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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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September 29, 2014
06:59 EDTCREECree October volatility elevated into Q1
Cree October weekly call option implied volatility is at 43, October is at 53, November is at 43, December is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 39 according to Track Data, suggesting large November price movement into the expected release of Q1 results in October.
September 25, 2014
09:44 EDTCREEVeeco shares recommended on the Aixtron order this morning at Northland
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September 23, 2014
07:10 EDTCREECree upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Stephens
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September 16, 2014
09:03 EDTCREECree files lawsuits to protect LED component intellectual property
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