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April 12, 2012
16:19 EDTRHHBY, CSCO, MRC, HPQ, ILMN, FIO, FET, AVID, MIPS, OAKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street rose significantly on indications from the New York Fed that interest rates will likely remain low. Stock futures were slightly above fair value in early trading but weakened following the slightly disappointing jobless claims data. The futures action led to a relatively quiet open for the market but it soon picked up momentum to the upside. The market moved up roughly 0.5% in early trading, then spurted higher before noon. Investors rallied the market after last night’s comments from Fed president Janet Yellen, who said the Fed should be ready to ease its fiscal stance if the economy weakened while also being willing to raise rates if the economy warranted. Investors grabbed onto the dovish comments and lifted the market for the second day in a row… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 380K initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus the expected 355K. 3.25M continuing claims were reported, versus the expected 3.33M. Producer prices for the month of March were flat, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. The core PPI reading, however, rose 0.3%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. The trade balance report showed a deficit of $46.0B, versus expectations for a deficit of $51B. In Europe, Italy's short-term borrowing costs rose at auction... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was a beneficiary of two reports from Gartner and IDC, each of which showed that global shipments of personal computers rose in Q1, with HP remaining the top PC maker by volume. On the day, Hewlett-Packard stock was up 7.18% to $25.09… Oaktree Capital (OAK), Forum Energy Technologies (FET) and MRC Global (MRC) all traded for the first time today, though none of the companies' stocks moved much compared to their IPO prices... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were MIPS Technologies (MIPS), which jumped 26.30%, to $6.58, after Bloomberg reported that Goldman Sachs (GS) had been hired to advise it on a possible sale of the company, and Fusion-io (FIO), which rose 14.80%, to $28.31, following a note to investors from Piper Jaffray saying it believes the company is working on a new original equipment manufacturer deal with Cisco (CSCO)… Noteworthy losers included Avid Technology (AVID), which lost 17.32%, to $8.50, after the company announced it expects to post Q1 revenues lower than last year, and Illumina (ILMN), which dropped 5.82%, to $49.51, after Roche Holding’s (RHHBY) CEO said he doesn’t see any reason to raise the current offer for the company… INDICES: The Dow gained 181.19 points, or 1.41%, to 12,986.58; the Nasdaq rose 39.09 points, or 1.30%, to 3,055.55; and the S&P 500 added 18.86 points, or 1.38%, to 1,387.57.
News For HPQ;OAK;FET;MRC;MIPS;FIO;CSCO;AVID;ILMN;RHHBY From The Last 14 Days
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June 29, 2015
06:05 EDTHPQNotebook demand expected to be weaker than expected in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 28, 2015
17:10 EDTOAKMolycorp fails to secure $44M bankruptcy loan, Reuters says
Molycorp (MCPIQ) has failed to secure a roughly $44M bankruptcy loan, Reuters reported Friday, citing court proceedings. The report notes that Judge Christopher Sontchi concurred with an objection raised by an Oaktree (OAK) affiliate that the company could not defend its need for such a loan. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTHPQMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
14:03 EDTRHHBYRoche initiated with a Buy at HSBC
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13:31 EDTHPQWi-LAN unit enters into license agreement with Acuity Brands
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09:27 EDTILMNLeerink life science tools analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Life Science Tools and Diagnostics Dan Leonard, along with Dr. Paul Robson and Dr. Peter Kuhn, discuss the demand for Fluidigm's single cell prep products, including the impact to Biomark and the utility of CyTOF on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 1 at 2 pm.
09:21 EDTILMNBioMed Realty leases build-to-suit laboratory in Cambridge to Illumina
BioMed Realty (BMR) announced that Illumina ILMN) has signed a 20-year lease for a 155,000 square foot new and innovative scientific research building in Cambridge, England. BioMed Realty acquired the land for the project from The Welding Institute under a long term ground lease, enlarging BioMed Realty's Granta Park campus in Cambridge, England.
07:23 EDTCSCOHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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June 24, 2015
16:21 EDTAVIDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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10:47 EDTAVIDAvid Technology mentioned cautiously in a Seeking Alpha article
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09:07 EDTRHHBYCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
08:31 EDTCSCOInvestors should weigh waiting for better Arista entry point, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Arista's (ANET) new Cloudvision software should have only a minor impact on its 2H15 results. The firm recommends that investors consider waiting for a lower entry point before buying the stock. The firm thinks that such an entry point could materialize during the company's trial versus Cisco (CSCO) this summer. It keeps an $88 price target and Overweight rating on Arista..
June 23, 2015
12:54 EDTHPQPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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08:04 EDTCSCONRG Renew to develop 20MW solar energy facility for Cisco
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07:41 EDTCSCORed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:33 EDTCSCOBlackBerry, Cisco sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement
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06:05 EDTHPQNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
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 19, 2015
17:26 EDTMRCMario Investments reports 16.6% stake in MRC Global
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07:44 EDTHPQTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamr’s scalable data unification platform.
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