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ON Semiconductor

$21.89

-0.53 (-2.36%)

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$50.82

-4.24 (-7.70%)

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On Semiconductor, Seagate cut to Sell as analysts fear semi cycle peak

This morning, Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore downgraded his semiconductor industry view to Cautious as he believes elevated inventory levels and stretched lead times leave "no margin for error," while his colleague Craig Hettenbach cut On Semiconductor's (ON) rating to Sell given the cyclical risks. Voicing similar concerns, Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Seagate Technology (STX) to Sell, saying that hard disk drives are at a cyclical peak, in part on incremental pressure from NAND oversupply. 'NO MARGIN FOR ERROR': In a research note this morning, Morgan Stanley's Moore told investors that he has become less constructive on semiconductor stocks through the year and he now believes elevated inventory levels and stretched lead times leave the group with "no margin for error." Given his view that any lead time adjustment or demand slowdown could drive a "meaningful correction," Moore has downgraded his semiconductor industry view to Cautious from In-Line. Further, the analyst noted that deteriorating U.S./China trade relations likely prevent large scale M&A for now, serving to remove a previous tailwind to the group. Moore pointed out that he favors connector companies, like Amphenol (APH) and TE Connectivity (TEL), over analog/MCU at this point in the cycle, due to lower risk around lead time issues. He also has a "strong preference" for companies with high margins and more defensive models, such as Analog Devices (ADI), over lower margin and commodity exposed ones like Cypress Semiconductor (CY) and ON Semiconductor. Despite his more cautious view on the space, Moore reiterated Overweight ratings on Nvidia (NVDA), Xilinx (XLNX) and Ambarella (AMBA), arguing that they should benefit from secular growth in the area of Artificial Intelligence, data center, and autonomous. MORGAN STANLEY SAYS SELL ON SEMI: In tandem with his firm's semi industry downgrade to a cautious view, Morgan Stanley analyst Craig Hettenbach downgraded ON Semiconductor to Underweight from Equal Weight as he sees risks of an inventory correction by the fourth quarter, with a reduction in lead times serving as the catalyst. Additionally, the analyst pointed out that he believes On Semiconductor's shares are more susceptible to multiple contraction following a period of strong outperformance in the stock. Hettenbach lowered his price target on the shares to $18.50 from $20. GOLDMAN SAYS SELL SEAGATE: In a research note of his own, Goldman Sachs' Delaney downgraded Seagate Technology to Sell from Neutral and lowered his price target on the shares to $44 from $50. While Seagate has improved its product offerings in the last few years, hard disk drives remain a cyclical industry, and one "facing secular challenges in many parts of the market," Delaney contended. The analyst argued that Seagate's fundamentals will peak in the second half of 2018 and decline in 2019, as NAND is oversupplied and solid state drive prices are falling. Further, he noted that Seagate trades at a "greater than two turn premium" on forward price-to-earnings ratio relative to peers Western Digital (WDC) and Micron (MU). Overall, Delaney said he would look to be more positive on the stock if he had a more constructive view of Seagate's long-term business mix, and in turn growth rate, in particular for hard disk drives, as well over 90% of Seagate's sales are tied to HDDs currently. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of On Semiconductor have dropped almost 3% to $21.84, while Seagate's stock has plunged about 8% to $50.88.

ON

ON Semiconductor

$21.89

-0.53 (-2.36%)

STX

Seagate

$50.82

-4.24 (-7.70%)

APH

Amphenol

$95.39

0.93 (0.98%)

TEL

TE Connectivity

$94.26

-0.47 (-0.50%)

ADI

Analog Devices

$98.57

0.1 (0.10%)

CY

Cypress Semiconductor

$17.68

-0.25 (-1.39%)

NVDA

Nvidia

$257.80

-0.6 (-0.23%)

XLNX

Xilinx

$73.42

-0.04 (-0.05%)

AMBA

Ambarella

$39.57

0.12 (0.30%)

WDC

Western Digital

$66.02

-1.04 (-1.55%)

MU

Micron

$52.17

-1.22 (-2.29%)

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ON ON Semiconductor
$21.89

-0.53 (-2.36%)

