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June 6, 2014
11:26 EDTPAY, NXPI, NCR, DBD, MCRS, USATVeriFone hits 52-week high after better than expected results
Shares of VeriFone Systems (PAY), which is involved in secure electronic payment solutions, are rising after the company’s second quarter results and its revenue outlook surpassed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, VeriFone reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 37c and adjusted revenue of $467M, beating the consensus views of 33c and $443.42M, respectively. VeriFone forecast Q3 adjusted EPS of 33c-34c versus consensus of 37c. Q3 adjusted revenue was seen at $455M-$460M, which was above the consensus of $453.83M at the midpoint. For FY14, adjusted EPS was forecast at $1.42-$1.44, compared to consensus $1.43, while adjusted revenue was seen at $1.825B-$1.835B, topping the consensus of $1.8B. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company also announced that the competition commission of India is investigating certain complaints made against it, alleging unfair practices based on certain provisions in its software development license arrangements in India. VeriFone noted it has cooperated with requests by the CCI in its investigation. OTHERS TO WATCH: After VeriFone stated that 15 of its existing POS customers moved to EMV credit card technology, Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors that it thinks the EMV trend is gathering steam and provides a tailwind to NXP Semiconductors (NXPI). The firm notes that banks are continuing to roll out EMV-enabled cards and kept a $74 price target and Buy rating on NXP's shares. Other companies in the POS system and electronic payment space include NCR Corporation (NCR), Diebold (DBD), USA Technologies (USAT), and MICROS Systems (MCRS). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, VeriFone rose about 7%, to $36.23 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week high of $36.74. Including today’s advance, the stock has more than doubled in price over the past twelve months.
News For PAY;NXPI;NCR;DBD;MCRS;USAT From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
07:03 EDTNCRNCR Corp. now sees FY14 EPS $2.60-$2.70, consensus $3.00
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07:02 EDTNCRNCR Corp. expects Q3 free cash flow $132M
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07:01 EDTNCRNCR Corp. expects Q3 EPS 67c, consensus 71c
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October 17, 2014
11:25 EDTPAYVeriFone wins appeal of patent ruling in favor of CardSoft
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08:00 EDTPAYVeriFone fundamentals unchanged despite sell-off, says Jefferies
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October 15, 2014
11:02 EDTNCRIntel introduces transaction data protection technology in partnership with NCR
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07:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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October 14, 2014
10:10 EDTNXPIChip makers rise following Skyworks positive preannouncement
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Skyworks (SWKS), preannounced stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Skyworks, which develops chips for cell phones, raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook to $1.08 from $1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was $1.01. The chip maker increased its Q4 revenue guidance to $718M from $680M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $679.5M. "Skyworks’ upwardly revised outlook demonstrates the broad-based strength of our business and our ability to capitalize on positive underlying market trends to connect everyone and everything, all the time,” said Skyworks CEO David Aldrich. "These multi-year technology trends are setting the stage for us to outperform the broader semiconductor industry in the December quarter and for the foreseeable future," the CEO added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Skyworks' positive report comes less than a week after another semiconductor maker, Microchip (MCHP), preannounced lower than expected revenue and said it thought the sector had entered a correction. Semiconductor stocks have sold off sharply since Microchip's preannouncement and pessimistic comments. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Skyworks surged 6.4% to $48.24, Intel (INTC) rose 1.5% to $31.94, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) rose 1.2% to $54.55, STMicroelectronics (STM) advanced 2% to $6.82, and Avago Technologies (AVG) gained fractionally to $69.30.
09:13 EDTNXPIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1%... Dominos Pizza (DPZ), up 2.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 2.5% following earnings report, announcement of plans to exit consumer businesses in 11 markets... MagneGas (MNGA), up 14% after signing Letter of Intent with Pioneer Recycling... Skyworks (SWKS), up 6% after raising its outlook for Q4. Shares of peers Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and RF Micro Devices (RFMD) are also moving higher in pre-market trading after Skyworks pointed to "broad-based strength" of its business in raising its outlook... Halcon Resources (HK), up 6% after upgraded at KLR Group... Quantum (QTM), up 8.8% after issuing Q2 earnings guidance. LOWER: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1.4% after reporting in-line Q3 earnings... JPMorgan (JPM), down 1.8% after Q3 headline earnings miss... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 1% following downgrade at BofA Merrill Lynch.
08:55 EDTNXPIBarclays top ideas in U.S. Semiconductors on the pullback
Barclays' top U.S. Semiconductor ideas to buy on the pullback are Avago (AVGO), Cavium (CAVM), Spansion (CODE), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Xilinx (XLNX).
08:50 EDTNXPIAvago, NXP rally after Skyworks ups outlook on 'broad-based strength'
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October 10, 2014
14:27 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors breaks long-term uptrend line, levels to watch
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13:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors buy on weakness, says Sterne Agee
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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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09:17 EDTPAYVeriFone management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:14 EDTPAYJackson Square reports 11.94% passive stake in VeriFone
October 7, 2014
10:02 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:03 EDTPAYVeriFone, Sunoco forge agreement to install integrated dispenser video screens
VeriFone Systems (PAY) and Sunoco (SUN) announced that VeriFone has been selected as the exclusive media provider for Sunoco’s fueling islands. VeriFone will provide Sunoco with dispenser card readers that have integrated video screens and dynamic streaming content. These payment terminals will enhance the fueling experience for Sunoco’s customers and provide a cost-efficient EMV strategy for Sunoco’s growing network of branded retailers.
05:34 EDTPAYVeriFone initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest
Target $39.
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