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May 19, 2014
13:43 EDTTXN, NVDA, BRCM, MUAnalyst sees value in semiconductors, upgrades several in space
Shares of several semiconductor companies are rising after their shares were upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform by RBC Capital in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: The stock multiples of semiconductor makers should be higher, RBC Capital argued in a note about the sector. In conjunction with that note, the firm upgraded its ratings on several names in the space, including, Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Broadcom (BRCM). Micron, which develops computer memory products, should benefit from higher gross margins generally and strong prices for DRAM in particular given tight supplies, RBC analyst Doug Freedman wrote. Additionally, Micron could return cash to shareholders, he stated. Freedman raised his price target on the shares to $34 from $27. NVIDIA is likely to benefit as it sells chips for use in higher value markets, such as gaming systems and automobiles, the analyst contended. Moreover, NVIDA's past investments should allow it to control its spending more tightly going forward, resulting in strong cash flows, according to Freedman. The company's current strategies are more likely to enable its free cash flow to grow than its previous strategies, the analyst indicated, hiking his price target on the stock to $26 from $21. Like NVIDIA, Texas Instruments is likely to benefit as it sells chips into more lucrative markets, according to Freedman. In Texas Instruments' case, these markets include communications and industrial sectors, as well as the automotive space, he wrote. Freedman increased his price target on TI's shares to $57 from $49. Finally, Broadcom should benefit from strength in both its core broadband business and its Infrastructure & Networking Group, the analyst believes. Given the outlook for those businesses, the stock is undervalued, he contended. Also likely to boost the company is stronger demand for its mobile and wireless products due to the proliferation of advanced connectivity systems such as LTE, the analyst believes. The analyst raised his price target on Broadcom to $40 from $33.
News For MU;NVDA;TXN;BRCM From The Last 14 Days
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February 12, 2016
11:10 EDTMUMicron targeting capital expenditures at about 30% of sales
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February 11, 2016
12:32 EDTTXNMaxim evades sell-off as the possibility of a bid from TI materializes
Shares of analog semiconductor maker Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM) are evading a broad market sell-off after research firm Macquarie mentioned the firm as a possible takeover candidate by Texas Instruments (TXN). WHAT'S NEW: In a research note from Wednesday, Macquarie analyst Deepon Nag said Texas Instruments could make a bid for Maxim Integrated. The analyst contended that although TI is in no hurry to make an acquisition, the chip giant has historically been an opportunistic buyer of distressed assets. The recent market sell off has created an opportunity in that regard as semiconductor companies are off their highs. Maxim is well off its October high of $42.18 and is currently trading at approximately $31.43 per share. The analyst believes Maxim Integrated fits Texas Instruments criteria of focusing on a strong R&D team, broad customer base, and focus on industrial and automotive end markets. Nag also believes that with additional synergies, Maxim could drive free cash flow yield of roughly 9%, above Texas' current yield of 7%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference on midday Wednesday, Texas Instruments Chief Financial Officer Kevin March spoke of the company's efforts in analog markets, especially in the automotive sector. When asked about the company's M&A strategy, March highlighted the importance of free cash flow, or FCF, that an acquisition can generate. According to Macquarie analyst Deepon Nag, a Maxim acquisition could improve TI's free cash flow yield by 2%. March stressed the importance of a strategic fit that's going to further the company's efforts in industrial and automotive. "So, when we take a look at M&A, the thing that we look at first and foremost is, does it fit our portfolio, is it strategically going to help us. Is it going to help us advance our position in industrial and automotive. It's probably going to be an analog company." said March, speaking at the Goldman conference. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Maxim are up fractionally to $31.25 in midday trading, while Texas Instruments is down over 1% to $50.13. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other chip makers in the analog space include Analog Devices (ADI) and Linear Technology Corporation (LLTC).
February 10, 2016
12:07 EDTTXNTexas Instruments sees content growth in automotive to continue
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12:00 EDTTXNTexas Instruments CFO sees semiconductor content growth in industrial segment
Sees industrials as a "gentle kind of growth engine" for company. Comments from Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference 2016.
09:47 EDTTXNTexas Instruments could make a bid for Maxim Integrated, says Macquarie
Macquarie analyst Deepon Nag said Texas Instruments (TXN) has historically been opportunistic buyer of distressed assets, and may mean the recent market selloff provides an opportunity. The analyst believes Maxim Integrated (MXIM) fits Texas Instruments criteria of focusing on a strong R&D team, broad customer base, and focus on industrial and automotive end markets. Nag also believes with additional synergies, Maxim could drive free cash flow yield of roughly 9%, above Texas' current yield of 7%.
09:40 EDTTXNTexas Instruments could make a bid for Maxim Integrated, says Macquarie
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07:17 EDTTXNGoldman Sachs to hold a conference
Technology & Internet Conference is being held in San Francisco on February 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 10 at 11 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
February 9, 2016
16:09 EDTMUOptions Update; February 9, 2016
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15:07 EDTMUOption volume leaders: FB AAPL BAC MSFT NFLX TWTR GE MU DIS TSLA CSCO C GM
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February 8, 2016
11:36 EDTMUMicron tumbles, levels to watch
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February 7, 2016
17:32 EDTNVDANVIDIA wins Samsung patent dispute, Bloomberg says
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February 5, 2016
10:32 EDTMUMicron to host analyst meeting
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February 3, 2016
10:52 EDTTXNTexas Instruments to host 2016 capital management strategy update call
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10:00 EDTTXNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... CIT Group (CIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded at Stifel... Cypress Energy (CELP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded on weak near-term outlook at Argus... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Intersil (ISIL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... LyondellBasell (LYB) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Marriott (MAR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Microchip (MCHP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Navios Maritime Partners (NMM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Peapack-Gladstone (PGC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... QIWI (QIWI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... STORE Capital (STOR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Spark Energy (SPKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... UBS (UBS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded on oil price outlook at Stifel... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Axiom.
09:41 EDTMUMicron has further downside risk, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said the imbalance in DRAM supply/demand is expected to worsen in Q1 as demand slows seasonally and additional supply comes online, and is expected to exceed demand throughout the year. Analyst Kevin Rottinghaus expects further pricing pressure through the first half of 2016, which will further impact Micron's margins. NAND is also expected to remain oversupplied for the first half of 2016 and pricing is to remain aggressive. Rottinghause does not believe Micron can compete in NAND on a cost basis and expects DRAM to be the bulk of the company's profits.
February 2, 2016
18:05 EDTTXNTexas Instruments downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Texas Instruments to Sell from Neutral with a $47 price target, with the firm noting it would wait for a better entry point as shares currently trade at a premium to both semiconductor stocks and large cap technology stocks.
08:52 EDTMUTsinghua rumored to build DRAM fab, invite Micron to invest, DigiTimes reports
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February 1, 2016
10:52 EDTMUActive puts; AAPL SPY TWTR MU UVXY
Active puts @ CBOE: SPY 2/19/16 192, TWTR 2/12/16 15, UVXY 3/18/16 33, AAPL 2/19/16 91, MU 2/5/16 9.50
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
05:54 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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