|February 11, 2013|
|11:46 EDT||CSCO, EZCH||Israeli analyst cautiously optimistic about EZchip guidance, Globes says|
EZchip Semiconductor (EZCH) is likely to meet its revenue guidance for its December quarter, according to Israeli stock analyst Shlomi Cohen,. Moreover, the analyst is cautiously optimistic about the company's guidance for its March quarter, due to continued investment in LTE networks and continued orders from Cisco (CSCO). Reference Link
News For EZCH;CSCO From The Last 14 Days
|October 1, 2015|
|10:00 EDT||EZCH||On The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Banco Santander (SAN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Crocs (CROX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... EZchip (EZCH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... ServisFirst (SFBS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill.
|08:21 EDT||EZCH||Mellanox guidance shows story still intact, says Summit Research|
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury says this morning's Q3 guidance from Mellanox (MLNX) will assure investors that the story is still intact. The stock sold off yesterday following the EZchip (EZCH) acquisition on the fears that the company might have fallen short of expectations on the revenue side, Nandury tells investors in a research note. He reiterates a Buy rating on Mellanox with a $65 price target.
|07:32 EDT||EZCH||Mellanox Technologies raises Q3 revenue view to $169M-$171M from $165M-$170M|
Consensus $167.91M. The company believes that it is tracking to mid-point or better of its previous guidance for non-GAAP gross margins. Non-GAAP operating expenses for the quarter are expected to increase towards the higher end of the company's earlier guidance. Mellanox (MLNX) has decided to update its guidance after its announcement that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EZchip (EZCH).
|06:06 EDT||EZCH||EZchip downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital|
Brean Capital analyst Mike Burton downgraded EZchip Semiconductor (EZCH) citing the takeover by Mellanox (MLNX) for $25.50 per share. Burton does not rule out a higher competing bid for EZchip, but does not see such an event as the most likely scenario.
|September 30, 2015|
|16:34 EDT||EZCH||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday|
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher in the last day of the third quarter, but not by nearly enough to turn any of the major averages positive on a quarterly basis. The Dow ended the quarter with a loss of about 7.6%, the Nasdaq slid 7.4% and the S&P has lost 7% in the last three months. Investors hope the fourth quarter will be more profitable and the non-farm payrolls report for September and the kickoff of earnings season, which are both on the near-term horizon, will certainly have a say in whether that is the case. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. In China, important data, including manufacturing PMIs and Caixin readings, will be released overnight, but Chinese markets will be closed for "Golden Week" from October 1 to October 7. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Gap (GPS) and Ralph Lauren (RL) moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy in order to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren, replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 5.69% to $28.50 in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares advanced 13.56% to $118.16... Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported, citing sources, that Twitter (TWTR) founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey is set to be named permanent Chief Executive, possibly as soon as Thursday. Re/code noted that Dorsey will remain as CEO of Square, the payments company he also founded, and that the company is likely to reconfigure its board of directors, beginning with the departure of former CEO Dick Costolo. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which advanced a respective 24.61% and 11.29% after announcing a stock-for-stock merger agreement. Also higher was Western Digital (WDC), which gained $10.57, or 15.35%, to $79.44 after a subsidiary of China's Tsinghua Holdings agreed to take a 15% stake in the company. Additionally, Synaptics (SYNA) rose 27.31% to $82.46 after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected a $110 per share bid from a state-backed Chinese investment group. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), which crashed $8.01, or 34.01%, to $15.54 after its quarterly results and future guidance both fell short of analyst expectations. Also lower was Mellanox (MLNX), which fell $2.00, or 5.03%, to $37.79 after agreeing to acquire EZchip (EZCH) but failing to reiterate its guidance on a subsequent conference call. Separately, Universal Truckload (UACL) plunged 18.91% to $15.57 after guiding its Q3 results significantly below consensus estimates, after which the stock saw downgrades at research firms BB&T and Citi. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 235.57, or 1.47%, to 16,284.70, the Nasdaq added 102.84, or 2.28%, to 4,620.17, and the S&P 500 rose 35.94, or 1.91%, to 1,920.03.
|12:10 EDT||EZCH||On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday|
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the unquestionably hard quarter looks like it will end on an up note. Relief, as well as end of the quarter window dressing, may be the main drivers of this morning's rebound as investors are certainly ready to turn the page on the third quarter with the monthly non-farm payrolls report and the start of earnings season on the horizon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of two clothing companies moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Last night, Gap (GPS) announced that Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy effective October 2. Larsson is leaving Gap to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren (RL), replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 7% in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares were upgraded to Buy at UBS and the stock advanced 12% near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which gained 20% and 9%, respectively, after the companies agreed to a stock-for-stock merger. Also higher were shares of Western Digital (WDC), which rallied 14.5% after Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, struck a deal to buy a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), whose shares plunged 35% after the IT security and storage solutions company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Also lower were shares of Mellanox (MLNX), which were down 9% after the company agreed to acquire EZchip (EZCH) in a transaction implying a value of approximately $811M, or roughly $620M net of cash. Potentially overshadowing the deal was the fact that the company failed to reiterate its guidance despite being asked repeatedly by analysts on today's acquisition conference call, Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury told investors in a research note. EZchip, which will be bought for a cash purchase price of $25.50 per share, rose 14% following the deal announcement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 128.64, or 0.8%, to 16,177.77, the Nasdaq was up 56.46, or 1.25%, to 4,573.78, and the S&P 500 was up 18.68, or 0.99%, to 1,902.77.
