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August 20, 2014
12:45 EDTSMTC, IFNNY, FCS, IRF, CODE, POWIInfineon acquires International Rectifier in $3B deal
German semiconductor maker Infineon (IFNNY) agreed to buy U.S. chip marker International Rectifier (IRF) for $40 per share, the companies just announced. WHAT'S NEW: International Rectifier will be acquired by Infineon for $40 per share in cash, or $3B. Infineon said that the deal would create "a highly complementary and innovative semiconductor product portfolio, distribution strength and a stronger regional presence." It will also "complement Infineonís expertise in power semiconductors and add system know-how in power conversion, while expanding its expertise in compound semiconductors and driving greater economies of scale in production," the German company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Before Infineon and International Rectifier announced the deal, Bloomberg reported that Infineon was nearing a deal to acquire a semiconductor company for $2B, but did not name the takeover target. The news service identified Power Integrations (POWI), Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) and Semtech (SMTC) as takeover targets in the semiconductor space that have market capitalizations under $2B. The shares of all three companies, along with those of semiconductor company Spansion (CODE), rose following Bloomberg's report. Those four stocks gave back some of their gains after International Rectifier's shares were halted for news shortly before 12 PM ET. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, International Rectifier jumped 47% to $39, while Infineon gave back 3% to $11.20. Power Integrations climbed 4% to $60, Fairchild Semiconductor advanced 6% to $17, Semtech climbed 4% to $24, and Spansion gained 3% to $19.80.
News For IRF;IFNNY;POWI;FCS;SMTC;CODE From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTPOWI, SMTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:08 EDTSMTCSemtech downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
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06:07 EDTPOWIPower Integrations downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James
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March 23, 2015
10:00 EDTIFNNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:29 EDTIFNNYInfineon upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
March 15, 2015
14:59 EDTIFNNYDeutsche Telekom launches platform for connected industry
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March 13, 2015
13:38 EDTSMTCNXP climbs after analyst says Freescale deal creates semiconductor 'powerhouse'
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06:18 EDTCODESpansion, Cypress begin laying off 1,600 after merger, Mercury News says
Spansion (CODE) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY) have begun laying off 1,600 employees as part of their merger process, reports the Mercury News, citing an internal memo. by Cypress CEO TJ Rodgers. The layoffs will take roughly three weeks and will be equally split between the two firms. Reference Link

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