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August 12, 2014
14:35 EDTCREEEarnings Preview: Cree upgraded at Gabelli, Oppenheimer since last report
Cree (CREE) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, August 12, 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 41c on revenue of $444.11M. The consensus range is 38c-43c for EPS on revenue of $435.0M-$448.2M, according to First Call. Last quarter, Cree said it expects Q4 EPS of 38c-44c on revenue of $430M-$460M. The company also forecast its non-GAAP gross margin to be near 37.5% in Q4. LAST QUARTER: Cree reported third quarter EPS of 39c, beating the consensus estimate by 1c. Revenue last quarter came in at $405.3M, which fell short of the consensus $407.3M projection. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Cree's last quarterly report, Summit Research upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and placed a $65 price target on the stock. That same day, analysts at Goldman said Cree reported a "solid" Q3 and that they were encouraged by the company's top-line trends. The firm said at that time that they continued to believe Cree's potential leverage was unappreciated and maintained a Buy rating on the stock, but the firm lowered its price target on Cree shares to $66 from $72. On May 8, Gabelli upgraded Cree to Buy from Hold, citing valuation and its leading position in the LED lighting space. On July 3, Cree was upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer. The firm, which placed a $59 price target on the stock, said the company is the best pure play on LED lighting adoption and that it viewed the shares as undervalued at its levels at that time. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Cree shares have rallied over 6%. However, the stock is down more than 21% year-to-date. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cree is down more than 1% to $49.08.
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February 25, 2015
06:01 EDTCREEGlobal LED lighting demand in 2015 valued at $30B, DigiTimes Research reports
The global LED lighting market value in 2015 is estimated to increase 24.8% to $29.91B, reports DigiTimes Research. There will be approximately 1.81B LED light bulbs shipped globally in 2015 and global LED light tube shipments will reach 520M units. Reference Link
February 12, 2015
14:02 EDTCREEU.S. ITC opens investigation into infringement of Cree LED lighting patents
Cree announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to open an investigation into unfair trade practices by Feit Electric Company and its Asian supplier, Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd. The investigation includes allegations of infringement of 8 Cree patents related to LED lighting and Feit’s false and misleading advertising claims, including that certain of its products meet ENERGY STAR specifications. The decision to open an investigation comes after Cree filed a complaint on January 12, 2015, requesting an investigation by the ITC. "We’re pleased with the ITC’s decision to open an investigation into this matter,” said Chuck Swoboda, Cree Chairman and CEO. “With nearly $1B investment in developing the fundamental technology that underlies LED lighting adoption, it is our obligation to protect our intellectual property. Through their actions, Feit and Unity Opto are enjoying an unfair advantage in the market and discouraging the development of new products that benefit consumers.”

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