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July 18, 2014
06:08 EDTAPI, LEDS, CREENavigant: High-bay lighting market shifting to LEDs, DigiTimes reports
Navigant says LED luminaries and lamps for high-bay lighting applications is expected to reach $7B in annual revenues by 2021 from $2.6B in 2014, reports DigiTimes. Navigant says that falling prices and rising efficacy of LEDs will create a tipping point for the large-scale adoption of LEDs in this segment. Reference Link
News For LEDS;CREE;API From The Last 14 Days
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October 30, 2014
10:02 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Banco Bradesco (BBD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Grand Canyon (LOPE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... MicroStrategy (MSTR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Moelis (MC) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... STMicroelectronics (STM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Sealed Air (SEE) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Software AG (STWRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Southwest (LUV) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Sprint (S) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... TriQuint (TQNT) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
06:10 EDTCREECree upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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06:04 EDTCREEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EWZ CREE
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October 27, 2014
18:31 EDTCREECree raises share repurchase program to $550M
The board of directors of Cree approved an increase in the amount of the company’s stock repurchase program. Pursuant to the program, the company is now authorized to repurchase shares of its common stock having an aggregate purchase price not exceeding $550M for all purchases for fiscal 2015, from June 30, 2014 through June 28, 2015.
06:15 EDTCREEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NFLX CREE
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October 24, 2014
10:34 EDTCREESamsung confirms plans to exit LED lamps, Lighting says
Samsung (SSNLF) confirmed that it is exiting the global LED lamps business, according to industry site Lighting. The publication quotes the company as issuing the following statement: “We have decided to discontinue our LED lamp business in all markets, except Korea, so that we can focus more resources on our core business areas. We will remain active in the LED industry through our LED component business, and continue to provide high-quality products and services to our customers.” Philips’ (PHG) recent decision to split off its lighting division has been blamed, at least in part, on the commoditized nature of the consumer LED lamp market, Lighting added. Shares of Cree (CREE), whose products consist of both LED and traditional lighting systems, are up 1% in early trading following the news of Samsung's plans. Reference Link
06:14 EDTCREEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; XLNX CREE
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October 22, 2014
10:09 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
07:56 EDTCREECree downgraded to Hold at Canaccord
As reported previously, Canaccord downgraded Cree to Hold from Buy citing a lack of catalysts and lower guidance. Canaccord lowered its price target on Cree shares to $29 from $41.
07:42 EDTCREECree downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson
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05:56 EDTCREECree downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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October 21, 2014
18:36 EDTCREEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:03 EDTCREECree sees Q2 EPS 20c-24c, consensus 39c
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16:02 EDTCREECree reports Q1 adjusted EPS 24c, consensus 36c
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15:30 EDTCREENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Yahoo! (YHOO), consensus 30c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.34; Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.34; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 51c; Broadcom (BRCM), consensus 84c; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $3.80; FMC Technologies (FTI), consensus 74c; Robert Half International (RHI), consensus 58c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 22c; Nabors Industries (NBR), consensus 36c; Waste Connections (WCN), consensus 54c; Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), consensus 4c; Sonic (SONC), consensus 34c; American Campus Communities (ACC), consensus 43c; Cree (CREE), consensus 36c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 20c; Costamare (CMRE), consensus 41c; Hawaiian Holdings (HA), consensus 78c; Ethan Allen (ETH), consensus 36c; Sabra Health (SBRA), consensus 55c; Rush Enterprises (RUSHA), consensus 51c.
15:25 EDTCREEEarnings Preview: Cree reports after pre-announcing Q1 miss
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13:39 EDTCREECree technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:06 EDTCREECree October weekly 33 straddle priced for 8.2% move into Q1
October 17, 2014
06:28 EDTAPI, CREE, LEDSIHS: LED smart bulb shipments to surpass 11M units in 2018, DigiTimes says
LED smart bulb shipments is expected to reach more than 11M units in 2018, reports DigiTimes, citing the IHS. Approximately 880,000 connected LED smart bulbs were shipped globally in 2013. Reference Link

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