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July 8, 2014
06:29 EDTMU, MCHP, INTC, TXN, AMD, NVDA, QCOM, MRVLSEMI predicts 21% increase in production equipment purchases in 2014, WSJ says
The trade group, SEMI, said suppliers of machines for manufacturing semiconductors can expect two years of solid growth, reports the Wall Street Journal. SEMI predicted the purchases of production equipment will grow 21% to $38.4B in 2014 and 11% to $42.6B in 2015. The group said five new chip factories are likely to be built this year with eight to nine expected to be built in 2015. Publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip Technology (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Texas Instruments (TXN).
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January 14, 2015
07:46 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:29 EDTINTCCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTINTCIntel to expand 2-in-1 reference design to 12.5-inch display, DigiTimes says
Intel has expanded its $349-$399 2-in-1 devices' reference design to cover 12.5-inch display products, reports DigiTimes. Citing sources from notebook makers, the expansion will likely heat up competition in the 12-inch IT product segment. Reference Link
06:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm implied volatility of 34 at upper end of index mean range
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January 13, 2015
13:21 EDTMUSamsung plans to ramp DRAM capacity, a negative for Micron, says Northland
Northland's checks indicate Samsung is buying more DRAM memory equipment with plans to increase capacity. The analyst expects the increased supply without the offsetting increase in demand will lead to pricing pressures and notes Micron (MU) is the high cost producers and will likely see the most pressure from the move.
11:57 EDTINTCHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:17 EDTMUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTAMDActive equity options trading
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08:22 EDTINTCIntel should meet or beat sales guidance midpoint, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks that Intel should be able to meet, or beat, the midpoint of its Q4 guidance for 1% sequential sales growth. The firm believes the results could set a positive tone for computer related chips, with strong growth in data centers and a continuing recovery in PC growth. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Intel.
07:15 EDTMUNeedham to hold a conference
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January 12, 2015
17:55 EDTAMDAMD executives LaForce, Naik, Byrne depart the company, Barron's says
AMD's Chief Marketing Officer Colette LaForce, Chief Strategy Officer Raj Naik, and John Byrne the General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group have departed the company, reports Barron's in their 'Tech Trader Daily' column, citing a regulatory filing and an emailed statement by the company. Reference Link
17:53 EDTAMDAMD General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group departs
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16:32 EDTMUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks spent almost the entire session in negative territory as the continued slump in crude oil prices weighed on equities. As the price of crude searches for a bottom, analysts and investors are concerned about how the low prices may affect U.S. economic growth. It had been estimated that more than half of the expected growth in the S&P 500's earnings would come from the oil industry and the continued drop in oil prices may be wiping out the chances of earnings increasing from the prior quarter. The earnings season unofficially kicks off tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports its fourth quarter earnings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. WTI and Brent crude both suffered slides of 5% during the session, sending WTI oil below $46 and Brent near $47 per barrel. Of note, Goldman Sachs said it sees oil prices bottoming in Q2 of this year at $42 a barrel. Goldman lowered its Brent crude oil price estimate for 2015 to $50 a barrel from $84 and for 2016 onwards to $70 a barrel from $90. COMPANY NEWS: Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York slipped $8.39, or 3.86%, to $209.10 after the company announced over this weekend that it struck a deal to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) for $46 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. NPS shares gained $3.44, or 8.21%, to $45.35... Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) dropped $13.47, or 13.88%, to $83.57 after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 and added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. Micron (MU) fell $1.87, or 5.56%, to $31.66 following the warning from its peer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Foundation Medicine (FMI), whose shares surged $22.81, or 95.32%, to $46.74 after the company and Roche (RHHBY) announced that they will enter into a strategic collaboration. Roche will invest in Foundation as part of the deal, resulting in Roche owning a minimum of 52.4% and a maximum of 56.3% of Foundation Medicine on a fully diluted basis. Also higher was Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW), which jumped $3.12, or 16.75%, to $21.75 after the toy company gave a fourth quarter revenue view that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which fell $2.16, or 23.84%, to $6.90 after announcing that the FDA verbally informed the company of a partial clinical hold on its study of ARC-520 in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Also lower were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which dropped $2.04, or 14.62%, to $11.91 after the company provided data through Week 168 from its Phase IIb open-label extension study of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 96.53, or 0.54%, to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq lost 39.36, or 0.84%, to 4,664.71, and the S&P 500 declined 16.55, or 0.81%, to 2,028.26.
12:46 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:15 EDTMUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:34 EDTMUActive equity options trading
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09:03 EDTMUSanDisk drops 9% after cutting Q4 revenue outlook
Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) are sinking after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 to $1.73B from $1.80B-$1.85B. It added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45% compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. The stock is dropping 9%, or $8.40, to $88.64 in pre-market trading while peer Micron (MU) is down 3% to $32.54.
07:35 EDTINTCNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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07:01 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Intel January call option implied volatility is at 47, February is at 28, April is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 15.
06:44 EDTAMD, INTCIntel shares could trade higher near-term, says Citigroup
Citigroup says shares of Intel (INTC) could move higher over the near-term given the high short interest in the name and likely above guidance earnings results. Citi says its channel checks indicate the PC market remains stable and that Intel continues to gain share from AMD (AMD). The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Intel, however, pointing out its 2015 estimates remain below consensus.
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