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June 18, 2014
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Cisco (CSCO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Dixie Group (DXYN) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Five Below (FIVE) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Garmin (GRMN) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Intrepid Potash (IPI) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ironwood (IRWD) initiated with a Hold at WallachBeth... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Land's End (LE) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Proto Labs (PRLB) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Superior Drilling (SDPI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi... Xoom (XOOM) initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi.
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September 24, 2015
05:15 EDTPRLBProto Labs to acquire Alphaform AG
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTCSCOChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:34 EDTCSCO, SMLPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
14:35 EDTMEETMeetMe management to meet with Northland
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14:27 EDTSMLPEnergy Capital seeking buyer for Summit Midstream stake, Bloomberg says
Energy Capital Partners is pursuing buyers for its stake in Summit Midstream Partners in a deal that would involve a minority position in the pipeline operator as well as ownership of its general partner, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The sale could fetch "at least" $2B, said one source, adding that Energy Capital may also consider an IPO. Shares of Summit Midstream are down more than 4% in afternoon trading. Reference Link
13:50 EDTSMLPEnergy Capital seeks buyer for Summit Midstream stake, Bloomberg reports
12:36 EDTFFIVGovernment cyber attack affects larger number of fingerprint data
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09:18 EDTCSCOPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
06:21 EDTCSCOCisco preps for Inspur deal to bolster China business, WSJ reports
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September 22, 2015
15:52 EDTQCOMThe Washington Post to send 100% of stories to Facebook Instant Articles
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11:41 EDTIPIFertilizer shares slide after Mosaic announces production cuts
Shares of fertilizer companies Potash (POT), Agrium (AGU) and Intrepid Potash (IPI) are sliding after peer Mosaic Company (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production. WHAT'S NEW: Mosaic said in a press release yesterday that it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. The company added that since it announced guidance in August, domestic and international crop nutrient markets have softened. Currency volatility, lower grain and oilseed prices, political and economic uncertainty, as well as global equity market declines have adversely impacted market sentiment, according to Mosaic. Joc O'Rourke, Mosaic's chief executive officer, pointed out that the long-term positive outlook for crop nutrient demand is still intact, "but the industry faces some near-term challenges in the current environment." O'Rourke said the company will remain focused on looking for opportunities to create shareholder value which includes managing production levels to demand and controlling costs. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Mosaic noted that the reduced production is expected to impact per unit costs and segment margins. The company now sees third quarter phosphate volumes at the low end of the previously communicated range of 2.1M-2.4M tons, while the average DAP selling price is expected to be in the upper half of the company's previously provided range of $435-$455 per ton. The phosphates segment margin rate is expected to be in the low 20% range as previously guided, Mosaic said. Potash volumes are expected to be in the bottom half of the previously announced 1.6M-$2M ton range and the MOP average selling price is expected to be in the bottom half of the $260-$280 per ton range. As a result of these developments and lower operating rates, Mosaic now expects the potash segment gross margin rate to be in the high teens, compared to prior guidance of the low 20% range. ANALYST TAKE: In a note to investors this morning, Canaccord said it continues to prefer Agrium in the fertilizer space, citing its retail operations, its nitrogen sales to North America, volume growth in the wholesale business, free cash flow and valuation. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating on Agrium, but lowered its price target to $112 from $115. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Mosaic fell 7.16% to $33.83 in late morning trading. Industry peers are also lower, with Agrium down 5.34%, Potash dropping 7% and Intrepid Potash falling 5.39%.
10:56 EDTCSCOAnalysts disagree on Infoblox outlook
The shares of network controller maker Infoblox (BLOX) are retreating after Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to Hold in a note to investors today. However, Stifel gave a divergent opinion on the stock yesterday, recommending it as a Buy. BUY: Research firm Stifel yesterday initiated coverage of Infoblox with a Buy rating, saying that the company is poised to benefit from "the tremendous growth of IP-based devices in enterprises." Infoblox has significant growth potential and is the leader in its markets, wrote Stifel, adding that the company should be boosted by its new products and better sales execution going forward. It set a $23 price target on the stock. HOLD: Infoblox still has to work hard to sell its IP Address management system and its Domain Name System, or DNS, product, Deutsche Bank analyst Vijay Bhagavath indicated. Moreover, the company will probably have to increase the amount of money it spends on sales initiatives in fiscal 2016, putting a lid on its earnings power, the analyst warned. Also likely to hurt Infloxblox in fiscal 2016 are its transition to an "as a service model," which is likely to cause analysts to lower their estimates for the company and Cisco's (CSCO) launch of an OpenDNS product for companies, according to Bhagavath, who cut his price target on Infoblox to $20 from $30. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Infoblox fell 3.7% to $17.11.
10:36 EDTJNPRGoldman upbeat on telecom equipment, lukewarm on IT hardware
The telecom equipment sector has a number of positive catalysts, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm has a neutral view on the IT Hardware sector, however, noted the analyst team that took over coverage of the stocks in the space. WHAT'S NEW: Telecom equipment companies should benefit from spending on 100G wide area network upgrades between 2015 and 2017, Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski wrote. Also likely to boost the sector is the expansion of cloud providers' private networks, the analyst stated. The latter trend should produce a new market for the sector, Jankowski believes. Within the sector, she kept Buy ratings on Juniper (JNPR), Arris (ARRS) and Ciena (CIEN). The analyst, who has an Attractive view on the Telecom Equipment sector, has a Sell rating on shares of Infinera (INFN), however. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jankowski views the IT hardware sector as a mixed bag. The sector's valuations are attractive, and it is generating strong free cash flow and robust capital returns, the analyst believes. However, it is being hurt by the shift to cloud computing and by foreign exchange fluctuations, Jankowski warned. Within the sector, she downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sell from Neutral and kept a Sell rating on Motorola Solutions (MSI). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Jumiper declined 2% to $25.24, Arris gave back 1.8% to $26.40, Ciena dropped 2% to $21.77, Infinera fell 3.8% to $20.27, NetApp tumbled 4.5% to $29.80 and Motorola Solutions lost 1% to $66.30.
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10:01 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ABB (ABB) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Aaron's (AAN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Allison Transmission (ALSN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Sector Perform at RBC Capital... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Infoblox (BLOX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Israel Chemicals (ICL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Nimble Storage (NMBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Oxford Instruments (OXINF) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Societe Generale (SCGLY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Toronto-Dominion (TD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Virgin America (VA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
07:30 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
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07:15 EDTQCOMCloudFlare raises $110M from consortium of Google, Microsoft, others
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06:40 EDTQCOMChip sector deal size up substantially in 2015, WSJ reports
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September 21, 2015
07:12 EDTCSCOSplunk to hold a users conference
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