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August 11, 2014
06:09 EDTGPRO, SNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPRO SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GoPro (GPRO) 68, SanDisk (SNDK) 27 according to iVolatility.
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October 10, 2014
10:29 EDTSNDKMicrochip 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 EDTSNDKSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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October 9, 2014
16:25 EDTGPROSilicon Valley Community Foundation reports 22.1% stake in GoPro
Silicon Valley Community Foundation received a donation of 5.82M shares of the Class A Common Stock as a gift from Nicholas Woodman and Jill R. Woodman, as Co-Trustees of The Woodman Family Trust under Trust Agreement dated March 11, 2011 for no consideration. The Foundation received the shares as a donation. The Foundation does not intend to sell any shares during the remainder of 2014. The Foundation anticipates selling a portion of the shares in 2015 and afterwards, but have not yet determined the quantity of shares to be sold or the time period in which such sales will occur.
14:23 EDTGPROCitron sees GoPro shares going to $20 in 12 months
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13:19 EDTGPROGoPro falls to session lows, levels to watch
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12:56 EDTGPROGoPro October volatility increases
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09:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects SanDisk to report stronger than expected results for its September quarter. The firm's estimates for SanDisk remain above those of the Street for the next few years because the firm is upbeat on the company's ability to move to higher margin markets. The firm keeps an $118 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
09:13 EDTGPROGoPro Q3 appears in-line, Q4 has potential upside, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Q3 demand appears in-line and initial Q4 work indicates potential Q4 upside to the firm's estimates. The analyst's work suggests growth in unit volumes, potential margin leverage, and improving mix. Additionally, Cleveland believes expanded in-store presence is limiting competitive impact. Shares are Buy rated.
08:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk's NAND ASPs trending below consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research said SanDisk's NAND ASP's are trending below Q3 consensus of +.5% but sees bit consensus growth of +39% year-over-year as achievable.
08:40 EDTSNDKDiablo Technologies comments on Netlist injunction
Diablo Technologies commented on the announcement that Netlist (NLST) has filed a motion for preliminary injunction against the company and its technology partner SanDisk (SNDK), in an attempt to impede the manufacture and sale of the ULLtraDIMM product. Diablo stated, "Notably absent from Netlist's press release is the fact that their recent motion has abandoned much of their previous positioning. Netlist's recent amendments now limit their claims of lost sales to the NVvault. These changes can be attributed to Netlist's failure to substantiate claims in the so-called anonymous 'whistleblower' letter, on which they have based their case from the start. The request for a Preliminary Injunction will take months to resolve and Diablo will continue to deal with these baseless accusations in court. We view their latest move as a public relations stunt, which we will address in our existing claim against them." Diablo filed its defense and a counter claim against Netlist's unfair business practices on September 25.
October 8, 2014
11:38 EDTGPROStocks with call strike movement; GPRO HTZ
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10:18 EDTGPROGoPro drops, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:43 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg
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October 7, 2014
18:29 EDTGPROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:14 EDTGPROGoPro downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded GoPro citing valuation and maintained its $90 price target. The firm remains bullish on GoPro's growth opportunities but would wait for a more attractive entry point.
13:18 EDTGPROGoPro reverses from fresh life high, levels to watch
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07:34 EDTSNDKNetlist seeks preliminary injunction against SanDisk's ULLtradiMM
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