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April 23, 2015
16:29 EDTALTRAltera reports Q1 EPS 31c, consensus 32c
Reports Q1 revenue $435.5M, consensus $471M. The company said, "While we had anticipated a weak start to the year, the first quarter was more challenging than expected. There continues to be solid market acceptance of our Generation 10 devices, with record opportunities for our high-end 14 nm FinFET Stratix 10 FPGAs. The combination of our HyperFlex architecture and the FinFET manufacturing process delivers substantial competitive advantages and market expansion potential."
16:23 EDTFSLFreescale sees Q2 EPS to increase sequentially, consensus 54c
Sees Q2 revenue $1.155B-$1.205B, consensus $1.22B.
16:21 EDTFSLFreescale reports Q1 EPS 48c, consensus 44c
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15:00 EDTFSLNotable companies reporting after market close
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05:53 EDTINTCIntel to launch SoFIA LTE chips in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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April 22, 2015
18:27 EDTINTC, ALTR, AMDSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
14:47 EDTINTC, BRCM, NXPI, FSL, ALTREarnings Watch: Texas Instruments reports amid M&A focus in semiconductor space
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor manufacturer operating in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $3.2B. The consensus range is 61c-64c for EPS on revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B, according to First Call. On its last earning call, Texas Instruments said it expected Q1 EPS of 57c-67c and revenue of $3.07B-$3.33B. LAST QUARTER: On January 26, Texas Instruments reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of 69c, which matched consensus expectations at that time. Its Q4 revenue of $3.27B came in just above the consensus forecast of $3.26B. Texas Instruments said its inventory ended the quarter at 117 days and noted on its associated conference call that it believe inventories were at "healthy levels." Texas Instruments also said then that it expected its embedded operating margins to increase. STREET RESEARCH: The day after TI's last quarterly report, Ascendiant raised its price target for Texas Instruments shares to $64 from $56 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. The firm attributed the post-earnings slide the stock experienced then to profit taking, rather than a fundamental disappointment. That same week, Argus increased its price target on Texas Instruments to $62 from $54 and said it expected the company's operating trends to continue to strengthen. Argus kept a Buy rating on the shares. Acquiring companies in the semiconductor space "can materially outperform the market," Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis wrote in a note to investors on March 9. At that time, Lipacis identified Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Marvell (MRVL), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Broadcom (BRCM), Altera (ALTR), and Xilinx (XLNX) as companies that were well-positioned to make acquisitions in the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On March 1, NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction valuing the combined enterprise at just over $40B. Recent media reports suggested that Intel's (INTC) talks to acquire Altera stalled when the latter wanted more than Intel was willing to pay. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, Texas Instruments' stock has rallied nearly 7%. In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments gained over 1% to $58.76.
12:31 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after having been on a bit of a see-saw during morning trading. The averages opened in positive territory, soon turned negative, then back into positive ground following the release of a better than expected existing home sales report. The housing data was followed by a lift in the averages, which remained in positive ground near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 2% after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. Also rising after its quarterly report was another globally recognized brand, Coca-Cola (KO), whose shares gained 1% after its comparable earnings per share topped the consensus estimate. A third member of the Dow, Boeing (BA), slid over 2.5% after its earnings beat expectations but its revenue fell short of the consensus forecast... Visa (V) rose 5% and MasterCard (MA) advanced over 4% after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 12% after the company reported it was profitable in the first quarter and announced an exclusive relationship that will see carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries give the company's members exclusive product offers. Also higher was ASML (ASML), which gained 11% after announcing that it has signed an agreement with one of its "major U.S. customers" to deliver a minimum of 15 ASML EUV, or Extreme Ultraviolet, lithography systems. Afterward, Summit Research said it thinks the most likely buyer is Intel (INTC), which the firm believes does not want to be left behind if TSMC (TSM) puts EUV to use in 10nm processing. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped 19% after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell over 9%, Cree (CREE), which slid 9%, and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which declined 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 28.69, or 0.16%, to 17,978.28, the Nasdaq was up 6.66, or 0.13%, to 5,020.77, and the S&P 500 was up 5.24, or 0.25%, to 2,102.53.
10:20 EDTBRCMBroadcom CEO says enterprise spending 'fairly strong' globally
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10:19 EDTBRCMBroadcom CEO says focusing on connectivity technology
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10:11 EDTINTCHouse Committee on Small Business to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Small Business: Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses From Cyber Attacks" with Chief Technology Officer Grobman of Intel on April 22 at 11 am.
10:02 EDTALTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTALTR, INTCAltera quarterly results 'may not be great,' CNBC's Faber reports
There is talk that Altera's (ALTR) earnings report "may not be great" when the chip company reports Q1 results on Thursday, April 23, CNBC's David Faber reports. Investors assume Altera will report a strong quarter after turning down Intel's takeover attempt, but that may not be the case, according to Faber. Shares of the chip maker are down 35c to $42.89 in early trading. Piper Jaffray this morning downgraded the stock to Neutral.
09:32 EDTINTCASML large EUV tool order likely from Intel, says Summit Research
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09:32 EDTALTRAltera earnings numbers 'may not be great,' CNBC's Faber reports
09:22 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CalAmp (CAMP), up 12.7%... Angie's List (ANGI), up 17.4%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 6.3%... Owens Corning (OC), up 3.8%... Yum! Brands (YUM), up 3.3%... Dolby Laboratories (DLB), up 3.6%... Infinera (INFN), up 2.4%... AutoNation (AN), up 2.5%... Amgen (AMGN), up 3.1%... Coca-Cola (KO), up 2%. ALSO HIGHER: Procera Networks (PKT) up 10.4% after being acquired by Francisco Partners in deal valued at $240M... Organovo (ONVO), up 19.2% after entering into a collaboration agreement with Merck Sharp and Dohme... Vical (VICL), up 5.8% after being awarded $4M contract to manufacture HIV vaccines for clinical evaluation... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 4.9% after announcing that Phase 3 pacritinib data will be highlighted in a late-breaking oral presentation at ASCO meeting. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), down 5.2%... iRobot (IRBT), down 3.6%... Cree (CREE), down 3.5%... United Rentals (URI), down 4%... Super Micro Computer (SMC), down 2.3%... Thermo Fisher (TMO), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Natural Resource Partners (NRP), down 14% after reducing quarterly distribution 75% to 9c per unit... Trinity Industries (TRN), down 3.5% following a Bloomberg report that the Justice Department has initiated a criminal investigation into Trinity guardrails.
08:14 EDTBRCMBroadcom remains a top semi pick after Q1 results at JPMorgan
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07:11 EDTBRCMBroadcom price target raised to $59 from $53 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Broadcom to $59 from $53 following its beat and raise Q1 results. The firm cited strength in its infrastructure and networking segments, tight cost management, and raised guidance. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating on Broadcom shares.
05:59 EDTALTRAltera implied volatility of 67 at upper end of index
05:43 EDTALTR, INTCAltera downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy downgraded Altera (ALTR) to Neutral from Overweight saying takeover speculation has driven the valuation above a fundamentals based fair value. He believes an acquisition by Intel (INTC) makes sense, but at a reasonable valuation. The analyst thinks a higher premium than $54 per share is unlikely. Piper keeps a $42 price target for shares of Altera. Roy still views the longer-term prospects for the programmable logic device companies favorably and thinks Altera is better positioned near-term versus Xilinx (XLNX). Shares of Altera closed yesterday up 8c to $43.24.
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