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April 27, 2015
05:58 EDTSSNLF, AMDAMD to launch Godavari APUs at end of May, DigiTimes reports
AMD (AMD) plans to launch Godavari series APUs at the end of may to compete with Intel's (INTC) Broadwell and Skylake platforms, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, AMD will launch 14nm Summit Ridge APUs to be produced by Samsung (SSNLF) and Globalfoundries in 2016 and the Raven Ridge-series in 2017. Reference Link
05:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung holds leading position in 4K TV panel shipments in Q1, DigiTimes says
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April 22, 2015
18:27 EDTAMDSemiconductor 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).
April 21, 2015
10:34 EDTSSNLFCorning sapphire glass rumored to be in new Apple iPhone, PatentlyApple says
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05:59 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung considers moving LCM business from S Korea, DigiTimes says
Samsung Display is considering moving its LCD module business to China or Vietnam from South Korea, reports DigiTimes. According to a Korean-language AJU Business Daily report, the move comes after related labor expenses in South Korea is rising dramatically. Since the assembly of LCD modules still require heavy manual labor, Samsung Display is looking to move production lines out of South Korea to save costs. Reference Link
April 20, 2015
14:48 EDTSSNLFQualcomm to have Samsung foundry make next high-end chip, Re/code says
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April 17, 2015
16:24 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The losses were broad based, with the S&P 500 losing 1% and the Dow and Nasdaq each sliding about 1.5%. There was little in the way of buying, as the number of declining stocks dwarfed the number of advancing stocks. Fears about Greece exiting the euro, steps taken by securities regulators in China and inflation data here at home were all pointed to as potential contributors to the down day in the market. The slide also coincided with the expiration of options, which can lead to volatility and heavy volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the headline Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The "core" rate, excluding food and energy prices, rose 0.2%, as expected. The leading economic index rose 0.2% to 121.4 in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index jumped 2.9 points to 95.9 in the preliminary print for April, topping expectations for a 94.0 reading. In China, announcements by Chinese securities regulators, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, and related bodies raised fears of a selloff in China. The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed sanctions to try to control margin buying of stocks with borrowed money and the Securities Association of China said it will allow fund managers to lend stocks for short selling to increase the supply of shares. In Europe, strategists reportedly said a lack of progress in negotiations between Greece and its creditors had substantially increased the risk of Greece defaulting on its debt and even exiting the euro. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of both Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) dropped after Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that lawyers at the Justice Departmentís antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block the companies' proposed merger. Spokespeople for Comcast and TWC reportedly told Bloomberg they see "no basis" for a lawsuit to block the transaction. Comcast ended the day down $1.25, or 2.09%, to $58.42, while Time Warner Cable shares slid $8.59, or 5.43%, to $149.61... First the Wall Street Journal, then Bloomberg, reported that Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) is internally discussing a potential takeover bid for Mylan (MYL). Shares of both moved higher following the reports, which Mylan responded to by stating that it is fully committed to its stand-alone strategy, including its proposal to acquire Perrigo (PRGO). Mylan Chairman Robert Coury said that rumors of potential interest from Teva have been "circulating for some time," but that such a combination is "without sound industrial logic or cultural fit" and would be unlikely to receive antitrust regulatory clearances. Coury added that Mylan's board would "carefully consider" a bid if any party makes an "actual offer" to acquire the company. Shares of General Electric (GE) reported a loss of $1.35 per share due to large charges related to its planned exit from the majority of its GE Capital business. Adjusting for special items, GE's operating earnings per share of 31c topped the consensus forecast by 1c. Additionally, GE said it has received "strong inbound interest" in its GE Capital assets following the company's April 10 investor update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Celanese (CE), which rose $9.04, or 15.55%, to $67.18, and Mattel (MAT), which advanced $1.48, or 5.84%, to $26.75. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were SerivceNow (NOW), which fell $9.55, or 11.53%, to $73.29, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped 29c, or 10.28%, to $2.58. INDEXES: The Dow declined 279.47, or 1.54%, to 17,826.30, the Nasdaq fell 75.98, or 1.52%, to 4,931.81, and the S&P 500 dropped 23.81, or 1.13%, to 2,081.18.
12:21 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:19 EDTAMDAnalyst says AMD driving close to cliff after Q1 miss
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10:00 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:59 EDTAMDAMD downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant
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08:18 EDTAMDAMD model appears to be breaking, sauys Bernstein
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07:50 EDTAMDAMD price target lowered to $3-$3.50 from $3.50-$4 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo cut its price target on AMD after the company reported weaker than expected revenue and guidance. The firm sharply cut its estimates and now believes that it is important to emphasize the significant risks that the company faces given its continuing drop in sales and ongoing losses. Nonetheless the firm believe that AMD has valuable expertise in microprocessor and graphics circuit design from which, in time, it should be able to generate a profit. Wells keeps an Outperform rating.
