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February 14, 2014
07:33 EDTMU, CSCOCisco'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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September 24, 2015
12:39 EDTMUMicron to benefit from Samsung DRAM capex reduction, says Stifel
Stifel said published reports indicate Samsung plans to cut investment in semiconductors by up to 20% next year, with most of the cuts in DRAM. The firm expects other DRAM manufacturers to act rationally, which should help stabilize DRAM prices and keep supply/demand in balance. Stifel views the news as a positive for Micron and reiterates its Buy rating.
08:23 EDTMUMicron target cut to $17, remain cautious on memory, says Morgan Stanley
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07:45 EDTCSCOCisco CEO confirms Inspur joint venture in China
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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 EDTCSCOOn 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.
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
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
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; September 22, 2015
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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.
09:33 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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07:41 EDTMURaymond James to hold a conference
North American Equities Conference to be held in London, England on September 22.
06:40 EDTMUChip sector deal size up substantially in 2015, WSJ reports
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05:54 EDTMUDRAM price declines likely to continue through 2015, says Piper Jaffray
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September 21, 2015
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aquinox (AQXP) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... Callon Petroleum (CPE) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Constellium (CSTM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Energy Focus (EFOI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Galectin Therapeutics (GALT) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Helix Energy (HLX) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... IPG Photonics (IPGP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Intrexon (XON) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Micron (MU) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... New Relic (NEWR) initiated with an Overweight at Pacific Crest... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Simmons First National (SFNC) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... South State (SSB) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... TerraForm Global (GLBL) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Trimble (TRMB) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... inContact (SAAS) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street.
07:12 EDTCSCOSplunk to hold a users conference
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06:07 EDTMUServer DRAM prices are down 15% since beginning of Q3, DigiTimes says
DRAMeXchange said average contract prices for server DRAM chips are down 15% since the beginning of Q3 due to weak demand, reports DigiTimes. DRAMeXchange added that shipments of branded enterprise servers have decelerated and dropped due to a weak global economy and currency rate fluctuations. Reference Link
05:44 EDTMUSanDisk initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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05:41 EDTMUMicron initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis started shares of Micron (MU) with an Overweight rating and $20 price target. Curtis believes near-term risk from weak DRAM demand is priced into the stock at current levels. He thinks 2016 will be improved demand and pricing. The analyst also initiated this morning shares of SanDisk (SNDK) with an Equal Weight rating.
September 20, 2015
21:07 EDTMUDialog to acquire Atmel in move towards Internet of Things
Atmel (ATML) reached an agreement Sunday to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at approximately $4.6B, or the equivalent of $10.42 per Atmel share. Jalal Bagherli, CEO of U.K.-based Dialog, remarked that the combined company will be "a diversified, high-growth market leader" in chips for mobile devices, connected vehicles, and the Internet of Things. In a subsequent Bloomberg interview regarding the deal, Bagherli explained, "We passed the computing era, we're at the height of the mobile era, and we're about to enter the IoT era." The news comes after several semiconductor mergers in 2015 amid slowing growth and saturated markets, with Intel (INTC) agreeing in June to acquire Altera (ALTR) and Avago (AVGO) striking a deal in May for Broadcom (BRCM). Note also China's apparent desire to control companies in the space, evidenced by state-owned firms China Electronics Corp. and Tsinghua's respective pursuits of Atmel and Micron (MU).
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