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May 29, 2015
16:44 EDTINTCStocks end week lower as GDP revision closes May on down note
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16:19 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the final trading day of May with slight losses. The averages began to pick up downside momentum after revised GDP numbers confirmed expectations that the economy shrank in the first quarter of the year. The Wall Street adage of “sell in May, then go away” appeared to be taking hold as the S&P broke a support level and took the other averages with it. Investors are now concerned about a June swoon, as it is historically one of the worst performing months of the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the second estimate of gross domestic product showed it shrank at a 0.7% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the first quarter. This was down from the previous estimate that output grew 0.2% from January through March, but better than the revision to a 1% decline that had been forecast by analysts. The Chicago PMI unexpectedly dropped 6.1 points to 46.2 in May, versus expectations for it to have risen to a reading of 53. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading came in with a 90.7 reading for the final May print, which was up from the preliminary 88.6 reading for the month but down from April's 95.9 figure. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Humana (HUM) jumped $36.24, or 20.31%, to $214.65 after The Wall Street Journal said the company has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) to help it explore a potential sale after receiving indications of takeover interest. Some of the Journal's sources reportedly said Aetna (AET) and Cigna (CI) are among possible bidders for Humana. Bloomberg then said Humana's sale exploration came after Cigna made a takeover approach. Leerink analyst Ana Gupte wrote in a note to investors on May 12 that consolidation in the industry remains likely, adding that a deal between Aetna and either Cigna or Humana were both "meaningfully accretive" and "imminent" possibilities. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Heron Therapeutics (HRTX), which gained $7.41, or 60%, to $19.76 after the company reported positive top-line data from a Phase 3 marketing study looking at Sustol as part of a 3-drug regimen for the prevention of delayed-onset chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting following administration of highly emetogenic chemotherapy agents. Also higher was Altera (ALTR), which advanced $1.88, or 4%, to $48.85 after reports from The New York Post and Financial Times claimed the company is near a deal to be acquired by chipmaking giant Intel (INTC) for up to $54 per share. Reuters, meanwhile, revised its prior report to indicate the potential price of the deal could be close to $16B. Among the noteworthy losers was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), which fell $1.63, or 7.38%, to $20.47 after Janney Capital downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold and warned the company's comparative sales may continue to drop year-over-year as it changes nearly every aspect of its business. Also lower were shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), which dropped $4.55, or 6.58%, to $64.60 after the company reported data from a Phase III study evaluating Opdivo in previously-treated patients with advanced, non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer. Biotech analyst Mark Schoenebaum reportedly said Bristol-Myers' data from its Checkmate 057 study opens the door for lung cancer competition from Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY), according to TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 115.44, or 0.64%, to 18,010.68, the Nasdaq lost 27.95, or 0.55%, to 5,070.03, and the S&P 500 fell 13.40, or 0.63%, to 0.63.
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; May 29, 2015
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13:07 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:45 EDTINTCAltera near deal to be acquired by Intel for $16B, Reuters reports
Prior reports from media sources have said Intel (INTC) is near a deal to buy Altera (ALTR) for about $15B, but Reuters revised a prior report to indicate the potential price of the deal could be close to $16B. Reference Link
12:42 EDTINTCAltera near deal to be acquired by Intel for $16B, Reuters reports
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11:56 EDTINTCAltera options active on renewed takeover speculation
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11:12 EDTINTCIntel deal for Altera could be announced as soon as next week, FT says
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09:36 EDTINTCAltera, Intel talks continuing, CNBC's Faber says
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09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL INTC VLO FB HFC AMZN FB BRCM FCX
09:19 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Magnachip (MX), up 5.8% after reporting quarterly results and CEO transition... GameStop (GME), up 6.4%... Infoblox (BLOX), up 1.6%... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Transgenomic (TBIO), up 44.2% after launching Multiplexed Ice Cold-PCR CLIA service... Heron Therapeutics (HRTX), up 37.7% following positive results from Sustol study... Altera (ALTR), up 5% following a NY Post report that Intel (INTC) is close to buying Altera for up to $54.00 per share... Intel is up marginally. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Frontline (FRO), down 4.9%. ALSO LOWER: Cyberark (CYBR), down 3.2% after filing to sell $50M in common stock and $200M for stockholders.
