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June 24, 2014
16:23 EDTMU, WWWW, GOOG, ICE, VRTX, WIXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower despite reports that showed new home sales rose more than anticipated in May and consumer confidence was higher than expected in June. The S&P managed to hit a new intra-day high early in the session and the Dow crept towards 17,000, but by mid-afternoon the averages weakened as headlines told of Syrian jets firing on Iraq. The potential for an escalation in violence in the Middle East pushed the buyers to the sidelines and put the sellers in firm control into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities for April had its smallest 12-month gain in more than a year, rising 10.8% from the same month of last year. However, a separate report showed that new home sales surged 18.6% in May to a 504K annual rate, beating expectations. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index climbed to 85.2 in June, beating expectations and hitting its highest level since 2008. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index dipped to 3 in June from 7 in both April and May. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of computer memory maker Micron Technology (MU) advanced $1.24, or 3.97%, to $32.50 after the company's third quarter profits and revenue surpassed analysts' expectations. Following its report and guidance last night, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy and raised its price target for shares to $50 from $40, while analysts at Roth Capital, Jefferies, and JPMorgan also raised their price targets on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which surged $26.92, or 40.41%, to $93.53 after its combination of drugs designed to treat cystic fibrosis succeeded in improving lung function in a pair of clinical trials. Also higher was Wix.com (WIX), which rose $2.27, or 12.77%, to $20.04 after Google (GOOG) announced it is testing a new domain service and Wells Fargo noted that the search giant is partnering with providers like Wix and others for hosting services. Among the noteworthy losers was Web.com (WWWW), which plunged $6.90, or 19.94%, to $27.70 after Google's domain name market entry. Web.com shares were defended by no less than four Street research firms, with Piper Jaffray saying it believes that concerns about the impact on Web.com are overblown. Also lower was IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), which fell $8.01, or 4.04%, to $190.18 after Wells Fargo downgraded its stock to Market Perform from Outperform, citing high earnings expectations and a lower assumed growth rate for its core energy business. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.13, or 0.7%, to 16,818.13, the Nasdaq dropped 18.32, or 0.42%, to 4,350.36, and the S&P 500 declined 12.63, or 0.64%, to 1,949.98.
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October 13, 2014
06:03 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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05:35 EDTVRTXVertex upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Vertex Pharmaceuticals to Overweight citing likely approval of the company's Kalydeco plus lumacaftor combination next year. Piper expects Vertex's Cystic Fibrosis sales to grow to $3.1B in 2016 and raised its price target for shares to $125 from $87.50.
October 12, 2014
17:58 EDTMUMicron shares look more attractive, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTMUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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. Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
13:08 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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. Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
11:13 EDTMUMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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10:58 EDTMUMicron falls with peers, levels to watch
The shares are down more than 7.5% to $28.30 at time of writing, just off the lows of the session at $27.59 which is now support. Resistance is at $28.78.
10:29 EDTMUMicrochip 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 EDTMUSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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09:12 EDTGOOGGoogle could be worth trillion dollars by 2020, says BGC Financial
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08:24 EDTVRTXVertex price target raised to $117 from $109 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Vertex shares to $117 after the company gave an update at the Cystic Fibrosis Conference. The form keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:55 EDTGOOGJapan court orders Google to remove search results, AP reports
Japan has ordered Google to remove search results that hinted at a man's relations with a criminal organization because his privacy rights were violated, reports the Associated Press. Google spokesman Taj Meadows said the company has a standard process for removal requests and will review the Tokyo court injunction. Reference Link
06:52 EDTGOOGGoogle allowed to face Rockstar in California court, Reuters says
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle to release its largest smartphone, WSJ reports
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October 9, 2014
16:49 EDTGOOGOracle hires former director of engineering from Google, Re/code reports
Oracle (ORCL) hired Peter Magnusson, former director of engineering at Google (GOOG) and VP of engineering at Snapchat, two weeks ago in a move to improve its cloud computing business, Re/code reports, citing sources familiar with the move. Reference Link
14:37 EDTGOOGYahoo looking to make Tumblr another YouTube, Business Insider says
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09:33 EDTVRTXVertex says VX-661 Phase 2 study fully enrolled
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07:22 EDTVRTXCystic Fibrosis Foundation to hold a conference
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06:29 EDTGOOGIDC: 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 EDTGOOGGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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