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June 23, 2014
12:06 EDTNVDA, AMD, INTCAMD, Nvidia retreat after analyst downgrades shares
Shares of computer chip makers AMD (AMD) and Nvidia (NVDA) are falling after research firm Pacific Crest downgraded the stocks, saying that they will be hurt by weak PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: The number of computers sold is likely to drop 5%-10% next quarter, due to weak consumer demand and excess inventory, motherboard makers said, according to Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell. About 45% of AMD's chips are incorporated into consumer desktops, while less than 5% of them are used in corporate PCs, McConnell stated. Additionally, notebook manufacturers reported that AMD is losing share to Intel (INTC) in notebooks that cost less than $399, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Nvidia (NVDA) has significantly increased sales targets for its high end Quadro graphics processing units this quarter, even though the high-end desktop GPU market is oversupplied, McConnell reported. As a result, the inventories of Nvidia's customers may be too high at the end of this quarter, the analyst warned. He downgraded AMD and Nvidia to Underperform from Sector Perform and kept a $35 price target and Outperform rating on Intel. The latter company is better positioned as it has less exposure to desktop PCs and benefits more from strong corporate PC demand than AMD and Nvidia, the analyst explained. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, AMD sank 3.5% to $3.95 and Nvidia fell 1.8% to $18.59, while Intel shares were little changed at $30.17.
News For AMD;NVDA;INTC From The Last 14 Days
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October 8, 2015
16:02 EDTINTCOptions Update; October 8, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.04 to 21.22. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX FB TWTR BAC EMC TSLA GE HUN FCX P BABA AA INTC AMZN GPRO
13:39 EDTINTCIntel October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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13:39 EDTINTCAmazon Web Services announces AWS IoT
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October 7, 2015
16:01 EDTINTCOptions Update; October 7, 2015
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06:28 EDTNVDA, AMD, INTCIC designers: Tablet demand remains weak, DigiTimes reports
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October 6, 2015
17:50 EDTINTCAltera stockholders approved merger with Intel
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16:01 EDTINTCOptions Update; October 6, 2015
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October 5, 2015
16:34 EDTAMDAMD partners with Oculus and Dell
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09:39 EDTNVDAeSports seen as next big growth opportunity in media
Competitive video game playing in organized leagues, or eSports, is on the verge of reaching mainstream adoption and moving from an engagement tool to a monetization opportunity for video game makers, according to Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who calls the trend the "biggest media and sports growth opportunity you've never heard of." NEXT BIG THING: eSports could have 200M active and engaged participants as early as next year and can grow from about $200M this year to $1B in revenues by 2018, Sebastian tells investors this morning in a research note. Game publishers such as Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) are "natural beneficiaries," according to Sebastian, who believes that eSports has the potential to drive earnings growth and multiple expansion for the sector. eSports is still mainly a tool to help engage and keep core gamers, but Sebastian expects this to change quickly as game makers focus on incremental revenue opportunities and increasing average revenue per user. The analyst also sees "significant opportunities" from eSports for online streaming platforms, like Amazon's (AMZN) Twitch and Google's (GOOG) newer platform, as well as for Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and PC and component makers. ANOTHER eSPORTS BULL: Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis previously told investors that he believes the surging popularity of competitive video gaming on a global basis will benefit game publishers as well as hardware companies like NVIDIA (NVDA). In a note to investors last month, the analyst said that Activision Blizzard had five of the top fifteen most popular games on Twitch in July, and contended that the company looks best positioned among game makers to benefit from the eSports opportunity. On the date of his eSports note, Lipacis upgraded NVIDIA to Buy from Hold, saying secular growth in gaming will trump PC weakness. The company's Gaming Graphics Processing Unit is "under the radar" and has grown 23% annually over the past three years, noted Lipacis, who raised his price target for shares to $30 from $23. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Activision Blizzard rose 1.4% to $31.90, Electronic Arts gained 1.04% to $67.18 and Take-Two Interactive advanced 0.85% to $29.64.
