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July 27, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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10:57 EDTINTCIntel and Micron to hold a joint press and analyst webcast
Intel and Micron hold a joint press and analyst webcast event on July 28 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
10:47 EDTINTCQualcomm rises in down market after Morgan Stanley upgrade
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10:35 EDTINTCIntel, Micron gain after announcing joint press event
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09:36 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:36 EDTINTCIntel to adopt Skylake CPUs in NUC and Computer Stick, DigiTimes reports
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July 24, 2015
06:13 EDTINTCAnalysts say Intel best suitor for Qualcomm's chip unit, Reuters says
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July 23, 2015
12:04 EDTINTCRackspace, Intel announce OpenStack collaboration
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06:22 EDTINTCIntel to release notebook Skylake processor in October, DigiTimes reports
Intel is expected to release its upcoming notebook Skylake processor in October, reports DigiTimes. The company is planning to launch a total of 18 notebook Skylake processors in Q4 as it looks to help boost notebook demand. The company is adjusting their schedules for Skylake products to minimize the impact of inventory issues. Reference Link
July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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July 20, 2015
09:34 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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July 19, 2015
15:54 EDTINTCTSMC confirms 10nm mass production in 1Q17, DigiTimes says
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14:09 EDTINTCIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTINTCStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
July 16, 2015
16:22 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
13:43 EDTINTCSemi equipment stocks overreacting to Intel capex cut, says Summit Research
Summit Research said Intel (INTC) is pushing out its 10nm plans for multiple reasons and that TSMC (TSM) and Samsung (SSNLF) will not let a "once in a lifetime opportunity" pass and will speed up their own spending. The firm believes the pullback in semiconductor equipment stocks, particularly Applied Materials (AMAT), KLA-Tencor (KLAC) and Lam Research (LRCX), on Intel's capex guidance cut is somewhat of an overreaction and recommends buying amid the weakness.
13:11 EDTINTCSemiconductor equipment stocks fall after Intel cuts CapEx view
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12:48 EDTINTCLam Research sell-off on Intel capex cut an overreaction, says Stifel
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11:41 EDTINTCTSMC slips after reporting Q2 results, cautious outlook
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTINTCIntel guidance solid, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo notes that the midpoints of Intel's September quarter sales and gross margin guidance came in above the firm's above-consensus expectations. The firm continues to identify the stock as a Top Pick.
08:18 EDTINTCSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
08:13 EDTINTCIntel bullish thesis intact but concerns remain, says Canaccord
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08:09 EDTINTCIntel shares should be sold into strength, says JMP Securities
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07:56 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
Needham upgraded Intel to Buy and established a $37 price target on shares following the above consensus Q2 report and guidance. The firm raised revenue and margin estimates considering the anticipated improvement form increasing yields at 14nm and lower capital intensity, strength in growth businesses, and expectations investor sentiment will improve.
07:27 EDTINTCData center and mobility business to lead Intel outperformance, says UBS
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05:50 EDTINTCTsinghua Unigroup's Micron acquisition faces 'many difficulties', DigiTimes says
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05:29 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Hold from Sell at Ascendiant
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July 15, 2015
19:03 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:05 EDTINTCIntel pulls semiconductor peers higher after reporting Q2 results
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17:06 EDTINTCIntel lowers CapEx view to $7.7B plus or minus $500M
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16:42 EDTINTCIntel advances 4.58% after reporting Q2 results and guidance
16:31 EDTINTCIntel CFO says 'can already see transformation of business in results'
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16:27 EDTINTCIntel lowers FY15 revenue view to down 1% from prior view of flat
Consensus for FY15 revenue is $54.77B. The Intel CFO commented, "Turning to the full year 2015, we are forecasting revenue to be down approximately 1% from 2014, down from our prior Outlook of approximately flat. We are forecasting the midpoint of the gross margin range for the full year 2015 to be 61.5%, up 0.5 point from our prior Outlook."
16:14 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 Client Computing Group revenue of $7.5B
Reports Q2 Client Computing Group revenue of $7.5B up 2 % sequentially and down 14% year-over-year ;Data Center Group revenue of $3.9B, up 5% sequentially and up 10% year-over-year; Internet of Things Group revenue of $559M up 5% sequentially and up 4% year-over-year; Software and services operating segments revenue of $534M flat sequentially and down 3% year-over-year.
16:08 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 gross margin 62.5%
16:07 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 CapEx $7.7B plus or minus $500M
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 revenue down approximately 1% , consensus $54.77B
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16:05 EDTINTCIntel sees Q3 revenue $14.3B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.1B
Sees Q3 gross margin percentage: 63%,plus or minus a couple of percentage points.
