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June 11, 2014
12:27 EDTSYNA, TBBK, SNDK, ULTA, AAPL, OREX, MUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though the Nasdaq had almost made its way back to unchanged near noon. Equity futures were weak during the pre-market trading session, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The averages found a level a short time after the open, from where they have been mostly drifting, with the Dow weakening a bit and the Nasdaq firming. The oil inventory numbers released mid-morning were generally in-line with forecasts and had little effect on the market. Of note on the political front, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor became the first sitting majority leader to ever lose in a primary after Tea Party activist David Brat surprisingly, and handily, beat Cantor in Virginia. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the federal budget is due to be reported at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus forecast calling for a deficit of $131B. Also, the World Bank lowered its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year to 2.1%, which is down from its previous 2.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of chipmaker Synaptics (SYNA) surged 25% after the company confirmed last night that it had agreed to buy Renesas SP Drivers, which supplies display driver chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone. Research firm Pacific Crest called the acquisition, which had been speculated about previously in media reports, "a game changer" for Synaptics, as the firm believes that Synaptics can position itself for additional sales to Apple and other companies by integrating display drivers into its touch controller. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was beauty supply store operator Ulta Salon (ULTA), which jumped 14% after reporting better than expected Q1 results and reaffirming its FY14 guidance. Also higher were Micron (MU), which rose more than 5%, and SanDisk (SNDK), which advanced 3%, after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded both of their stocks by two notches to Buy from Underperform in notes to investors this morning. Among the noteworthy losers was The Bancorp (TBBK), which was downgraded to Neutral at BTIG and dropped 28% after the company's disclosure of an FDIC order requiring restrictions on certain activities at its bank subsidiary. Also lower was Orexigen (OREX), which fell more than 16%, after announcing that the FDA extended the review period for NB32, the company's investigational medication being evaluated for weight loss, by three months. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was down 82.42, or 0.49%, to 16,863.50, the Nasdaq was down 1.71, or 0.04%, to 4,336.28, and the S&P 500 was down 5.17, or 0.27%, to 1,945.62.
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July 14, 2015
10:55 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Hold from Sell at Drexel Hamilton
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10:52 EDTSNDK, MUAnalysts say Micron could be sold, but not at price Tsinghua said to offer
Research firms have reacted to a Wall Street Journal report, published last night, that Chinese chip maker Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron (MU) for $23B, or $21 per share. Summit Research said that Tsinghua would probably raise its bid, while JMP Securities wrote that the deal would be logical from Tsinghua's perspective. However, Piper Jaffray contended that the reported buyout offer is illogical and Cowen agreed, saying that the deal makes no sense for shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted, adding that he expects Micron's stock to reach $21 soon. Sundarararjan kept a $34 price target and Buy rating on Micron. JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that the deal would be logical for Tsinghua, as it would allow the Chinese company to access leading edge process technology, enable it to deliver more complete system solutions, and give it access to 3D NAND technology. The analyst, who believes that other Chinese companies may make competing bids for Micron, finds it difficult to believe that Micron would accept an offer more than 5%-10% below its 52-week high of $36.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy countered that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector have received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Roy, who kept an Overweight rating on Micron. Similarly, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that the $21 per share price wouldn't make sense for Micron's shareholders, since it's barely above the estimated replacement cost of the company's capacity. The analyst indicated that he does not believe that Tsinghua would actually make the deal and he thinks that the U.S. Department of Justice would not approve the deal if it does get offered. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a separate note, Summit's Sundarararjan, noting that Intel (INTC) has a 20% stake in Tsinghua. contended that the U.S. chip giant probably "midwifed" Tsinghua's offer for Micron. The analyst says that Intel "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice and he believes that the DOJ could approve the deal. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Micron jumped 11% to $19.60. Several other semi chip related stocks were also rising, with SanDisk (SNDK) gaining 4%, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) advancing 3% and Atmel (ATML) adding 2%.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
09:30 EDTMUMicron gaps up on Tsinghua bid speculation, levels to watch
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09:30 EDTMUPiper says reported Micron buyout price makes no sense
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09:20 EDTSNDK, MUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), up 16.2% following second quarter guidance... Transgenomic (TBIO), up 14% after launching genetic test for Leukodystrophy diagnosis... Biocept (BIOC), up 12.4% after launching diagnostic assay for BRAF mutations in melanoma patients... Micron (MU), up 13.1% after WSJ reports that Tsinghua made $23B acquisition offer... SanDisk (SNDK) and AMD (AMD) are up 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, following reports of Tsinghua offer to Micron... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.2% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1%... JPMorgan (JPM), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Vince Holding (VNCE), down 16.3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP), down 8.3% after 2.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $7.50... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), down 7.4% after pricing pressure leads to reduced fiscal 2015 margin view... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 2.8% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
08:56 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley names 'Vintage Values 2016' list
Morgan Stanley named its "Vintage Values 2016" list, comprised of the firm's analysts' best ideas to hold over the next 12 months. Included on the list are Ameriprise (AMP), Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Comcast (CMCSA), Crown Castle (CC), Estee Lauder (EL), Hilton (HLT), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), LinkedIn (LNKD), Magna (MGA), Marathon Oil (MRO), McKesson (MCK), Oaktree Capital (OAK), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Visa (V).
08:26 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley upgraded Micron (MU) to Equal Weight and said reports China's Tsinghua Unigroup bid $21 per share for the company puts a floor on the stock.
08:26 EDTMUMicron takeover by Tsinghua would be logical, says JMP Securities
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08:19 EDTAAPLFBR Capital looks past 'speed bump' in Apple shares
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08:18 EDTMUReported Micron deal wouldn't make sense for shareholders, says Cowen
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07:35 EDTMUMicron volatility flat into Tsinghua acquisition offer report
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06:41 EDTMUMicron, Tsinghua deal 'probably won't happen,' WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple progresses in TV app talks with networks, NY Post reports
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple Pay launches in U.K., has technical problems, Reuters reports
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06:30 EDTMUTsinghua bid for Micron likely goes higher, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan views Tsinghua Unigroup's reported $21 per share offer for Micron (MU) as a "low-ball bid" that likely goes higher. Micron's spokespeople have said they are yet to receive an offer in writing, the analyst tells investors in a research note. Sundararajan says Micron is a "very justified" acquisition target. The analyst expects shares to trade to $21 soon and believes antitrust concerns can be dealt with successfully. Sundararajan points out Intel holds a 20% stake in Tsinghua and "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice.
06:11 EDTMUMicron says hasn't received offer from Tsinghua, Reuters reports
A Micron spokesperson tells Reuters that the company has not received an M&A offer from Tsinghua Unigroup. Reference Link
05:53 EDTAAPLSamsung expected to launch Galaxy Note 5 on August 14, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLReport: Apple research center in Japan part of govt IT strategy, DigiTimes says
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05:46 EDTMUIntel may have 'midwifed' Tsinghua bid for Micron, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan says Tsinghua Unigroup's reported $23B offer for Micron (MU) is highly likely to have been "midwifed" by Intel (INTC). Intel owns 20% of Tsinghua, Sundararajan points out. The analyst thinks the potential merger will "only have a few objections to work through," despite doubt from investors that the deal will be allowed by the Department of Justice. Sundararajan has viewed Micron as an acquisition candidate and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $34 price target after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that the state-owned Tsinghua offered $21 a share for Micron. The chip maker is up $1.99 to $19.60 in pre-market trading.
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