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July 18, 2014
09:24 EDTGOOG, RECN, ERIC, AMD, NQ, CPHD, ICLD, RP, NUS, HBAN, TGP, GE, SWKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Google (GOOG), up 3.5%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 9%... Ericsson (ERIC), up 7.7%... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), up 3.8%... General Electric (GE), up 0.9%. HIGHER: Intercloud Systems (ICLD), up 13% after announcing over $23M in new business backlog for FY14... Resources Connection (RECN), up 10% after earnings, upgrade at RW Baird. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), down 17%... Cepheid (CPHD), down 4.7%. LOWER: RealPage (RP), down 25% after reporting preliminary second quarter revenue below analyst estimates, downgrades at JMP Securities and William Blair... Nu Skin (NUS), down 4.5% after downgraded at BofA Merrill Lynch... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 21.1% after dismissing PwC as the company's auditor, engaging Marcum Berstein & Pinchuk as replacement... Teekay LNG (TGP), down 5% after filing to sell 2.8M common units for limited partners.
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July 15, 2015
10:00 EDTGEGeneral Electric signs $80M agreement with Emera Energy
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09:41 EDTAMDIDEXX should be watched after 'curious' board change, dealReporter says
IDEXX Laboratories (IDXX), which analysts have previously speculated could be a takeover target for Zoetis (ZTS), should be watched for any possible M&A hints after the "curious addition" of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Chairman Bruce Claflin to its board yesterday, said dealReporter, according to contacts.
09:18 EDTGOOGAdobe's Flash disabled by Google due to security worries, WSJ says
Just days after Facebook's (FB) top security executive called on Adobe (ADBE) to discontinue its Flash animation player, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers blocked old versions of the software on Tuesday after reports that hackers were using a security flaw to infiltrate computers, reported The Wall Street Journal's "Digits" blog. Firefox and Chrome will allow Flash to run again if it is updated with the patch Adobe released Tuesday morning, the report noted. Reference Link
08:27 EDTGOOGAdobe says Google display ad strategy underperforms Facebook in Q2
In its "Digital Advertising & Social Intelligence Report" for Q2, Adobe (ADBE) wrote that Facebook's (FB) display ad changes doubled its click-through-rates, or CTRs, year-over-year in the quarter, while Google's (GOOG) display targeting changes reduced its number of ads seen by 22% compared to the prior year and its CTRs were up "only" 24% compared to the same period of last year. The report also contends that the "Mobilegeddon" fears regarding Google's changes to favor mobile friendly sites came true, noting that sites with low mobile engagement saw up to a 10% decrease in organic traffic after the changes were made by the search giant. Reference Link
07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $710 from $614 at B. Riley
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06:49 EDTAMDAMD initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Target $2.25.
06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Google July call option implied volatility is at 35, August is at 23, September is at 21 compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 16.
July 14, 2015
18:52 EDTGEWells Fargo CFO eyes additional GE Capital assets, Reuters says
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13:01 EDTGOOGFanDuel completes $275M funding round from KKR, Google Capital, Bloomberg says
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11:26 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $744 from $614 at B. Riley
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11:16 EDTGEAnalyst says sell Orbitz as risks to Expedia deal mount
The shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are falling after UBS downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral, citing increased risk that regulators will block the company's proposed takeover by Expedia (EXPE). WHAT'S NEW: Based on recent press reports and his own conversations with players in the online travel sector, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan believes that antitrust concerns surrounding the proposed takeover of Orbitz are mounting. Specifically, travel suppliers are voicing more concern about the deal to regulators, Sheridan stated. Additionally, regulators have vetoed a number of proposed takeovers recently, including Time Warner Cable's (TWC) proposed acquisition by Comcast (CMCSA) and Electroloux's (ELUXY) proposed acquisition of GE's (GE) home appliances unit, Sheridan noted. As a result of these developments, the risk/reward ratio of Orbitz's stock is now "skewed negative," according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the stock to $10 from $12. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Orbitz fell 2.4% to $11.12. On February 12, Expedia announced it had agreed to acquire Orbitz for $12 per share in cash.
