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March 31, 2014
12:18 EDTT, PRAN, NDZ, TEVA, MNTA, MYL, MUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday in the last trading day of the first quarter of the year. The disappointing Chicago purchasing managers' report was offset by dovish comments from Fed Chief Yellen, who said the the central bank’s "extraordinary" aid will last for "some time.” ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago PMI business barometer index came in at 55.9, versus the consensus forecast for a 59.0 reading. In Europe, the annual inflation rate across the 18-country eurozone fell for the third consecutive month, slipping to 0.5% in March, compared to analysts' consensus forecast for a milder drop to 0.6%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AT&T (T) advanced early in the session after the company's board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to 300M shares, or about 6% of its common shares outstanding. The company also noted it has 125M shares left under its buyback authorization that was issued in March of last year, but the stock had given up much of its early advance to be up fractionally near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Canada's Nordion (NDZ), which jumped 11% after the company agreed to be acquired by Sterigenics for $11.75 per share in cash shortly after Canada's government lifted its 25% limit on foreign investment in the company. Also higher following analyst commentary was Micron (MU), which rose nearly 8% amid notes in its defense from Stifel and Pacific Crest, as well as broad-based strength in technology stocks that have recently pulled back. Among the noteworthy losers were Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA), which dropped 15%, and Mylan (MYL), which slipped over 1%, after the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by Teva (TEVA) of a court ruling that would enable generic versions of its multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone, to be sold in May. Also lower were shares of Prana Biotechnology (PRAN), which plunged over 70% after its clinical study of a drug being tested as a treatment of Alzheimer's Disease did not hit its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 118.43, or 0.73%, to 16,441.49, the Nasdaq was up 52.48, or 1.26%, to 4,208.23, and the S&P 500 was up 14.56, or 0.78%, to 1,872.18.
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October 16, 2014
17:48 EDTMUMicron lower by over 1% to $28 after SanDisk Q3 results and guidance
14:47 EDTMUEarnings Preview: Pacific Crest, RBC positive on SanDisk ahead of report
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08:29 EDTTAT&T sees 359K customers seek refunds for 'cramming' charges, Time reports
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October 15, 2014
10:11 EDTTFrontier granted PURA approval for AT&T wireless ops. in Connecticut
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10:02 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:19 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTTEVABIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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11:19 EDTTEVATeva upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
October 13, 2014
11:47 EDTPRANPrana founder claims breakthrough Alzheimer's approach, FierceBiotech says
The scientific founder of Prana Biotechnology, Massachusetts General Hospital investigator Rudy Tanzi, is asserting that he and his fellow researchers have come upon a new approach to growing brain cells in the lab that promises to "revolutionize" Alzheimer's research, reported FierceBiotech. Tanzi is the co-founding scientist and Chief Scientific Adviser at Prana. Reference Link
06:03 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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October 12, 2014
17:58 EDTMUMicron shares look more attractive, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTMUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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.” Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
13:08 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
11:13 EDTMUMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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10:58 EDTMUMicron falls with peers, levels to watch
The shares are down more than 7.5% to $28.30 at time of writing, just off the lows of the session at $27.59 which is now support. Resistance is at $28.78.
10:29 EDTMUMicrochip 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.
10:20 EDTMUSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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October 9, 2014
16:21 EDTMNTAMomenta Pharma reports top-line Part A results from necuparanib Phase 1/2 trial
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16:11 EDTTEVAAlexza reports 32,278 Adasuve units shipped to Teva in Q3
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12:01 EDTTAT&T announces agreement with Accuris, BSG
AT&T, Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless announced an agreement to bring to market the new AT&T Wi-Fi Hub. This hub will make it possible for wireless operators to deliver turnkey Wi-Fi roaming services to their customers.
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