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May 15, 2014
11:53 EDTCSCO, FLEX, JBL, AVGO, BRCM, CAVM, APH, TELCisco rallies after results top expectations
Shares of networking equipment giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) are advancing after the company's third quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Cisco reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 51c and revenue of $11.5B, topping expectations of 48c and $11.38B, respectively. The company forecast Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c, compared to consensus of 51c. Q4 revenue was seen decreasing 1%-3% from the prior year, which represents sequential growth of 4%-6%, versus consensus $11.77B. For FY14, adjusted EPS was forecast at the high end of the $1.95-$2.05 range, versus consensus $1.99. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Piper Jafray raised its price target on Cisco to $26 from $24 and kept an Overweight rating on the shares, saying it expected little downside risk in Cisco shares after the company's Q3 results beat expectations. Another firm, Bernstein, said the bear case on Cisco appears to be wrong, saying that the company is already showing signs of recovery. The firm expects the stock to be boosted by a pronounced recovery in IT spending and improved sentiment towards the name, with both likely occurring in the second half. Bernstein reiterated its $30 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. On the contrary, Citigroup said Cisco continues to have long-term structural issues despite its "strong" Q3 results. Citi still believes Cisco will lose market share in data center switching and routing amid mounting competitive pressures and kept a Sell rating on the stock with an $18 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: RBC Capital said it believes that Cisco's results and guidance bode well for the company's key supply chain partners, such as Flextronics (FLEX), Jabil Circuit (JBL), Amphenol (APH) and TE Connectivity (TEL). Oppenheimer thinks that Cisco's strong enterprise results have positive implications for Avago (AVGO), Broadcom (BRCM), and Cavium (CAVM). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Cisco rose $1.52, or 6.7%, to $24.33 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up about 15% over the past twelve months.
News For CSCO;FLEX;JBL;AVGO;BRCM;CAVM;APH;TEL From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
08:50 EDTAVGOAvago, NXP rally after Skyworks ups outlook on 'broad-based strength'
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCSCOGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
12:04 EDTAVGOAvago tumbles, levels to watch
The shares are down 11.4%, enjoying less of a bounce than its peers this morning off early lows. Support is at the session low at $68.75. Resistance based on the current price of $71.61 is at $73.84.
10:49 EDTFLEXHigh option volume stocks
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10:29 EDTAVGOMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:20 EDTAVGOSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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09:38 EDTFLEXActive equity options trading on open
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07:27 EDTFLEXFlextronics is a top Sell idea for the quarter at Goldman
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06:33 EDTTELTE Connectivity resumed with a Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup believes TE Connectivity's growth story remains intact and it recommends buying the stock on the recent weakness. It resumed shares with a Buy rating and $70 price target, down from its previous target of $73.
October 9, 2014
17:20 EDTTELUS Ecology to replace Measurement Specialties in S&P 600 as of 10/13 close
S&P 500 constituent TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL) is acquiring Measurement Specialties (MEAS) in a deal expected to be completed soon.
13:39 EDTCSCOCisco denies rumors that it will stop investing in VCE JV, The Register reports
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13:37 EDTCSCOCisco may end further investment in VCE JV, CRN reports
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11:25 EDTCSCOCisco and TCL to set up $80M China cloud joint venture, Reuters reports
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06:52 EDTCSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
15:11 EDTTELMeasurement Specialties says TE receives final regulatory approval for merger
Measurement Specialties (MEAS) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on October 8 the company and TE Connectivity (TEL) were notified that the French Ministry for Economy and Finance had authorized the proposed transaction. This authorization satisfies the final regulatory approval required for closing, the company noted. The company and TE currently expect to close their merger transaction within the next two business days.
09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
08:20 EDTBRCMQualcomm opportunity at Xiaomi almost rivals iPhone, says FBR Capital
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07:56 EDTBRCMBroadcom recently won large custom chip programs, says JPMorgan
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06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
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