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January 29, 2013
10:27 EDTFIO, STX, INTC, CSCOFusion-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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July 15, 2014
16:04 EDTINTCIntel sees Q3 revenue $14.4B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.02B
Sees Q3 gross margin 66%, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.
16:03 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 EPS 55c, consensus 52c
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15:27 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:55 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
10:00 EDTINTC, STXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:35 EDTCSCOCisco announces multi-year sales, go-to-market agreement with Microsoft
Cisco (CSCO) announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets. The companies will focus on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.
07:33 EDTINTCIntel July 31.5 straddle priced for 3% move into Q2
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07:23 EDTINTCFortune to hold a conference
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05:53 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility movement; CSCO WMT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Cisco (CSCO) 23, Wal-Mart (WMT) 13 according to iVolatility.
July 14, 2014
16:41 EDTINTCIntel initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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16:39 EDTSTXSeagate initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
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13:02 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:14 EDTINTCSemiconductor top picks at Topeka
Topeka's anticipates strong unit growth in the smartphone, tablet and wearable end markets and recommends exposure to large/mid cap growth names Intel (INTC), Skyworks (SWKS), Atmel and (ATML), small cap growth name, Rambus (RMBS), and value names Freescale (FSL), Spansion (CODE) and Silicon Motion (SIMO).
09:07 EDTINTCMellanox Q3 guidance likely to be conservative, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital said it expects Mellanox' (MLNX) Q2 revenue to be in-line and for its Q3 guidance to be conservative, as the firm believes the High Performance Computing market has temporarily slowed ahead of Intel's (INTC) release of its Grantley processors. However, the firm thinks that HPC will recover soon and it maintains its Buy rating and $57 fair value estimate on Mellanox.
08:52 EDTINTCIntel volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Intel July call option implied volatility is at 27, August is at 20, October is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 on July 15.
08:34 EDTSTX, INTCPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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06:57 EDTSTXSeagate price target raised to $74 from $64 at Deutsche Bank
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July 12, 2014
18:33 EDTINTCIntel looks to Chinese unbranded makers to boost tablet presence, WSJ says
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July 11, 2014
08:49 EDTSTXJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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06:06 EDTINTCIntel to unveil 14nm processors, 10nm wafers at IDF in September, DigiTimes says
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