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December 26, 2012
17:37 EDTSSNLF, AMDAMD veteran Michael Goddard leaves for Samsung, AllThingsD reports
Michael Goddard, a corporate VP for product design engineering and chief engineer on client products at AMD (AMD), has left the company for a VP and systems architect position at Samsung (SSNLF), according to an AllThingsD report. The report notes that according to Goddard's LinkedIn profile he had worked at AMD since 1988 and is among the at least 26 executives to leave AMD in recent months. Reference Link
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June 29, 2015
06:05 EDTSSNLFNotebook demand expected to be weaker than expected in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 26, 2015
16:00 EDTAMDOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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11:56 EDTAMDStocks with call strike movement; RIG AMD
Transocean (RIG) November 20 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 43, AMD (AMD) October 3 call option implied volatility decreased 1% to 52 according to IVolatility.
06:24 EDTSSNLFElliott lobbies Korean shareholders to block Samsung C&T, Cheil deal, WSJ says
A team from U.S. hedge fund Elliott told Samsung unit Samsung C&T’s CFO at an April 9 meeting that a merger with Cheil Industries would not be in the best interests of shareholders, including Elliott, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Elliott is trying to block the deal, seeking a court injunction and telling investors to block the deal at a shareholder vote next month, the report says. South Korean shareholders in Samsung C&T have begun to voice their concerns over the deal, with “dozens” of them filing court petitions arguing the deal unfairly undervalues Samsung C&T, the report says. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTAMDMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
10:29 EDTSSNLFBarnes & Noble says relationship with Samsung 'excellent'
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07:29 EDTSSNLFCheil, Samsung C&T deal could increase shareholder returns, Reuters reports
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05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung expects SUHD TV sales to reach 15K in 1H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 24, 2015
09:11 EDTAMDApplied Micro an affordable target for Qualcomm, says Summit Research
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June 23, 2015
16:02 EDTSSNLFRed Hat, Samsung form strategic alliance
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12:54 EDTAMDPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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06:05 EDTSSNLFIntel pushing into SSD market and hope to surpass Samsung in 2016, DigiTimes says
Intel (INTC) is looking to push into the SSD market with its newest 750 series SSDs with technology able to enhance the transmission speed, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the company is also offering price cuts on its existing products in order to narrow its gap with the largest vendor Samsung (SSNLF). Sources also expect Intel to draw near to Samsung in 2H15 and may even have a chance to surpass Samsung in 2016. Reference Link
06:05 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushing to release Galaxy S7 in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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06:05 EDTSSNLFNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
17:55 EDTSSNLFITC staff supports clearing Samsung, Qualcomm, in NVIDIA case, Bloomberg says
The U.S. International Trade Commission staff recommends that Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Qualcomm (QCOM) be absolved of patent-infringement accusations brought by Nvidia (NVDA), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
14:42 EDTSSNLFOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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06:30 EDTAMDAMD says not considering spinoff or break-up, ExtremeTech reports
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June 21, 2015
16:32 EDTAMDAMD considers spinoff or break-up, Reuters says
AMD (AMD) has hired a consulting firm to help it review a potential split or spinoff, Reuters reported late Friday, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reuters notes that AMD may be seeking to better compete with Intel (INTC), and sources said one option being considered is to separate AMD's server business from its graphics and licensing arm. Though the company had previously decided against such an option, sources noted that CEO Lisa Su believes the move is worth reconsidering. Reference Link
14:44 EDTSSNLFFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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June 19, 2015
07:15 EDTSSNLFCourt to rule July 1 on Elliott’s bid to block Samsung deal, Reuters reports
A South Korean court said it will rule by July 1 on U.S. hedge fund Elliott’s request to block a Samsung C&T Corp, a unit of Samsung, shareholder vote on an $8B buyout offer from Cheil Industries, Reuters reports. Elliott told the court that Cheil’s offer was built to pave the way for a leadership succession in the Samsung conglomerate and did not serve the best interests of their shareholders, the report says. Reference Link
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