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April 1, 2014
13:48 EDTDDD, SSYSStratasys advances after analyst calls it best positioned in 3D sector
Shares of 3D printer maker Stratsys (SSYS) are higher after UBS initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: 3D printing is "a disruptive innovation with a bright future," wrote UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. Stratasys is the best way to invest in this trend, partly due to its stronger execution than its peer, 3D Systems (DDD), along with the immediate potential of Stratasys' MakerBot unit, the analyst contended. Stratasys' earnings per share should rise 18% in 2014, while 3D Systems' earnings will be unchanged this year, Milunovich predicted. He set a $125 price target on Stratasys. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Milunovich initiated coverage of 3D Systems with a Neutral rating today. He thinks the company's near-term results are likely to be "bumpy" as it invests in its products and distribution this year. However, the analyst believes that 3D Systems' profits could surge in 2015. Moreover, the company's goals of increasing its revenues by 30% annually, excluding acquisitions, while raising its gross margin to 55%-60% are "aggressive but may be achievable," the analyst contended. He set a $62 price target on 3D Systems. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Stratasys rose about 3% to trade near $109, while 3D Systems was down nearly 2%, to $58.
News For SSYS;DDD From The Last 14 Days
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November 25, 2014
08:30 EDTSSYSMakerBot offering 3D printed products on Amazon.com
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November 24, 2014
16:34 EDTDDDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in quiet fashion and trading remained that way throughout the day. The Dow and S&P moved in a narrow range and hugged the flat line, while the Nasdaq drifted steadily higher and added nearly 1% by the close of trade. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.14 in October, versus expectations for a reading of 0.33. Markit's services PMI fell to 56.3 in the flash reading for November, versus expectations for a slight increase to 57.3 from its prior reading of 57.1. The Dallas Fed manufacturing index was steady at 10.5 in November, versus expectations for a 9.0 reading. Overseas, the euro area’s largest economy, Germany, saw a business climate index advance to 104.7 in November from 103.2 in October, beating economists' prediction for a decline to a reading of 103. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) had a role in the Nasdaq's outperformance, as the tech giant climbed after a number of research firms, including Susquehanna, Cantor and KGI Research, were upbeat on the outlook for the company's performance during the holiday season. The iPhone maker's stock rose $2.15, or 1.85%, to close at $118.62 to close just below the 52-week high of $118.77 it hit late in the session... United Technologies (UTX) fell $1.51, or 1.37%, to $108.79 after the Dow member announced that Louis Chenevert had retired as Chairman and CEO, effective immediately. The company reaffirmed its expectations for 2014 earnings per share and sales, but provided little information regarding the abrupt exit of the executive. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Prosensa (RNA), which surged $7.16, or 62.59%, to $18.60 after the small drugmaker agreed to be acquired by larger BioMarin (BMRN). After the deal announcement BioMarin shares also rose $2.11, or 2.46%, to $87.94, while Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which is working on a Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment to rival Prosensa's, advanced 88c, or 5.59%, to $16.61. Also higher was Cimatron (CIMT), which jumped $2.57, or 42.27%, to $8.65 after 3D Systems (DDD) agreed to buy the company for approximately $97M, or $8.97 per share, in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Ring Energy (REI), which fell $1.28, or 9.54%, to $12.14 after Canaccord downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy, citing the the recent decline in crude oil prices and the potential need for the company to raise capital. Also lower were shares of Potash (POT), which fell $2.23, or 6.09%, to $34.40, and Mosaic (MOS), which slid $1.75, or 3.71%, to $45.46 after Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, was reported to be set to start repair work at part of its damaged mine. INDEXES: The Dow added 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,817.90, the Nasdaq rose 41.92, or 0.89%, to 4,754.89, and the S&P 500 gained 5.91, or 0.29%, to 2,069.41.
12:59 EDTDDDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:31 EDTSSYSMakerBot, Staples in pact to sell MakerBot 3D products
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys (SSYS), and Staples (SPLS) announced that MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanners are now available in 50 select Staples retail stores across 18 states. MakerBot is Staples’ exclusive provider in-store of 3D printing hardware, with premium in-store experiences to showcase the entire MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. This partnership makes Staples the exclusive office supply company to offer MakerBot 3D printing and scanning products in the store.
09:23 EDTDDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:34 EDTDDD3D Systems to acquire Cimatron for $8.97 per share
3D Systems (DDD) and Cimatron (CIMT) announced a definitive agreement under which 3DS will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cimatron for $8.97 per share in cash, subject to certain adjustments for Cimatron transaction expenses, for a total of approximately $97M, inclusive of its net cash. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the proposed transaction. The companies expect the transaction to close in 1Q15.
November 23, 2014
14:29 EDTSSYS, DDD3D printing draws regulatory scrutiny as its applications spread, FT says
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November 20, 2014
12:00 EDTSSYS, DDDAnalyst sees new competition shaking up 3D printing market
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07:33 EDTDDD, SSYS3D Systems likely to lower prices amid new competition, says Jefferies
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November 19, 2014
16:32 EDTSSYSStratasys appoints ex-Hewlett-Packard Chris Morgan as CMO
Stratasys (SSYS) appointed Chris Morgan as Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Stratasys. Morgan is a 25-year veteran of HP (HPQ).
November 17, 2014
13:12 EDTSSYS, DDD3D Systems rises after insider buy, Voxeljet slips after downgrade
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10:38 EDTSSYSStratasys announces partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
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09:57 EDTDDD3D Systems up 3.5% in early trading following Chairman stock purchase
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November 14, 2014
10:10 EDTDDDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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