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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 5, 2016
10:02 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cascade Microtech (CSCD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Esterline (ESL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... GrubHub (GRUB) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LinkedIn (LNKD) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Magellan Midstream (MMP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Marathon Petroleum (MPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Multi-Fineline (MFLX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... NIC Inc. (EGOV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Pixelworks (PXLW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lake Street... Qorvo (QRVO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TrueBlue (TBI) downgraded on macro concerns at BMO Capital... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
05:48 EDTCREECree downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 4, 2016
10:00 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Alpha & Omega (AOSL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Ambarella (AMBA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... ArcBest (ARCB) upgraded on valuation at Stifel... Arlington Asset Investment (AI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CDK Global (CDK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Cadence Design (CDNS) upgraded on valuation, guidance at DA Davidson... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Cloud Peak (CLD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... CrossAmerica (CAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded on results at Stifel... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Lannett (LCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Argus... New Oriental Education (EDU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Olin Corp. (OLN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... RONA (RONAF) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wayfair (W) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Whirlpool (WHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Zumiez (ZUMZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... adidas (ADDYY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
06:49 EDTCREECree upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland
Northland analyst Tom Sepenzis upgraded Cree to Outperform saying the company's reorganization should drive better results in 2016. Sepenzis raised his price target for the shares to $35 from $30.
January 26, 2016
10:06 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT GNC ALKS CALM NFLX CREE FFIV COH ISRG IBM
09:30 EDTCREEWestern Digital, SanDisk deal should go through, Summit Research says
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital (WDC) is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate, but he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk (SNDK) should still go through. Additionally, Sundararajan said he believes CFIUS stepping in to block Philips' (PHG) sale of its Lumileds LED and automotive lighting unit to GO Scale Capital is a positive development for Cree (CREE), which should be pleased that a "flood the market" Chinese competitor has not been given the green light.
January 25, 2016
10:22 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT SPWR NFLX CREE FFIV ISRG TIF MXIM QIHU IBM

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