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February 19, 2014
11:58 EDTUCTT, AMAT, LRCX, ISRGUltra Clean Holdings hits 52-week high after results, guidance top expectations
Shares of Ultra Clean Holdings (UCTT), which develops and supplies subsytems to the semiconductor capital equipment industry, are advancing after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance surpassed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Ultra Clean reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $126.3M, topping expectations of 23c and $125.68M, respectively. The company forecast Q1 adjusted EPS of 28c-31c and revenue of $135M-$140M, compared to expectations of 21c and $122.4M, respectively. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Stifel raised its price target on Ultra Clean to $15 from $13 after the company reported Q4 results that the firm viewed as strong. The firm expects the company's earnings growth to accelerate going forward and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. Another firm, Northland Securities, raised its price target to $17 from $9 following the company's strong Q4 report. Northland kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Ultra Clean Holdings rose $1.49, or 12.5%, to $13.43 on nearly twelve times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $13.88. Including today's move, the stock has gained about 114% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: In its last annual 10K filing to the SEC last year, Ultra Clean said its three largest customers in fiscal year 2012 were Applied Materials (AMAT), Lam Research (LRCX) and Intuitive Surgical (ISRG).
News For UCTT;AMAT;LRCX;ISRG From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
16:58 EDTUCTTUltra Clean down 8.8% following Q4 miss, guidance below analyst estimates
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16:34 EDTUCTTUltra Clean sees Q4 EPs 11c-14c, consensus 18c
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16:33 EDTUCTTUltra Clean reports Q3 EPS 12c, consensus 15c
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07:11 EDTISRGAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
07:01 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical Q3 expectations achievable, says Jefferies
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October 17, 2014
13:55 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:41 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
Leerink upgraded Intuitive Surgical to Outperform saying it has greater confidence in the company's ability to accelerate procedure growth after surveying surgeons. The firm raised its price target for shares to $560 from $450.
October 16, 2014
07:54 EDTAMATApplied Materials weakness creates buying opportunity, says Stifel
Stifel believes that Applied Materials' (AMAT) fundamental story has not changed, while the weakness in the shares is an overreaction to certain issues, including the Microchip (MCHP) preannouncement. Stifel expects the company to benefit from strong WFE spending in 2015 and increasing capital intensity trends in the chip sector. The firm keeps a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:39 EDTAMATApplied Materials upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTAMATApplied Materials upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:08 EDTAMATApplied Materials implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index mean range
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTLRCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:22 EDTLRCXLam Research upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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October 10, 2014
11:27 EDTAMATApplied Materials falls with peers, bearish double top active
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11:13 EDTAMAT, LRCXMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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October 8, 2014
10:00 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
07:50 EDTAMAT, AMATApplied Materials upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA upgraded Applied Materials to Outperform and said Tokyo Electron deal concerns are overdone and the company will not go through with the deal if it turns out to be dilutive. Additionally, CLSA said Applied Materials will benefit from the 2015 14/16nm FinFET capex cycle. Price target raised to $23 from $22.
October 7, 2014
14:46 EDTUCTTApple supplier GT Advanced recovers some of yesterday's losses
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10:29 EDTUCTTGT Advanced lists Apple, Airgas, GrafTech, Ultra Clean among top 30 creditors
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