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September 29, 2015
06:13 EDTBACargolux in talks to buy five more Boeing freighter jets, Reuters reports
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05:21 EDTERICXL Axiata signs three contract with Ericsson for 4G deployment in Indonesia
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September 28, 2015
10:50 EDTINTCAnalyst more upbeat on Intel, downgrades Qorvo following trip to Asia
After traveling to Asia, Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConenell was more upbeat on the outlook for Intel (INTC), as well as smartphone chip makers Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS). The analyst downgraded another smartphone chip maker, Qorvo (QRVO), to Sector Weight from Overweight, warning that the company's results may miss expectations down the road. BULLISH: Shipments of notebook computers appear set to exceed expectations by 5%-10% this month, after more of the devices seem to have been manufactured in August and September than in previous months, according to McConnell. Meanwhile, cloud customers are sparking a significant rebound in data centers' semiconductor demand, the analyst stated. Moreover, motherboard manufacturers say they are seeing increased demand for their products from desktop PC makers, the analyst stated. All of these trends bode well for Intel, indicated McConnell, who kept a $35 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Demand for Avago's products appears to have remained healthy, given the company's low exposure to China and the strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices, the analyst stated. Another research firm, Craig-Hallum, recently estimated that Avago generates $6.75 of revenue per iPhone 6S sold, up from the $6.50 it obtained from the previous generation of iPhones. Pacific Crest's McConnell kept a $180 price target and Overweight rating on the shares of Avago. Skyworks should benefit from strong near-term demand trends, driven by a shift to module architectures, McConnell contended. According to the analyst, the company's 2016 outlook is also strong. BEARISH: Analysts' "out-quarter estimates" for Qorvo are too high, as they expect the company to grow 8.4% each quarter, versus only 5.9% for Skyworks, McConnell stated. Qorvo is facing several headwinds, including struggles with a key customer, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, and its inability to obtain more revenue per each iPhone sold, the analyst stated. These headwinds will probably prevent Qorvo from meeting analysts' expectations, warned McConnell. Additionally, the company will be hurt by the slowdown in the growth of the Chinese smartphone market, predicted the analyst, who cut his rating on the stock to Sector Weight from Overweight. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel rose 1.2% to $29.16, Avago dropped 1.7% to $124.56, Skyworks fell 3.6% to $84.58 and Qorvo declined 8.5% to $43.61.
07:39 EDTINTCIntel fundamentals improving, says Pacific Crest
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September 25, 2015
16:35 EDTBAStocks end week lower as biotechs sink, Volkswagen crashes
Stocks ended the week lower after concerns about drug prices were reignited, sinking biotech stocks, an emissions scandal engulfed Volkswagen (VLKAY), dragging down shares of automakers and their suppliers, and Caterpillar (CAT) announced that it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs in the next three years as commodity prices continue to slump. MACRO NEWS: Following the Federal Reserve's decision last week to wait before raising rates, the central bank made a concerted effort to give the market more clarity this week. Over last weekend, three Federal Reserve officials - San Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker - all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. Then, on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago... In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... The Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for China fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration... In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Biotech stocks declined after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on its treatment for toxoplasmosis, reigniting a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laying out a plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology index fell roughly xxx% for the week amid the attention paid to Turing's drug and Clinton's response... Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares trading in New York fell sharply to begin the week and ended the week far from where they'd been last Friday before the EPA said it found manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing certain of the automaker's diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters. In the wake of the scandal, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and selecting Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche (POAHY), as Winterkorn's successor as the company's new CEO... Caterpillar (CAT) shares dropped after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Caterpillar cut its fiscal year 2015 revenue forecast by $1B and said its sees its fiscal year 2016 revenue to be 5% below this year, adding that it expects revenue declines in all three large segments next year... Online and mobile deal provider Groupon (GRPN) said it plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... Nike jumped after the athletic gear giant reported better than expected earnings and futures orders, prompting numerous price target hikes and at least one upgrade at Street research firms. Among other companies reporting earnings this week, BlackBerry (BBRY), ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell immediately following their quarterly reports... Apple (AAPL), which has previously been reported to be working on an electric car via its "Project Titan," is speeding up those efforts and setting 2019 as a target to ship its first vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in in the Asian nation, while Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... GoPro (GPRO) finished the week about xxx% lower after Barron's contended in a feature article last weekend that the company's stock could plunge another 30% to $25 as Apple, Sony (SNE) and others pressure the company's "one-hit wonder" products... On the M&A front, Atmel (ATML) agreed to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at roughly $4.6B and Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement with Colony American Homes. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 0.43% to close at 16,314.67, the S&P 500 fell about 1.35% to close at 1,931.34, and the Nasdaq declined about 2.89% to close at 4,686.50.