07:15 EDTINTCBroadcom-Avago deal may not be tech's largest for long, Bloomberg says
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05:52 EDTINTCIDC: PC shipments to decline for fourth straight year in 2015, DigiTimes says
The IDC said PC shipments will decline by 6.2% in 2015 and will be the fourth consecutive year of falling volume, reports DigiTimes. The market almost saw stable shipments in mid-2014 as the end of support for Windows XP boosted demand, but that cycle passed and was replaced by a reduction in inventory on the supply side as the market awaits the arrival of Windows 10. Reference Link
05:52 EDTINTCIDC: Worldwide tablet growth to decline 3.8% in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:38 EDTINTCIntel close to buying Altera for up to $54/share, NY Post reports
Intel (INTC) is near a deal to buy rival Altera (ALTR) for about $15B or up to $54 per share, Josh Kosman of the New York Post reports, citing a source close to the situation. Altera reportedly rejected an earlier buyout price from Intel of $54 per share, but that was before it reported disappointing earnings results, Kosman points out. Intel has no interest in competing with Avago (AVGO) to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), a source told the reporter. Shares of Altera are trading up $4.52 to $51.49 in the pre-market. Reference Link
May 28, 2015
09:05 EDTINTCIntel partners with SoftServe for Internet of Things solutions
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05:50 EDTINTCTSMC expects to beat Samsung in 10nm race, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) expects to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in ramping up production on its 10nm lines, reports DigiTimes. TSMC expects Intel (INTC) to be a major competitor in the 10nm FinFET race. Reference Link
May 27, 2015
15:00 EDTINTCBroadcom, Avago deal would make strategic sense, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy said he believes a merger deal between Broadcom (BRCM) and Avago (AVGO), as the companies were said by the Wall Street Journal to be discussing, would make strategic sense. Roy said that if average take-out multiples in the semiconductor space over the past several years are used as a guide, Broadcom could be valued near $58 per share in a takeover. He added that he thinks Intel (INTC) could continue to be interested in Broadcom, especially with its reported talks to buy Altera (ALTR) "in limbo." Roy maintains a Neutral rating on Broadcom shares.
06:52 EDTINTCIntel recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
Jefferies sees a good setup for shares of Intel in the second half of 2015 and recommends buying the stock following the recent weakness. The firm sees the potential for upside surprises in the second half as PC inventory restocks and reiterates a Buy rating on Intel with a $48 price target.
May 26, 2015
07:17 EDTINTCConsumer Electronics Association to hold a conference
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May 22, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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11:00 EDTINTCIntel may be launching next-gen Skylake chips in August, Apple Insider says
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09:34 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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May 19, 2015
12:55 EDTINTCPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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11:15 EDTINTCAnalyst says Intel takeover of Altera more likely than not
Citi, in a note to investors today, said that the chances of Altera (ALTR) being acquired by Intel (INTC) were greater than 50%. The note comes after multiple news outlets reported yesterday that the two companies have resumed talks about Intel buying the smaller chip maker. ANALYST REACTION: News reports suggest that the odds of Intel buying Altera seem to have increased, wrote Citi analyst Christopher Danely. A deal is more likely to occur than not, according to the analyst. However, he does not believe that the transaction is a done deal. Moreover, the analyst kept a Neutral rating on Intel shares, saying that he does not anticipate changing his rating even if a takeover is consummated. In its own note on Altera this morning, Pacific Crest said it views the breakdown in Dennard scaling and Dark Silicon as an underappreciated positive for the maker of field-programmable gate arrays. The firm sees fair value for Altera at $55-$60 and still thinks that an acquisition by Intel makes sense strategically. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Altera added 0.5% to $47.16, while Intel fell 1% to $33.06.
09:17 EDTINTCAltera has 'underappreciated' positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
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08:34 EDTINTCApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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08:33 EDTINTCMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
06:10 EDTINTCCiti sees over 50% chance of Intel buying Altera
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May 18, 2015
12:51 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:40 EDTINTCIntel, Altera held principal to principal talks late last week, Faber says
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09:11 EDTINTCIntel, Altera held 'principal to principal' talks last week, CNBC reports
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07:06 EDTINTCAltera back in talks with Intel about potential takeover, NY Post says
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May 15, 2015
06:13 EDTINTCISS, Glass Lewis advise Intel investors to vote 'no' on eBay CEO, WSJ reports
ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co, two influential proxy advisory firms, are recommended Intel (INTC) investors vote against the reelection of eBay (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe to the company's board, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing what it characterized as a poor attendance record, Glass Lewis commented "We view this as a failure by this director to fulfill a fundamental responsibility to represent shareholders at such meetings," while ISS said Donahoe "lacked a valid excuse" for attending less than 75% of the meetings held by the Intel board and committees he serves on in 2014. Intel's annual shareholders meeting is scheduled for May 21. Reference Link
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