08/09/18
MSCO
08/09/18
DOWNGRADE
Target $18.5
MSCO
Underweight
ON Semiconductor downgraded to Underweight on cyclical risks at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley analyst Craig Hettenbach downgraded ON Semiconductor to Underweight from Equal Weight as he see a reduction in lead times serving as a possible catalyst for an inventory correction by Q4. He also views ON Semi shares as more susceptible to multiple contraction than peers if the cycle turns given the stock's period of strong outperformance. Hettenbach lowered his price target on ON Semi shares to $18.50 from $20.
07/31/18
MKMP
07/31/18
NO CHANGE
Target $28
MKMP
Buy
ON Semiconductor's current demand environment remains strong, says MKM Partners
MKM Partners analyst Ruben Roy kept his Buy rating and $28 price target on ON Semiconductor, saying the company continues to execute well while making progress toward its long-term operating targets. The analyst also cites the management's latest comments that the current environment remains strong and demand is increasing across most of the company's end markets. Roy further notes that On Semiconductor shares trade at a "meaningful discount" to the broader semiconductor peer group average multiple.
08/09/18
MSCO
08/09/18
DOWNGRADE
MSCO
Underweight
ON Semiconductor downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
08/09/18
MSCO
08/09/18
NO CHANGE
MSCO
Morgan Stanley downgrades semiconductor industry view to Cautious
Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore said he has become less constructive on semiconductor stocks through the year and he now believes elevated inventory levels and stretched lead times leave "no margin for error." Given his view that any lead time adjustment or demand slowdown could drive a "meaningful correction," Moore has downgraded his semiconductor industry view to Cautious from In-Line. He favors connector companies, like Amphenol (APH) and TE Connectivity (TEL) over analog/MCU at this point in the cycle, due to lower risk around lead time issues, Moore said. He also has a "strong preference" for high margin and more defensive models, such as Analog Devices (ADI) over lower margin and commodity exposed ones, like Cypress Semiconductor (CY) and ON Semiconductor (ON), he said. Despite his more cautious view on the space, Moore keeps Overweight ratings on Nvidia (NVDA), Xilinx (XLNX) and Ambarella (AMBA), citing his view that they should benefit from secular growth in the area of AI, data center, and autonomous. Other semiconductor names include Microchip (MCHP), Qorvo (QRVO), Micron (MU), Intel (INTC), Broadcom (AVGO) and Qualcomm (QCOM).
STX Seagate
$50.82

-4.24 (-7.70%)

06/14/18
LOOP
06/14/18
NO CHANGE
Target $70
LOOP
Buy
Seagate gross margins to track higher for the rest of 2018, says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Ananda Baruah kept his Buy rating and $70 price target on Seagate, saying the company should continue tracking to the upside in its gross margins for the rest of this year. The analyst cites continued growth of demand for cloud drives and absorption of costs starting with the September quarter. Baruah also anticipates Seagate to reach annual EPS of over $6 one year earlier than expected.
08/09/18
GSCO
08/09/18
DOWNGRADE
Target $44
GSCO
Sell
Seagate downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Seagate Technology (STX) to Sell and lowered his price target for the shares to $44 from $50, representing 20% downside from current levels. While Seagate has improved its product offerings in the last few years, hard disk drives remain a cyclical industry, and one "facing secular challenges in many parts of the market," Delaney tells investors in a research note. He believes Seagate's fundamentals will peak in the second half of 2018 and decline in 2019. NAND is oversupplied and sold state drive prices are falling, Delaney says. Further, the analyst notes that Seagate trades at a "greater than two turn premium" on forward price-to-earnings ratio relative to peers Western Digital (WDC) and Micron (MU).
08/09/18
08/09/18
DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Seagate (STX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs by analyst Mark Delaney, who said that while Seagate has improved its product offerings in the last few years, hard disk drives remain a cyclical industry, and one "facing secular challenges in many parts of the market." 2. 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital by analyst Steven Cahall who noted that the stock is now trading near its M&A price and that he does not see any competitive bids emerging. 3. e.l.f. Beauty (ELF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies by analyst Stephanie Wissink, who said she is disappointed with the company's "sales fall off," which she says "seems more systemic than previously assumed." e.l.f.'s profit advancement will reverse in the second half of the year amid stepped up brand investment. Shares were also downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray, who said she sees a "growing risk of shelf-space cuts into 2019" if underlying sales trends do not improve, at Citi to Neutral from Buy and at DA Davidson to Neutral from Buy. 4. Southern Company (SO) downgraded to Underperform from In Line at Evercore ISI by analyst Greg Gordon, who said he believes the shares are still not discounting enough risk after the company announced a $790M after-tax charge related to an increase in the cost estimate for constructing Vogtle Nuclear Plants 3 and 4. Shares were also downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse, to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays and to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim. 5. Schneider National (SNDR) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill by analyst Ken Hoexter, who cited "stretched" relative valuation. The analyst also downgraded Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) to Neutral from Buy, saying recent strength in shares has led to a premium multiple and sees minimal upside. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
07/27/18
MSCO
07/27/18
NO CHANGE
Target $96
MSCO
Equal Weight
Western Digital relative underperformance creates potential, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore said he has believed for the last 9 months that NAND was moving into moderate oversupply and companies were overly optimistic about a recovery in the second half, as has been playing out this quarter. While noting that his 2019 estimates for Western Digital (WDC) are "well below" consensus, Moore also said the stock is inexpensive and its underperformance compared to both hardware peer Seagate (STX) and memory peer Micron (MU) creates "significant potential." Despite the material upside potential he sees from here, Moore keeps an Equal Weight rating on Western Digital with a slightly lowered price target of $96, advocating to wait for numbers to come down.
APH Amphenol
$95.39

