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June 30, 2014
16:22 EDTGM, KING, MU, GLUU, MBI, TWGPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed with the Nasdaq the lone index to notch a gain for the session. Stocks began the session mixed and remained that way for most of the session, with the major averages trading in a narrow range. The volume was light, as is typical for a holiday shortened week. Investors are already on watch for the monthly jobs report, which will be released on Thursday before the market opens. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago ISM manufacturing index dipped more than expected to 62.6 in June from the seven-month high reading of 65.5 it hit last month. An index of pending home sales in May climbed 6.1%, soundly beating expectations and representing its biggest advance in more than four years. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) fell 32c, or 0.87%, to $36.30 after the company announced it will conduct six new safety recalls in the U.S. involving about 7.6M vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years. GM said it expects to take a charge of up to approximately $1.2B in the second quarter for the cost of recall-related repairs, which includes a previously disclosed $700M charge for recalls that have already been announced previously. The District Attorney of Orange County, California, filed a civil lawsuit against the carmaker, accusing it of endangering the public through deception regarding vehicle safety and reliability. Earlier in the day, compensation expert Ken Feinberg unveiled the awaited settlement plan to compensate victims in accidents involving GM recalled vehicles. Under the program, Feinberg will provide compensation ranging from $20,000 to several million dollars to anyone who can show they were hurt in a crash involving cars GM has recalled, with no limit, but a key condition is that the claimants show the vehicle's air bags didn't deploy in the crash. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was King Digital (KING), which rose $2.70, or 15.13%, to $20.55 after Cowen said in a note to investors that fears over competition in the mobile gaming space are overdone and kept its Outperform ratings on King and another stock in the space, Gluu Mobile (GLUU). Also higher was Micron (MU), which jumped $1.44, or 4.57%, to $32.95 after Credit Suisse added the stock to its Focus List, citing the company's diversification efforts and gross margin expansion opportunities. Among the noteworthy losers was Tower Group (TWGP), which dropped 23c, or 11.11%, to $1.80 after disclosing that representatives of ACP Re have suggested that an unwaived insolvency event has or may have occurred under the companies' merger agreement, though Tower said it does not believe that any such event has occurred. Also lower were shares of MBIA (MBI), which fell 45c, or 3.92%, to $11.04 after the stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG. INDEXES: The Dow fell 28.16, or 0.17%, to 16,823.68, the Nasdaq rose 10.25, or 0.23%, to 4,408.18, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.73, or 0.04%, to 1,960.23.
News For GM;KING;MU;GLUU;MBI;TWGP From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
06:44 EDTGMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:03 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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October 12, 2014
17:58 EDTMUMicron shares look more attractive, Barron's says
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17:21 EDTGMTesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTMUOn 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 EDTMUOn 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.
11:13 EDTMUMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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10:58 EDTMUMicron falls with peers, levels to watch
The shares are down more than 7.5% to $28.30 at time of writing, just off the lows of the session at $27.59 which is now support. Resistance is at $28.78.
10:29 EDTMUMicrochip 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.
10:20 EDTMUSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September China sales up 15.2% to 319,936
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October 9, 2014
09:17 EDTGMOmix Ada recalls floor mats used in Chevrolet, GMC trucks, SUVs
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07:57 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile short report riddled with inaccuracies, says Cowen
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October 8, 2014
11:42 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; AA MU
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10:48 EDTKING, GLUUGlu drops despite Benchmark optimism about Kardashian game
Research firm Benchmark Co. upgraded digital video game maker Glu Mobile (GLUU) to Buy from Hold, based on optimism about the company's upcoming third quarter earnings report. WHAT'S NEW: Glu may report higher than expected third quarter sales and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization on October 29, Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote in a note to investors today. The company may also raise its fourth quarter guidance, Hickey believes. Glu's results are being lifted by the success of the company's "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" game, the analyst believes. He has a $5.90 price target on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Taking the opposite view on Glu Mobile in an article yesterday was a short-selling blog, TheStreetSweeper. The blog said it "wouldn't be surprised" if the company cut its Q4 guidance, as Kim Kardashian and other Glu games "are fading fast." Company insiders are "selling huge chinks" of the company's shares, added the blog. Northland Capital analyst Darren Aftahi yesterday countered by accusing TheStreetSweeper of "acting as a megaphone" for shorts in the name, trying to drive down the stock in a weak market, and producing an article that is "full of conjecture." The analyst said he thinks the company could beat Q3 revenue expectations by a large amount, potentially producing a "massive short squeeze." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other digital video game makers include Zynga (ZNGA) and King Digital (KING). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Glu dropped 4% to $4.56.
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:20 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:23 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.
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07:43 EDTMUMicron initiated with a Neutral at Ladenburg
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