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February 14, 2014
07:33 EDTCSCO, MUCisco's memory issue may be tied to Micron, WSJ reports
Cisco Systems (CSCO) announced a $655M charge to compensate customers for sell networking hardware whose memory chips may fail under certain circumstances. It didn't name the supplier, but Micron Technology (MU) has emerged as a safe bet, says the Wall Street Journal. Micron said in a statement that there was a problem on some dynamic random access memory chips sold to customers over three years ago.Reference Link Micron’s Name Emerges in
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October 10, 2014
13:08 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower 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.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% 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. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
11:13 EDTMUMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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10:58 EDTMUMicron falls with peers, levels to watch
The shares are down more than 7.5% to $28.30 at time of writing, just off the lows of the session at $27.59 which is now support. Resistance is at $28.78.
10:29 EDTMUMicrochip 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 EDTMUSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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October 9, 2014
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
11:42 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; AA MU
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10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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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.
07:43 EDTMUMicron initiated with a Neutral at Ladenburg
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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
October 7, 2014
07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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October 6, 2014
11:02 EDTCSCOHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
08:27 EDTMUMicron lower in pre-market after Samsung plant plans confirmed
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07:50 EDTCSCOCisco shares could reach $40 with splits, spin-offs, says RBC Capital
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06:38 EDTCSCOSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
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