April 16, 2015
19:00 EDTAMDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:43 EDTAMDAMD sees FY15 non-GAAP operating expense roughly $340M-$370M per quarter
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16:41 EDTAMDAMD sees Q2 non-GAAP gross margin roughly 32%
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16:25 EDTAMDAMD exits 'dense' server systems sector, effective immediately
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16:24 EDTAMDAMD CEO says focusing on delivering stronger second half of year
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16:23 EDTAMDAMD reports Q1 Computing and Graphics segment revenue down 20% sequentially
Reports Q1 Computing and Graphics segment revenue down 38% y/y. Decrease was primarily due to lower desktop and notebook processor sales and the annual decrease was driven by lower desktop processor sales and GPU channel sales. Reports operating loss $75M compared with $56M last quarter. Decrease primarily driven by lower desktop and notebook processor sales, partially offset by lower operating expenses. Client average selling price decreased sequentially and increased year-over-year primarily driven by processor product sales mix. GPU ASP increased sequentially primarily due to higher channel GPU and Professional Graphics ASPs and decreased year-over-year primarily due to a lower channel ASP. Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue decreased 14% sequentially, primarily driven by seasonally lower sales of semi-custom SoCs. Reports y/y decrease of 7%, primarily driven by lower server processor sales. Reports operating income $45M compared with $109M last quarter and $85M last year, primarily due to lower game console royalties, product mix and higher R&D spending. Reports All Other category operating loss $107M compared with $383M loss sequentially and $39M y/y. Sequential decrease primarily due to the absence of 4Q14 goodwill impairment of $233M and lower of cost or market inventory adjustment of $58M. Year-over-year increase primarily due to $87M restructuring and special charges, consisting primarily of $75M related to the exiting of the dense server systems business.
16:19 EDTAMDAMD expects to purchase roughly $1B in wafers in 2015
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16:17 EDTAMDAMD sees Q2 revenue decreasing 3%, plus or minus 3%, consensus 1.13B
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16:16 EDTAMDAMD reports Q1 gross margin 32%, non-GAAP gross margin 32%
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16:16 EDTAMDAMD reports Q1 adjusted EPS (9c), consensus (5c)
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15:23 EDTAMDNotable companies reporting after market close
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07:44 EDTSSNLFApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
05:55 EDTSSNLFGalaxy S6 expected to reach 70M in sales during 2015, DigiTimes reports
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April 15, 2015
15:05 EDTSSNLFEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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10:06 EDTSSNLFSamsung creates team to work exclusively on Apple devices, Bloomberg reports
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06:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung may be borrowing from Apple profit margin strategy, WSJ reports
Samsung (SSNLF) could be borrowing from Apple's (AAPL) profit margin strategy by charging customers $100 more for each incremental gain in storage capacity, reports the Wall Street Journal. IHS senior director of research and analytics Andrew Rassweiler said it costs Samsung makes an extra $87 in profit each time it sells a 64-gigabyte Galaxy S6 and an extra $160 each time it sells a 128-gigabye device. Rassweiler adds that Apple has been structuring its iPhone offerings like this for years to improve margins. Reference Link
05:55 EDTSSNLFSamsung Taiwan mobile business general manager to resign, DigiTimes reports
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April 14, 2015
12:40 EDTSSNLFPCTEL lowers FY15 revenue to $124M-$130M from $133M-$138M, two estimates $130M
Following its March 5 acquisition of Nexgen Wireless, PCTEL (PCTI) reported in a regulatory filing earlier that on April 7, Samsung Electronics America, a Samsung (SSNLF) subsidiary, provided Nexgen and PCTEL with a notice of Samsungís election to terminate, effective April 30, the contractor services agreement between Samsung and Nexgen. Nexgen furnishes services to Samsung under the CSA including Meridian software-based services and contract personnel. The termination applies to the CSA only and will have no effect on other agreements between Samsung and Nexgen or PCTEL. The company continues to forecast 15%-18% revenue growth over FY14 and views the Nexgen acquisition as accretive to earnings in FY15. The company has revised its overall revenue forecast for FY15 in light of reduced business with Samsung, the reduction in capital spending by AT&T (T), and a decline in new network infrastructure investment in the oil and gas market. The company has revised revenue guidance from $133M-$138M to $124M-$130M. Finally, the company and Nexgen have signed a term sheet calling for a material reduction of the total consideration paid or payable by PCTEL for the Nexgen assets, and a material reduction of the equity compensation for which John Thakkar, the founder and president of Nexgen, will be eligible. These reductions seek to align the asset acquisition costs with the revised revenue and EBITDA estimates.
10:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung's Galaxy S6 Edge costliest phone to build, Re/code reports
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05:46 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung to hold off release of flexible tablets in 2015, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
06:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung semiconductor CapEx to reach $15B in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Samsung's semiconductor capital spending is expected to reach a record $15B in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. The company's CapEx for system ICs is expected to reach $4B, mainly to finance the commencement of its Line-17 fab in Hwasong and a buildup of its plant in Austin, Texas. Reference Link
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