|11:11 EDT||EZCH||Mellanox selloff reflects no guidance reiteration, says Summit Research|
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury says Mellanox's (MLNX) failure to reiterate its guidance on the last day of the quarter is overshadowing its purchase of EZchip (EZCH). The company failed to reiterate its guidance despite being asked repeatedly by analysts on today's acquisition conference call, Nandury tells investors in a research note. The analyst recommends using today's weakness as a buying opportunity. He continues to believe in the Mellanox Ethernet and Infiniband stories. Nandury has a Buy rating on the name with a $56 price target.
|10:41 EDT||EZCH||EZchip downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.|
Benchmark Co. downgraded EZchip to Hold with a $25.50 price target following the takeover by Mellanox (MLNX).
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|08:59 EDT||EZCH||Mellanox and EZchip to co-host a press briefing|
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|08:35 EDT||EZCH||Mellanox and EZchip to co-host a conference call|
Conference call to discuss the definitive agreement where Mellanox acquires EZchip to be held on September 30 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
|08:08 EDT||CSCO||BroadSoft can be a 'significantly larger' company, says Jefferies|
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|07:32 EDT||EZCH||Mellanox agrees to acquire EZchip|
Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) and EZchip (EZCH) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Mellanox shall acquire 100% of EZchip's outstanding ordinary shares for a cash purchase price of $25.5 per share implying a transaction value of approximately $811M, or roughly $620M net of cash. The terms of the transaction have been unanimously approved by both the Mellanox and EZchip Boards of Directors. The combined businesses currently have approximately 2,400 employees, and have generated combined revenues of $668M for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015. The transaction is projected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to the completion of certain closing conditions. Mellanox expects the transaction to be non-GAAP accretive from day one. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, EZchip shareholders will receive $25.5 for each ordinary share of EZchip that they hold at the closing of the transaction. Mellanox intends to fund the transaction with cash on hand from the combined companies and $300M in fully-committed debt financing. The proposed acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the approval of EZchip's shareholders.
|06:18 EDT||EZCH||Mellanox said to be in talks to buy EZchip for $700M-$800M, Reuters reports|
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|September 29, 2015|
|17:03 EDT||CSCO||General Electric, Cisco collaborate to accelerate manufacturing productivity|
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|12:23 EDT||CSCO||Cisco has a conference call hosted by Deutsche Bank|
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|September 28, 2015|
|07:38 EDT||CSCO||Box to hold a user conference|
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|September 27, 2015|
|14:04 EDT||CSCO||Cybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says|
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
|September 25, 2015|
|16:35 EDT||CSCO||Stocks end week lower as biotechs sink, Volkswagen crashes|
Stocks ended the week lower after concerns about drug prices were reignited, sinking biotech stocks, an emissions scandal engulfed Volkswagen (VLKAY), dragging down shares of automakers and their suppliers, and Caterpillar (CAT) announced that it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs in the next three years as commodity prices continue to slump. MACRO NEWS: Following the Federal Reserve's decision last week to wait before raising rates, the central bank made a concerted effort to give the market more clarity this week. Over last weekend, three Federal Reserve officials - San Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker - all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. Then, on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago... 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. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... The Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for China fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration... 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: Biotech stocks declined after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on its treatment for toxoplasmosis, reigniting a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laying out a plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology index fell roughly xxx% for the week amid the attention paid to Turing's drug and Clinton's response... Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares trading in New York fell sharply to begin the week and ended the week far from where they'd been last Friday before the EPA said it found manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing certain of the automaker's diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters. In the wake of the scandal, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and selecting Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche (POAHY), as Winterkorn's successor as the company's new CEO... Caterpillar (CAT) shares dropped after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Caterpillar cut its fiscal year 2015 revenue forecast by $1B and said its sees its fiscal year 2016 revenue to be 5% below this year, adding that it expects revenue declines in all three large segments next year... Online and mobile deal provider Groupon (GRPN) said it plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... Nike jumped after the athletic gear giant reported better than expected earnings and futures orders, prompting numerous price target hikes and at least one upgrade at Street research firms. Among other companies reporting earnings this week, BlackBerry (BBRY), ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell immediately following their quarterly reports... Apple (AAPL), which has previously been reported to be working on an electric car via its "Project Titan," is speeding up those efforts and setting 2019 as a target to ship its first vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal... 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 in the Asian nation, while Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... GoPro (GPRO) finished the week about xxx% lower after Barron's contended in a feature article last weekend that the company's stock could plunge another 30% to $25 as Apple, Sony (SNE) and others pressure the company's "one-hit wonder" products... On the M&A front, Atmel (ATML) agreed to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at roughly $4.6B and Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement with Colony American Homes. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 0.43% to close at 16,314.67, the S&P 500 fell about 1.35% to close at 1,931.34, and the Nasdaq declined about 2.89% to close at 4,686.50.
|08:19 EDT||CSCO||Cisco weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein|
After meeting with Cisco's CEO, Bernstein says that the company continues to perform in-line with the firm's upbeat outlook. Bernstein says that beairsh views on the company's SDN and Hyperscale businesses "continue to be proved wrong." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.