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March 8, 2013
10:00 EDTKMPR, SILC, XLNX, ZTS, ZFC, WHR, UIL, TIVO, NCLH, NNI, WPRTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today’s noteworthy initiations include: Kemper (KMPR) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Nelnet (NNI) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... TiVo (TIVO) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... UIL Holdings (UIL) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Whirlpool (WHR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Horsehead Holding (ZINC) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Zoetis (ZTS) initiated with an Underperform at BMO Capital... Silicom (SILC) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Xilinx (XLNX) initiated with a Hold at Argus... Westport Innovations (WPRT) coverage assumed with an Outperform at Northland Securities.
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July 23, 2014
08:37 EDTXLNXXilinx downgraded at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital downgraded Xilinx to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm thinks the company is facing a number of headwinds, including peaking 28-nm share, continued uncertainty around its LTE rollout, and high valuation. Target to $42 from $60.
08:02 EDTXLNXXilinx sell-off brings 'great' entry point, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says the post-earnings sell-off in shares of Xilinx provides a "great" entry point into the name. FBR lowered its price target for Xilinx to $62 from $65 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Shares were downgraded this morning at three firms.
06:22 EDTXLNXXilinx downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:19 EDTXLNXXilinx downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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06:15 EDTWHRWhirlpool lowers FY14 ongoing business EPS view to $11.50–$12.00
The company had seen FY14 ongoing business EPS of $12.00-$12.50, consensus $12.16.
06:13 EDTXLNXXilinx downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:10 EDTWHRWhirlpool reports Q2 ongoing business EPS $2.44, consensus $2.91
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July 22, 2014
18:33 EDTXLNXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Broadcom (BRCM), consensus up 3% after reporting second quarter results... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 10.4%... Manhattan Associates (MANH), up 3%... Robert Half International (RHI), up 3.9%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 3.1%... Microsoft (MSFT), up just under 1%... FMC Technologies (FTI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), up 2.7% following purchase order from New Flyer Industries... Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 2.4% after filing a lawsuit against Microsoft for breach of contract. NOTABLE: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), up 193.8% after reporting positive top line results from Phase III PB272 trial. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xilinx (XLNX), down 8.7%... Apple (AAPL), down after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 4.7%... ALSO LOWER: Farmland Partners (FPI), down 3.8% after filing to sell 3.72M shares of common stock.
16:30 EDTXLNXXilinx drops after results, first look
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16:23 EDTXLNXXilinx sees Q2 sales flat to down 4% sequentially
Xilinx ssees Q2 gross margin approximately 70%. Operating expenses are expected to be approximately $236M. The company reported Q1 revenue of $612.6M. The Q2 consensus estimate is $644.48M.
16:21 EDTXLNXXilinx reports Q1 EPS 62c, consensus 61c
Reports Q1 revenue $612.6M, consensus $631.55M. The company's CEO said, "June quarter revenues were impacted by weaker than anticipated sales from our defense and wireless businesses. However, I am pleased by our continued focus on supply chain efficiencies and cost reduction efforts, which resulted in gross and operating margins of 69.1% and 33.7%, respectively. Looking ahead to the second half of our fiscal year, I believe Xilinx is positioned to benefit from a recovery in wireless and defense programs as well as improved business conditions in wired communications and industrial applications."
15:30 EDTWHRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP) , consensus $1.23; Boeing (BA), consensus $2.01; Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 72c; EMC (EMC), consensus 43c; Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.13; Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.62; General Dynamics (GD), consensus $1.77; Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), consensus 49c; Delta Air Lines (DAL), consensus $1.04; Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.22; Whirlpool (WHR), consensus $2.91; B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus $1.07; Ryder (R), consensus $1.40; Owens Corning (OC), consensus 46c.
14:03 EDTWHRWhirlpool technical comments before earnings
On a long-term technical basis the shares have a large bearish pattern on the weekly chart, a double top. The major initial downside objective for this pattern is at the $125 area. This is the base of the mid-portion of the familiar "M" shape of the double top. On negative news, it is possible that that area could be tested once again. A move below the $125 area would set the shares on a path to long-term bearish for price trend. On better news, the $147.50 area would be initial resistance. On an increasing scale of positive surprise, next upside objectives would be at $151.84 and $156.66.
12:12 EDTSILCSilicom downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
08:18 EDTSILCSilicom reports Q2 EPS 50c, consensus 58c
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July 21, 2014
06:47 EDTWHRWhirlpool seeking ban on class action lawsuits over Energy Star, NY Times says
Whirlpool is asking Congress to ban class action lawsuits related to Energy Star, a federal program that is supposed to identify products that are energy efficient, according to The New York Times. The company is threatening to withdraw from the program is such a bill isn't passed, the newspaper stated. Class action lawsuits were filed against Whirlpool and other companies after it was revealed that many products identified as energy efficient by the program did not deserve the designation, the newspaper stated. A member of Congress whose district includes several Whirlpool factories has introduced legislation that would prohibit class action lawsuits related to Energy Star if the EPA makes its own remedies for the oversights, The Times reported. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
08:31 EDTUILUIL CEO says still pursuing Philadelphia Gas Works acquisition
UIL CEO James Torgerson said, “Today, Wednesday July 16, is the first day that UIL can terminate its agreement to acquire the operations of the Philadelphia Gas Works. UIL may now exit this deal at any time while the matter is pending before the City Council. We have decided to continue our efforts to pursue this acquisition and become a new business partner in the City of Philadelphia. UIL remains ready to assist Council in its assessment of the sale including the essential public dialogue of what we believe is a valuable economic opportunity for the City of Philadelphia. UIL will continue to evaluate the situation and take additional actions as appropriate.”
July 15, 2014
13:23 EDTWHRU.S. major home appliance shipments rose 11.3% in June, Bloomberg reports
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reported that U.S. shipments of major home appliances rose 11.3% in June to 7.51M units, Bloomberg reports. Shipments of washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, ranges and ovens rose 7.9% to 4.4M units.
12:55 EDTXLNXEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intel’s data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intel’s partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
July 14, 2014
12:29 EDTNCLHNorwegian Cruise Line reaches agreemeent for two new cruise ships
Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it has reached an agreement with MEYER WERFT GmbH of Germany to build two new Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships for delivery in the second quarter 2018 and the fourth quarter 2019. Each ship will be 164,600 gross tons and include 4,200 passenger berths. The contract price for both ships is approximately euro 1.6 billion. The company has export credit financing in place for each ship, arranged and underwritten by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH of Germany.
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