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January 31, 2013
12:02 EDTTSM, WMS, LBTYA, UTHR, ENDPHigh option volume stocks: ENDP LBTYA TSM UTHR WMS
News For ENDP;LBTYA;TSM;UTHR;WMS From The Last 14 Days
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April 22, 2015
12:31 EDTTSMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after having been on a bit of a see-saw during morning trading. The averages opened in positive territory, soon turned negative, then back into positive ground following the release of a better than expected existing home sales report. The housing data was followed by a lift in the averages, which remained in positive ground near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 2% after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. Also rising after its quarterly report was another globally recognized brand, Coca-Cola (KO), whose shares gained 1% after its comparable earnings per share topped the consensus estimate. A third member of the Dow, Boeing (BA), slid over 2.5% after its earnings beat expectations but its revenue fell short of the consensus forecast... Visa (V) rose 5% and MasterCard (MA) advanced over 4% after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 12% after the company reported it was profitable in the first quarter and announced an exclusive relationship that will see carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries give the company's members exclusive product offers. Also higher was ASML (ASML), which gained 11% after announcing that it has signed an agreement with one of its "major U.S. customers" to deliver a minimum of 15 ASML EUV, or Extreme Ultraviolet, lithography systems. Afterward, Summit Research said it thinks the most likely buyer is Intel (INTC), which the firm believes does not want to be left behind if TSMC (TSM) puts EUV to use in 10nm processing. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped 19% after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell over 9%, Cree (CREE), which slid 9%, and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which declined 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 28.69, or 0.16%, to 17,978.28, the Nasdaq was up 6.66, or 0.13%, to 5,020.77, and the S&P 500 was up 5.24, or 0.25%, to 2,102.53.
09:32 EDTTSMASML large EUV tool order likely from Intel, says Summit Research
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April 21, 2015
10:55 EDTTSMStreet Check: Lam Research defenders rewarded with post-earnings jump
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April 20, 2015
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07:30 EDTTSMApplied Materials added to Franchise Picks list at Jefferies
Jefferies added Applied Materials (AMAT) to its Franchise Picks list with the stock down 14% year-to-date. The firm attributes the pullback to concerns around tool reuse, and notes it still expects foundry capital spending to increase amid "increased process complexity and competition." Jefferies' work indicates TSMC's (TSM) and Intel's (INTC) capex cuts were driven by market share losses rather than innovation in tool reuse. It keeps a Buy rating on AMAT with a $29 price target.
05:44 EDTTSMTSMC to open new fab for 10nm manufacturing in 2016, DigiTimes reports
TSMC Chairman Morris Chang said the company will break ground for a new fab at its 12-inch wafer plant in Taiwan in June 2016, reports DigiTimes. Chang said TSMC never competes directly with its fabless clients and treats them as partners. Reference Link
05:14 EDTLBTYALiberty Global subsidiary Telenet to acquire BASE Company
Liberty Global announced that its subsidiary Telenet Group Holding NV has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BASE Company NV, the third-largest mobile network operator in Belgium in an all cash transaction valuing BASE Company at EUR 1.33B. This represents a purchase price multiple of 4.2x BASE Companyís estimated 2015 OCF, as adjusted for approximately EUR 145M of projected annual run-rate opex synergies. When the enterprise value is increased to include approximately EUR 240M of projected one-off investments and integration costs, the synergy adjusted multiple increases to 5.0x. This acquisition will enable Telenet to compete more effectively in a mobile market with significant growth opportunities, while offering a full range of fixed and mobile services to the benefit of consumers and businesses in Belgium. Telenet intends to finance the acquisition of BASE Company through a combination of EUR 1.0B of new debt facilities and existing liquidity. Giving pro-forma effect to the transaction and the completion of the intended financings, we estimate that Telenetís net leverage ratio under its existing bank facility, excluding synergies, would have been approximately 4.45x at December 31, 2014.
April 16, 2015
11:07 EDTTSMTSMC capex cut not worrisome for semi equipment makers, says Summit Research
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11:00 EDTTSMTSMC sees Q2 revenue impact from 'customersí business loss'
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10:55 EDTTSMTSMC sees Q2 revenue NT$204B-NT$207B
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10:50 EDTTSMTSMC reports Q1 net income NT$78.99B vs.NT$47.9B in 1Q14
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10:00 EDTWMSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:44 EDTTSMApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
07:03 EDTENDPEndo price target raised to $110 from $102 at Piper Jaffray
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05:50 EDTTSMTSMC to lag behind UMC, Powerchip to build 12-inch fab in China, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
16:09 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage initiated with an Outperform at Baird
06:41 EDTTSMCiti recommends Applied Materials, Lam after Intel capex cut
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