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February 25, 2013
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October 1, 2015
06:01 EDTALUAcacia Research signs patent license agreement with Alcatel-Lucent USA
Acacia Research's (ACTG) Labyrinth Optical Technologies subsidiary has entered into a settlement and patent license agreement with Alcatel Lucent (ALU) USA. The agreement resolves litigation that was pending in the U.S. Court for the Central District of California.
September 30, 2015
16:32 EDTNVDANVIDIA announces game streaming service GeForce NOW
NVIDIA announced its "GeForce NOW" game streaming service for the company's SHIELD line of gaming devices. The company remarked, "Forget waiting for hours for games to download. Stream the latest titles from our powerful cloud-gaming supercomputers in an instant. With our streaming technology, epic games... are never more than 30 seconds away." GeForce NOW membership is priced at $7.99 per month with the first three months free and 50 games offered at launch. The service arrives on October 1 in North America, Europe, and Japan. Reference Link
16:00 EDTMU, INTCOptions Update; September 30, 2015
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10:49 EDTINTC, MUWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
10:33 EDTFFIVBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
09:59 EDTINTC, MUActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTNVDANVIDIA price target raised to $30 from $28 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on NVIDA (NVDA) after Microsoft's (MSFT) cloud platform began offering NVIDIA's Grid 2.0 GPU virtualization solutions, JMP says that Microsoft's move "paves the way for broader Cloud adoption and further entrenchment of Nvidia Quadro solutions." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:08 EDTCSCOBroadSoft can be a 'significantly larger' company, says Jefferies
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08:04 EDTMUMicron October weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Micron October weekly call option implied volatility is at 133, October is at 76, November is at 75; compared to its 52-week range of 28 to 73, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on October 1.
September 29, 2015
17:03 EDTCSCOGeneral Electric, Cisco collaborate to accelerate manufacturing productivity
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13:34 EDTNVDAGoogle announces Pixel C high-end Chromebook tablet
Google (GOOG) announced the Pixel C, a high-end Chromebook tablet featuring a magnetically-attached keyboard. The device uses a 10.2-inch screen, an NVIDIA (NVDA) Tegra X1 processor, and USB-C "quick charge" technology. The tablet itself will launch at $499 for the 32gb model and $599 for the 64gb version, while the keyboard will retail separately for $149. The devices will be available in time for the holidays, Google noted.
12:23 EDTCSCOCisco has a conference call hosted by Deutsche Bank
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11:26 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU TSLA
Micron (MU) January 17 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 55, Tesla (TSLA) December 280 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 44 according to iVolatility.
11:19 EDTFFIVAnalyst rolls out coverage of IT security stocks with mixed view
Research firm Stifel initiated coverage of IT security company Barracuda Networks (CUDA) with a Buy rating and started coverage of another company in the sector, Imperva (IMPV), with a Hold rating in notes to investors this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda is "an emerging leader" in the small and medium business security and storage sectors and it's poised to replace legacy systems in those markets, Stifel analyst Gur Talpaz wrote. The lower than expected billings reported by the company for the first quarter was "an aberration," according to Talpaz, who predicts its billings growth should accelerate in Q2. Unlike legacy threat management systems, Barracuda's products can be bought individually, on an "as needed" basis, by small and medium businesses, Talpaz explained. More importantly, Barracuda's products allow a single administrator to view the majority of the company's security infrastructure from any location, Talpaz noted. Additionally, Barracuda's storage solutions can be implemented using appliance, cloud or hybrid systems, according to Talpaz, who set a $36 price target on the shares. Imperva is "the clear leader" in the small but fast growing Web Application Firewall, or WAF, market, the analyst stated. However, many companies still don't view WAF systems as necessary, reasoning that they do not have that many Web applications, according to Talpaz. Moreover, competition in the market is intense, as network vendors such as F5 Networks (FFIV) and cloud vendors such as Akamai (AKAM) are competing in the relatively small space, the analyst stated. Talpaz expects Imperva to report strong Q3 results, but heading into 2016, he believes that the company's future profitability is "limited,"while its competitive end markets will create challenges and its valuation leaves little room for error. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Talpaz also initiated coverage of another company in the sector, Qualys (QLYS), with a Hold rating. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Barracuda slipped 1.2% to $24.33, Imperva dropped 3.6% to $63 and Qualys advanced 0.4% to $28.59.
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Apache (APA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Simmons... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Bunge (BG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Continental AG (CTTAY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... FTD Companies (FTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Intermolecular (IMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... LDR Holding (LDRH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Micron (MU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Nautilus (NLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Nevsun Resources (NSU) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Omega Protein (OME) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Republic Airways (RJET) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Swiss Re (SSREY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Thor Industries (THO) upgraded on positive trends, checks at BMO Capital... Verint (VRNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
09:03 EDTINTCHP updates entry-level workstation
HP (HPQ) announced the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel (INTC) processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC. The Z240 is the latest update to the world's No. 1 ranked entry-level workstation, the HP Z230. As HP's most affordable workstation, the Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries.
07:17 EDTMUMicron price target lowered to $23 from $34 at Stifel
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06:48 EDTINTCAMD stake sale talks with Silver Lake stalled, Bloomberg says
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a competitor of Intel (INTC), was in discussions to sell an approximate 25% stake to private equity firm Silver Lake Management before the talks were stalled, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The two sides have put talks on hold after they failed to reach an agreement over price and strategy, the report says. AMD is looking into other strategic options, the report says. Reference Link
06:02 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst David Wong upgraded Micron Technology to Outperform saying current valuation levels provide upside potential. Wong cut his estimates for the company, however, citing the "ongoing slide" in DRAM pricing. Nonetheless, he thinks that memory industry financial dynamics have improved in recent years and keeps a $16-$19 price target range for Micron shares.
05:23 EDTJNPRJuniper to work with British Airways to build private cloud and next-gen core
Juniper (JNPR) announced it will work with global premium airline, British Airways (BAIRY), to build a private cloud data center and IP/MPLS core backbone using Juniper Networks technology. The new private cloud infrastructure will run many of the applications that underpin British Airways' operations, including ticketing, check-in and baggage tracking.
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