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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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July 6, 2015
18:22 EDTAVGOAMD plummets after PC headwinds result in lower Q2 revenue view
Shares of semiconductor maker AMD (AMD) are sliding after the company reduced its second quarter revenue view. WHAT'S NEW: AMD lowered its Q2 revenue view to down 8% sequentially from a prior view of decreasing 3%, plus or minus 3% that the company gave with its first quarter earnings results back in April. The company attributed the decreased view for revenue to weaker than expected consumer PC demand. Along with its lower Q2 revenue view the chip maker lowered its Q2 non-GAAP gross margin view to approximately 28%, compared to the previous non-GAAP guidance of approximately 32% primarily due to a higher mix of Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment sales and lower than anticipated Computing and Graphics segment APU unit volumes due to weaker than expected OEM PC product demand. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Shares of PC related stocks have been struggling recently after several research firms issued cautious views on the group. On May 19, Morgan Stanley said it was more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team at the time said it continued to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. On June 23, JP Morgan issued a cautious note on hard disk drive makers Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate Technology (STX), citing continuing negative PC data. The firm said it saw little evidence that fundamentals in the PC space were improving, citing negative comments on PC demand from HP (HPQ), Avago (AVGO), and Micron (MU) over the last month. More recently, on June 25, chip maker Micron reported third quarter results and current quarter guidance below expectations, citing near term headwinds attributable to PC headwinds. PRICE ACTION: Shares of AMD are down over 14% in after-hours trading to $2.12. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that may be exposed to PC weakness include Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Intel Corporation (INTC), NVIDIA (NVDA), SanDisk (SNDK), and Apple (AAPL).
09:35 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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July 2, 2015
13:36 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Technical notes on earnings season calendar effects
The doldrums have persisted without a great deal of index volatility heading into Q2 earnings season. Until we are into the bulk of the season, we aren't likely to have sufficient catalysts to move far, barring an exogenous event. What traders need to be aware of is how compressed this earnings season really is. The increased flow of earnings news within a shorter span could lead to some bigger moves. How short? The old school way of determining the bounds of earnings season starts with Alcoa (AA) and ends with Cisco (CSCO). This time around, Alcoa is on July 8 and Cisco is on August 12, putting the season at just over a month in calendar time. Contrast this with Q4 earnings season, which can take nearly seven weeks in some cases. Another factor to be aware of: in the first week of earnings this season, there are just a relative handful of S&P 500 names reporting. By the time Cisco reports, the bulk will be done. We really are looking at more like a three week window. If the direction of earnings surprises are consistent, the market might see its first real push up or down that breaks the tight range with solid momentum. If not, market watchers are likely to see a spate of volatility in a market that has become used to flatter conditions, where volatility has been better for a sale. Choppy earnings could make that strategy more problematic. Planning out ahead is critically important too, as the day of the week can matter. Wednesdays and Thursdays tend to be the peak days for reports, making them more subject to market gyrations. Friday afternoons tend to be a day in which companies with genuinely bad news try to sneak it out. Use the forthcoming holiday wisely; we may be in for a bumpier ride ahead.
09:45 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent signs frame agreements with China Mobile, China Unicom
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July 1, 2015
10:07 EDTCSCOGoogle, Apple seen benefiting from Internet of Things emergence
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June 30, 2015
10:42 EDTCSCOCisco strengthens security story with OpenDNS buy, says Wells Fargo
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08:35 EDTAVGOBroadcom risk/reward looks positive, says Bernstein
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08:04 EDTCSCOCisco to acquire OpenDNS for $635M
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07:13 EDTCSCONasdaq to hold a conference
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06:11 EDTCSCOCisco, Schneider Electric partner to build resilient control system networks
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June 29, 2015
09:35 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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June 28, 2015
18:08 EDTALUElliott takes roughly 1.3% stake in Alcatel-Lucent, FT says
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June 25, 2015
07:23 EDTCSCOHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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June 24, 2015
10:00 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:31 EDTCSCOInvestors should weigh waiting for better Arista entry point, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Arista's (ANET) new Cloudvision software should have only a minor impact on its 2H15 results. The firm recommends that investors consider waiting for a lower entry point before buying the stock. The firm thinks that such an entry point could materialize during the company's trial versus Cisco (CSCO) this summer. It keeps an $88 price target and Overweight rating on Arista..
07:39 EDTAVGOAvago initiated with a Buy at Argus
Target $163.
June 23, 2015
12:54 EDTAVGOPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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08:04 EDTCSCONRG Renew to develop 20MW solar energy facility for Cisco
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07:41 EDTCSCORed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:33 EDTCSCOBlackBerry, Cisco sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement
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