0.93 (0.98%)

08/09/18
08/09/18
UPGRADE
Target $102

Overweight
Amphenol upgraded to Overweight on defensive positioning at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley analyst Craig Hettenbach upgraded Amphenol to Overweight from Equal Weight to reflect its more defensive attributes as he sees cyclical risks rising for the semiconductor industry in the second half of this year and in 2019. Amphenol saw a 6% negative EPS revision compared to the median of negative 11% during the last correction in the semiconductor markets in mid 2015, noted Hettenbach. He raised his price target on Amphenol shares to $102 from $95, citing a higher multiple given his confidence in growth in sensors and expectation that the market will give the company credit for future sensors deals.
08/09/18
MSCO
08/09/18
UPGRADE
MSCO
Overweight
Amphenol upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
03/02/18
03/02/18
NO CHANGE

Correction: Amphenol not downgraded today at Stifel
TEL TE Connectivity
$94.26

-0.47 (-0.50%)

07/17/18
BARD
07/17/18
NO CHANGE
Target $127
BARD
Outperform
TE Connectivity raised to Fresh Pick at Baird
Baird analyst David Leiker raised TE Connectivity to Fresh Pick ahead of Q3 earnings as he believes the company can surprise to the upside on several fronts. The analyst said he remains a buyer, citing the stock's relative underperformance, expectations for higher Transportation growth and better than expected margins, and the potential for a positive outlook following the report. Leiker reiterated his Outperform rating and raised his price target to $127 from $125 on TE Connectivity shares.
03/27/18
03/27/18
INITIATION

On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. TE Connectivity (TEL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer. 2. Altice USA (ATUS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen. 3. Quidel (QDEL) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum. 4. Mednax (MD) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse. 5. Regency Centers (REG) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
04/18/18
GSCO
04/18/18
UPGRADE
Target $101
GSCO
Neutral
TE Connectivity upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney upgraded TE Connectivity to Neutral and raised his 12-month price target for the shares to $101 from $94. The analyst has increased confidence in TE's ability to sustain "solid" fundamental trends this year given its backlog and continued "solid" auto and industrial demand data points throughout Q1. TE is also benefiting from content gain opportunities in hybrid cars and electric vehicles, and the company has done well to increase its exposure to hyperscale customers within its Communications Solutions segment, Delaney tells investors in a research note. The analyst, however, still expects the company's growth to decelerate and he views the current valuation as full.
ADI Analog Devices
$98.57

0.1 (0.10%)

