1 revenue, however, came in at $315.8M, which was shy of the consensus $317.89M projection. The company also said its overall backlog was stronger than it was at same point in the prior quarter, although added that its visibility is still limited and the macroeconomic environment remains a headwind... RESEARCH: After the market close last Wednesday, Jefferies downgraded Cree two notches to Underperform from Buy, citing overly optimistic expectations. Earlier that same day, Raymond James said Cree's recent share strength is not sustainable and that the firm believes its Q2 results will modestly disappoint. However, Cantor said it expects Cree to report stronger than expected Q2 results, but that the company's guidance could miss expectations. The next day, Maxim said it expects Cree to report strong Q2 results and that the firm sees upside to Q2 and Q3 consensus estimates... PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Cree have rallied over 27%. Year-to-date, shares are down nearly 2% and in afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cree is down about 0.8% to $33.49.
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October 24, 2014
10:34 EDTCREESamsung confirms plans to exit LED lamps, Lighting says
Samsung (SSNLF) confirmed that it is exiting the global LED lamps business, according to industry site Lighting. The publication quotes the company as issuing the following statement: “We have decided to discontinue our LED lamp business in all markets, except Korea, so that we can focus more resources on our core business areas. We will remain active in the LED industry through our LED component business, and continue to provide high-quality products and services to our customers.” Philips’ (PHG) recent decision to split off its lighting division has been blamed, at least in part, on the commoditized nature of the consumer LED lamp market, Lighting added. Shares of Cree (CREE), whose products consist of both LED and traditional lighting systems, are up 1% in early trading following the news of Samsung's plans. Reference Link
06:14 EDTCREEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; XLNX CREE
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October 22, 2014
10:09 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
07:56 EDTCREECree downgraded to Hold at Canaccord
As reported previously, Canaccord downgraded Cree to Hold from Buy citing a lack of catalysts and lower guidance. Canaccord lowered its price target on Cree shares to $29 from $41.
07:42 EDTCREECree downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson
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05:56 EDTCREECree downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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October 21, 2014
18:36 EDTCREEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:03 EDTCREECree sees Q2 EPS 20c-24c, consensus 39c
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16:02 EDTCREECree reports Q1 adjusted EPS 24c, consensus 36c
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15:30 EDTCREENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Yahoo! (YHOO), consensus 30c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.34; Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.34; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 51c; Broadcom (BRCM), consensus 84c; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $3.80; FMC Technologies (FTI), consensus 74c; Robert Half International (RHI), consensus 58c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 22c; Nabors Industries (NBR), consensus 36c; Waste Connections (WCN), consensus 54c; Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), consensus 4c; Sonic (SONC), consensus 34c; American Campus Communities (ACC), consensus 43c; Cree (CREE), consensus 36c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 20c; Costamare (CMRE), consensus 41c; Hawaiian Holdings (HA), consensus 78c; Ethan Allen (ETH), consensus 36c; Sabra Health (SBRA), consensus 55c; Rush Enterprises (RUSHA), consensus 51c.
15:25 EDTCREEEarnings Preview: Cree reports after pre-announcing Q1 miss
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13:39 EDTCREECree technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:06 EDTCREECree October weekly 33 straddle priced for 8.2% move into Q1
October 17, 2014
06:28 EDTCREEIHS: LED smart bulb shipments to surpass 11M units in 2018, DigiTimes says
LED smart bulb shipments is expected to reach more than 11M units in 2018, reports DigiTimes, citing the IHS. Approximately 880,000 connected LED smart bulbs were shipped globally in 2013. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
13:39 EDTCREECree October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Cree October weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, November is at 56, December is at 45, January is at 47, March is at 45, compared to its 26-week average of 40 according to Track Data, suggesting larger movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on October 21.
06:24 EDTCREELED lighting demand expected to be weak in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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October 15, 2014
06:26 EDTCREESeptember 7W LED bulb prices grow sequentially in China, DigiTimes reports
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October 14, 2014
06:25 EDTCREEReplacement of conventional lighting with LEDs picks up pace, DigiTimes says
The replacement of conventional lighting with LED has picked up pace in the United States and Europe as power utilities offer subsidies for LED lighting products and the EU lowers the RoHS Directive maximum mercury content, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources in Taiwan, the average retail price for an Energy Star-certified LED light bulb in place of a 40W incandescent bulb in the US market is $3.99 and that for a 60W-equivalent LED light bulb stands at $5-$6. Reference Link

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