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January 9, 2013
10:21 EDTICE, SWKS, CME, QCOM, AVGO, MET, UNM, AFL, PFG, LNC, WALOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aflac (AFL) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Lincoln National (LNC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... MetLife (MET) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Principal Financial (PFG) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Prudential (PRU) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Unum Group (UNM) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Western Alliance (WAL) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... CME Group (CME) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point.
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April 16, 2014
17:07 EDTSWKSSkyworks initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
Target $36.
10:00 EDTLNCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:41 EDTICEICE owner purchases Algo Technologies, Bloomberg says
The new owner of IntercontinentalExchange has been exploring matching engine software and purchased Algo Technologies in response to that, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the matter. The sources said that Algo Technologies is a firm that claims to have the industry’s quickest matching engine. Reference Link
05:33 EDTLNCLincoln National upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays
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April 15, 2014
07:28 EDTICESEC officials weighing curbs on trading fees, WSJ says
SEC officials, including some commissioners, are considering a trial program to curb "maker-taker" fee plans that are a major source of revenue for exchanges and some high-frequency trading firms, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fund managers, including BlackRock (BLK), are concerned about the negative effects of maker-taker, the report added. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) CEO Jeffrey Sprecher, along with representatives from T. Rowe Price (TROW) and from RBC Capital (RY), recently held a series of private meetings with SEC Chairman Mary Jo White to push for its elimination, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Like IntercontinentalExchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ) is a publicly-traded exchange operator. Reference Link
April 14, 2014
12:01 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange sets new daily record for ICE NYH RBOB futures
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06:51 EDTCMECME sued on claims high-frequency traders purchased access, Bloomberg says
CME Group is facing a lawsuit by by three of its users who claim the company sold access to order information to high-frequency traders ahead of other market participants, according to Bloomberg, citing a complaint filed in Chicago federal court. Reference Link
06:50 EDTQCOMChecks show Apple not developing basebands, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that despite recent press reports, its industry checks show that Apple (AAPL) is not developing its own baseband chipset. Deutsche believes Apple likely seeking better integration with existing baseband chipsets or possibly developing its own internal WiFi chipset. The firm thinks Qualcomm's (QCOM) long term prospects remain intact and it reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with an $86 price target.
05:47 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James upgraded Principal Financial to Outperform with a $51 price target citing the recent pullback in shares.
05:46 EDTLNCLincoln National upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James
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April 11, 2014
12:42 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm, Ericsson recommended by RBC Capital
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09:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm Ericsson recommended for near-term at RBC Capital
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07:02 EDTCMECME Group weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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06:40 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Evercore
Evercore upgraded Principal Financial based on balanced risk/reward and confidence in longer-term margins. Price target is $50.
April 10, 2014
16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group
Target $90.
13:43 EDTICEFidelity to pitch new lost cost trading venue to large asset managers, WSJ says
Fidelity is working on a new trading venue, dubbed "Sakura," that it hopes will be a collaboration among big mutual-fund firms to reduce costs and streamline trading and will be an improvement over other "dark pools," reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The report said Fidelity is in the initial planning stages and has just started pitching the idea to other large asset managers. Publicly traded fund managers include BlackRock (BLK), Franklin Resources (BEN) and T. Rowe Price (TROW), while Investment Technology Group (ITG) currently operates dark pools that facilitate block trading among large institutions. Exchange operators Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Intercontinentalexchange's (ICE) NYSE have previously testified to legislators that too much trading occurs in dark pools, hurting investors. Reference Link
08:18 EDTAVGOMicron licenses SerDes IP from Avago for Hybrid Memory Cube
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April 9, 2014
16:03 EDTAVGOLSI Corp. stockholders approve acquisition by Avago
LSI Corporation (LSI) announced that its stockholders approved the previously announced merger agreement with Avago Technologies (AVGO) at a special meeting of stockholders. Upon the closing of the merger, stockholders of LSI will be entitled to receive $11.15 per share in cash, without interest, less any required tax withholding. Completion of the merger is subject to remaining regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions and LSI expects the merger to close in the first half of 2014.
07:28 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $76 from $65 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Avago (AVGO) citing its growth potential in the China TD-LTE market, strong RF participation in the smartphones market, and improved margins following the close of its acquisition of LSI Corp (LSI). Shares are Buy rated.
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