07/23/18
MSCO
07/23/18
NO CHANGE
MSCO
Tariff uncertainty a potential risk to semiconductor demand, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore said the firm's quarterly survey of distributors leads him to expect "solid" Q2 results and Q3 guidance from broad-based semiconductor companies this earnings season as demand remains strong. However, the present tariff related uncertainty present a risk for a "demand shock" that could lead to an inventory unwind in the semi supply chain, Moore warns investors. He thinks the potential of further semi stock outperformance is limited at this stage of the cycle, while "even the slightest whiff on the demand front" could lead to a significant decline in stocks, he tells investors. Moore added that he favors companies with more defensive characteristics, such as Analog Devices (ADI), over those with more commodity exposure and lower margins, like Cypress Semiconductor (CY). Other publicly traded companies in the semiconductors space include Micron (MU), AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Nvidia (NVDA), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Shares of Micron are down 2.5% in pre-market trading to $53.65.
07/19/18
NOMU
07/19/18
INITIATION
NOMU
Nomura rolls out Analog Semi coverage, names ON top pick
Nomura Instinet analyst Krysten Sciacca last night rolled out coverage on Analog Semiconductors. The analyst expects the group to outperform throughout the remainder of 2018 given its "steadier business models" versus other semi sectors, "strong" free cash flow generation and the "strong" demand coming from the auto and industrial applications. Her top pick is ON Semiconductor (ON), which the analyst initiated with a Buy rating and $30 price target. ON currently trades at a 35% discount to the Analog group, but its multiple should expand as investors come to better appreciate the company's exposure to industrial and auto, Sciacca told investors in a research note. She believes the company's 2020 target model will likely prove conservative. Sciacca also initiated coverage of Microchip (MCHP) with a Buy rating and $110 price target. The stock currently trades at a 22% discount to the comp group, but its "aggressive" de-leveraging, market share gains, and "strong" executional track record warrant the stock returning to its historical five-year average premium of 2%, the analyst contends. She initiated Cree (CREE) with a Hold rating and $44 price target saying the stock is already pricing in tailwinds and assumed coverage of Analog Devices (ADI) with a Neutral rating and $100 price target.
07/18/18
NOMU
07/18/18
INITIATION
Target $100
NOMU
Neutral
Analog Devices initiated with a Neutral at Nomura Instinet
Nomura Instinet initiated Analog Devices with a Neutral and $100 price target.
CY Cypress Semiconductor
$17.68

-0.25 (-1.39%)

06/26/18
PIPR
06/26/18
NO CHANGE
Target $22
PIPR
Overweight
Cypress Semi has 'several' revenue catalysts in place, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Harsh Kumar reiterated an Overweight rating and $22 price target on Cypress Semiconductor after hosting investor meetings with Cypress CEO Hassane El-Khoury and CFO Thad Trent, telling investors in a research note that he remains confident in the long-term trajectory of the company. Kumar believes there are several revenue catalysts in place, and given the company's positioning in automotive, IoT, connectivity, and USB-C, the company is in a "sweet spot" for growth. Additionally, Cypress remains on-track with its margin targets, and in our opinion, there are additional margin levers left in the company's arsenal. Given the company's long-term profile, Kumar believes there is also potential for multiple expansion.
07/17/18
SUSQ
07/17/18
NO CHANGE
SUSQ
Semi lead-times signal strong demand backdrop, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna analyst Christopher Rolland said his primary research reveals modestly expanding lead times for semis during Q2, suggesting a strong demand backdrop. He also suggested it could be due to some over-ordering and noted they are just below the 2011 peak. The analyst believes Q2 is likely to be solid for the group, but adds that over-ordering risks are growing.
NVDA Nvidia
$257.80

-0.6 (-0.23%)

08/06/18
BOFA
08/06/18
NO CHANGE
Target $25
BOFA
Buy
AMD price target raised to $25 from $21 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill analyst Vivek Arya raised his price target on AMD (AMD) to $25 and kept his Buy rating while also raising his FY19 EPS target to 75c vs. consensus view of 62c. The analyst cites AMD's "generational opportunity" to exploit Intel (INTC) 10nm delays to gain market share data security and cloud servers along with its recent upward revision in server average selling prices, as indicated by Mercury industry data. Arya further notes the company's "discussion with several large cloud customers for its second-gen 7nm Rome server, as well as its 7nm computing graphics card for AI, where it competes against NVidia (NVDA).
08/07/18
08/07/18
NO CHANGE

