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January 31, 2013
16:43 EDTSTZ, CLSN, SWKS, FTNT, SGMS, WMS, QCOM, FB, BUD, FIOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after the averages moved in a narrow range for much of the session on fairly light volume ahead of tomorrow's non-farm payroll report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly unemployment applications jumped 38K to a seasonally adjusted 368K, versus expectations for a more modest rise to 350K. The Challenger job cuts report showed planned layoffs were down 24.4% from the same period a year ago. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.2% in December, which was slightly slower than the 0.4% increase in November, though income jumped 2.6% in December for the biggest monthly gain since the end of 2004. The Chicago Purchasing Manager’s Index came in at 55.6, beating an expected reading of 50.5... COMPANY NEWS: The Department of Justice announced it was suing to prevent Anheuser-Busch InBev's (BUD) planned $20.1B deal to buy control of Grupo Modelo (GPMCF). Shares of AB InBev fell sharply after the news broke, settling down $5.54, or 5.88%, at $88.60. Constellation Brands (STZ), whose deal to acquire the remaining 50% in the Crown Import joint venture it runs with Grupo Modelo is in jeopardy from the DoJ action, lost $6.81, or 17.39%, to $32.36 following the news. However, late in the day, Bloomberg cited sources in reporting that AB InBev's talks about the merger are continuing with U.S. regulators... Facebook (FB) opened sharply lower following its quarterly report, but recovered through the day, eventually closing down only 26c, or 0.83%, at $30.98. Despite earnings and revenue that beat consensus, shares were downgraded by at least five firms as the company said it plans to invest heavily in its business in 2013... Qualcomm (QCOM) saw price targets on its shares raised around the Street following the company's Q1 results and increased guidance and closed up $2.49, or 3.92%, at $66.02... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was WMS Industries (WMS), up $8.38, or 51.19%, to $24.75 after agreeing to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $26.00 per share in cash. Shares of Scientific Games opened sharply higher, but fell through the session to close down 4c, or 0.45%, at $8.89. Also higher following earnings reports that beat Street estimates were Fortinet (FTNT), up $4.24, or 21.91%, to $23.59 and Skyworks (SWKS), up $2.38, or 11.04%, to $23.94. Among the noteworthy losers was Celsion (CLSN), down $6.51, or 81.17%, to $1.51 after its Phase III HEAT study of ThermoDox did not meet its primary endpoint. Also lower was Fusion-io (FIO), down $2.61, or 12.99%, to $17.48, after its Q3 revenue view came in well below Street estimates and the stock was downgraded and price targets were cut by at least three firms... INDICES: The Dow was down 49.84, or 0.36%, to 13,860.58; the Nasdaq was down 0.18, or 0.01%, to 3,142.13; and the S&P 500 was down 3.85, or 0.26%, to 1,498.11.
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October 14, 2014
10:37 EDTSWKSSkyworks rallies after raising Q4 view, levels to watch
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10:10 EDTSWKSChip makers rise following Skyworks positive preannouncement
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Skyworks (SWKS), preannounced stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Skyworks, which develops chips for cell phones, raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook to $1.08 from $1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was $1.01. The chip maker increased its Q4 revenue guidance to $718M from $680M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $679.5M. "Skyworks’ upwardly revised outlook demonstrates the broad-based strength of our business and our ability to capitalize on positive underlying market trends to connect everyone and everything, all the time,” said Skyworks CEO David Aldrich. "These multi-year technology trends are setting the stage for us to outperform the broader semiconductor industry in the December quarter and for the foreseeable future," the CEO added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Skyworks' positive report comes less than a week after another semiconductor maker, Microchip (MCHP), preannounced lower than expected revenue and said it thought the sector had entered a correction. Semiconductor stocks have sold off sharply since Microchip's preannouncement and pessimistic comments. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Skyworks surged 6.4% to $48.24, Intel (INTC) rose 1.5% to $31.94, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) rose 1.2% to $54.55, STMicroelectronics (STM) advanced 2% to $6.82, and Avago Technologies (AVG) gained fractionally to $69.30.
09:13 EDTSWKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1%... Dominos Pizza (DPZ), up 2.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 2.5% following earnings report, announcement of plans to exit consumer businesses in 11 markets... MagneGas (MNGA), up 14% after signing Letter of Intent with Pioneer Recycling... Skyworks (SWKS), up 6% after raising its outlook for Q4. Shares of peers Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and RF Micro Devices (RFMD) are also moving higher in pre-market trading after Skyworks pointed to "broad-based strength" of its business in raising its outlook... Halcon Resources (HK), up 6% after upgraded at KLR Group... Quantum (QTM), up 8.8% after issuing Q2 earnings guidance. LOWER: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1.4% after reporting in-line Q3 earnings... JPMorgan (JPM), down 1.8% after Q3 headline earnings miss... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 1% following downgrade at BofA Merrill Lynch.
08:50 EDTSWKSAvago, NXP rally after Skyworks ups outlook on 'broad-based strength'
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08:04 EDTSWKSSkyworks raises Q4 EPS view to $1.08 from $1.00, consensus $1.01
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08:03 EDTSWKSSkyworks raises EPS, revenue outlook for Q4
07:24 EDTQCOMIntel gains government ally in China with new deals, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTQCOMUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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October 13, 2014
14:11 EDTSWKSSkyworks should report a strong quarter, says Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt remains positive on Skyworks given iPhone exposure and expects a strong quarterly report. The firm's Taiwanese foundries checks suggest continued order strength from Skyworks for Q4 despite some sights that overall PA orders will slow for quarter.
13:10 EDTFBGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTFTNTHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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07:26 EDTBUDAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
06:11 EDTSWKSSkyworks implied volatility of 59 at upper end of index mean range
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05:15 EDTFBFacebook, Ericsson, XL Axiata innovate to improve Indonesia network performance
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTQCOMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
16:02 EDTFBActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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10:29 EDTSWKSMicrochip 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.
10:07 EDTFBFacebook, peer-to-peer lending groups in discussions, The Information says
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07:57 EDTFBFacebook, India Telecom Minister discuss expanding in India, Economic Times says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and India's Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met to discuss expanding the reach of internet by using alternate technology, reports The Economic Times. According to sources, Facebook requested Prasad establish single point contact in his ministry for the alternative technology to which the minister immediately agreed. Reference Link
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