|January 25, 2013|
|13:29 EDT||CRUS, MAPP, INVN, MLNX||Stocks with decreasing implied volatility; MLNX MAPP AMRN CRUS INVN |
News For MLNX;MAPP;CRUS;INVN From The Last 14 Days
|October 8, 2015|
|15:36 EDT||MLNX||Qualcomm, Mellanox collaborate to enable cost-effective data center platforms |
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|October 5, 2015|
|16:16 EDT||CRUS||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday|
The Dow began the day with a triple digit jump and continued to tack on gains from there, rising nearly 2% by the time the closing bell rang. The Nasdaq and S&P also posted significant gains in the market's broad based advance. The number of advancing stocks crushed the number of declining stocks while the up volume overwhelmed the down volume. The S&P 500 is now on a five day winning streak with earnings season set to unofficially begin on Thursday, when Alcoa (AA) releases its quarterly report after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's services PMI dropped to 55.1 in the final September print, compared to the preliminary reading of 55.6 and August's 56.1 figure. ISM's services index dropped 2.1 points to 56.9 in September, versus expectations for a more modest pullback to a reading of 57.5. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) was the best performer on the Dow, advancing $1.35, or 5.3%, to $26.82 after activist investor Nelson Peltz disclosed that his firm, Trian Fund Management, has accumulated a $2.5B stake, making it one of the company's top ten shareholders. Trian, which believes GE is "executing a bold transformation" from a broad conglomerate into an industrial company, predicted that GE stock may be worth $40-$45 per share by 2017... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) rose $1.85, or 7.03%, to $28.16 after the company appointed co-founder and interim Chief Executive Jack Dorsey as permanent CEO. Analysts welcomed the news, saying Dorsey was simply "too good to pass up" despite his concurrent role as head of payments company Square. Axiom analyst Victor Anthony upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, though the rating change was made prior to this morning's CEO news, which had been previewed last week by Re/code, was confirmed by the company... The U.S., Japan and ten other countries came to terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement meant to open agricultural markets, tighten intellectual property rules and establish a group that will have the clout to challenge China's influence in the region. Reacting to the deal, Honeywell (HON) said trade agreements like the TPP have the potential to boost exports, support jobs, and increase access abroad, while Boeing (BA) pointed out that more than 70% of its commercial airplane revenue last year came from customers outside the U.S. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Spark Therapeutics (ONCE), which surged $9.09, or 20.69%, to $53.02 after the Phase 3 trial of the company's lead gene therapy product met its primary endpoint. Also higher was SunEdison (SUNE), which gained 77c, or 9.31%, to $9.04 after announcing plans to optimize its business operations by refocusing on its core markets and simplifying its structure, among other initiatives. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of Apple (AAPL) chip suppliers, with Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Avago (AVGO) falling a respective 4.5%, 1.7%, and 2.6% after Citi analysts lowered fourth quarter iPhone sales estimates. Also lower was Valeant (VRX), which lost $18.86, or 10.34%, to $163.46 after its alleged "price hike" business strategy was highlighted in reports by the New York Times and Barron's. Additionally, AtriCure (ATRC) declined 8.8% to $20.47 after releasing preliminary third quarter results and agreeing to acquire cardiac device maker nContact. INDEXES: The Dow gained 304.06, or 1.85%, to 16,776.43, the Nasdaq advanced 73.49, or 1.56%, to 4,781.26, and the S&P 500 rose 35.69, or 1.83%, to 1,987.05.
