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July 25, 2014
13:13 EDTMRVL, QCOR, LRCX, MU, MNK, AAPL, RADEinhorn 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.
News For LRCX;RAD;MNK;QCOR;AAPL;MU;MRVL From The Last 14 Days
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January 13, 2015
10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMD AA TWTR GILD C CELG TSLA GOOG
09:07 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
07:36 EDTAAPLApple survey suggests demand remains strong, says Canaccord
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07:18 EDTAAPLQuanta ramps up production of 12-inch MacBook Air, DigiTimes reports
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07:15 EDTMUNeedham to hold a conference
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral. The firm raised iPhone volume estimates again to 215M units for both FY15/16 and sees $10 EPS power in CY16 based on a solid and sustainable iPhone trends combined with a muted response from Samsung. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. Price target raised to $130 from $110.
06:20 EDTAAPLApple supplier shows 'unbreakable' smartphone with sapphire display, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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January 12, 2015
16:50 EDTAAPLGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q4 grew 1%
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16:32 EDTMUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks spent almost the entire session in negative territory as the continued slump in crude oil prices weighed on equities. As the price of crude searches for a bottom, analysts and investors are concerned about how the low prices may affect U.S. economic growth. It had been estimated that more than half of the expected growth in the S&P 500's earnings would come from the oil industry and the continued drop in oil prices may be wiping out the chances of earnings increasing from the prior quarter. The earnings season unofficially kicks off tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports its fourth quarter earnings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. WTI and Brent crude both suffered slides of 5% during the session, sending WTI oil below $46 and Brent near $47 per barrel. Of note, Goldman Sachs said it sees oil prices bottoming in Q2 of this year at $42 a barrel. Goldman lowered its Brent crude oil price estimate for 2015 to $50 a barrel from $84 and for 2016 onwards to $70 a barrel from $90. COMPANY NEWS: Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York slipped $8.39, or 3.86%, to $209.10 after the company announced over this weekend that it struck a deal to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) for $46 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. NPS shares gained $3.44, or 8.21%, to $45.35... Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) dropped $13.47, or 13.88%, to $83.57 after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 and added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. Micron (MU) fell $1.87, or 5.56%, to $31.66 following the warning from its peer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Foundation Medicine (FMI), whose shares surged $22.81, or 95.32%, to $46.74 after the company and Roche (RHHBY) announced that they will enter into a strategic collaboration. Roche will invest in Foundation as part of the deal, resulting in Roche owning a minimum of 52.4% and a maximum of 56.3% of Foundation Medicine on a fully diluted basis. Also higher was Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW), which jumped $3.12, or 16.75%, to $21.75 after the toy company gave a fourth quarter revenue view that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which fell $2.16, or 23.84%, to $6.90 after announcing that the FDA verbally informed the company of a partial clinical hold on its study of ARC-520 in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Also lower were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which dropped $2.04, or 14.62%, to $11.91 after the company provided data through Week 168 from its Phase IIb open-label extension study of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 96.53, or 0.54%, to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq lost 39.36, or 0.84%, to 4,664.71, and the S&P 500 declined 16.55, or 0.81%, to 2,028.26.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
12:53 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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12:46 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:15 EDTMUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:34 EDTAAPL, MUActive equity options trading
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09:03 EDTMUSanDisk drops 9% after cutting Q4 revenue outlook
Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) are sinking after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 to $1.73B from $1.80B-$1.85B. It added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45% compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. The stock is dropping 9%, or $8.40, to $88.64 in pre-market trading while peer Micron (MU) is down 3% to $32.54.
08:21 EDTAAPLApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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