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February 7, 2013
18:59 EDTSPWR, NUAN, ATVI, RVBD, UBTI, LNKD, ETRM, CSTR, MCHPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: LinkedIn (LNKD), up 10%... Activision Blizzard (ATVI), up 5.4%... Microchip Technology (MCHP), up 6.5%... Ubiquiti Networks (UBTI), up 8.9%... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), down 14.5%... Coinstar (CSTR), down 8.5%... Riverbed (RVBD), down 8.8%... SunPower (SPWR), 5%... ALSO LOWER: EnteroMedics (ETRM), down 51% after its ReCharge trial failed to meet an efficacy endpoint.
News For LNKD;ATVI;MCHP;UBTI;NUAN;CSTR;RVBD;SPWR;ETRM From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2015
12:43 EDTLNKDLinkedIn July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:00 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:33 EDTSPWRSunPower and ConEdison to offer solar power systems leasing
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07:10 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with a Buy ahead of earnings at MKM Partners
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06:19 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $285.
July 27, 2015
17:07 EDTSPWRSunPower acquires 1.5 gigawatt U.S. solar power plant pipeline
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09:14 EDTLNKDFacebook price target raised to $110 from $94 at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge raised his price target for Facebook (FB) to $110 ahead of the social media giant's Q2 results on July 29. Investor sentiment has grown more positive recently given Facebook's "explosive" video growth and the opening of the Instagram platform to advertisers, Blackledge tells investors in a research note previewing the Q2 results this week for Internet names. He keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Blackledge also keeps Outperform ratings on LinkedIn (LNKD) and IAC (IACI) as well as a Market Perform rating on Twitter (TWTR). Those three companies are also reporting Q2 results this week.
05:58 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR LNKD
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Twitter (TWTR) 70, LinkedIn (LNKD) 62 according to iVolatility.
05:53 EDTLNKDBrean calls LinkedIn valuation 'problematic' ahead of Q2 results
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July 24, 2015
11:01 EDTSPWRSolarCity rises after analyst says second half outlook strong
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10:37 EDTLNKDOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: LOCK DUST JNUG CHK LINE ABX TCK GDX LNKD FCX
July 23, 2015
08:25 EDTSPWRSunPower to build 100 MW solar power plant for NV Energy
SunPower has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy to build a 100 MW solar photovoltaic power plant planned for construction in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada. The project is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during construction, which is anticipated to commence before the end of 2015, with commercial operation planned in 2016. SunPower acquired the project from KOMIPO America earlier this year.
July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTMCHPEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:35 EDTMCHPAnalog chip makers fall after Linear cites weak end market demand
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08:13 EDTSPWRDominion and SunPower partner to supply solar power to New Jersey homeowners
Dominion (D) subsidiary Dominion Retail and SunPower (SPWR) announced a collaboration of the two companies to offer SunPower solar power systems to New Jersey homeowners. Dominion will provide program details to residents through a marketing campaign scheduled to begin this summer.
July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTNUANOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:11 EDTNUANNuance announces resignation of CFO Tom Beaudoin
Nuance announced that it has appointed Daniel Tempesta as its Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President. Tom Beaudoin, who has served as Nuance’s CFO since July 2008, will depart at the end of the month to pursue an opportunity at a smaller, privately held company. Tempesta joined Nuance in March 2008 and most recently has served as the company's Chief Accounting Officer.
16:09 EDTNUANNuance sees Q3 EPS 31c-32c, consensus 28c
Sees Q3 revenue $485M-$489M, consensus $477M. On May 7, 2015, Nuance provided initial guidance for Q3 of $468M-$482M in revenue and 25c-29c in EPS.
July 20, 2015
10:43 EDTATVIZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
05:44 EDTATVIZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
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