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July 25, 2014
13:13 EDTMRVL, AAPL, RAD, QCOR, LRCX, MU, MNKEinhorn bought Lam Research shares, sold Rite Aid last quarter
Well-known investor David Einhorn said his hedge fund, Greenlight Capital, had taken a new long position last quarter in Lam Research (LRCX), which develops equipment for semiconductor companies. Also last quarter, Greenlight sold out of its position in Rite Aid (RAD), Einhorn revealed. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight made a "medium-sized" new investment in Lam Research, Einhorn revealed in his quarterly letter to investors. As the size of transistors shrink, chip makers must run each layer of chips through the manufacturing line multiple times until they work properly, the investor stated. Consequently, the chip makers must buy more of Lam's tools for each manufacturing line, Einhorn explained. The valuations of many high momentum stocks in the tech sector are excessive, but not all tech stocks are too expensive, Einhorn contended. A number of tech stocks - including Apple (AAPL), Lam Research, Marvell Technology (MRVL) and Micron Technology (MU) - "have strong prospects and are undervalued," Einhorn declared. Greenlight holds long positions in all those stocks. Greenlight sold its position in Rite Aid because the company's sales and profits rose, as the hedge fund had expected, and the stock reached fair value, Einhorn explained. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight continues to be short Questcor (QCOR), which has "a laundry list of problems and risks," the investor said. Among these are ongoing criminal probes and a large number of adverse events, including deaths, experienced by a number of patients who were taking the company's only drug, Acthar, Einhorn wrote. Additionally, a number of insurers have moved towards limiting their reimbursement of the drug, he added. The FDA is examining lab reports which suggest that Questcor's product does not include a highly purified form of Acthar as promoted by the company but a degraded form of the drug, the investor alleged. Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (MNK), which has agreed to buy Questcor, is not properly evaluating the risks of Questcor's drug, Einhorn stated. Mallinckrodt "is setting itself up to be a very attractive short sale candidate if the merger is completed," Einhorn believes. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Lam Research lost 1.5% to $69, Rite Aid slid 3.5% to $7, Questcor lost 2% to $95, and Mallinckrodt dropped 3% to $74.50.
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August 18, 2015
05:55 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: Global mobile DRAM revenue up 7.7% in Q2, DigiTimes reports
Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 7.7% sequentially to $3.85B while global sales of overall DRAM decreased 4.8% to $11.4B in Q2, reports DigiTimes, citing DRAMeXchange. Mobile DRAM prices were less affected by falling prices for PC DRAM chips when compared to other types of DRAM. Prices for PC DRAM chips, which fell 15% in July, are forecast to drop an overall 30% in the third quarter of 2015. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLQualcomm to supply all modem chips for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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05:48 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN RAD
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August 17, 2015
19:12 EDTAAPLNew Apple TV device to feature iPhone-like interface, 9to5Mac says
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18:46 EDTAAPLGerman carriers prepare for September launch of next iPhone, AppleInsider says
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17:44 EDTAAPLApple says services, store, cloud may be down for some users, Bloomberg reports
16:00 EDTMU, AAPLOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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11:11 EDTMUAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
10:09 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:05 EDTAAPLApple preparing first Kangaroo bond, Reuters reports
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09:51 EDTMUFollow-up: Micron downgraded to Neutral on capex hike at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Micron to Neutral from Buy. The firm said the unexpected FY16 capex hike may reflect overconfidence by management for new chips and could cause execution and earnings misses.. Additionally, BofA/Merrill said Hynix's capex increase is likely to be material and could lead to capex increases by rivals. The firm lowered its price target on shares to $19 form $28.40.
09:38 EDTMU, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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08:22 EDTAAPLSprint customers can upgrade iPhone anytime, included in monthly rate
Sprint (S) announced that customers can upgrade their Apple (AAPL) iPhone anytime, included in their monthly rate. New and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don't have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. It's that simple. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model and their monthly rate will be reduced to just $15 until their next upgrade. As a special promotion, customers who get iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 continue with the discount price of $15 until their next upgrade.
07:54 EDTAAPLApple iPhone sales likely to fall in start of fiscal 2016, says Pacific Crest
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07:30 EDTMUMicron weakness from concerns with investment returns, says Susquehanna
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07:01 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
07:00 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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06:31 EDTMUMicron share downside limited from here, says Piper Jaffray
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