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January 22, 2013
08:16 EDTFNSR, INTC, CSCONeedham downplays Finisar investor concerns
Needham believes Cisco's (CSCO) CPAK is being seen as a possible threat to Finisar (FNSR) due to Silicon Photonics advances from Intel (INTC). Needham said it strongly disagrees with this sentiment as it does not see CPAK as superior to Finisar's current or future technology. The firm reiterates a Buy rating on shares of Finisar.
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June 22, 2015
10:21 EDTFNSROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:40 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:35 EDTINTCKopin divests interest in Recon Instruments
Kopin (KOPN) said it had divested its equity interest in Recon Instruments as part of Intel Corporation’s (INTC) acquisition of Recon. Kopin anticipates that it will receive approximately $6M in cash proceeds for its equity interest, subject to certain closing conditions including a working capital adjustment.
08:08 EDTCSCORed Hat names Frank Calderoni as EVP, operations, CFO
Red Hat (RHT) announced that Frank Calderoni will join the company as EVP, operations and CFO. Calderoni will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and the leadership and management of IT and operations teams, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO, Jim Whitehurst. Calderoni served as EVP and CFO at Cisco Systems (CSCO) for seven years and most recently served as an executive advisor. Calderoni succeeds Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Charlie Peters, whose planned retirement was announced in December 2014, and who will remain with Red Hat until July 31. Calderoni joins Red Hat on June 22, 2015, and will succeed Peters as CFO effective July 13, 2015.
June 21, 2015
16:32 EDTINTCAMD considers spinoff or break-up, Reuters says
AMD (AMD) has hired a consulting firm to help it review a potential split or spinoff, Reuters reported late Friday, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reuters notes that AMD may be seeking to better compete with Intel (INTC), and sources said one option being considered is to separate AMD's server business from its graphics and licensing arm. Though the company had previously decided against such an option, sources noted that CEO Lisa Su believes the move is worth reconsidering. Reference Link
June 19, 2015
16:17 EDTFNSROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the entire day. The economic calendar was quiet and the news flow was slow, leaving the averages to move in a narrow range until the final hour, when “quadruple witching” action kicked in and moved them a leg lower. The simultaneous expiration of futures and options can cause increased volatility, which occurred as the day’s volume was light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Baker Hughes reported that the U.S. Rig Count declined 2 rigs from last week to 857. In Europe, the ECB agreed to raise the limit on Emergency Liquidity Assistance to Greek banks for the second time in a week, though there were contradictory reports about the size of the increase. Next, the eurozone's heads of government will meet for an emergency summit to discuss Greece on Monday. In Asia, China's Shanghai Composite index dropped 6.4%, bringing the benchmark's weekly loss to 13.3% and sending the index into correction territory. The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged and maintained its asset purchases program, as expected. The BOJ also said it will reduce the number of policy meetings it holds each year to 8 from the current 14 meetings, putting it on par with other major central banks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of ConAgra (CAG) advanced $4.31, or 11.02%, to $43.43 after activist investor Jana Partners reported that it has acquired a 7.2% stake in the packaged foods company. Jana suggested that the company should undertake a strategic review of its strategy and corporate structure to determine if its businesses are optimally positioned to succeed, as well as various potential alternative transactions and structures... Another food producer, Hershey (HSY), fell $3.38, or 3.66%, to $88.89 after lowering its outlook for this fiscal year. The chocolate maker said its North America confectionery business is on track to deliver on its 2015 financial objectives, but cited growth in China that was below expectations for its lowered outlook. Hershey also announced the implementation of a new productivity initiative that will result in the company cutting about 300 jobs by the end of this year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following the activist involvement in ConAgra were a number of its peers, including Pinnacle Foods (PF), which rose 8.58% to $46.80, and Treehouse Foods (THS), which gained 4.86% to $75.55. Also higher was KB Home (KBH), which gained $1.41, or 9.43%, to $16.37 after the homebuilder reported better than expected results for its fiscal second quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Healthways (HWAY), which sunk $3.13, or 20.15%, to $12.40 after the health management solutions provider lowered its revenue outlook for fiscal year 2015. Also lower were shares of Finisar (FNSR), which fell $2.27, or 10.25%, to $19.88 and were downgraded at Raymond James following the company's fourth quarter earnings report last night. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 101.56, or 0.56%, to 18,014.28, the Nasdaq fell 15.95, or 0.31%, to 5,117.00, and the S&P 500 lost 11.49, or 0.54%, to 2,109.75.
12:49 EDTFNSROptical networking stocks slide after Finisar results
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10:00 EDTFNSROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTFNSROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded to Outperform at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James downgraded Finisar to Outperform from Strong Buy and lowered its price target to $24 from $27. The firm is less positive regarding expense control and margins given increased competition among web scale customers.
06:54 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
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06:26 EDTINTCIntel CEO confirms recent reports of layoffs, The Oregonian reports
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June 18, 2015
19:00 EDTFNSROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:54 EDTCSCOCisco announces stock trading plans for executives
On June 12, John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, adopted a pre-arranged stock trading plan to (i) exercise up to 1,775,000 Cisco stock options set to expire in September and November of 2016, and sell the acquired shares of Cisco stock, and (ii) sell up to 500,000 shares of Cisco stock from other shareholdings. The plan is scheduled to terminate in September 2016. On June 17, Charles Robbins, incoming CEO of Cisco, modified a pre-arranged stock trading plan originally entered into and disclosed in March 2015. Sales under the modified portion of the plan may begin in September 2015. Under the plan, Mr. Robbins may (i) exercise up to 42,000 Cisco stock options set to expire in September 2016, and sell the acquired shares of Cisco stock, and (ii) sell up to 90,000 shares of Cisco stock from other shareholdings. The plan is scheduled to terminate in December 2015.
16:06 EDTFNSRFinisar sees Q1 non-GAAP EPS 23c-29c, consensus 27c
Sees Q1 revenue $308M-$328M, consensus $318.04M. Sees Q1 non-GAAP operating margin 30.5%.
16:04 EDTFNSRFinisar reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS 25c, consensus 25c
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15:27 EDTFNSRNotable companies reporting after market close
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09:31 EDTCSCOCisco plans to make $60M investment in India, Economic Times reports
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07:55 EDTCSCONimble Storage downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Nimble Storage (NMBL) to Hold citing the recent appreciation in shares, which the firm attributes to "heightened awareness of acquisition potential." The firm views Nimble as a "nice fit" for Cisco (CSCO), but believes some amount of a takeover premium is priced into the stock. It keeps a $33 price target for shares.
05:56 EDTINTCIntel to debut Skylake at Gamescon in early August, DigiTimes reports
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