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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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October 14, 2014
11:39 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have outperformed the broader averages over the last three months. Removing today's bounce, the stock has been flat against the down performance of the averages. The trading pattern for the stock when viewed with a three-month window has been up sharply, sideways, and down sharply. That doesn't leave a great deal of room for trend interpretation other than traders being cautious into results. When we pull back to a 1-year view, the technical picture is strikingly different. Almost all of the gains in shares this year, up over 34% excluding today, has come since the early summer. That sharp rise then developed into a bearish rounding formation viewed on a closing basis. On an OHLC chart, the formation instead is an Island Top. That is, a bullish gap, the sideways move previously described, and a bearish gap from yesterday. That leaves the price action of the last several months isolated, an island, within the context of the longer term uptrend. Island Tops are usually considered extremely bearish on a technical basis, suggesting the up move has exhausted itself in a blow-off. If the news on earnings and outlook supports this bearish price interpretation, there could be significant downside risk. Levels to watch on the downside would be at $31.80, the bottom of the bullish gap from July, $30,03, and $28.10, the bottom of the bullish gap from June. A break below $28 might leave the shares back in the $24 to $26 range characteristic of the price action at the start of the year. If the news is positive, the first major resistance is at the 52-week high at $35.56 and then at $37.15.
10:10 EDTINTCChip makers rise following Skyworks positive preannouncement
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Skyworks (SWKS), preannounced stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Skyworks, which develops chips for cell phones, raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook to $1.08 from $1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was $1.01. The chip maker increased its Q4 revenue guidance to $718M from $680M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $679.5M. "Skyworks’ upwardly revised outlook demonstrates the broad-based strength of our business and our ability to capitalize on positive underlying market trends to connect everyone and everything, all the time,” said Skyworks CEO David Aldrich. "These multi-year technology trends are setting the stage for us to outperform the broader semiconductor industry in the December quarter and for the foreseeable future," the CEO added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Skyworks' positive report comes less than a week after another semiconductor maker, Microchip (MCHP), preannounced lower than expected revenue and said it thought the sector had entered a correction. Semiconductor stocks have sold off sharply since Microchip's preannouncement and pessimistic comments. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Skyworks surged 6.4% to $48.24, Intel (INTC) rose 1.5% to $31.94, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) rose 1.2% to $54.55, STMicroelectronics (STM) advanced 2% to $6.82, and Avago Technologies (AVG) gained fractionally to $69.30.
07:24 EDTINTCIntel gains government ally in China with new deals, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTINTCTSMC and rivals racing to pack computer power in each chip, WSJ says
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCSCOGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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.” Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
13:08 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
10:29 EDTINTCMicrochip 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.
10:16 EDTINTCIntel falls with semiconductor peers, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:38 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTINTCIntel Q3 results may be near-term catalyst, says Stifel
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October 9, 2014
16:59 EDTSTXJefferies initiates IT Hardware space, names Western Digital top pick
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16:23 EDTSTXSeagate initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
Target $70.
13:39 EDTCSCOCisco denies rumors that it will stop investing in VCE JV, The Register reports
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13:37 EDTCSCOCisco may end further investment in VCE JV, CRN reports
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11:25 EDTCSCOCisco and TCL to set up $80M China cloud joint venture, Reuters reports
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11:05 EDTSTXSeagate court win net-neutral to Western Digital, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes Seagate's (STX) $800M arbitration appeal victory over Western Digital (WDC) was not entirely unexpected. The firm sees the ruling as an incremental positive for Seagate and believes it will have no impact to Western Digital's operations or capital allocation, noting that the company had already accrued liability of $758M and that its intends to make payment using foreign-based cash. Brean reiterates its Buy ratings on both stocks.
07:03 EDTINTCIntel quarter to be in-line or modestly better, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray expects Intel's quarterly results on October 14 to be in-line to modestly above consensus. The firm's channel checks indicate PC demand trends will remain stable into year-end amid solid corporate demand. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Intel with a $37 price target.
06:52 EDTCSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
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