October 2, 2015
13:34 EDTINTCAltera to host special shareholder meeting
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12:09 EDTINTCMicrosoft acquires Havok from Intel, terms not disclosed
In a company blog post, Microsoft (MSFT) said, "Today, we are proud to announce that Microsoft has acquired Havok, the leading provider of 3D physics, from Intel (INTC). As we welcome Havok to the Microsoft family, we will continue to work with developers to create great gaming experiences, and continue to license Havok's development tools to partners." Reference Link
October 1, 2015
16:17 EDTAMDAMD to cut approximately 5% of global workforce
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16:15 EDTAMDAMD to cut approximately 5% of global workforce
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15:02 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Micron quarter highlighted by Tsinghua report, 3D XPoint launch
Micron Technology (MU) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, October 1, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm EDT. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally Dynamic Random Access Memory, or DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 33c on revenue of $3.56B. The consensus range is 22c-47c for EPS on revenue of $3.4B-$3.68B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Micron guided for Q4 revenue of $3.45B-$3.7B. In terms of bit growth in Q4, the company said it expected DRAM bit growth to be flat to up by a low single digit percentage in the quarter. LAST QUARTER: On June 25, Micron reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 54c, against a consensus of 56c, and revenue of $3.85B, against a consensus of $3.9B. The company said then that its decline in revenues compared to prior quarter was primarily due to a 10% decline in DRAM average selling prices and relatively flat DRAM sales volume. NEWS: Wednesday, shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged after Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, agreed to buy a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company for $3.78B. In July, The Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is a majority-owned unit of Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron for $23B. As of yet no deal has come to fruition, but Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu has reportedly said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached. Also during this quarter, Intel (INTC) and Micron unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to "revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data." Now in production, 3D XPoint technology brings non-volatile memory speeds up to 1,000 times faster than NAND, according to the partners. STREET RESEARCH: After the Journal's initial report that Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron, research firms had mixed reactions. Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors immediately following the story. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy told investors that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector had received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Piper's analyst. On August 7, Drexel Hamilton analyst Richard Whittington downgraded Micron to Hold from Buy, stating that a PC unit refresh hasn't materialized and DRAM unit demand and pricing were trending below anticipated levels. Whittington cut his price target on Micron shares to $19. After Micron held its analyst meeting on August 14, analysts were divided in their responses. Right after the event, Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform, while pointing out that it still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business at the meeting, according to Piper's Roy. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, Roy said at that time. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo, who cut his rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy following the analyst day. Also during August, Baird downgraded Micron to Neutral, citing falling DRAM prices. On September 21, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis started shares of Micron with an Overweight rating and $20 price target, saying he believed near-term risk from weak DRAM demand was priced into the stock at then-current levels. Earlier this week, Wells Fargo analyst David Wong upgraded Micron Technology to Outperform, saying current valuation levels provide upside potential. Wong cut his estimates for the company, however, citing the "ongoing slide" in DRAM pricing. Nonetheless, he thinks that memory industry financial dynamics have improved in recent years and keeps a $16-$19 price target range for Micron shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of Micron have fallen about 22%. Ahead of its earnings report, Micron declined 2.3% to $14.64 in late day trading.
09:35 EDTNVDAActive equity options trading on open
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September 30, 2015
16:32 EDTNVDANVIDIA announces game streaming service GeForce NOW
NVIDIA announced its "GeForce NOW" game streaming service for the company's SHIELD line of gaming devices. The company remarked, "Forget waiting for hours for games to download. Stream the latest titles from our powerful cloud-gaming supercomputers in an instant. With our streaming technology, epic games... are never more than 30 seconds away." GeForce NOW membership is priced at $7.99 per month with the first three months free and 50 games offered at launch. The service arrives on October 1 in North America, Europe, and Japan. Reference Link
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; September 30, 2015
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10:49 EDTINTCWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:59 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTNVDANVIDIA price target raised to $30 from $28 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on NVIDA (NVDA) after Microsoft's (MSFT) cloud platform began offering NVIDIA's Grid 2.0 GPU virtualization solutions, JMP says that Microsoft's move "paves the way for broader Cloud adoption and further entrenchment of Nvidia Quadro solutions." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
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