10:52 EDTAMDAnalysts say Micron could be sold, but not at price Tsinghua said to offer
Research firms have reacted to a Wall Street Journal report, published last night, that Chinese chip maker Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron (MU) for $23B, or $21 per share. Summit Research said that Tsinghua would probably raise its bid, while JMP Securities wrote that the deal would be logical from Tsinghua's perspective. However, Piper Jaffray contended that the reported buyout offer is illogical and Cowen agreed, saying that the deal makes no sense for shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted, adding that he expects Micron's stock to reach $21 soon. Sundarararjan kept a $34 price target and Buy rating on Micron. JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that the deal would be logical for Tsinghua, as it would allow the Chinese company to access leading edge process technology, enable it to deliver more complete system solutions, and give it access to 3D NAND technology. The analyst, who believes that other Chinese companies may make competing bids for Micron, finds it difficult to believe that Micron would accept an offer more than 5%-10% below its 52-week high of $36.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy countered that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector have received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Roy, who kept an Overweight rating on Micron. Similarly, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that the $21 per share price wouldn't make sense for Micron's shareholders, since it's barely above the estimated replacement cost of the company's capacity. The analyst indicated that he does not believe that Tsinghua would actually make the deal and he thinks that the U.S. Department of Justice would not approve the deal if it does get offered. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a separate note, Summit's Sundarararjan, noting that Intel (INTC) has a 20% stake in Tsinghua. contended that the U.S. chip giant probably "midwifed" Tsinghua's offer for Micron. The analyst says that Intel "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice and he believes that the DOJ could approve the deal. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Micron jumped 11% to $19.60. Several other semi chip related stocks were also rising, with SanDisk (SNDK) gaining 4%, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) advancing 3% and Atmel (ATML) adding 2%.
10:24 EDTGEWells Fargo says ongoing U.S. economic expansion 'on track'
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09:20 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), up 16.2% following second quarter guidance... Transgenomic (TBIO), up 14% after launching genetic test for Leukodystrophy diagnosis... Biocept (BIOC), up 12.4% after launching diagnostic assay for BRAF mutations in melanoma patients... Micron (MU), up 13.1% after WSJ reports that Tsinghua made $23B acquisition offer... SanDisk (SNDK) and AMD (AMD) are up 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, following reports of Tsinghua offer to Micron... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.2% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1%... JPMorgan (JPM), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Vince Holding (VNCE), down 16.3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP), down 8.3% after 2.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $7.50... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), down 7.4% after pricing pressure leads to reduced fiscal 2015 margin view... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 2.8% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
09:06 EDTCPHDCepheid price target raised to $67 from $58 at Wedbush
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09:06 EDTGOOGMerkle announces deal with Google to adopt DoubleClick's marketing solutions
Merkle, a data-driven, technology-enabled performance marketing agency, has reached an agreement with Google to adopt the full suite of DoubleClick’s marketing solutions. As part of the agreement, Merkle will be one of the first agencies to use DoubleClick’s cross-device measurement, which was unveiled by Google at the June 17 DoubleClick Leadership Summit.
09:03 EDTGEGE, Pitney Bowes announce alliance to develop APM applications
GE (GE) and Pitney Bowes (PBI) announced an alliance to develop customized asset performance management applications for Pitney Bowes and its Enterprise Business Solutions customers. All of the services will be built on and powered by Predix, GE’s software platform for the Industrial Internet. This will enable Pitney Bowes to analyze data generated from its own production mailing and shipping machines and those of its clients to provide client and productivity services, and job scheduling capabilities that improve business outcomes.
08:51 EDTGEGeneral Electric July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
General Electric July call option implied volatility is at 28, August is at 17, September is at 18, compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 25, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 17.
06:20 EDTGOOGQualcomm to work with Google-backed Thread Group, Re/code reports
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it is working with Thread Group, a Google (GOOG) backed effort to find ways for internet connected devices to communicate with one another, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks ways to operate more efficiently, WSJ reports
Google is slowing down hiring and seeking ways to run more efficiently, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. New CFO Ruth Porat has been active in the company's cost-cutting measures, the report says, having started an internal audit examining costs, revenue, and accounting systems. Google is expected to offer an expenses update on Thursday when it reports its second quarter financial results, the report says. Reference Link
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