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January 29, 2013
10:27 EDTINTC, STX, CSCO, FIOFusion-io retreats after Seagate invests in competitor
Fusion-io (FIO), which develops flash data storage products, is falling after hard drive maker Seagate (STX) announced last night that it would invest $40M in Fuison-io's competitor, Vident. Under the deal, Seagate will immediately begin offering Vident's products to its customers. Seagate and Vident will also collaborate on the development of other data storage products, the companies stated. In a note to investors earlier today, Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski wrote that Seagate's investment in Vident shows that Seagate has confidence in the flash storage market. In addition, the deal will likely cause Fusion-io's valuation in any merger or acquisition transaction to increase, the analyst believes. While the deal between Seagate and Virdent will give the latter company access to more customers, the competitive dynamic between Vident and Fuison-io hasn't changed, according to Nowinski. Virdent has already received investments from a number of large companies including Cisco (CSCO) and Intel (INTC), and those deals haven't slowed Fusion-io's growth, Nowinski explained. The analyst maintained a $33 price target and Buy rating on Fusion-io, which fell 98c, or 4.77%, to $19.56 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, Seagate tumbled $3.17, or 8.47%, to $34.24 following its earnings report last night.
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April 24, 2015
10:00 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
09:38 EDTINTCIntel may still consider Altera deal, but no talks ongoing, CNBC says
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09:37 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTINTCIntel not in ongoing talks with Altera currently, CNBC's Faber says
06:26 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Cisco to the Conviction Buy List and maintained its $34 price target. The firm sees upside to FY16 estimates from emerging product cycles in enterprise WLAN and campus switching driven by adoption of 802.11ac Wave 2.
05:52 EDTINTCIntel to help vendors launch inexpensive Android tablets, DigiTimes reports
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April 23, 2015
05:53 EDTINTCIntel to launch SoFIA LTE chips in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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April 22, 2015
19:36 EDTSTXSeagate announces new $2.5B share repurchase authorization
Seagate Technology announced that its board has authorized the company to repurchase up to $2.5B of its outstanding ordinary shares. As a result of the April Authorization, Seagate currently has an aggregate authority to repurchase approximately $3.1B of its ordinary shares.
19:35 EDTSTXSeagate announces new $2.5B share repurchase authorization
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18:27 EDTINTCSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
14:47 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Texas Instruments reports amid M&A focus in semiconductor space
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor manufacturer operating in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $3.2B. The consensus range is 61c-64c for EPS on revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B, according to First Call. On its last earning call, Texas Instruments said it expected Q1 EPS of 57c-67c and revenue of $3.07B-$3.33B. LAST QUARTER: On January 26, Texas Instruments reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of 69c, which matched consensus expectations at that time. Its Q4 revenue of $3.27B came in just above the consensus forecast of $3.26B. Texas Instruments said its inventory ended the quarter at 117 days and noted on its associated conference call that it believe inventories were at "healthy levels." Texas Instruments also said then that it expected its embedded operating margins to increase. STREET RESEARCH: The day after TI's last quarterly report, Ascendiant raised its price target for Texas Instruments shares to $64 from $56 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. The firm attributed the post-earnings slide the stock experienced then to profit taking, rather than a fundamental disappointment. That same week, Argus increased its price target on Texas Instruments to $62 from $54 and said it expected the company's operating trends to continue to strengthen. Argus kept a Buy rating on the shares. Acquiring companies in the semiconductor space "can materially outperform the market," Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis wrote in a note to investors on March 9. At that time, Lipacis identified Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Marvell (MRVL), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Broadcom (BRCM), Altera (ALTR), and Xilinx (XLNX) as companies that were well-positioned to make acquisitions in the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On March 1, NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction valuing the combined enterprise at just over $40B. Recent media reports suggested that Intel's (INTC) talks to acquire Altera stalled when the latter wanted more than Intel was willing to pay. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, Texas Instruments' stock has rallied nearly 7%. In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments gained over 1% to $58.76.
12:31 EDTINTCOn 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.
10:11 EDTINTCHouse Committee on Small Business to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Small Business: Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses From Cyber Attacks" with Chief Technology Officer Grobman of Intel on April 22 at 11 am.
09:37 EDTINTCAltera quarterly results 'may not be great,' CNBC's Faber reports
There is talk that Altera's (ALTR) earnings report "may not be great" when the chip company reports Q1 results on Thursday, April 23, CNBC's David Faber reports. Investors assume Altera will report a strong quarter after turning down Intel's takeover attempt, but that may not be the case, according to Faber. Shares of the chip maker are down 35c to $42.89 in early trading. Piper Jaffray this morning downgraded the stock to Neutral.
09:32 EDTINTCASML large EUV tool order likely from Intel, says Summit Research
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05:43 EDTINTCAltera downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy downgraded Altera (ALTR) to Neutral from Overweight saying takeover speculation has driven the valuation above a fundamentals based fair value. He believes an acquisition by Intel (INTC) makes sense, but at a reasonable valuation. The analyst thinks a higher premium than $54 per share is unlikely. Piper keeps a $42 price target for shares of Altera. Roy still views the longer-term prospects for the programmable logic device companies favorably and thinks Altera is better positioned near-term versus Xilinx (XLNX). Shares of Altera closed yesterday up 8c to $43.24.
April 21, 2015
10:55 EDTINTCStreet Check: Lam Research defenders rewarded with post-earnings jump
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10:20 EDTCSCOWells thinks carrier equipment vendors factored in weak capex
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08:23 EDTCSCOCisco results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Cisco to report stronger than expected results, due to strength in enterprise and commercial and continued momentum in switching, Bernstein believes that risks caused by service provider revenue was eliminated by the company's Q1 guidance, while currency fluctuations should not impact its near-term results. The firm keeps a $34 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:06 EDTINTCRe/Code to hold a conference
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