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June 6, 2014
11:26 EDTDBD, PAY, USAT, NCR, MCRS, NXPIVeriFone 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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May 28, 2015
07:16 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors, Stora Enso to develop intelligent packaging solutions
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05:05 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors agrees to sell RF Power business to JAC Capital for $1.8B
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May 27, 2015
10:35 EDTNXPIBMO Capital to hold a tour
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May 22, 2015
10:38 EDTNXPIMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:58 EDTPAY, NXPIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Allison Transmission (ALSN) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Blackstone (BX) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Esperion (ESPR) initiated with a Sell at Chardan... H&R Block (HRB) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Micron (MU) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Monster Worldwide (MWW) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... National Storage (NSA) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... ON Semiconductor (ON) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Sharps Compliance (SMED) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... StemCells (STEM) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Synaptics (SYNA) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... TriNet (TNET) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Vascular Biogenics (VBLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Verifone (PAY) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... uniQure (QURE) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer.
06:56 EDTNCRNCR Corp. added to Analyst Focus List at JPMorgan
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05:34 EDTPAYVerifone initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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May 21, 2015
16:15 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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14:21 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors CEO says being Dutch company helps in China
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14:19 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors looks to doing joint ventures in China
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May 20, 2015
10:28 EDTUSATUSA Technologies announces exclusive market agreement with M&M Sales Company
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May 18, 2015
07:27 EDTDBDJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
12:13 EDTNXPIThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
12:04 EDTNXPIThird Point reports new stakes in Maxim Integrated, NXP Semiconductors
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11:06 EDTNCRNCR Corp. calls active after report of working with bank on sale
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10:55 EDTNCRJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:54 EDTNCRNCR Corp. rises after report of working with bank on sale
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10:47 EDTNCRNCR Corp. working with JPMorgan on sale, dealReporter says
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08:13 EDTNXPIJefferies ups view on Semis to Positive from Negative
Jefferies upped its view on the Semiconductors space to Positive from Negative after hosting a dozen companies at its annual conference in Miami. The firm notes that most companies noted an "OK" demand environment, which it views as supporting its thesis that the recent inventory correction and lower capex has created a "great opportunity" to add to Semi positions. After meeting with management, Jefferies has increased conviction that NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) will soon sell its HPRF business and return to its stock buyback program before most expect. It has Buy ratings on AMD (AMD), Microchip (MCHP), NXP and Texas Instruments (TXN).

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