Fly Intel: Today's top analyst calls on Wall Street
Check out today's top analyst calls from around Wall Street, compiled by The Fly. BOFA CUTS ZILLOW TO NEUTRAL: BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Nat Schindler downgraded Zillow (Z, ZG) to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $60 from $70 following the Q2 report and reduction in guidance. Schindler said the quarter indicated Zillow is taking longer than expected to ramp up the Homes business, Rentals revenue missed and the outlook was cut, and other revenue also missed, indicating the new construction opportunity is also taking longer to materialize. Zillow Class A shares are down about 17% in late morning trading. MORGAN STANLEY SAYS WAYMO COULD BE WORTH $175B: Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak increased his enterprise value estimate for Alphabet's (GOOG, GOOGL) Waymo unit from $75B for ride sharing only to $175B given his analyses for two other emerging business models, logistics and licensing. He believes Waymo remains on track to launch an autonomous ride hailing service in Phoenix this year and believes this business could be worth about $80B over the long-term. Given his view of Waymo being a key part of Alphabet's long-term value, Nowak raised his sum of the parts valuation to $1,550 from $1,400. He has an Overweight rating and $1,325 price target on Alphabet shares. GOLDMAN RAISES NVIDIA TARGET AHEAD OF EARNINGS: Goldman Sachs analyst Toshiya Hari raised his price target for Nvidia (NVDA) to $324 from $310 ahead of quarterly results. Unlike the past 10 quarters where the company handily beat Street estimates and raised guidance, the analyst expects a "noisy" quarter with the focal points being the upcoming product transition in Gaming, the current product transition in Datacenter, weakness in cryptocurrency mining, and potential disruption from the virus attack at TSMC (TSM). That said, Hari noted that his long-term bull thesis on Nvidia remains intact and reiterated a Buy rating on the shares. ARGUS CUTS CBS TO HOLD: Argus analyst Joseph Bonner downgraded CBS (CBS) to Hold from Buy, noting significant downside risks for the company from both the sexual harassment allegations against CEO Moonves and the board's attempts to prevent the Viacom (VIA, VIAB) merger. Bonner noted that if the Moonves allegations are proven true, he would be immediately dismissed, which could end the board's bid to remain independent and thereby inflict damage on the shareholders.
08/07/18
GSCO
08/07/18
NO CHANGE
Target $324
GSCO
Buy
Nvidia price target raised to $324 from $310 at Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs analyst Toshiya Hari raised his price target for Nvidia (NVDA) to $324 from $310 ahead of quarterly results. Unlike the past 10 quarters where the company handily beat/raised Street estimates, the analyst expects a noisy quarter with the focal points being the upcoming product transition in Gaming, the current product transition in Datacenter, weakness in cryptocurrency mining and the potential side-effects in the core Gaming GPU business, and potential disruption from the virus attack at TSMC (TSM). That said, Hari notes that his long-term bull thesis on Nvidia remains intact and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
XLNX Xilinx
$73.42

-0.04 (-0.05%)

07/26/18
07/26/18
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Dana (DAN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays with analyst Brian Johnson citing the company's Q2 results. 2. Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt and to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill. 3. Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank with analyst Chris Terry saying he believes the risks are now priced into the shares. 4. Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG with analyst Ryan Zimmerman saying the pullback in the stock price after its in-line Q2 results has created a more attractive valuation. 5. Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim with analyst Stephen Anderson saying he sees more stable comps and lower food costs helping the company return to low-teen earnings growth. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
07/26/18
KEYB
07/26/18
NO CHANGE
Target $87
KEYB
Overweight
Xilinx price target raised to $87 from $80 at KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst John Vinh raised his price target for Xilinx to $87 from $80 after the company posted "solid" results and guided meaningfully higher, despite headwinds in cryptocurrency and concerns regarding the wireless infrastructure market. The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on the shares.
07/26/18
RSBL
07/26/18
UPGRADE
Target $86
RSBL
Buy
Xilinx upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt analyst Hans Mosesmann upgraded Xilinx to Buy from Neutral following the company's earnings report, stating that the company's data center and adaptive computing strategy is paying off much earlier than expected. Xilinx is also seeing much earlier than expected 5G demand in both wireless and wired, added Mosesmann, who set an $86 price target on the stock.
AMBA Ambarella
$39.57

0.12 (0.30%)

