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February 24, 2014
07:33 EDTFEYE, INTCHead of security at Intel says FireEye CEO wrong about antivirus, FT says
Michael DeCesare, President of Intel Security (INTC), believes the large existing players like his company will dominate the fast-growing sector, despite vocal critiques from newer industry players, particularly FireEye (FEYE) CEO David De Walt, that the antivirus industry is dead, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
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October 5, 2015
07:08 EDTFEYEFireEye enters global partnership with F5 Networks
FireEye (FEYE) and F5 Networks (FFIV) announced a global partnership to defend against the evolving security threats to the enterprise. Customers will benefit from comprehensive security solutions that integrate application delivery infrastructure from F5 and advanced threat protection from FireEye Network Security. The agreement also includes a unified approach to worldwide sales, deployment and support, thereby helping to ensure the best possible end-to-end experience for customers.
06:32 EDTFEYEFireEye downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski downgraded FireEye to Neutral with a $37 price target citing increasing competition and difficult upcoming comparisons. The provider of cybersecurity solutions closed Friday up 37c to $33.06.
October 2, 2015
15:14 EDTFEYEAs many as 4.6M Scottrade users' data exposed in breach, KrebsonSecurity says
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13:34 EDTINTCAltera to host special shareholder meeting
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12:09 EDTINTCMicrosoft acquires Havok from Intel, terms not disclosed
In a company blog post, Microsoft (MSFT) said, "Today, we are proud to announce that Microsoft has acquired Havok, the leading provider of 3D physics, from Intel (INTC). As we welcome Havok to the Microsoft family, we will continue to work with developers to create great gaming experiences, and continue to license Havok's development tools to partners." Reference Link
October 1, 2015
15:02 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Micron quarter highlighted by Tsinghua report, 3D XPoint launch
Micron Technology (MU) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, October 1, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm EDT. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally Dynamic Random Access Memory, or DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 33c on revenue of $3.56B. The consensus range is 22c-47c for EPS on revenue of $3.4B-$3.68B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Micron guided for Q4 revenue of $3.45B-$3.7B. In terms of bit growth in Q4, the company said it expected DRAM bit growth to be flat to up by a low single digit percentage in the quarter. LAST QUARTER: On June 25, Micron reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 54c, against a consensus of 56c, and revenue of $3.85B, against a consensus of $3.9B. The company said then that its decline in revenues compared to prior quarter was primarily due to a 10% decline in DRAM average selling prices and relatively flat DRAM sales volume. NEWS: Wednesday, shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged after Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, agreed to buy a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company for $3.78B. In July, The Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is a majority-owned unit of Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron for $23B. As of yet no deal has come to fruition, but Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu has reportedly said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached. Also during this quarter, Intel (INTC) and Micron unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to "revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data." Now in production, 3D XPoint technology brings non-volatile memory speeds up to 1,000 times faster than NAND, according to the partners. STREET RESEARCH: After the Journal's initial report that Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron, research firms had mixed reactions. Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors immediately following the story. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy told investors that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector had received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Piper's analyst. On August 7, Drexel Hamilton analyst Richard Whittington downgraded Micron to Hold from Buy, stating that a PC unit refresh hasn't materialized and DRAM unit demand and pricing were trending below anticipated levels. Whittington cut his price target on Micron shares to $19. After Micron held its analyst meeting on August 14, analysts were divided in their responses. Right after the event, Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform, while pointing out that it still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business at the meeting, according to Piper's Roy. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, Roy said at that time. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo, who cut his rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy following the analyst day. Also during August, Baird downgraded Micron to Neutral, citing falling DRAM prices. On September 21, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis started shares of Micron with an Overweight rating and $20 price target, saying he believed near-term risk from weak DRAM demand was priced into the stock at then-current levels. Earlier this week, Wells Fargo analyst David Wong upgraded Micron Technology to Outperform, saying current valuation levels provide upside potential. Wong cut his estimates for the company, however, citing the "ongoing slide" in DRAM pricing. Nonetheless, he thinks that memory industry financial dynamics have improved in recent years and keeps a $16-$19 price target range for Micron shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of Micron have fallen about 22%. Ahead of its earnings report, Micron declined 2.3% to $14.64 in late day trading.
10:42 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active
FireEye October weekly 32, 32.5 and 34 calls are active on total call volume of 7,800 contracts (790 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 64, October is at 59; compared to its 52-week range of 36 to 78. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:16 EDTFEYEFireEye spikes higher, levels to watch
Shares are outperforming in the early going, last up over 3.5% to $32.98. At that price next resistance is at $33.68. Support is at $32.50.
10:11 EDTFEYEHigh option volume stocks
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10:08 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active
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September 30, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; September 30, 2015
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10:49 EDTINTCWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
10:33 EDTFEYEBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
09:59 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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September 29, 2015
09:03 EDTINTCHP updates entry-level workstation
HP (HPQ) announced the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel (INTC) processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC. The Z240 is the latest update to the world's No. 1 ranked entry-level workstation, the HP Z230. As HP's most affordable workstation, the Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries.
06:48 EDTINTCAMD stake sale talks with Silver Lake stalled, Bloomberg says
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a competitor of Intel (INTC), was in discussions to sell an approximate 25% stake to private equity firm Silver Lake Management before the talks were stalled, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The two sides have put talks on hold after they failed to reach an agreement over price and strategy, the report says. AMD is looking into other strategic options, the report says. Reference Link
September 28, 2015
10:50 EDTINTCAnalyst more upbeat on Intel, downgrades Qorvo following trip to Asia
After traveling to Asia, Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConenell was more upbeat on the outlook for Intel (INTC), as well as smartphone chip makers Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS). The analyst downgraded another smartphone chip maker, Qorvo (QRVO), to Sector Weight from Overweight, warning that the company's results may miss expectations down the road. BULLISH: Shipments of notebook computers appear set to exceed expectations by 5%-10% this month, after more of the devices seem to have been manufactured in August and September than in previous months, according to McConnell. Meanwhile, cloud customers are sparking a significant rebound in data centers' semiconductor demand, the analyst stated. Moreover, motherboard manufacturers say they are seeing increased demand for their products from desktop PC makers, the analyst stated. All of these trends bode well for Intel, indicated McConnell, who kept a $35 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Demand for Avago's products appears to have remained healthy, given the company's low exposure to China and the strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices, the analyst stated. Another research firm, Craig-Hallum, recently estimated that Avago generates $6.75 of revenue per iPhone 6S sold, up from the $6.50 it obtained from the previous generation of iPhones. Pacific Crest's McConnell kept a $180 price target and Overweight rating on the shares of Avago. Skyworks should benefit from strong near-term demand trends, driven by a shift to module architectures, McConnell contended. According to the analyst, the company's 2016 outlook is also strong. BEARISH: Analysts' "out-quarter estimates" for Qorvo are too high, as they expect the company to grow 8.4% each quarter, versus only 5.9% for Skyworks, McConnell stated. Qorvo is facing several headwinds, including struggles with a key customer, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, and its inability to obtain more revenue per each iPhone sold, the analyst stated. These headwinds will probably prevent Qorvo from meeting analysts' expectations, warned McConnell. Additionally, the company will be hurt by the slowdown in the growth of the Chinese smartphone market, predicted the analyst, who cut his rating on the stock to Sector Weight from Overweight. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel rose 1.2% to $29.16, Avago dropped 1.7% to $124.56, Skyworks fell 3.6% to $84.58 and Qorvo declined 8.5% to $43.61.
07:39 EDTINTCIntel fundamentals improving, says Pacific Crest
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07:38 EDTFEYEBox to hold a user conference
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTFEYECybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
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