|15:28 EDT||CRUS||Citi lowers iPhone unit sales estimates for Q4 |
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are underperforming a strong broader market rally after Citi lowered its fourth quarter iPhone unit sales estimates in a note to investors earlier. WHAT'S NEW: Not all of Apple's first weekend sales of iPhone 6S and 6S will be included in the company's Q4 earnings, Citi analyst Jim Suva wrote. Suva, who has a Buy rating and $145 target price on Apple shares, said that although first weekend sales of 13M units of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus exceeded sell side targets, Apple noted that not all of these units unit sales will be included in Apple's Q4 earnings given cut off of the reporting quarter. Only sales through Friday and Saturday of the weekend launch will be included in Q4. The remainder of the units sold on Sunday will be reported in December financial results, said Suva. As a result, Citi reduced its iPhone unit estimates to 47M from its prior view of 48M. This is below the Q4 consensus of 48M. The remaining units will be shifted to the December quarter. Citi expects many sell-side analysts to follow suit and lower their September quarter iPhone estimates in the weeks ahead before Apple reports on October 27. According to the Citi note, Apple share volatility will continue and the firm sees limited earnings and sales upside potential in the near-term causing some investors to exit the stock. The investment thesis for Apple is likely to shift from an iPhone "beat and raise" investment story to a gross margin upside story heading into a difficult comp year for iPhone 6S unit sales, Suva tells investors. He thinks any pullback will prove an attractive opportunity for long-term investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Late last week, an article from the DigiTimes said Apple may be adjusting its chip orders lower for Q4. Sources said that a substantial integrated circuit supplier is saying that Apple has "slightly lowered its demand for supplies for the new iPhones for December," the report said. The sources said that overall shipments of the iPhone 6s series are expected to reach 75M-80M units in Q3 and 65M-70M units in Q4.PRICE ACTION: In late afternoon trading, shares of Apple are underperforming broader market measures and are up 0.4% compared to a 1.75% gain for the S&P 500. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Apple chip suppliers are also relatively weak, with Cirrus Logic (CRUS) down almost 4%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) sliding 2.5%, Qorvo (QRVO) trading near flat, Avago (AVGO) lower by 1.4%, and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) down 0.25%.
|October 1, 2015|
|12:44 EDT||CRUS||Apple chip suppliers fall after report iPhone maker may lower chip orders |
Shares of chip makers for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone are sliding after a DigiTimes article said the iPhone maker may curtail its chip orders for the fourth quarter. WHAT'S NEW: According to the DigiTimes report, Apple may be adjusting its chip orders lower for Q4. Sources said that a substantial integrated circuit supplier is saying that Apple has "slightly lowered lowered its demand for supplies for the new iPhones for December," the report said. The sources said that overall shipments of the iPhone 6s series are expected to reach 75M-80M units in the third quarter and 65M-70M units in Q4. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On September 28, Apple announced it has sold more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models just three days after launch, a new record for the company. According to an iFixit report from September 25, a teardown of the new iPhone 6S Plus revealed components supplied by Qualcomm (QCOM), Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO), Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Cirrus Logic (CRUS) and Texas Instruments (TXN), among others. Other chip makers that have been mentioned as possible Apple suppliers in the past include Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated Products. (MXIM) and ON Semiconductor (ON). PRICE ACTION: In midday trading shares of the aforementioned chip makers are all lower with Qorvo, Avago, NXP and Analog Devices down approximately 4% to 5%. Apple is down about 1.4%.
|10:31 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox advances after raising Q3 guidance|
The shares of Israeli chip maker Mellanox (MLNX) are rising after the company raised its third quarter revenue guidance today. Yesterday, research firm Summit Research noted that the company failed to reiterate its guidance during the conference call it held to discuss its acquisition of another Israeli network processor maker, EZchip (EZCH). After Mellanox updated its guidance today, Summit repeated its defense of the stock. WHAT'S NEW: Mellanox raised its Q3 revenue guidance to $169M-$171M from its previous guidance of $165M-$170M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $168M. Mellanox said that its Q3 gross margin "was tracking to the mid point or better" of its previous guidance of 71.5%-72.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors yesterday, Srini Nandury, an analyst at Summit Research, noted that Mellanox had failed to reiterate its Q3 guidance during its conference call about the EZchip deal. Mellanox refused to respond to multiple questions about its Q3 guidance during the call, the analyst stated. The chip maker's refusal to address its Q3 performance yesterday was viewed as negative by investors and triggered a decline in the stock, according to Nandury. After Mellanox updated its guidance today, however, Nandury wrote that the news would reassure investors. He believes that the company is executing well and kept a $65 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Mellanox was up 0.9% at $38.12. However, that only represents a portion of the 5% decline the stock suffered yesterday after its deal announcement.
