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July 23, 2014
12:44 EDTALTR, XLNXXilinx retreats after revenue, guidance miss prompt downgrades
Shares of Xilinx (XLNX) are tumbling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and forecast that its sales could drop as much as 4% in Q2 versus Q1. Xilinx develops integrated circuits in the form of programmable logic devices, including programmable System on Chips. WHAT'S NEW: Xilinx reported higher than expected first quarter profits last night, but the company's revenue came in at $612M, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $631.5M. Moreover, the company stated that it expects sales to be flat or fall as much as 4% in the second quarter compared with the just completed one. Analysts had expected Xilinx 's revenue to rise about 5% sequentially. "June quarter revenues were impacted by weaker than anticipated sales from our defense and wireless businesses," the company's CEO, Moshe Gavrielov, explained. "Looking ahead to the second half of our fiscal year, I believe Xilinx is positioned to benefit from a recovery in wireless and defense programs as well as improved business conditions in wired communications and industrial applications," Gavrielov stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, William Blair analyst Anil Doradla downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. After listening to Xilinx's conference call, Doradla wrote that the company's comments suggest that the ramp up of 4G infrastructure in China will occur at a more gradual pace than previously thought. Additionally, Xilinx's stock was trading at a "healthy" valuation before the market opened today, even if analysts raise their 2015 estimates for the company, Doradia wrote. He cut his rating on the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Also downgrading the stock today were Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital. However, FBR Capital wrote that the decline has created a "great" entry point in the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Xilinx sank $7, or 14.5%, to $41.19. Meanwhile, Xilinx's peer Altera (ALTR) dropped 4.75% to $33.35.
News For XLNX;ALTR From The Last 14 Days
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March 29, 2015
18:29 EDTXLNX, ALTRIf Intel buys Altera, Xilinx may become a takeover target, Re/code says
If published reports from Friday of chipmaker Intel's (INTC) intentions to acquire Altera (ALTR) turn out to be accurate, look for Altera peer Xilinx (XLNX) to be a takeover target, says Re/code says. Reference Link
March 27, 2015
16:23 EDTALTROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks opened slightly higher but were unable to gather any upside momentum. They quickly crossed into negative territory but never really picked up speed to the downside. After the slightly better than expected consumer confidence reading, the averages moved back into positive ground where they spent most of the session hovering near the flat line. Near the close, comments by Fed Chair Janet Yellen that an interest rate hike "may be warranted later this year," lifted the averages into positive territory. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., real GDP growth was steady at 2.2% in Q4, falling below consensus forecasts for 2.4% growth. GDP price index grew 0.1% on a linked quarter basis, matching expectations. U.S. consumer sentiment fell to 93.0 against consensus of 92.1. The current conditions index dipped to 105.0 from February's 106.9, while the consumer expectations index dropped to 85.3 from 88.0. COMPANY NEWS: Dow Chemical (DOW) and Olin (OLN) were up 3% and 14%, respectively, after announcing that Dow will separate much of its chlorine value chain and merge the entity with Olin in a $5B deal. Additionally, the companies announced a 20-year arrangement in which Dow will supply Olin with ethylene. Late in the session, the Wall Street Journal reported that Intel (INTC) was in talks to acquire Altera (ALTR), sending both stocks higher by 6% and 28%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Carnival (CCL), which rose over 6% after beating earnings expectations and raising FY15 revenue yield guidance. Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), jumping 11% after speculation of a Shire (SHPG) takeover deal. Among the noteworthy losers was Southern Cooper (SCCO), which fell nearly 4% after the company cancelled its Tia Maria mining project. Also lower was OvaScience (OVAS), down 10% after Oppenheimer reported pushback from academics during the company's presentation of early Augment data. Opco cautioned, however, that criticism of non-trial data is "inevitable" and JMP Securities called the results encouraging. INDEXES: The Dow rose 34.43, or 0.19%, to 17,712.66, the Nasdaq gained 27.86, or 0.57%, to 4,891.22, and the S&P 500 added 4.87, or 0.24%, to 2,061.02.
16:01 EDTALTROptions Update; March 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 31c to 25.74 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR RAD FB PBR AMZN DOW VLO AMAT ALTR according to Track Data.
15:48 EDTALTR Altera calls active on Intel in talks to buy report
Altera (ALTR) April 36 and 37 calls are active after DJ reported Intel (INTC) is in acquisition talks. April call option implied volatility is at 55, May is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
15:47 EDTALTRAltera up 22% after WSJ reports Intel in acquisition talks
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15:44 EDTALTRIntel in talks to buy Altera, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is in talks to acquire Altera (ALTR) in what would be Intel's largest deal ever, according to the Wall Street Journal, which added that terms of the deal and timing couldn't be learned. Reference Link
15:38 EDTALTRAltera up 12.5% after DJ reports Intel in acquisition talks
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15:36 EDTALTRIntel in talks to buy Altera, DJ reports
March 20, 2015
06:24 EDTXLNX, ALTRChina Mobile capex outlook negative for Xilinx, Altera, says Citigroup
Citigroup says the lower 2015 capital expenditure guidance from China Mobile (CHL) is negative for Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR) since it offsets the higher spending at China Telecom (CHA) and China Unicom (CHU). Citi sees downside to consensus estimates for both Xilinx and Altera and keeps Neutral ratings on the stocks.
March 16, 2015
10:02 EDTXLNXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Avago (AVGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Jabil Circuit (JBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... King Digital (KING) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... L.B. Foster (FSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Petrobras Argentina (PZE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Qorvo (QRVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Seagate (STX) upgraded at Needham... Standex (SXI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... West Corp. (WSTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
09:10 EDTXLNXXilinx upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton

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