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; September 25, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 25.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB AU NKE PFE INTC AMZN TSLA
11:25 EDTTXNCirrus leads iPhone suppliers higher as analysts dissect 6S
Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO) are among the chipmakers that appear poised to obtain more revenue from Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices than from the previous generation of the market-leading smartphone. Research firms issued notes today based on their analysis of "teardowns" of the new phones after they went on sale for the first time, beginning in Australia. TEARDOWNS: Apple's common practice when rolling out its newest iPhone models is for Australia to be its first launch market. The unboxing of iPhones when they become available for sale for the first time anywhere in the world is a much anticipated event among the tech giant's fans, as well as by Apple-focused blogs and Wall Street analysts who follow the company. Websites like iFixit have become well known for their "teardowns" of the devices, where they purchase, take apart and analyze the way in which the device is made and how it differs from previous models. These teardowns are closely watched by analysts and can sometimes be catalysts for the stocks of iPhone component suppliers. CIRRUS: Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says teardowns of Apple's iPhone 6S indicate Cirrus Logic secured both a smart codec and boosted amp win in the new phone. The company's content in each phone is likely towards the upper end of his $3.50-$4.00 estimate, Curtis tells investors, noting that he views this as better than expected. Curtis thinks the 6S content, coupled with the "several new growth drivers" Cirrus outlined at yesterday's technology day, could reverse the negative sentiment on the stock. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $39 price target. OTHER WINNERS AND LOSERS: Skyworks and Qorvo saw their content rise 22% and 25% respectively, Curtis estimated. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is continuing to supply the NFC and Secure Element chips for the 6S devices, but is no longer providing the sensor hub, the analyst reported. The company will lose about 50c per iPhone as a result of this development, but it did know that it would no longer be providing the hub before it provided its guidance in July, according to Curtis. STMicroelectronics (STM) is no longer providing the secure MCU for the iPhone 6S, Curtis added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are supplying iPhone 6S components include Qualcomm (QCOM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Avago (AVGO), iFixit reported. After conducting checks, Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss estimated that Skyworks will obtain about $6.50 of revenue per iPhone, up from about $5.50 previously, while Qorvo's revenue per device will rise to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago will see its revenue per device increase to about $6.75 from about $6.50, Stoss believes. The firm kept Buy ratings on Skyworks, Avago, and Qorvo. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cirrus shares jumped $4.36, or 16%, to $31.49, Skyworks added about 3% and Qorvo rose 4%. Meanwhile, NXP gained about 2% and STMicroelectronics advanced 2.5%.
10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3M (MMM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ACE Limited (ACE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Box (BOX) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... CyberArk (CYBR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... General Growth (GGP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks, developments at JMP Securities... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Lam Research (LRCX) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Nike (NKE) upgraded on share gains at Sterne Agee CRT... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... United Rentals (URI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill.
09:48 EDTTXNApple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports
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09:21 EDTINTCIntel upgraded on positive checks, developments at JMP Securities
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06:30 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities
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06:29 EDTBAAirbus engages in wireless initiative for planes, WSJ reports
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September 24, 2015
18:43 EDTBABoeing chairman sees reauthorization of U.S. Export-Import Bank, Reuters says
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16:34 EDTBABoeing opens manufacturing research center in South Carolina
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11:15 EDTMXIM, FSLAnalyst sees $55,000 car from Apple as soon as 2019
Apple (AAPL) could introduce a car by as soon as 2019, but assuming an average selling price of $55,000 and 200,000 shipments, the contribution to the tech giant's earnings in that year is probably not enough to "excite" investors, said the research team at Jefferies this morning. However, a car would give the tech giant some "much needed" diversification away from the iPhone and would be positive for the broader tech space, the firm added. RIPE FOR DISRUPTION: Jefferies analysts Sundeep Bajikar, Mark Lipacis and their team say their analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors. He assumes a $55,000 average selling price for an Apple Car and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited and earnings contributions from a vehicle may not become meaningful before iPhone decelerates, the analysts argue. However, the firm said it could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar and Lipacis keep a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. TOP CHIP PICKS: Efforts in the car market from tech heavyweights Apple and Google (GOOGL) will lead the industry to design and sell more intelligent vehicles, accelerating the growth of semiconductors for automobiles above current forecasts, contend Jefferies' analysts in a separate note to investors this morning. The analysts lay out their top picks among automotive semiconductor suppliers, saying the pending merger of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Freescale (FSL) will create the world's biggest automotive semi company, adding that growth in microcontroller content and networking applications will benefit that combined giant. NVIDIA's (NVDA) automotive sales have grown the fastest since the end of the 2012 fiscal year among the companies the firm follows, while Maxim Integrated (MXIM) had the second fastest growth in that time frame, the analysts noted in naming those two as their other top picks in the space. Lipacis and Bajikar identified Analog Devices (ADI), Microchip (MCHP) and Linear Technology (LLTC) as other notable beneficiaries from the expected growth of semiconductor content in automobiles. PRICE ACTION: Amid broad weakness in the market, Apple shares are down 1.5% to $112.56. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Sector index (SOX) is down 2.4% this morning.
10:19 EDTBADelta increases service between New York-JFK and Tel Aviv
Delta Air Lines (DAL) will add four weekly year-round flights between its New York-JFK hub and Tel Aviv beginning May 26, 2016. The new flights will be available for sale beginning Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The additional flights will complement Delta's existing daily service to Tel Aviv for a total of 11 weekly flights between the two cities and third largest trans-Atlantic market. Delta will operate the added flights with a 291-seat, Boeing (BA) 777-200ER, which is Wi-Fi equipped so customers can stay connected at 30,000 feet.
09:32 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:51 EDTBAThe Wings Club holds a luncheon meeting
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07:43 EDTBAMarket overly negative on Aerojet Rocketdyne, says Oppenheimer
After Boeing (BA) rejected an unsolicited offer from Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD) for United Launch Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin (LMT), Oppenheimer thinks the market's reaction to the news ignores Aerojet's positive catalysts. The firm says that the news will not impact Aerojet's operations until 2019 and will probably not have an impact of more than about $115M. The firm keeps a $26 price target and Outperform rating on Aerojet.
06:34 EDTINTCApple 'A10' processor may switch to six-cores, AppleInsider reports
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