|09:20 EDT||MLNX||On The Fly: Pre-market Movers |
HIGHER: XOMA (XOMA), up 55.7% after announcing an agreement for anti-TGFb program with Novartis (NVS)... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 10.6% after announcing additional clinical efficacy and safety data from the company's Phase IIb program of eteplirsen... Huntsman (HUN), up 3.8% after announcing a $150M share repurchase program... Mellanox (MLNX), up 3.2% after raising third quarter revenue guidance. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: McCormick (MKC), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Capstone Turbine (CPST), down 26.5% after announcing that its preliminary second quarter earnings were notably below management's expectations and analysts' consensus estimates... Concho Resources (CXO), down 3.9% after 7.7M share Spot Secondary priced at $92.50... AGCO (AGCO), down 3.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
|08:21 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox guidance shows story still intact, says Summit Research|
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury says this morning's Q3 guidance from Mellanox (MLNX) will assure investors that the story is still intact. The stock sold off yesterday following the EZchip (EZCH) acquisition on the fears that the company might have fallen short of expectations on the revenue side, Nandury tells investors in a research note. He reiterates a Buy rating on Mellanox with a $65 price target.
|07:32 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox Technologies raises Q3 revenue view to $169M-$171M from $165M-$170M|
Consensus $167.91M. The company believes that it is tracking to mid-point or better of its previous guidance for non-GAAP gross margins. Non-GAAP operating expenses for the quarter are expected to increase towards the higher end of the company's earlier guidance. Mellanox (MLNX) has decided to update its guidance after its announcement that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EZchip (EZCH).
|06:06 EDT||MLNX||EZchip downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital|
Brean Capital analyst Mike Burton downgraded EZchip Semiconductor (EZCH) citing the takeover by Mellanox (MLNX) for $25.50 per share. Burton does not rule out a higher competing bid for EZchip, but does not see such an event as the most likely scenario.
|September 30, 2015|
|16:34 EDT||MLNX||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday|
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher in the last day of the third quarter, but not by nearly enough to turn any of the major averages positive on a quarterly basis. The Dow ended the quarter with a loss of about 7.6%, the Nasdaq slid 7.4% and the S&P has lost 7% in the last three months. Investors hope the fourth quarter will be more profitable and the non-farm payrolls report for September and the kickoff of earnings season, which are both on the near-term horizon, will certainly have a say in whether that is the case. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. In China, important data, including manufacturing PMIs and Caixin readings, will be released overnight, but Chinese markets will be closed for "Golden Week" from October 1 to October 7. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Gap (GPS) and Ralph Lauren (RL) moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy in order to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren, replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 5.69% to $28.50 in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares advanced 13.56% to $118.16... Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported, citing sources, that Twitter (TWTR) founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey is set to be named permanent Chief Executive, possibly as soon as Thursday. Re/code noted that Dorsey will remain as CEO of Square, the payments company he also founded, and that the company is likely to reconfigure its board of directors, beginning with the departure of former CEO Dick Costolo. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which advanced a respective 24.61% and 11.29% after announcing a stock-for-stock merger agreement. Also higher was Western Digital (WDC), which gained $10.57, or 15.35%, to $79.44 after a subsidiary of China's Tsinghua Holdings agreed to take a 15% stake in the company. Additionally, Synaptics (SYNA) rose 27.31% to $82.46 after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected a $110 per share bid from a state-backed Chinese investment group. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), which crashed $8.01, or 34.01%, to $15.54 after its quarterly results and future guidance both fell short of analyst expectations. Also lower was Mellanox (MLNX), which fell $2.00, or 5.03%, to $37.79 after agreeing to acquire EZchip (EZCH) but failing to reiterate its guidance on a subsequent conference call. Separately, Universal Truckload (UACL) plunged 18.91% to $15.57 after guiding its Q3 results significantly below consensus estimates, after which the stock saw downgrades at research firms BB&T and Citi. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 235.57, or 1.47%, to 16,284.70, the Nasdaq added 102.84, or 2.28%, to 4,620.17, and the S&P 500 rose 35.94, or 1.91%, to 1,920.03.
