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January 9, 2014
13:51 EDTINTC, SSYS, VJET, DDD, HPQ, XONEAnalyst sees 3D printers moving closer to consumer adoption
With the launch of new, more affordable products this week, the 3D printing sector has moved closer to bringing about consumer adoption of its products, research firm Pacific Crest wrote. WHAT'S NEW: 3D printer makers made progress towards spurring consumer adoption of their products earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, Pacific Crest analyst Weston Twigg wrote in a note to investors. But in the medium term consumer sales should remain relatively small, until prices drop further and the devices become simpler, the analyst believes. Nevertheless he expects the industry to grow at a 22% compound annual rate through 2020, driven by corporations. Not until 2017 will consumers begin buying 3D printer products in significant numbers, Twigg wrote. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The high valuation of the 3D printer stock is challenging, but the outlook for the industry is compelling, according to the analyst. Twigg identifies 3D Systems as his favorite name in the sector, but warns that the stock may not rise significantly in the near-term. Nonetheless he kept a Buy rating on the stock. He also has a Buy rating on another name in the sector, Stratasys (SSYS). Twigg kept a $96 price target on 3D Systems and a $145 price target on Stratasys. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, 3D Systems lost 0.6% to $95.56 but was above its earlier low point below $94. Similarly Stratasys lost 0.2% to $132.99 but was off its daily low. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the sector include ExOne (XONE) and Voxeljet (VJET). Intel (INTC) recently announced a partnership with 3D Systems and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has said that it is seeking to enter the 3D printing market.
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February 12, 2016
05:54 EDTINTCAlphabet names Intel executive Jim Campbell as Corporate Controller
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February 11, 2016
10:07 EDTDDD3D Systems rallies sharply after preliminary results
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09:21 EDTDDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Expedia (EXPE), up 8.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), up 10.8%... Cisco (CSCO), up 6%... LendingClub (LC), up 8.8%... Tesla (TSLA), up 3.5%... Shire (SHPG), up 3.1%. ALSO HIGHER: 3D Systems (DDD), up 13.4% after reporting preliminary Q4 revenue. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Flowers Foods (FLO), down 17.7%... Incyte (INCY), down 14.3%... LivePerson (LPSN), down 16.7%... Twitter (TWTR), down 5.5%... Mylan (MYL), down 12.5%... PepsiCo (PEP), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Visa (V), down 3% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Mastercard (MA), down 3% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
08:36 EDTDDD3D Systems reports preliminary Q4 revenue about $183M, consensus $161.02M
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February 10, 2016
09:38 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open; FB NFLX INTC DIS AAPL BAC CSCO JNJ SCTY
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February 4, 2016
11:33 EDTINTCSamsung postpones investment in Xi'an semi plant, BusinessKorea says
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10:25 EDTINTC$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
07:07 EDTINTCHMG Strategy is holding a summit
2016 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit is being held in Scottsdale, AZ on February 4.
February 3, 2016
11:33 EDTHPQCiti slashes PC outlook, expresses caution on related stocks
Citi significantly lowered its 2016 PC sales estimates, citing recent negative data points. In conjunction with the call, the firm lowered its estimates for three companies whose results are significantly affected by PC sales: HP Inc. (HPQ), Marvell (MRVL) and Intersil (ISIL). WHAT'S NEW: Citi analyst Jim Silva now expects PC sales to drop 6% this year, down from his previous estimate of a 2% decline. Recent data points indicate that demand for PCs has dropped significantly so far this year, while inventories are above normal, the analyst explained. Constrained budgets and macro concerns are restraining demand for PCs, Silva believes. Meanwhile, "there is not enough evidence" to conclude that the launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 10 will be a positive catalyst for PC sales this year, Silva said. Citing his view of PC trends, along with increased competition in the printer space, Silva lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for HP to $1.53 from $1.64. Statements by other printer makers, including Xerox (XRX) and Canon (CAJ), suggest that HP's margins on printers will "come under additional pressure," the analyst believes. He lowered his price target on the name to $10.75 from $14.50 and expects the stock to remain range-bound until analysts reduce their estimates further or its end markets improve. Intersil has 20% exposure to the PC market and the sales of its products related to computing are still strongly correlated with PC sales, Citi analyst Atif Malik stated. As a result, the company will face revenue headwinds throughout this year, stated the analyst. Malik, who expects the company's 2016 and 2017 EPS to come in below consensus levels, downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and set an $11.50 price target on the shares. Estimating Marvell's PC exposure at about 60%, Malik lowered his 2016 EPS estimate for the company to 42c from 48c and kept a Sell rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed this morning that it had bought a 6.7% activist stake in Marvell. The hedge fund said the shares are "undervalued" and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, said Starboard is betting the company can its boost margins by cutting costs, perhaps exiting its mobile device business. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP Inc. fell 3.3% to $9.55, Marvell rose 1.25% to $8.78 and Intersil dropped 4.4% to $11.93.
10:21 EDTINTCActive puts: IWM INTC WDR EEM SPY
Active puts: IWM 3/18/16 97, INTC 2/19/16 31, WDR 3/18/16 20, EEM 2/19/16 28, SPY 2/19/16 190
10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Badger Meter (BMI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boot Barn (BOOT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Dow Chemical (DOW) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... Electro Scientific (ESIO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Hyatt (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PGT, Inc. (PGTI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Performance Sports Group (PSG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Syntel (SYNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Willis Towers Watson (WLTW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:18 EDTHPQCitigroup to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:41 EDTHPQCiti lowers 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%
Citi analyst Jim Suva says recent data points indicate above normal PC inventories and "materially below seasonal demand" in early 2016. The analyst cut his 2016 PC estimates to down 6% from down 2%, well below IDC's estimate of down 3%. Suva believes there is a lack of evidence to suggest that Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows' 10 launch will drive a PC refresh in 2016. The analyst cut his estimates and price target for HP Inc. (HPQ) and kept a Neutral rating on the name.
06:48 EDTHPQHP Inc. esimates and price target lowered at Citi
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February 2, 2016
18:01 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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17:04 EDTVJETvoxeljet sees FY16 revenue EUR28M-EUR30M, consensus EUR30.82M
FY16 gross margin is expected to be between 40%-42%. EBITDA is expected to be neutral-to-positive in 2016. Capital expenditures are projected to be in the range of EUR12M-13M, which primarily includes ongoing investments in global subsidiaries. Rudi Franz, CFO of voxeljet commented, "We enter 2016 with momentum as both customer interest and quoting activity remains strong and the outlook for 3D printer sales for industrial production applications is positive. Furthermore, while our long-term targeted revenue growth rate is now in the range of 25 to 30%, our overall growth strategy continues as we strengthen our brand and leadership in the market through the establishment of our global subsidiaries, which will contribute to our results progressively throughout the year. Our balance sheet remains strong with cash and cash equivalents of approximately 33.0 million Euros at December 31, 2015. We expect 2016 to be another exciting year for voxeljet."
11:34 EDTVJETvoxeljet management to meet with Stephens
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10:53 EDTSSYSStratasys, MakerBot announce sales partnership program
MakerBot and Stratasys announced a sales partnership program that allows both companies to extend the cross-selling of their products and opens the door for sales partners to offer MakerBot and Stratasys 3D Printers. MakerBot is also launching a training program to familiarize Stratasys resellers and distributors with MakerBot products so they are better positioned to consult customers on the full product portfolio.
February 1, 2016
10:51 EDTINTCActive calls; INTC CVS TWTR APC BAC
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09:36 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
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