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July 18, 2014
11:42 EDTAMD, INTC, BRCM, MU, TXNAMD plummets after profit miss, analyst downgrades
Shares of semiconductor manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are sinking after the company’s second quarter profit trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. It also received several analyst downgrades. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Advanced Micro Devices reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 2c and revenue of $1.44B, compared to analysts’ consensus estimates of 3c and $1.44B. Q2 gross margin was 35%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For the third quarter, AMD expects revenue to increase 2%, plus or minus 3%, sequentially, compared to consensus of $1.57B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. FBR Capital downgraded AMD to Market Perform from Outperform citing a lack of earnings visibility following the company's weaker than expected Q3 outlook. The firm lowered its price target for the shares to $4.50 from $6. Another firm, BofA/Merrill, also downgraded AMD to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares and lowered estimates to reflect weak guidance and lack of visibility. It lowered its price target to $4 from $4.50. Conversely, Wedbush said AMD’s fundamentals remain intact. After AMD reported lower than expected Q2 pro forma EPS, Wedbush says that Q2 was the fourth consecutive quarter for which the company demonstrated profitability, tight OpEx controls, and continued product execution. It thinks these trends are significantly positive and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, AMD fell 81c, or about 17.6%, to $3.77 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Including today’s pull back, the stock has lost approximately 19% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the semiconductor space include Intel (INTC), Broadcom (BRCM), Micron Technology (MU), and Texas Instruments (TXN).
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October 14, 2014
16:05 EDTINTCIntel sees FY14 CapEx $11B, plus or minus $500M
16:04 EDTINTCIntel reports Q3 PC Client Group revenue $9.2B, up 6% sequentially, up 9% YoY
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16:02 EDTINTCIntel reports Q3 gross margin 65%
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16:02 EDTINTCIntel sees Q4 revenue $14.7B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.49B
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16:01 EDTINTCIntel reports Q3 EPS 66c, consensus 65c
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15:29 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:45 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Intel to report after Microchip correction warning
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12:31 EDTINTCIntel October 32.5 straddle priced for 6% move into Q3
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12:01 EDTAMDAMD volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
AMD October call option implied volatility is at 200, November is at 85, January is at 70; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 16.
11:39 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have outperformed the broader averages over the last three months. Removing today's bounce, the stock has been flat against the down performance of the averages. The trading pattern for the stock when viewed with a three-month window has been up sharply, sideways, and down sharply. That doesn't leave a great deal of room for trend interpretation other than traders being cautious into results. When we pull back to a 1-year view, the technical picture is strikingly different. Almost all of the gains in shares this year, up over 34% excluding today, has come since the early summer. That sharp rise then developed into a bearish rounding formation viewed on a closing basis. On an OHLC chart, the formation instead is an Island Top. That is, a bullish gap, the sideways move previously described, and a bearish gap from yesterday. That leaves the price action of the last several months isolated, an island, within the context of the longer term uptrend. Island Tops are usually considered extremely bearish on a technical basis, suggesting the up move has exhausted itself in a blow-off. If the news on earnings and outlook supports this bearish price interpretation, there could be significant downside risk. Levels to watch on the downside would be at $31.80, the bottom of the bullish gap from July, $30,03, and $28.10, the bottom of the bullish gap from June. A break below $28 might leave the shares back in the $24 to $26 range characteristic of the price action at the start of the year. If the news is positive, the first major resistance is at the 52-week high at $35.56 and then at $37.15.
10:51 EDTAMDFitch Solutions: Exit of AMD CEO sends CDS to widest level since February
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10:10 EDTINTCChip makers rise following Skyworks positive preannouncement
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Skyworks (SWKS), preannounced stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Skyworks, which develops chips for cell phones, raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook to $1.08 from $1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was $1.01. The chip maker increased its Q4 revenue guidance to $718M from $680M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $679.5M. "Skyworks’ upwardly revised outlook demonstrates the broad-based strength of our business and our ability to capitalize on positive underlying market trends to connect everyone and everything, all the time,” said Skyworks CEO David Aldrich. "These multi-year technology trends are setting the stage for us to outperform the broader semiconductor industry in the December quarter and for the foreseeable future," the CEO added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Skyworks' positive report comes less than a week after another semiconductor maker, Microchip (MCHP), preannounced lower than expected revenue and said it thought the sector had entered a correction. Semiconductor stocks have sold off sharply since Microchip's preannouncement and pessimistic comments. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Skyworks surged 6.4% to $48.24, Intel (INTC) rose 1.5% to $31.94, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) rose 1.2% to $54.55, STMicroelectronics (STM) advanced 2% to $6.82, and Avago Technologies (AVG) gained fractionally to $69.30.
09:02 EDTTXNTexas Instruments shipped over 22B units of copper wire bonding technology
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07:24 EDTINTCIntel gains government ally in China with new deals, Reuters says
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06:39 EDTAMDAMD, Asustek may be strengthening their partnership, DigiTimes reports
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06:29 EDTINTCTSMC and rivals racing to pack computer power in each chip, WSJ says
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October 13, 2014
17:47 EDTAMDAMD is trading down 7.7% in the after hours session
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06:03 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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05:57 EDTTXNStocks with implied volatility movement; SMH TXN
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October 12, 2014
17:58 EDTMUMicron shares look more attractive, Barron's says
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