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January 31, 2013
08:48 EDTCLSN, VNDA, RIMM, LVS, SHFL, CTXS, WMS, SGMS, IGT, SWKS, JDSU, QCOM, UPS, AET, AZN, FIO, LQDT, UA, FTNT, FBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS/GUIDANCE: Qualcomm (QCOM), up 6.4%... Under Armour (UA), up 3.8%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 17.3%... JDSU (JDSU), up 12.9%... Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), up 11.6%... Citrix Systems (CTXS), up 12%... ALSO HIGHER: WMS (WMS), up 55.5% after agreeing to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $26.00 per share in cash... International Game (IGT), up 5.3%, SHFL entertainment (SHFL), up 1.8%, after Scientific Games-WMS deal... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), up 6.2% after earnings, increasing dividend 40%... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS/GUIDANCE: Facebook (FB), down 6.5%... UPS (UPS), down 1.5%... AstraZeneca (AZN), down 4.4%... Fusion-io (FIO), down 14.1%... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 12.3%... ALSO LOWER: Celsion (CLSN), down 78.6% after ThermoDox study misses goal... Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), down 7.8% after clinical study in Major Depressive Disorder did not meet primary endpoint... Research in Motion (RIMM), down 6.1% a day after BB10 launch event, downgraded this morning at Credit Suisse and Evercore.
News For FB;QCOM;UPS;AET;AZN;FIO;LQDT;UA;FTNT;JDSU;SWKS;CTXS;WMS;SGMS;IGT;SHFL;LVS;RIMM;VNDA;CLSN From The Last 14 Days
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06:38 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:37 EDTQCOMUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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October 13, 2014
14:11 EDTSWKSSkyworks should report a strong quarter, says Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt remains positive on Skyworks given iPhone exposure and expects a strong quarterly report. The firm's Taiwanese foundries checks suggest continued order strength from Skyworks for Q4 despite some sights that overall PA orders will slow for quarter.
13:10 EDTFBGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
10:08 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTFTNTHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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09:21 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:53 EDTAZNAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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07:36 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands October volatility elevated into Q3 and Macau outlook
Las Vegas Sands October call option implied volatility is at 66, November is at 40, December is at 36, January is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 16.
06:28 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands shares could rally $10 on Tokyo win, says Citigroup
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06:11 EDTSWKSSkyworks implied volatility of 59 at upper end of index mean range
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05:27 EDTAZNAstraZeneca upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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05:15 EDTFBFacebook, Ericsson, XL Axiata innovate to improve Indonesia network performance
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTQCOMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
16:02 EDTFBActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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10:29 EDTSWKSMicrochip 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.
10:07 EDTFBFacebook, peer-to-peer lending groups in discussions, The Information says
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09:14 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands estimates lowered at Craig-Hallum
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07:57 EDTFBFacebook, India Telecom Minister discuss expanding in India, Economic Times says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and India's Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met to discuss expanding the reach of internet by using alternate technology, reports The Economic Times. According to sources, Facebook requested Prasad establish single point contact in his ministry for the alternative technology to which the minister immediately agreed. Reference Link
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