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NeoPhotonics rises 15.9%
NeoPhotonics is up 15.9%, or $1.09 to $7.95.
Full ban of sales to Huawei 'highly improbable,' says Needham
Needham analysts Alex Henderson and N. Quinn Bolton said they sees the chances of an outright ban of sales to Huawei as "extremely low," adding that it is their understanding the probe into Huawei has been ongoing for the last two years while noting that the ZTE probe took over five years to complete. The ironic impact of any escalation in trade tension could be an increase in demand from Huawei to build an inventory buffer should there be a supply disruption, added the analysts, who also say they would not be surprised to see a trade agreement with China include a resolution of the ZTE (ZTCOY) ban and possibly an agreement on the scope of action against Huawei.
Oclaro filing hints NeoPhotonics may have started sale process, says Needham
Needham analyst Alex Henderson said the S-4 filed by Lumentum (LITE) related to its deal to acquire Oclaro (OCLR) shows that the latter looked to make an acquisition and that company rejected the offer as insufficient but has "started a sell process." Henderson believes this unidentified company is most likely NeoPhotonics (NPTN), he tells investors. He also noted that the S-4 shows another bidder other than Lumentum offered $9 per share in cash for Oclaro, which he believes is likely Finisar (FNSR), adding that "this potential Oclaro acquirer would likely be interested in NeoPhotonics, in our opinion."
Piper 'incrementally more upbeat' on Optical sector into earnings
Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen is "incrementally more upbeat" on the Optical sector and believes investors "need to revisit the group" ahead of the June quarter earnings results. The set up for traditional optical component suppliers has improved with the industry now five quarters into the correction that started in March 2017, Jensen tells investors in a research note. This has created easy comps while growth rates should accelerate in the second half of 2018, the analyst adds. His favorite Overweight-rated names are Lumentum (LITE), II-VI (IIVI) and Fabrinet (FN). Jensen remains Neutral on Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI), Acacia Communications (ACIA), Infinera (INFN), NeoPhotonics (NPTN) and Oclaro (OCLR).
NeoPhotonics upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley FBR
B. Riley FBR analyst Dave Kang upgraded NeoPhotonics to Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $10 from $6.50. The analyst sees improving fundamentals and increased his estimates following the company's Q2 results.
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