06/06/18
06/06/18
DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Yelp (YELP) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc analyst Brad Erickson saying his latest customer checks, combined with updated views of Request a Quote, diminish his prior views for upside potential in the name. 2. Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities while Kohl's (KSS) was downgraded to Underweight from Neutral. 3. BHP Billiton (BHP) and BHP Billiton plc (BBL) were downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill. 4. Trimble (TRMB) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman Sachs with analyst Jerry Revich saying while he is still bullish on the long-term outlook for rising adoption rates of Trimble's core productivity-enhancing software and hardware, he views the company's key end-markets as more balanced now. 5. Ambarella (AMBA) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer with analyst Andrew Uerkwitz citing the company's Q1 results. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
07/17/18
BOFA
07/17/18
INITIATION
Target $42
BOFA
Neutral
Ambarella initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill analyst Adam Gonzalez initiated Ambarella with a Neutral and $42 price target citing premium valuation to peers.
07/17/18
07/17/18
INITIATION

On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Ambarella (AMBA) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill. 2. New Relic (NEWR) initiated with a Hold at Argus. 3. Adecogro (AGRO) initiated with a Buy at Santander. 4. ElectroCore (ECOR) initiated with a Buy at BTIG and an Outperform at JMP Securities. 5. Apergy (APY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
WDC Western Digital
$66.02

-1.04 (-1.55%)

07/27/18
STFL
07/27/18
NO CHANGE
Target $93
STFL
Buy
Western Digital price target lowered to $93 from $114 at Stifel
Stifel analyst Kevin Cassidy said that Western Digital's (WDC) Q1 guidance missed estimates due to NAND Flash price pressures and noted that management says they are in talks with manufacturing partner Toshiba (TOSBF) to moderate NAND supply growth. He views this discussion as a change in behavior and a positive signal that memory cycles can be dampened as companies focus on ROI rather than market share, Cassidy tells investors. Given his lowered quarterly revenue and non-GAAP EPS estimates, Cassidy cut his price target on Western Digital shares to $93, but he maintains a Buy rating on the stock.
07/27/18
BMOC
07/27/18
NO CHANGE
Target $74
BMOC
Market Perform
Western Digital price target lowered to $74 from $90 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Tim Long lowered his price target on Western Digital to $74 after its below-consensus September quarter guidance, citing weaker environment in mobility resulting in erosion of flash memory average selling prices. The analyst keeps his Market Perform rating, noting that the company's $5B buyback program could support the valuation, but adds that the flash memory business conditions are uncertain.
07/27/18
CRSS
07/27/18
DOWNGRADE
CRSS
Hold
Western Digital downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research (pre-open)
MU Micron
$52.17

-1.22 (-2.29%)

08/06/18
STFL
08/06/18
NO CHANGE
STFL
Stifel says Applied, Lam to be beneficiaries of NAND capital intensity step-up
Ahead of this week's upcoming Flash Memory Summit, Patrick Ho shared his view of how he expects capital intensity trends continue to increase as the NAND industry moves to 96 layers and above over the next few years. From a stocks perspective, he believes the biggest beneficiaries of the step-up will remain Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), while also noting that MKS Instruments (MKSI) can benefit from its leadership position in many areas where it supplies both Applied and Lam. Stating that he supports Ho's view on the memory industry's increasing capital intensity, Stifel analyst Kevin Cassidy said in his own note to investors that he expects FMS conference keynotes to discuss the expanding markets for NAND Flash pushing total revenue and profits up despite the industry's increasing capital expenditures driving average selling prices lower. Cassidy also noted the first ever MRAM Developers Day will be held Monday, August 6, stating that he views this as significant for expanding the MRAM eco-system led by Everspin (MRAM). Other NAND Flash names Cassidy has previously been positive about include Micron (MU) and Smart Global (SGH).
08/01/18
CHLM
08/01/18
NO CHANGE
Target $60
CHLM
Buy
Worries about SK Hynix impact on Silicon Motion overdone, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss said investors have remained fearful for years about Silicon Motion (SIMO) losing SK Hynix, but he believes the worries, which have resurfaced, are overdone as he believes Micron's (MU) UFS business and new open channel opportunities should offset a decline in the company's eMMC revenues from Hynix. Stoss thinks Silicon Motion didn't raise FY18 guidance as they are only including a partial amount of an $11M-$15M project push out in their Q4 expectations, but also noted that the company raised its expected Client SSD business growth view to at least 30% this year from about 20%. Stoss, who thinks Silicon Motion could still raise its FY18 guidance, reiterates his Buy rating and $60 price target on the stock.