16:03 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 EPS 55c, consensus 50c
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16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; July 15, 2015
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14:56 EDTINTCIntel July 29.5 straddle priced for 5% movement into Q2
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14:53 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:31 EDTINTCIntel target lowered, removed from Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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06:48 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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July 14, 2015
16:01 EDTINTCOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
15:27 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Bernstein says sell Intel ahead of Q2 report
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15:10 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
The key technical feature, best seen on a 5-year chart, is a potential bearish head and shoulders top. On bearish news or outlook, a move below $28.50 would confirm that the pattern is active. If the pattern were to remain active and complete, downside potential over time would be to the $21 to $20 area. If the news is instead a bullish surprise, the first resistance level of note would be at $32.08. Additional upside would be at $34.75, which is the top of the right shoulder of the pattern. If price broke out above the top of the pattern, it would be voided. Next resistance would then be at $36.37.
10:52 EDTINTCAnalysts say Micron could be sold, but not at price Tsinghua said to offer
Research firms have reacted to a Wall Street Journal report, published last night, that Chinese chip maker Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron (MU) for $23B, or $21 per share. Summit Research said that Tsinghua would probably raise its bid, while JMP Securities wrote that the deal would be logical from Tsinghua's perspective. However, Piper Jaffray contended that the reported buyout offer is illogical and Cowen agreed, saying that the deal makes no sense for shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: 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. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted, adding that he expects Micron's stock to reach $21 soon. Sundarararjan kept a $34 price target and Buy rating on Micron. JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that the deal would be logical for Tsinghua, as it would allow the Chinese company to access leading edge process technology, enable it to deliver more complete system solutions, and give it access to 3D NAND technology. The analyst, who believes that other Chinese companies may make competing bids for Micron, finds it difficult to believe that Micron would accept an offer more than 5%-10% below its 52-week high of $36.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy countered 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 have 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 Roy, who kept an Overweight rating on Micron. Similarly, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that the $21 per share price wouldn't make sense for Micron's shareholders, since it's barely above the estimated replacement cost of the company's capacity. The analyst indicated that he does not believe that Tsinghua would actually make the deal and he thinks that the U.S. Department of Justice would not approve the deal if it does get offered. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a separate note, Summit's Sundarararjan, noting that Intel (INTC) has a 20% stake in Tsinghua. contended that the U.S. chip giant probably "midwifed" Tsinghua's offer for Micron. The analyst says that Intel "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice and he believes that the DOJ could approve the deal. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Micron jumped 11% to $19.60. Several other semi chip related stocks were also rising, with SanDisk (SNDK) gaining 4%, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) advancing 3% and Atmel (ATML) adding 2%.
10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:40 EDTINTCCiti sees arbitrage opportunity in Altera ahead of buyout
Shares of Altera (ALTR) currently trade at a 7.5% discount to Intel's (INTC) buyout offer of $54, Citi analyst Christopher Danely points out today in a research note. Danely expects the deal will go through without any antitrust issues. As such, he sees an arbitrage opportunity in Altera. He raised his price target for shares to $54 from $43. The chipmaker closed yesterday up 50c to $50.25. Shares of Intel (INTC) are trading down 24c to $29.49 in pre-market trading after Bernstein downgraded the name to its sell-equivalent Underperform.
07:06 EDTINTCIntel July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:41 EDTINTCMicron, Tsinghua deal 'probably won't happen,' WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon downgraded Intel to Underperform ahead of the company's Q2 results and cut his price target for shares to $25 from $29. Rasgon believes weaker than expected Data Center Group results is a "real possibility," which he feels would be "much worse" than weak PCs.
05:46 EDTINTCIntel may have 'midwifed' Tsinghua bid for Micron, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan says Tsinghua Unigroup's reported $23B offer for Micron (MU) is highly likely to have been "midwifed" by Intel (INTC). Intel owns 20% of Tsinghua, Sundararajan points out. The analyst thinks the potential merger will "only have a few objections to work through," despite doubt from investors that the deal will be allowed by the Department of Justice. Sundararajan has viewed Micron as an acquisition candidate and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $34 price target after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that the state-owned Tsinghua offered $21 a share for Micron. The chip maker is up $1.99 to $19.60 in pre-market trading.
July 13, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; July 13, 2015
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08:39 EDTINTCIntel June quarter revenue likely to miss expectations, says JMP Securities
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07:18 EDTINTCHP announces HPC alliance with Intel
HP (HPQ) announced a High Performance Computing, or HPC, alliance with Intel (INTC) created to advance customer innovation and help expand accessibility of HPC to enterprises of all sizes. To increase accessibility of HPC, the companies will launch a new Center of Excellence, which is designed to bring a community of experts from both companies to support customers in planning, developing, deploying and managing HPC solutions.
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