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February 19, 2014
11:58 EDTISRG, UCTT, LRCX, AMATUltra 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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May 22, 2015
08:33 EDTLRCX, AMATSeveral companies to benefit from GLOBALFOUNDRIES capex, says Pacific Crest
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May 21, 2015
06:12 EDTAMATApplied Materials implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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May 19, 2015
09:08 EDTLRCXLam Research recommended on higher 3D NAND spending at Goldman
Goldman reiterates its Conviction Buy rating on Lam Research given potential for higher 3D NAND spending in 2H. The firm expects the secular transition to 3D NAND and aggressive capital allocation to re-rate shares. Goldman's price target on Lam Research is $91.
May 18, 2015
16:10 EDTLRCXLam Research raises quarterly dividend 67% to 30c per share
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May 15, 2015
16:51 EDTLRCXGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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11:57 EDTLRCX, AMATApplied Materials jumps after reporting highest revenue in three years
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10:40 EDTAMATStocks with call strike movement; MU AMAT
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10:29 EDTISRGAmerican Urological Association to hold an annual meeting
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09:11 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bsquare (BSQR), up 34.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL), up 13% after being initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX), up 7.4% after announcing FDA approval of Treximet for use in pediatric patients... Advaxis (ADXS), up 4.4% after being initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.3% following a Bloomberg report that the company is in talks to enter China's online video market... Inovalon (INOV), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 12.8%... King Digital (KING), down 8.3%. ALSO LOWER: PlasmaTech (PTBI), down 5.4% after filing to sell 1.93M shares for selling stockholders... Paycom Software (PAYC), down 7% after 8M share Spot Secondary priced at $36.25... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 5.9% after Keurig Kold investor presentation... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.4% after CFO transition... Celladon (CLDN), down 5.1% after the CEO says that the company is evaluating strategic options.
08:33 EDTAMATApplied Materials reported strong Q2 results, says Pacific Crest
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06:30 EDTAMATApplied Materials outlook positive, downside limited, says Piper Jaffray
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May 14, 2015
19:02 EDTAMATOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:05 EDTAMATApplied Materials sees Q3 EPS 31c-35c, consensus 33c
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16:03 EDTAMATApplied Materials reports Q2 EPS 29c, consensus 28c
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15:01 EDTAMATNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:34 EDTAMATApplied Materials technical remarks before results
The stock's chart over the last year has been marked by two large double tops that completed, and from which new rallies began in the case of the former in October of last year. Ahead of earnings, the current double top has largely completed. If the news and outlook is more bullish than expected, then a new rally may begin from current levels. Resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $20,60, $21.44, $22.69, and $23.46. If the news is bearish, given the preceding double top the downside could be significant. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives are at $18.63, $17.69, and $16.40.
11:43 EDTAMATApplied Materials May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Applied Materials May call option implied volatility is at 72, June is at 29, July is at 28; compared to its 90-day average of 29; suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results today after the market close.
May 12, 2015
10:01 EDTISRGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:59 EDTAMATPiper sees opportunity in Applied Materials ahead of earnings
Piper Jaffray views the recent pullback in shares of Applied Materials as an opportunity ahead of the company's earnings this week. Piper sees limited downside from current levels and believes the Applied's WFE outlook "will not deviate much from that of its peers." The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $25 price target.
05:34 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien started shares of Intuitive Surgical with a Neutral rating and $505 price target. O'Brien calls the stock "simply too expensive" relative to expected sales and earnings, but admits Intuitive's robotic surgical technology will likely dominate the market in the coming years. Further, the analyst thinks the company's da Vinci Prostatectomy and da Vinci Hysterectomy procedures could contract amid new diagnostic tests and insurance pushback. The stock closed yesterday up $2.05 to $496.37.

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