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Morgan Stanley India strategist to hold analyst/industry conference call »

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FX Update: Mostly narrow ranges have prevailed »

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KKR

$28.12

-0.13 (-0.46%)

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KKR forms management company to provide health care services in China »

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Agilent

$70.38

0.43 (0.61%)

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Agilent acquires ACEA Bioscience for $250M in cash »

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EQM

EQT Midstream Partners

$52.64

-2.16 (-3.94%)

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Recommendations
EQT Midstream Partners analyst commentary at MUFG »

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FPAY

FlexShopper

$1.16

-0.69 (-37.30%)

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FlexShopper 10M unit Secondary priced at $1.00 »

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IGC

IGC, Inc

$2.32

-0.22 (-8.66%)

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IGC to enter Hemp/CBD-infused energy drink space »

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DAL

Delta Air Lines

$57.10

-0.33 (-0.57%)

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Breaking Periodicals news story on Delta Air Lines »

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SPY

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust

$290.73

-0.36 (-0.12%)

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S&P 500

$0.00

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Trump considering keeping Deputy AG Rosenstein, WSJ says »

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust

$290.73

-0.36 (-0.12%)

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S&P 500

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ARCE

Arco Platform

$0.00

(0.00%)

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Syndicate
Arco Platform 11.111M share IPO priced at $17.50 »

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KMX

CarMax

$75.87

-0.01 (-0.01%)

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Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open »

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AINC

Ashford

$75.95

-11.75 (-13.40%)

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Ashford 270K share Secondary priced at $74.50 »

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ANAB

AnaptysBio

$94.68

-7.25 (-7.11%)

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Syndicate
AnaptysBio 2.2M share Secondary priced at $94.46 »

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SF

Stifel Financial

$53.96

-0.08 (-0.15%)

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Hot Stocks
Stifel Financial and Everbright Sun Hung Kai establish strategic partnership »

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I

Intelsat

$27.08

4.365 (19.22%)

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Hot Stocks
Intelsat and Azercosmos announce successful satellite launch »

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SKY

Skyline

$30.88

0.66 (2.18%)

19:49
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Breaking Hot Stocks news story on Skyline »

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KBH

KB Home

$25.29

-0.24 (-0.94%)

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AAR Corp.

$46.03

1.04 (2.31%)

19:28
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Hot Stocks
Fly Intel: After Hours Movers »

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KBH

KB Home

$25.29

-0.24 (-0.94%)

AIR

AAR Corp.

$46.03

1.04 (2.31%)

VSTM

Verastem

$7.15

-1.74 (-19.57%)

CGIX

Cancer Genetics

$1.22

-0.01 (-0.81%)

VNDA

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

$20.70

0.3 (1.47%)

NLSN

Nielsen

$27.21

0.055 (0.20%)

CYH

Community Health

$3.41

-0.08 (-2.29%)

AUPH

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals

$5.89

0.02 (0.34%)

GOOS

Canada Goose

$58.00

-0.04 (-0.07%)

ABBV

AbbVie

$93.78

0.34 (0.36%)

NKE

Nike

$84.79

0.52 (0.62%)

CTAS

Cintas

$212.99

1.81 (0.86%)

LULU

Lululemon

$158.42

1.04 (0.66%)

CONE

CyrusOne

$64.65

-0.6 (-0.92%)

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CBS

CBS

$56.54

-0.07 (-0.12%)

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Hot Stocks
CBS names Richard Parsons interim chairman »

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ZUMZ

Zumiez

$27.00

-0.55 (-2.00%)

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Initiation
Zumiez initiated at DA Davidson »

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ROST

Ross Stores

$97.54

0.26 (0.27%)

, TJX

TJX

$110.33

0.605 (0.55%)

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Initiation
Ross Stores, TJX initiated at DA Davidson »

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Ross Stores

$97.54

0.26 (0.27%)

TJX

TJX

$110.33

0.605 (0.55%)

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MNOV

MediciNova

$11.68

-0.17 (-1.43%)

19:01
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Hot Stocks
MediciNova announces 'positive' FDA feedback on Phase 3 plan for MN-166 »

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