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May 19, 2014
16:27 EDTCPB, MU, ITMN, BRCM, NVDA, LOCK, TXN, AZN, PFE, DTV, TOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following a trading day marked by light volume, a quiet economic calendar and two headline making M&A announcements. The averages began the day slightly below the flat line, but within minutes the Nasdaq and S&P 500 made it into positive ground. The Dow followed by the end of the morning, but the averages moved in a narrow range from there. Despite the range-bound trading, the market internals pointed to a pretty broad based move higher, with advancers ahead of declining stocks by almost 2 to 1. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major domestic economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) shares slid 36c, or 0.98%, to $36.38 after the company confirmed over the weekend that it has agreed to acquire DirecTV (DTV) for $95.00 per share, including $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. After the announcement, analysts at Raymond James upgraded AT&T to Buy from Market Perform, noting that they do not expect another buyer to emerge for DirecTV. Meanwhile, DirecTV shares were downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore and to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich. Shares of DirecTV fell $1.53, or 1.77%, to $84.65 after the deal, which has been widely speculated about in the media in recent weeks, was confirmed... Also over the weekend, Pfizer (PFE) raised its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN), but the U.K. drugmaker again rejected this "final" takeover proposal. Shares of Pfizer rose 16c, or 0.55%, to $29.28 after the rejection, while shares of AstraZeneca trading in New York dropped $9.64, or 12.01%, to $70.64. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was InterMune (ITMN), which gained $4.61, or 13.44%, to $38.92 after reporting results from a study evaluating pirfenidone and having its shares upgraded to Outperform at Leerink. Also higher was NVIDIA (NVDA), which rose 58c, or 3.23%, to $18.54 after it was one of several semiconductor stock, along with Micron (MU), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Broadcom (BRCM), that were upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform by RBC Capital in a note to investors earlier today. Among the noteworthy losers was LifeLock (LOCK), which fell $2.28, or 17.57%, to $10.70 after disclosing that the company is going to temporarily suspend its Wallet mobile application since it is not fully compliant with applicable payment card industry security standards. Also lower were shares of Campbell Soup (CPB), which dropped $1.06, or 2.35%, to $44.06 after the company reported mixed third quarter results and lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. INDEXES: The Dow was up 20.55, or 0.12%, to 16,511.86, the Nasdaq was up 35.23, or 0.86%, to 4,125.81, and the S&P 500 was up 7.22, or 0.38%, to 1,885.08.
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August 20, 2015
07:28 EDTMUBaird downgraded Micron to Neutral on falling DRAM prices
Baird analyst Tristan Gerra downgraded Micron to Neutral from Outperform and lowered his price target to $15 from $36 on DRAM price concerns. Gerra believes blended DRAM pricing could fall 20%+ between now and next year, down to fully loaded costs before capacity cuts take place. The analyst said continued PC unit weakness, soft enterprise server, mobile DRAM weakness, and excess channel inventories are causing the current downturn. Gerra expects Micron's gross margin and earnings to bottom in the February quarter and sees little upside potential until then.
August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTTBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:22 EDTTSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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August 18, 2015
18:30 EDTTXNChip makers advance after Analog Devices reports Q3 financial results
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11:34 EDTTSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
09:39 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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05:55 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: Global mobile DRAM revenue up 7.7% in Q2, DigiTimes reports
Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 7.7% sequentially to $3.85B while global sales of overall DRAM decreased 4.8% to $11.4B in Q2, reports DigiTimes, citing DRAMeXchange. Mobile DRAM prices were less affected by falling prices for PC DRAM chips when compared to other types of DRAM. Prices for PC DRAM chips, which fell 15% in July, are forecast to drop an overall 30% in the third quarter of 2015. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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11:11 EDTMUAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
10:55 EDTBRCMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTMUFollow-up: Micron downgraded to Neutral on capex hike at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Micron to Neutral from Buy. The firm said the unexpected FY16 capex hike may reflect overconfidence by management for new chips and could cause execution and earnings misses.. Additionally, BofA/Merrill said Hynix's capex increase is likely to be material and could lead to capex increases by rivals. The firm lowered its price target on shares to $19 form $28.40.
09:38 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:30 EDTMUMicron weakness from concerns with investment returns, says Susquehanna
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07:01 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
07:00 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo
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06:31 EDTMUMicron share downside limited from here, says Piper Jaffray
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06:26 EDTTAmerica Movil removes charges on U.S. calls for Mexican clients, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTTAT&T aided NSA in web surveillance, NYT reports
The National Security Agency's, or NSA, ability to spy on great amounts of internet traffic has relied on a decades-long partnership with AT&T, the New York Times reports, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The company's cooperation with the NSA has involved a broad range of activities from 2003-2013, including giving the NSA access to billions of emails and providing technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all web communications at the UN headquarters, the report says. AT&T installed surveillance equipment in "at least" 17 of its U.S. internet hubs, the report says. Reference Link
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