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April 4, 2012
12:10 EDTIBM, GE, YHOO, PPO, GM, DDIC, VIAS, SNDK, WBMDOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at mid-day, as the slide that began after yesterday's release of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes deepened. The comments which sank the market revolved around the lack of additional stimulus unless the economy faltered, ruling out at least for the time being any semblance of further quantitative easing. Though Fed Chairman Bernanke said as much last month, the market reacted strongly late yesterday and again today after digesting the implications further. The economic data released today was generally in line with expectations but did little to improve the dour tone of the market... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said the private sector added 209K jobs in March, just exceeding forecasts for the addition of 206K jobs. The ISM non-manufacturing index had a reading of 56.0, versus expectations for 56.8. Crude oil inventories built up by much more than expected, growing by 9M barrels. In Europe, Spain's bond yields rose following the country's first auction after its new austerity budget had been announced. Also, the European Central Bank left its benchmark rate unchanged at 1.0%... COMPANY NEWS: IBM (IBM) shares were downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America's Merrill Lynch, which cited valuation and limited earnings upside in the near-term, though the firm did raise its price target on the stock to $215 from $205... Moody's downgraded the debt ratings of General Electric (GE) and its finance unit, General Electric Capital Corporation... Yahoo! (YHOO) confirmed that it will cut about 2,000 jobs as part of a restructuring that its new CEO Scott Thompson said will result in a "smaller, nimbler, more profitable" company... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Polypore (PPO), after William Blair said General Motor's (GM) decision to restart Volt production earlier than planned could be a positive for the battery component supplier, and DDi Corp. (DDIC), on news it will be acquired by Viasystems Group (VIAS) for $13 per share. Noteworthy losers included SanDisk (SNDK), after the company lowered its Q1 revenue guidance, and WebMD (WBMD), after the company said it expects to acquire about 5.77M shares of its common stock at a price of $26.00 per share pursuant to its completed modified "Dutch auction" tender offer... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 145.95, or 1.11%, to 13,053.60; the Nasdaq was down 53.46, or 1.72%, to 3,060.11; and the S&P 500 was down 15.89, or 1.12%, to 1,397.49.
News For IBM;GE;YHOO;PPO;GM;DDIC;VIAS;SNDK;WBMD From The Last 14 Days
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October 10, 2014
18:05 EDTGEGeneral Electric negotiating deal to buy Milestone Aviation, WSJ reports
General Electric's finance unit is negotiating a deal to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, and the purchase price could be more than $2.5B, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
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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10:01 EDTIBMOn 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.
07:25 EDTGEGE CEO to continue shedding divisions in FY15, Bloomberg says
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07:21 EDTGEGE expects data division to exceed $1B in sales this year, Reuters says
GE CEO Jeff Immelt said that the company was en route to gross over $1B in sales from its industrial data-analysis division in FY14, and is looking to broaden the availability of its software platform in FY15, according to Reuters, citing comments from Immelt. Reference Link
06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September China sales up 15.2% to 319,936
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October 9, 2014
16:22 EDTIBMIBM initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies
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14:37 EDTYHOOYahoo looking to make Tumblr another YouTube, Business Insider says
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09:33 EDTGEGE, Verizon announce alliance
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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.
09:17 EDTGMOmix Ada recalls floor mats used in Chevrolet, GMC trucks, SUVs
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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.
07:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a meeting
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06:22 EDTGECFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:43 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg
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07:22 EDTIBMIBM to make renewed push around 'Watson' AI system, FT reports
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06:19 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off 400 employees in India, WSJ reports
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