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August 18, 2014
10:29 EDTINTC, IRF, MSCC, AMD, AVGO, NXPI, MXIM, FSL, INVNGoldman cuts sector view on semiconductors to Cautious
Goldman Sachs downgraded its rating on the semiconductor sector to Cautious from Neutral amid concerns that chips sales could weaken. WHAT'S NEW: In a number of key end markets, the growth of revenue from semiconductors is surpassing the growth of the markets themselves, Goldman analyst James Covello reported. In the automobile sector for example, semiconductor revenue growth has been 12% higher than the increase in the number of automobiles sold, the analyst reported. Moreover, the number of overall chips shipped was 5% over normalized demand levels this quarter, warned Covello. Consequently, the risk of semiconductor companies missing fourth quarter consensus estimates has increased, according to the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Covello downgraded his rating on two companies in the sector, lowering NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to Sell from Neutral and cutting InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral from Buy. He removed Maxim Integrated (MXIM) from the firm's Conviction List but kept a Buy rating on the shares. In addition to Maxim, Covello also has relatively upbeat outlooks on Avago (AVGO), Freescale (FSL), and Microsemi (MSCC). He kept Sell ratings on Intel (INTC), AMD (AMD) and International Rectifier (IRF). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP Semiconductors fell 4% to $61 and InvenSense dropped 2.5% to $24.40. Avago and Freescale fell slightly, while Microsemi, Intel, AMD, and International Rectifier rose slightly.
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March 24, 2015
09:37 EDTINTCHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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09:11 EDTAVGOAvago volatility at low end of historic range as shares at record high
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07:26 EDTMXIMMaxim Integrated targeting major banks with patent lawsuits, Reuters reports
Maxim Integrated is (MXIM) targeting several major banks alleging their smartphone banking apps infringe the company's patents, reports Reuters. The complaints were filed against M&T Bank (MTB), and the US affiliates of HSBC (HSBC) and Banco Santander (SAN). The patents cover various technologies that secure data, including encryption for mobile financial transactions. Reference Link
March 23, 2015
10:01 EDTMSCC, MXIMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Allied World (AWH) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Capnia (CAPN) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Catamaran (CTRX) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... CyberArk (CYBR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Inotek Pharmaceuticals (ITEK) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Kinder Morgan (KMI) initiated with a Buy at Argus... MGM China (MCHVF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Melco Crown (MPEL) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Sands China (SCHYY) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tetraphase (TTPH) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Wynn Macau (WYNMF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein.
09:09 EDTMXIMMaxim Integrated initiated with a Buy at Summit Research
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06:51 EDTMSCCMicrosemi initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:19 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $160 from $131 at Citigroup
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06:00 EDTAMDAMD's former CEO may join Dell, Re/code reports
According to sources, former AMD (AMD) CEO Rory Read is close to a deal to join Dell, Re/code reports. Read, who also previously worked at Lenovo (LNVGY) and IBM (IBM), could become COO and president for global commercial sales at Dell. An announcement may come as early as today, the sources say. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
16:42 EDTINTCChip equipment slowdown may not be as bad as first thought, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
07:24 EDTINTCBroadcom chip renews competition with in-house hardware makers, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
10:46 EDTINTCChinese firms using IBM technology in server chips, WSJ says
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10:02 EDTINVNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:29 EDTINVNInvenSense initiated with a Neutral at Rosenblatt
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09:02 EDTINTCIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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08:40 EDTINTCIntel Capital in talks to invest in Indian streaming service, TechCrunch says
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March 18, 2015
16:26 EDTMSCCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:38 EDTMSCCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting and the central bank's accompanying announcements. The averages began the session in negative territory and have been range-bound throughout the morning. The Dow was down triple digits once again, making 8 consecutive days that the blue chip index has seen a triple digit move. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the DOE petroleum inventory reports showed a 9.6M barrel rise in crude stocks in the week of March 13, versus expectations for a 4.4M build. The day's big economic news is yet to come, with the Fed's FOMC meeting announcement due at 2:00 pm EDT and Fed Chair Yellen holding a press conference a half hour later. Elsewhere, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unexpectedly defeated his main challenger in Israelís election and his Likud party appears set to capture more parliament seats. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of FedEx (FDX) slid 2.5% after the shipping giant reported earnings that beat estimates, but revenue that fell short of the consensus forecast, for its third fiscal quarter. FedEx noted that it expects to deliver "record" yearly earnings for the current fiscal year and next fiscal year as well... Oracle (ORCL) shares rose 2.5% after the company's third quarter profits matched expectations and it raised its quarterly dividend 25%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vitesse Semiconductor (VTSS), which jumped 37% after the company agreed to be acquired for $5.28 per share in cash by Microsemi (MSCC). Also higher was Retrophin (RTRX), which rose 28% after the company said it will exercise its right to purchase from Asklepion Pharmaceuticals all worldwide rights, titles, and ownership of Cholbam after the FDA approved the drug for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients with bile acid synthesis disorders due to single enzyme defects and for patients with peroxisomal disorders. Among the noteworthy losers was Willbros Group (WG), which dropped 55% and was downgraded to Underperform at DA Davidson after announcing its earnings report will be delayed and the company is in potential non-compliance with debt covenants. Also lower following their earnings reports were Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), which fell 15% after the company's Phase III BEACON metastatic breast cancer study missed its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 105.02, or 0.59%, to 17,744.06, the Nasdaq was down 12.45, or 0.25%, to 4,924.99, and the S&P 500 was down 7.69, or 0.37%, to 2,066.59.
09:23 EDTMSCCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:10 EDTMSCCMicrosemi backs Q2 adj EPS view 64c-68c, consensus 66c
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07:07 EDTMSCCMicrosemi to acquire Vitesse Semiconductor for $389M
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