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July 25, 2014
13:13 EDTMRVL, LRCX, RAD, MNK, QCOR, AAPL, MUEinhorn 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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October 9, 2014
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Bank of Montreal (BMO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Golden Minerals (AUMN) upgraded at Roth Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... II-VI (IIVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... LivePerson (LPSN) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Luminex (LMNX) upgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... New Gold (NGD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... New Source Energy (NSLP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pacific Coast Oil (ROYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Pioneer Energy (PES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Resource Capital (RSO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Toyota (TM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Universal Technical (UTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTAAPLApple says accounts for 'all input' in evaluating capital returns, CNBC reports
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09:10 EDTAAPLApple says will continue to evaluate capital return program, CNBC reports
After Carl Icahn urged Apple to make a tender offer that would meaningfully accelerate and increase the magnitude of its share repurchases, the company said in a statement to CNBC that is always appreciates the input of its shareholders and will continue to evaluate its capital return program.
08:53 EDTAAPLAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should trade at $203 per share today
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08:42 EDTAAPLIcahn sees Apple launching UltraHD TV set in FY16
Carl Icahn stated in an open letter posted to his "Shareholder's Square Table" addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook: "While Apple has not announced plans for a TV set and may never do so, we believe we have good enough reason to expect the introduction of an UltraHD TV set in FY 2016. We think television represents a large opportunity for Apple, one that reaches far beyond “the hobby” that Apple TV currently represents...As the home represents one compelling category for Apple, payments represents another...We estimate that, based upon Apple Pay’s rumored fee of 15 bps of all spend on credit and debit cards...and merchant deployment of NFC reaching 80%+ in 2017, Apple in the U.S. could generate revenues...of $2.5 billion in FY 2017 if it reaches 30% market share of all spend on U.S. credit and debit cards. The potential in the U.S. and internationally over a longer term is much larger."
08:41 EDTAAPLCooperman says Apple about 20% undervalued, still owns shares
Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors is speaking on CNBC.
08:40 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:37 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:36 EDTAAPLIcahn requests Apple make tender offer for shares
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06:52 EDTAAPLTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on Apple shares to Outperform saying the iPhone 6 will be the most successful phone launch to date "by far." Opco sees iPhone sales driving better than expected quarterly results into the first half of 2015 and believes Apple Pay and Apple Watch will keep investor interests high. The firm put a $115 price on shares. Apple closed yesterday up $2.05 to $100.80.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
06:39 EDTMNKMallinckrodt price target raised to $110 from $95 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Mallinckrodt shares to $110 ahead of the company's October 14 analyst day and keeps a Buy rating on the name. The firm says recent trends show continued strength for Ofirmev.
06:33 EDTAAPLCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple suppliers push back plans to produce larger iPad, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAAPLMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTAAPLGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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