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October 7, 2015
11:33 EDTAMBAGoPro drops to 52-week low after Morgan Stanley slashes price target
GoPro (GPRO) shares, which are down over 50% year-to-date, fell to a new 52-week low in morning trading after an analyst from Morgan Stanley lowered the action camera maker's price target as a result of disappointing sales of its Session device. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette maintained an Equal Weight rating on GoPro's shares but slashed his price target on the stock to $35 from $62, saying that "disappointing" HERO4 Session sales indicate future disappointments, absent marked improvements in usability. Faucette said that recent checks were "decidedly more negative" since customers prefer the HERO4 Silver's screen and video quality over the Session's smaller form factor. Disappointing demand for the Session resulted in the company deciding to reduce the price to $299 a week ago, down $100 lower than the $399 price tag in July, the analyst noted. Faucette added that mobile software improvements and editing are still lagging behind apps available on Google's (GOOG) Android and Apple's (AAPL) iOS systems. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On September 23, Cowen also lowered its price target on GoPro shares to $60 from $76, saying that the slower than expected sales for the HERO4 Session now seem well discounted. Separately, on September 19, Alexander Eule argued in a Barron's article that GoPro's share price may drop to as low as $25, calling the company's cameras a "one-product wonder" akin to BlackBerry (BBRY) smartphones and Palm digital organizers. Three days later, GoPro chief executive officer Nick Woodman said in an interview with CNBC that it was "short-sighted" to refer to his company as a "one trick pony." Woodman added that the Session was selling against incumbents and that it was unreasonable to believe it would immediately become a top seller. RISING COMPETITION: In the same CNBC interview, GoPro's head said that companies such as Sony (SNE), which is viewed as a major competitor in the market for cameras, have actually helped GoPro expand total reach and that its market share has grown since Sony entered the market. In addition, on September 22, Woodman said that he does not believe Apple (AAPL), which was granted patents for action cameras in January, is "investing and exploring GoPro-like devices," Fortune reported. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GoPro shares dropped 9.7% to $27.69. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week low of $27.52. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Ambarella (AMBA), which supplies chips to GoPro, fell 2.5% to $60.15.
06:28 EDTMRVLIC designers: Tablet demand remains weak, DigiTimes reports
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October 6, 2015
12:58 EDTAMBAAscendiant to hold an analyst/industry conference call
Senior Technology Analyst David Williams discusses Ambarella's strategic positioning and competitive dynamics on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 6 at 1 pm.
October 5, 2015
16:42 EDTSIMOSilicon Motion sees Q3 revenue up 8%-10% sequentially, consensus $93.8M
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September 30, 2015
10:01 EDTMXLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Apollo Investment (AINV) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Ares Capital (ARCC) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Barrett Business (BBSI) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... BlackRock Capital Investment (BKCC) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Danaher (DHR) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Fossil (FOSL) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... MSG Networks (MSGN) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... MaxLinear (MXL) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NanoString (NSTG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... On Deck Capital (ONDK) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... PennantPark (PNNT) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Petrobras (PBR) initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie... Signature Bank (SBNY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Solar Capital (SLRC) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill.
07:49 EDTMXLMaxLinear initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital
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September 29, 2015
08:30 EDTAMBAAmbarella fundamentals unchanged, selloff a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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September 25, 2015
10:59 EDTMRVLMarvell plans to lay off 17% of workforce, restructures mobile operations
Shares of Marvell Technology (MRVL) rose in morning trading after the company announced a major restructuring of its mobile platform business that will include a "significant" headcount reduction. WHAT'S NEW: Marvell Technology announced after the bell yesterday that it will cut about 17% of its global workforce as it restructures its mobile platform business. Marvel is seeking to focus its focus its mobile product line on "anticipated more profitable opportunities" and "right-size its expenses in line with corporate targets." The company plans to take a charge of $100M-$130M related to the structuring, which is currently expected to result in annualized operating expense savings of $170M-$220M. Marvell said it plans to "significantly" downsize the mobile platform organization to refocus its technology to emerging opportunities in IoT, automotive and networking. The moves have already started and the company anticipates the major activities to take place through the end of fiscal 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Marvell announced on September 11 that it was conducting an internal investigation of certain accounting and internal control matters. "The investigation consists of a review of certain revenue recognition issues in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 and any associated issues with whether senior management's operating style during the period resulted in an open flow of information and communication to set an appropriate tone for an effective control environment," the company stated. Specifically, the company said it was focused on 7%-8% of revenue recognized that would have been received in the third quarter. The company forecast a preliminary second quarter net loss of (74c) on revenue of $711M, which may not compare to analysts' consensus estimates at that time for 11c and $721.9M, respectively. Marvell said the preliminary results reflected weaker-than-expected demand for certain products, particularly in the storage market. STREET RESEARCH: Commenting on Marvel's restructuring move, Craig-Hallum analyst Christian Schwab said that Marvell's exit from its mobile handset business is a positive since the unit struggled to create scale and profits, generating just $122M in revenue and $13M in gross profit in the first half of fiscal 2016. Schwab said the move will drive company-wide gross margins toward the mid-50% range and expects a strengthened product profile following the restructuring efforts. The analyst added that the risk/reward is attractive and upgraded the stock's rating to Buy while maintaining a $14 price target. PRICE ACTION: Marvell shares are up 3.05% to $9.30 in morning trading.
10:00 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3M (MMM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ACE Limited (ACE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Box (BOX) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... CyberArk (CYBR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... General Growth (GGP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks, developments at JMP Securities... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Lam Research (LRCX) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Nike (NKE) upgraded on share gains at Sterne Agee CRT... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... United Rentals (URI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill.
09:09 EDTMRVLMarvell upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
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08:58 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nike (NKE), up 8% after last night's better than expected earnings report and futures orders prompted numerous price target hikes at Street research firms. Among them, Deutsche Bank raised it price target on Nike shares to $140 and UBS bumped its target up to $137... Jabil Circuit (JBL), up 9%... BlackBerry (BBRY), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Bellerophon Therapeutics (BLPH), up 67% after announcing data from an interim analysis of the company's Phase 2 long-term extension study of INOpulse for the treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension... Marvell (MRVL), up 5% after announcing a global headcount reduction, plans to downsize its mobile platform business... PayPal (PYPL), up 3% after being initiated with a Buy rating at Canaccord. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 15% after Q2 results, FY16 guidance cut... Finish Line (FINL), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Internap (INAP), down 17% after cutting its revenue forecast and having its shares downgraded at Oppenheimer.
September 24, 2015
19:14 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Jabil Circuit (JBL), up 9.6%... Nike (NKE), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Bellerophon Therapeutics (BLPH), up 92% after announcing "positive" data from its interim Phase 2 study of INOpulse... Reynolds American (RAI), up 1% after Bloomberg reported the company may sell $5B in assets to Japan Tobacco... Marvell (MRVL), up 5.15% after announcing a 17% global headcount reduction. LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 7.5%... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: Internap (INAP), down 15.1% after cutting its FY15 revenue forecast... Emerge Energy Services (EMES), down 3.25% after withdrawing its distribution guidance due to "difficult market conditions."
17:10 EDTMRVLMarvell up 8% after announcing 17% global headcount reduction
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16:24 EDTMRVLMarvell to downsize mobile platform business, sees $100M-$130M charge
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