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August 21, 2014
13:00 EDTHPQ, SHLD, SMTC, ONNNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened in positive territory and drifted throughout the morning session. The Dow was the clear leader, while the Nasdaq lagged and struggled to stay in positive territory. Small cap stocks continued to struggle, as they did yesterday. The S&P is hovering near its all-time highs thanks to strength in countercyclical sectors, while the cyclical groups are showing weakness. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Jobless Claims data continues to trend lower, with the week of August 16 coming in at 298K vs. a consensus of 300K... The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash was strong at 58.0 for August, up 1.7 points from the July flash of 56.3. COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) reported Q3 earnings after the close last night, delivering year-over-year revenue growth for the first time in three years. The stock is trading up 5% to a 52-week high. MAJOR MOVERS: Sears Holding (SHLD) is down over 8% after reporting Q2 earnings this morning that missed on the top and bottom lines... Semtech (SMTC) and ON Semiconductor (ONNN) are rising after Bloomberg reported that they could be the next targets after the acquisition of International Rectifier (IRF) by Infineon (IFNNY). Semtech is up more than 5%, while ON Semiconductor is up over 2%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 67.71, or 0.4%, to 17,046.84, the Nasdaq was up 0.76, or 0.02%, to 4,527.24, and the S&P 500 was up 5.05, or 0.25%, to 1,991.56.
News For HPQ;SHLD;SMTC;ONNN From The Last 14 Days
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October 15, 2014
06:33 EDTSHLDSears apologizes for swastika ring listing on online marketplace
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06:32 EDTHPQTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTHPQHP, EMC halt merger agreement discussions, Reuters says
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October 14, 2014
07:47 EDTHPQHP awarded $50M Medicaid contract extension by Massachusetts
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October 13, 2014
12:33 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:46 EDTHPQHP nears six-month lows, levels to watch
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10:08 EDTONNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
10:06 EDTSHLDJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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09:23 EDTHPQHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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09:21 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:46 EDTONNNON Semiconductor downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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October 10, 2014
17:41 EDTSHLDKmart reports payment data systems breach
On Thursday, Oct. 9, Kmart's Information Technology team detected Kmart's payment data systems had been breached and immediately launched a full investigation working with a leading IT security firm. The company's investigation to date indicates the breach started in early September. According to the security experts the company has been working with, the Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems. The company was able to quickly remove the malware. However, the company believes certain debit and credit card numbers have been compromised. Based on the forensic investigation to date, no personal information, no debit card PIN numbers, no email addresses and no social security numbers were obtained by those criminally responsible. There is also no evidence that kmart.com customers were impacted. Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation.
17:29 EDTHPQSilver Lake said to shelve effort to buy Shutterfly, Snapfish, Bloomberg says
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17:14 EDTHPQMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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16:58 EDTHPQSilver Lake said to shelve effort to buy Shutterfly, Snapfish, Bloomberg says
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12:11 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:29 EDTONNNMicrochip 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.
10:01 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
07:53 EDTONNNON Semiconductor removed from Top Picks list at FBR Capital
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06:49 EDTSHLDWhirlpool risks from Sears exposure overstated, says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill said Whirlpool (WHR) concerns from Sears (SHLD) exposure are overdone and notes total revenues from Sears are approximately 9% of North American revenues. Shares are Buy rated.
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