|12:10 EDT||MLNX||On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday|
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the unquestionably hard quarter looks like it will end on an up note. Relief, as well as end of the quarter window dressing, may be the main drivers of this morning's rebound as investors are certainly ready to turn the page on the third quarter with the monthly non-farm payrolls report and the start of earnings season on the horizon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of two clothing companies moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Last night, Gap (GPS) announced that Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy effective October 2. Larsson is leaving Gap to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren (RL), replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 7% in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares were upgraded to Buy at UBS and the stock advanced 12% near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which gained 20% and 9%, respectively, after the companies agreed to a stock-for-stock merger. Also higher were shares of Western Digital (WDC), which rallied 14.5% after Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, struck a deal to buy a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), whose shares plunged 35% after the IT security and storage solutions company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Also lower were shares of Mellanox (MLNX), which were down 9% after the company agreed to acquire EZchip (EZCH) in a transaction implying a value of approximately $811M, or roughly $620M net of cash. Potentially overshadowing the deal was the fact that the company failed to reiterate its guidance despite being asked repeatedly by analysts on today's acquisition conference call, Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury told investors in a research note. EZchip, which will be bought for a cash purchase price of $25.50 per share, rose 14% following the deal announcement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 128.64, or 0.8%, to 16,177.77, the Nasdaq was up 56.46, or 1.25%, to 4,573.78, and the S&P 500 was up 18.68, or 0.99%, to 1,902.77.
|11:11 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox selloff reflects no guidance reiteration, says Summit Research|
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury says Mellanox's (MLNX) failure to reiterate its guidance on the last day of the quarter is overshadowing its purchase of EZchip (EZCH). The company failed to reiterate its guidance despite being asked repeatedly by analysts on today's acquisition conference call, Nandury tells investors in a research note. The analyst recommends using today's weakness as a buying opportunity. He continues to believe in the Mellanox Ethernet and Infiniband stories. Nandury has a Buy rating on the name with a $56 price target.
|10:41 EDT||MLNX||EZchip downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.|
Benchmark Co. downgraded EZchip to Hold with a $25.50 price target following the takeover by Mellanox (MLNX).
|08:59 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox and EZchip to co-host a press briefing|
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|08:35 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox and EZchip to co-host a conference call|
Conference call to discuss the definitive agreement where Mellanox acquires EZchip to be held on September 30 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
|07:32 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox agrees to acquire EZchip|
Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) and EZchip (EZCH) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Mellanox shall acquire 100% of EZchip's outstanding ordinary shares for a cash purchase price of $25.5 per share implying a transaction value of approximately $811M, or roughly $620M net of cash. The terms of the transaction have been unanimously approved by both the Mellanox and EZchip Boards of Directors. The combined businesses currently have approximately 2,400 employees, and have generated combined revenues of $668M for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015. The transaction is projected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to the completion of certain closing conditions. Mellanox expects the transaction to be non-GAAP accretive from day one. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, EZchip shareholders will receive $25.5 for each ordinary share of EZchip that they hold at the closing of the transaction. Mellanox intends to fund the transaction with cash on hand from the combined companies and $300M in fully-committed debt financing. The proposed acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the approval of EZchip's shareholders.
|06:18 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox said to be in talks to buy EZchip for $700M-$800M, Reuters reports|
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