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February 19, 2014
11:58 EDTAMAT, ISRG, UCTT, LRCXUltra 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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July 22, 2015
10:01 EDTISRGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
09:05 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical price target raised to $600 from $590 at Leerink
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07:13 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical upgraded to Buy at Canaccord
As reported previously, Canaccord upgraded Intuitive Surgical to Buy from Hold citing accelerated growth and improving gross margins. Canaccord raised its price target to $615 from $517 on Intuitive Surgical shares.
07:01 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical price target raised to $675 from $616 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Intuitive Surgical to $675 calling the company's Q2 results strong "across the board." Intuitive's upped guidance shows the positive trends are sustainability, the firm tells investors in a research note. It keeps a Buy rating on the name.
06:53 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
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06:00 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical price target raised to $625 from $575 at Barclays
Barclays analyst Matthew Taylor raised his price target for Intuitive Surgical to $625 saying the company's Q2 results should ease investor concerns around procedure growth and margins. The analyst calls the quarter "excellent" in a research note titled "Hitting All Cylinders." Taylor keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTISRGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:59 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical advances further to up over 12% in after-hours trading
16:58 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical sees 2H15 gross profit margin 67%-68%
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16:57 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical raises 2015 procedural growth view to 11%-13% from 8%-11%
Comments from company's Q2 earnings conference call.
16:43 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical advances almost 9% after reporting Q2 results
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16:08 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical Q2 worldwide da Vinci procedures grew 14%
Worldwide da Vinci procedures grew approximately 14% over the second quarter of 2014, up 8% sequentially over the first quarter of 2015, driven primarily by growth in U.S. general surgery procedures and broad-based procedure growth in Asia and other international markets. The Company shipped 118 da Vinci Surgical Systems, compared to 96 in the second quarter of 2014 and 99 in the first quarter of 2015.
16:07 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical reports Q2 EPS $4.57, consensus $3.98
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15:02 EDTISRGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:16 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical July weekly 502.50 straddle priced for 6.4% movement into Q2
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12:33 EDTISRGEarnings Watch: Intuitive Surgical down about 9% since last earnings
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12:16 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical technical comments before results
The stock has been trading in a sideways range from $480 at the low and $512 at the high since April of this year. Those two bounds may help us understand where price may go following earnings. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $480 would resolve the range bearishly. Next supports to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $475, $470.79, and $467.45. If the news is a bullish surprise, the upper bound of the range at $512 would likely be tested. A breakout above $512 would resolve the range bullishly. Next resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $525.57, $538.83, and $542.41.
08:30 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTAMAT, LRCXStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
06:59 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical Q2 expectations look reasonable, says Leerink
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