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April 18, 2012
12:11 EDTIBM, ILMN, APH, CREE, TXT, URI, STX, HAL, YHOO, INTC, RHHBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, as disappointment with the reports of two blue chip technology companies weighed on the market. Stock futures were slightly lower during the pre-market trading session, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The averages have struggled since the opening bell, with little in the way of economic data to distract investors from the latest round of earnings reports... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported mortgage applications were up 6.9% from a week earlier, driven by refinancing. Crude oil inventories grew more than expected, while gasoline and distillates inventories shrank more than analysts forecast... COMPANY NEWS: IBM (IBM), Intel (INTC) and Yahoo (YHOO) all reported earnings after the close yesterday that beat consensus expectations, but only Yahoo shares rallied following the announcements. The declines in IBM, which saw its revenues miss expectations and its shares fall 2.5%, and Intel, down 2% after its gross margins were worse than last quarter, weighed heavily on the Dow. In contrast, Yahoo gained 3% as its revenue grew for the first time since Q3 of 2008, as noted by Piper Jaffray... Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included Halliburton (HAL), Seagate (STX) and United Rentals (URI); decliners included Textron (TXT), Cree (CREE) and Amphenol (APH)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Catalyst Health Solutions (CHSI), up 31%, and SXC Health Solutions (SXCI), up 7.5%, as both stocks benefited from plans to merge the companies in a cash and stock transaction that implies a purchase price of $81.02 per Catalyst share. Also higher were shares of THQ Inc. (THQI), up 36%, after the company raised its expectations for Q4 on strong sales of its "Saints Row" game. Noteworthy losers included Genworth (GNW), down 21%, after announcing it would delay the IPO of its Australian mortgage insurance business until early 2013, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 10%, after Reuters reported that its CEO took out as much as $1.1B in unreported loans over the last three years which could raise the possibility of conflicts of interest. Also lower were shares of Illumina (ILMN), down 2.5%, after Roche (RHHBY) decided not to extend its $51 cash tender offer for the company... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 47.34, or 0.36%, to 13,068.20; the Nasdaq was down 10.72, or 0.35%, to 3,032.10; and the S&P 500 was down 3.79, or 0.27%, to 1,386.99.
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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. Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
13:08 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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. Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
10:29 EDTINTCMicrochip 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.
10:16 EDTINTCIntel falls with semiconductor peers, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTSTX, IBMOn 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.
10:01 EDTHALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTINTCIntel Q3 results may be near-term catalyst, says Stifel
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05:53 EDTHALHalliburton upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
Societe Generale upgraded Halliburton to Buy with a $75 price target.
October 9, 2014
16:59 EDTSTXJefferies initiates IT Hardware space, names Western Digital top pick
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16:34 EDTHALHi-Crush announces volume increase to purchase agreement with Halliburton
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16:23 EDTSTXSeagate initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
Target $70.
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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11:05 EDTSTXSeagate court win net-neutral to Western Digital, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes Seagate's (STX) $800M arbitration appeal victory over Western Digital (WDC) was not entirely unexpected. The firm sees the ruling as an incremental positive for Seagate and believes it will have no impact to Western Digital's operations or capital allocation, noting that the company had already accrued liability of $758M and that its intends to make payment using foreign-based cash. Brean reiterates its Buy ratings on both stocks.
10:06 EDTCREECree calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:42 EDTCREERumor: Cree moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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07:36 EDTHALHalliburton October volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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07:03 EDTINTCIntel quarter to be in-line or modestly better, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray expects Intel's quarterly results on October 14 to be in-line to modestly above consensus. The firm's channel checks indicate PC demand trends will remain stable into year-end amid solid corporate demand. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Intel with a $37 price target.
06:34 EDTCREEGlobal LED lighting demand to grow 180%-190% by 2018, DigiTimes Research says
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