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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 16, 2014
09:03 EDTCREECree files lawsuits to protect LED component intellectual property
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September 15, 2014
11:40 EDTCREECree drops, levels to watch
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09:59 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:37 EDTCREEAcuity Brands upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Acuity Brands to Buy saying growth in the company's LED lighting business is averaging over two-times the industry. Goldman is bullish on LED lighting adoption and raised its price target for shares to $153 from $128. The firm coupled the upgrade of Acuity with a downgrade of Cree (CREE) to Neutral.
05:35 EDTCREECree downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Cree (CREE) to Neutral citing slowing growth in the company's chip business. Goldman lowered its price target for Cree shares to $48 and $60 and prefers Acuity Brands (AYI) as an LED lighting investment. Shares of Cree closed Friday down 57c to $42.67. Goldman upgraded Acuity Brands this morning to Buy.
September 12, 2014
10:00 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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September 11, 2014
18:12 EDTCREECree initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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September 9, 2014
10:13 EDTCREECree calls active on takeover speculation
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09:52 EDTCREERumor: Cree strength attributed to takeover speculation

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