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March 11, 2013
10:11 EDTMT, NXPI, REN, ROVI, TDG, SFD, SNCR, MOS, GNW, FSYS, MTH, MAS, MAIN, AHL, BBVA, BBY, B, BDSI, CNX, CTCM, CLD, C, OLNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Aspen Insurance (AHL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Barnes Group (B) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... CONSOL Energy (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CTC Media (CTCM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Main Street (MAIN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Meritage Homes (MTH) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Resolute Energy (REN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Rovi (ROVI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Smithfield Foods (SFD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... TransDigm (TDG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Synchronoss (SNCR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mosaic (MOS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Scotia Capital... Synchronoss (SNCR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Fuel Systems (FSYS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Olin Corp. (OLN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi.
News For MT;AHL;BBVA;BBY;B;BDSI;CNX;CTCM;CLD;C;MAIN;MAS;MTH;NXPI;REN;ROVI;TDG;SFD;SNCR;MOS;GNW;FSYS;OLN From The Last 14 Days
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October 10, 2014
10:29 EDTNXPIMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:20 EDTNXPISemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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10:01 EDTBDSIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:02 EDTBDSIBioDelivery Sciences downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital
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October 9, 2014
17:28 EDTCCitigroup not hit by hacking incident, CNBC reports
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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13:52 EDTCAttorney General announces agreement with Citi to return $16M to customers
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11:36 EDTCNX, CLDCoal price near-term rebound less likely after China tax, says Brean Capital
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11:00 EDTCNXChina to reinstate tariffs on coal, Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:04 EDTMAINMain Street announces exit of portfolio investment in Texas Re-Excavation
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06:40 EDTCSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTCFidelity attacked by JPMorgan hackers, but no data stolen, FT reports
Fidelity Investments was among 13 financial institutions attacked by hackers who are believed to have been responsible for a breach at JPMorgan Chase, but there is no indication that Fidelity customer data were stolen, the Financial Times reports, citing two sources. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCJPMorgan hackers linked to 13 other possible breaches, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTCCitigroup to return $16M to customers for fees on investment accounts, WSJ says
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06:33 EDTCCitigroup 2015 consensus may be 10% too high, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the IPO of OneMain, the consumer finance unit within Citi Holdings, and higher expenses create 10% risk to the 2015 consensus estimate of $5.40 for Citigroup. Deutsche says shedding OneMain would lower Citigroup's (C) annual earnings by about 20c. The firm says the bank's Q3 results could top expectations, however, on better than expected currency trading. Deutsche continues to prefer Bank of America (BAC) to Citi, saying its confident consensus estimates for the former are reasonable. It has a Hold rating on Citi and Buy rating on Bank of America.
05:35 EDTTDGTransDigm downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded TransDigm to Hold citing valuation and strengthening comparisons.
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