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December 21, 2012
12:21 EDTRHT, HLF, MU, RIMM, NOK, PNK, ASCA, NKEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday after Republicans failed to back Speaker Boehner's "Plan B" fiscal cliff bill, meaning lawmakers will go home for the Christmas holiday with the cliff still looming. Today's volume is heavy, as is typical for options expiration day, but investors seem to care less about the latest economic reports and remain focused on the impact the fiscal cliff may have on the economy next year... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Reports showed U.S. personal income rose 0.6% in November, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. Consumer spending climbed 0.4% in the month, which matched expectations. Durable goods orders rose 0.7% in November, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. Excluding transportation items, orders jumped 1.6%, versus the expected decline of 0.2%. The final University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading for December was revised down to 72.9 from a prior 74.5 reading. Analysts called for it to rise slightly to 75.0... COMPANY NEWS: Research in Motion (RIMM) jumped higher in after-market trading immediately after its report that Q3 revenue beat consensus estimates and its quarterly losses were not as steep as feared. However, shares reversed and the weakness extended into today's trading session after the company said on its conference call that it plans to introduce a lower enterprise service tier, which multiple Wall Street analysts said may cut into one of its highest margin revenue streams. The company also agreed to a patent deal with Nokia (NOK), under which it will make a one-off payment and pay ongoing fees to it smartphone rival. Shares of Research in Motion plunged over 18% in afternoon trade, while Nokia slid nearly 5%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) and Ameristar Casinos (ASCA), which both rose after Pinnacle agreed to purchase its fellow casino operator for $26.50 per share, or $2.8B. Shares of the buyer rose over 18%, while Ameristar jumped nearly 20%. Also higher were shares of Nike (NKE), which rose almost 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), up nearly 4%, after their earnings reports. Among the noteworthy losers were Herbalife (HLF), down more than 14% as the company's public fight with Bill Ackman intensifies, and Micron (MU), down 8% following its worse than expected quarterly results... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 175.99, or 1.32%, to 13,135.73; the Nasdaq was down 45.81, or 1.50%, to 3,004.58; and the S&P 500 was down 19.77, or 1.37%, to 1,423.92.
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October 10, 2014
10:55 EDTHLFHerbalife volatility increases
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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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10:15 EDTNOKNokia, China Mobile sign framework agreement valued at $970M
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October 9, 2014
14:32 EDTHLFIcahn says never discussed Netflix with Tim Cook
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09:41 EDTNKEBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:13 EDTNOKNokia reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
06:10 EDTNKEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NKE LULU
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October 8, 2014
11:42 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; AA MU
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10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:43 EDTMUMicron initiated with a Neutral at Ladenburg
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October 7, 2014
14:39 EDTHLFFTC probe of Herbalife seen lasting 'well into' next year, NY Post reporter says
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14:19 EDTHLFHerbalife expects discipline, but not shutdown, following FTC probe, FBN says
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13:59 EDTHLFHerbalife expects some discipline, not shutdown, from FTC, Gasparino says
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10:52 EDTNOKNokia suspends handset production at Chennai facility, Reuters reports
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06:13 EDTHLFHerbalife names ex-FTC commissioner to lead compliance group
Herbalife yesterday announced the appointment of Pamela Jones Harbour to the newly created role of SVP, global member compliance and privacy, reporting to Mark Friedman, EVP and general counsel. Harbour will develop and enhance policies and infrastructure that ensure effective education, training and mentoring programs for the nearly 4 million independent Herbalife members worldwide, underpinned by robust and consistent monitoring and enforcement procedures. In addition to her compliance responsibilities, Harbour will also coordinate the company’s global privacy and cyber security efforts. Harbour served as a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission from 2003-2010 and a prosecutor at the New York State Attorney General’s office for 12 years.
October 6, 2014
14:53 EDTHLFHerbalife, Nu Skin jump to session highs
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08:27 EDTMUMicron lower in pre-market after Samsung plant plans confirmed
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06:44 EDTHLFHerbalife names ex-regulator to lead compliance group, Reuters says
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06:07 EDTNKEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU NKE
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