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August 18, 2014
09:03 EDTDG, HK, JKS, INVN, AMPE, CMGE, LCI, MNST, ACHN, FDO, NXPIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dollar General (DG), up 10.1% after proposing to acquire Family Dollar (FDO) for $78.50 per share. Family Dollar is up 5.2% following the news... Achillion (ACHN), up 6% after upgraded at Deutsche Bank... JinkoSolar (JKS), up 1.7% after reporting better than expected Q2 earnings results... Lannett (LCI), up 12.1% after announcing Q4, FY14 guidance that surpassed analysts' consensus... China Mobile Games (CMGE), up 89% after reporting Q2 earnings results... Ampio (AMPE), up 6.2% after announcing 6-week results of its Ampion study.. Halcon Resources (HK), up 2.7% after upgraded at MLV & Co. LOWER: Monster Beverage (MNST), down 1.7% after downgraded at Jefferies... InvenSense (INVN), down 2.4% after downgraded at Goldman... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), down 3.4% after downgraded at Goldman...
News For DG;FDO;ACHN;MNST;LCI;CMGE;AMPE;INVN;JKS;HK;NXPI From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
07:01 EDTJKSJinkoSolar to supply 21.5MW of PV solar modules for Searchlight solar projects
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06:07 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
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October 10, 2014
16:17 EDTFDO, DGDollar General receives second request from FTC
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14:27 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors breaks long-term uptrend line, levels to watch
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13:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors buy on weakness, says Sterne Agee
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10:29 EDTNXPIMicrochip 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 EDTNXPISemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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08:11 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar Q4 bad enough to justify merger, says FBR Capital
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05:59 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Avon Products (AVP) 61, Achillion (ACHN) 200 according to iVolatility.
October 9, 2014
16:19 EDTFDOFamily Dollar will not provide guidance for FY15
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16:17 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q4 adjusted EPS 73c, consensus 77c
Reports Q4 revenue $2.61B, consensus $2.58B. Reports Q4 SSS up 0.3%. Q4 adjusted results exclude the negative impact on diluted net income per common share of 43c per share related to the Company’s restructuring charges and fees related to its pending merger with Dollar Tree.
09:41 EDTFDO, DGBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:08 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Avon Products (AVP) 60, Achillion (ACHN) 195 according to iVolatility.
October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:49 EDTACHNAchillion, Gilead rise after late breaking abstract for AASLD posted
Shares of Achillion (ACHN) are higher after the company announced this morning that four abstracts have been accepted for presentation at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Among those four is a late breaker poster presentation providing updated results, including SVR12, from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study evaluating Achillion's second-generation NS5A inhibitor, in combination with sofosbuvir, without ribavirin, for eight weeks of treatment in patients with treatment-naïve genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Sofosbuvir is sold under the brand name Sovaldi by Gilead Sciences (GILD). In a note to investors, FBR Capital noted that the "surprise" late-breaking poster for the meeting showed a 100% cure rate for the combination therapy. In late afternoon trading, Achillion shares are up 10% to $10.74 while Gilead is up 4.3% to $108.78.
15:25 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP), consensus $1.29; Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 77c; Lindsay (LNN), consensus 57c.
06:47 EDTLCILawmakers may push for new regulations on generic drug makers, NY Times says
After the prices of some generic drugs soared more than 1,000% over the last year, two influential members of Congress are probing the sector and threatening to look to impose new regulations on it, according to The New York Times. Generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Mylan (MYL), Actavis (ACT), and Lannett (LCI).Reference Link
October 7, 2014
14:52 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage sales up 17.6% for four week period, says Goldman
Goldman said Monster's energy drink sales grew 17.6% vs total energy drink sales growth of 12.9% for the same four weeks ending September 27, according to Nielsen data.
10:56 EDTACHNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTACHNActive equity options trading on open
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