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July 17, 2014
11:12 EDTIGT, URI, SNDK, YHOO, NWBO, QCOR, INFY, LO, SHPG, IDIXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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News For IGT;SHPG;LO;INFY;QCOR;NWBO;YHOO;SNDK;URI;IDIX From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTYHOO, INFYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
07:51 EDTINFYInfosys upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:11 EDTINFYInfosys upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
October 10, 2014
13:29 EDTINFYInfosys price target raised to $56-$58 from $52-$54 at Wells Fargo
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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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08:32 EDTINFYInfosys reports Q2 EPS 89c, consensus 81c
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06:48 EDTLOSenators call on FDA to adopt strict e-cigarette warning
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05:40 EDTINFYInfosys board approves bonus issue of one share for every share held
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05:36 EDTINFYInfosys maintains FY15 reveneue growth outlook 7%-9%
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05:35 EDTINFYInfosys reports Q2 EPS 89c, consensus 81c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.2B, consensus $2.2B. Infosys and its subsidiaries added 49 clients and 14,255 employees during the quarter.
October 9, 2014
14:56 EDTINFYInfosys technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have outperformed in the past three months, with a decidedly bullish trend. At the current price of $59.45 the stock is not terribly far from its 52-week high at $63.20. This would likely be a level to be tested on better than expected results. If the news is sufficiently positive, it could lead to an additional breakout above the high with resistance at $65.04. If the news disappoints significantly, there is only a moderate percentage of the float short so there would be less buy-to-cover benefit. Over the past three years the $60 area has been tough resistance and disappointing results have lead to significant drops from that level. On an increasing band of negative surprises, support below would be at $57, $55.17, and $51.43 on an extreme move. The 52-week low is at $50.06.
14:37 EDTYHOOYahoo looking to make Tumblr another YouTube, Business Insider says
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14:09 EDTINFYInfosys October 60 straddle priced for 6.1% move into Q2
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.
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.
05:22 EDTSHPGShire provides regulatory update on SHP 465
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