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May 9, 2014
08:25 EDTAVGO, CSCO, ALU, FNSRCisco, Avago reports should be watched for clues on Finisar, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital notes that Finisar (FNSR) shares are down about 20% over the last two weeks amid earnings reports from a number of optical suppliers that have shown telecom to be weaker, but the firm says demand for datacom, which makes up more of Finisar's revenue mix, is still strong. The firm recommends watching the reports from peer Avago (AVGO) and customers Alcatel (ALU) and Cisco (CSCO) for more data ahead of Finisar's report in early June. Janney maintains its Buy rating on Finisar.
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November 12, 2015
16:11 EDTCSCOCisco sees Q2 non-GAAP gross margin 62%-63%
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16:09 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q1 gross margin 63.2%
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16:07 EDTCSCOCisco sees Q2 EPS 53c-55c, consensus 56c
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16:06 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q1 EPS 59c, consensus 56c
Reports Q1 revenue $12.7B, consensus $12.65B.
16:00 EDTCSCOOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
14:30 EDTCSCONotable companies reporting after market close
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13:50 EDTCSCOCisco is rangebound ahead of earnings
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13:31 EDTCSCOCisco November weekly 28 straddle priced for 4.6% movement into Q1
13:24 EDTCSCOEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
12:55 EDTALUNokia notes French stock market approval for Alcatel-Lucent exchange offer
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10:58 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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November 11, 2015
08:59 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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03:52 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Amyris (AMRS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Corporate Executive Board (CEB) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... FactSet (FDS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Freshpet (FRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Gartner (IT) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Horace Mann (HMN) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... IHS Inc. (IHS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Ignyta (RXDX) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... (JD) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... MSCI (MSCI) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Moody's (MCO) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Nordstrom (JWN) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Strongbridge Biopharma (SBBP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... The Advisory Board (ABCO) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Verisk Analytics (VRSK) initiated with a Buy at Cantor.
November 10, 2015
17:38 EDTAVGOBroadcom shareholders approve acquisition by Avago Technologies
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17:13 EDTAVGOAvago's shareholders approves business combination transaction with Broadcom
Avago Technologies (AVGO) announced that its shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to approve their previously announced business combination transaction with Broadcom (BRCM), with over 99% of the votes cast by Avago shareholders voted in favor of the transaction. Avago and Broadcom announced their merger agreement on May 28. The companies have received clearance on their proposed merger from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States and antitrust authorities in the U.S., Japan and Taiwan.
16:19 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with the Dow and S&P notching slight gains and the Nasdaq being weighed on by a slide in Apple (AAPL). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices fell 0.5% in October and export prices slipped 0.2%. Wholesale sales rose 0.5% in September, with inventories rising 0.5% in the month as well. In China, the consumer inflation rate fell to an annual 1.3% in October, which was down from 1.6% the month before and below the 1.5% consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple, as well as those of a number of its chip suppliers, slid following a bearish note by Credit Suisse, whose checks pointed to reduced iPhone component orders heading into 2016. Credit Suisse analyst John Pitzer and his team cut their forecast for iPhone production in next calendar year in the face of apparently reduced supplier orders from Apple for the iPhone 6s, sending shares of the tech giant down 3.15% to $116.77 and weighing on chip makers including Avago (AVGO), Broadcom (BRCM), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO)... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% to 89c per share and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings. The fast food giant finished the day up 0.3% at $113.29 per share following the meeting. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Mallinckrodt (MNK), which rallied $4.55, or 7.84%, to $62.56 after a CNBC appearance by Citron Research's Andrew Left, during which the stock began rebounding. Left's Citron had knocked the stock down sharply yesterday by tweeting that the shares had more downside than Valeant (VRX) amid the pricing debate that has impacted both and others in the specialty drug space. Also higher was Tower International (TOWR), which gained 9% to $29.77 after announcing plans to explore a sale of its European operations. Separately, Rackspace (RAX) advanced $3.24, or 11.96%, to $30.33 after reporting better than expected third quarter results. Among the noteworthy losers was Flotek (FTK), which dropped $5.56, or 38.08%, to $9.04 after it responded to a cautious report by saying an analysis of its FracMax database suggested certain production data was misinterpreted. Also lower was Wayfair (W), which lost 14% to $39.42 after reporting better than expected earnings while also being mentioned by investor Whitney Tilson as his largest short position. Later in the day, Citron's Left called the company's business model "stupid" in a CNBC interview. Additionally, Barrett Business (BBSI) fell 27% to $38.47 after disclosing that its auditor had requested an independent investigation regarding certain expense reserves. INDEXES: The Dow rose 27.73, or 0.16%, to 17,758.21, the Nasdaq lost 12.06, or 0.24%, to 5,083.24, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.14, or 0.15%, to 2,081.72.
13:33 EDTAVGOApple, suppliers fall after analyst calls out reduced iPhone component orders
Apple (AAPL) shares, as well as those of a number of its chip suppliers, are dropping following a bearish note by Credit Suisse, whose checks pointed to reduced iPhone component orders heading into 2016. DECLINING IPHONE ORDERS: Following checks on Apple's Asian supply chain over the weekend, Credit Suisse analyst John Pitzer and his team cut estimates for iPhone shipments going forward into 2016. The research firm now sees first quarter units down 10.4% year-over-year to just 55M, and calendar year 2016 unit shipments down 5.5% to 222M. The team had previously forecast a respective 63M and 242M for those periods, but cut expectations in the face of apparently reduced supplier orders from Apple for the iPhone 6s. Credit Suisse notes that chip suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS). Already cautious on Apple and other smartphone plays, the research firm reiterated its bearish view on the sector due to high market penetration, saying it instead prefers chip names levered to industrial, auto, and infrastructure applications, such as Linear Technology (LLTC), Maxim (MXIM), Cypress (CY) and ON Semiconductor (ON). IVES SAYS BUY: The Credit Suisse research note comes on the heels of a more bullish take by FBR yesterday, with the firm's Daniel Ives saying many investors "are not seeing the forest through the trees" when it comes to Apple. He characterized supply chain worries as "chatter" and lackluster Apple Watch sales as "bumps in the roads." More important, said Ives, is the "major inflection point period" which the company is entering, with streaming TV, iPad Pro, the $100B iPhone market opportunity in China, and a "blockbuster" iPhone 7 all approaching on the horizon, leading Ives to reiterate an Outperform rating and $175 price target on the shares. SUPPLIER PRICE ACTION: Despite FBR's confidence in Apple, smartphone component suppliers moved broadly lower after Tuesday's note from the Credit Suisse team. Avago has declined 3.8% to $121.67, while Broadcom, Skyworks (SWKS), and Qorvo (QRVO) lost a respective 2.1%, 5.1%, and 4.2%. Meanwhile, Apple shares are down 3.3% to $116.63.
08:50 EDTCSCOEricsson deal disappointing, says Bernstein
Bernstein says it's disappointed that Ericsson (ERIC) decided to sign a partnership deal with Cisco (CSCO) instead of acquiring Juniper (JNPR). According to Bernstein, the latter transaction would have provided Ericsson with more near-term financial benefits, more favorable capital deployment, and a better long-term outlook. Bernstein is "skeptical" about Ericsson's ability to obtain the long-term strategic benefits it foresees from the Cisco deal. Nonetheless Bernstein keeps a $14.46 price target and Outperform rating on Ericsson.
07:12 EDTALU, CSCOCisco partnership positive, says SunTrust
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05:14 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent signs channel partner agreement with 3C Information Solutions
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