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July 28, 2015
06:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung to unveil bigger Galaxy S6 Edge on August 13, WSJ reports
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July 27, 2015
06:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung Bioepis plans to list on Nasdaq by end of Q2, Reuters reports
Samsung Group's biosimilar drug development subsidiary, Samsung Bioepis, is expected to select advisers to list in the U.S. by the middle of August and plans to debut on the Nasdaq by the end of Q2, Reuters reports. A spokesperson for Bioepis says the exact timing or size of the listing has not yet been decided, but notes that if the company is valued at 8T won-10T won, or $6.87B-$8.59B, and lists 10%-20% of shares, an IPO could raise up to 2T won. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
06:13 EDTSSNLFAnalysts say Intel best suitor for Qualcomm's chip unit, Reuters says
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July 23, 2015
09:38 EDTAMDActive equity options trading on open
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06:42 EDTSSNLFMobile DRAM prices to fall on excess smartphone inventory, DigiTimes reports
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06:25 EDTSSNLFApple Watch, Android Wear Wi-Fi adoption to motivate others, DigiTimes says
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July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTAMDEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
05:55 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: DRAM prices to fall further, DigiTimes says
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July 21, 2015
16:01 EDTAMDOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
06:19 EDTSSNLFSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:51 EDTAMDUMC enters volume production for AMD chips using TSV, DigiTimes reports
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July 20, 2015
13:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
July 19, 2015
14:09 EDTSSNLFIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
08:31 EDTAMDAMD expense cuts needed to avoid bankruptcy, says Susquehanna
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05:47 EDTSSNLFSamsung C&T shareholders approve merger with Cheil Industries
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July 16, 2015
19:04 EDTAMDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:26 EDTSSNLFXiaomi VP says 'absolutely' coming to U.S., Bloomberg TV says
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18:24 EDTAMDAMD says goal of 2H15 profitability has been pushed out, cites low PC demand
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17:43 EDTAMDAMD sees 2H15 product ramps as key market share driver
Also cites seasonal improvement in PCs and game consoles and re-balanced inventory. For 2016, sees the following market share drivers: Semi-custom and embedded products ramp; Graphics and commercial client growth; New high performance CPUs. For 2017/2018, sees the following market share drivers: Strong datacenter portoflio; Additional semi-custom design wins ramp: Multi-generation roadmap investments deployed. Guidance from presentation slides for Q2.
17:39 EDTAMDAMD targets long-term EPS of greater than 50c per share
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17:36 EDTAMDAMD sees 2H15 revenue up 15%, plus or minus 3%
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16:42 EDTAMDAMD Q2 Computing and Graphics segment revenue decreased 29% sequentially
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16:28 EDTAMDAMD cites near-term challenges in PC processor business
"Strong sequential revenue growth in our EESC segment and channel business was not enough to offset near-term challenges in our PC processor business due to lower than expected consumer demand that impacted sales to OEMs," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "We continue to execute our long-term strategy while we navigate the current market environment. Our focus is on developing leadership computing and graphics products capable of driving profitable share growth across our target markets."
16:21 EDTAMDAMD reports Q2 gross margin 25%, non-GAAP gross margin 28%
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16:19 EDTAMDAMD sees Q3 revenue up 6%, plus or minus 3%, sequentially , consensus $1.05B
16:17 EDTAMDAMD reports Q2 adjusted EPS (17c), consensus (17c)
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15:02 EDTAMDNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:43 EDTSSNLFSemi equipment stocks overreacting to Intel capex cut, says Summit Research
Summit Research said Intel (INTC) is pushing out its 10nm plans for multiple reasons and that TSMC (TSM) and Samsung (SSNLF) will not let a "once in a lifetime opportunity" pass and will speed up their own spending. The firm believes the pullback in semiconductor equipment stocks, particularly Applied Materials (AMAT), KLA-Tencor (KLAC) and Lam Research (LRCX), on Intel's capex guidance cut is somewhat of an overreaction and recommends buying amid the weakness.
13:39 EDTSSNLFSamsung begins rollout of payment service in Korea, TechCrunch reports
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11:53 EDTSSNLFApple and Samsung in talks to launch e-sim card, Financial Times reports
Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are in advanced talks to launch electronic sim cards, reports the Financial Times. The GSMA is close to announcing an agreement to produce an standardized embedded sim for consumer devices that would include the smartphone makers. Reference Link
11:41 EDTAMDTSMC slips after reporting Q2 results, cautious outlook
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06:32 EDTSSNLFSamsung tries home visits to woo investors to approve Cheil, C&T deal, WSJ says
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06:14 EDTSSNLFMetLife Insurance to vote Samsung C&T shares in favor of Cheil, Reuters says
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05:46 EDTSSNLFTSMC and Samsung begin A9 chip mass production, DigiTimes reports
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July 15, 2015
19:03 EDTAMDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:05 EDTAMDIntel pulls semiconductor peers higher after reporting Q2 results
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10:01 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:41 EDTAMDIDEXX should be watched after 'curious' board change, dealReporter says
IDEXX Laboratories (IDXX), which analysts have previously speculated could be a takeover target for Zoetis (ZTS), should be watched for any possible M&A hints after the "curious addition" of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Chairman Bruce Claflin to its board yesterday, said dealReporter, according to contacts.
06:49 EDTAMDAMD initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Target $2.25.
July 14, 2015
10:52 EDTAMDAnalysts say Micron could be sold, but not at price Tsinghua said to offer
Research firms have reacted to a Wall Street Journal report, published last night, that Chinese chip maker Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron (MU) for $23B, or $21 per share. Summit Research said that Tsinghua would probably raise its bid, while JMP Securities wrote that the deal would be logical from Tsinghua's perspective. However, Piper Jaffray contended that the reported buyout offer is illogical and Cowen agreed, saying that the deal makes no sense for shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: 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. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted, adding that he expects Micron's stock to reach $21 soon. Sundarararjan kept a $34 price target and Buy rating on Micron. JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that the deal would be logical for Tsinghua, as it would allow the Chinese company to access leading edge process technology, enable it to deliver more complete system solutions, and give it access to 3D NAND technology. The analyst, who believes that other Chinese companies may make competing bids for Micron, finds it difficult to believe that Micron would accept an offer more than 5%-10% below its 52-week high of $36.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy countered 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 have 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 Roy, who kept an Overweight rating on Micron. Similarly, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that the $21 per share price wouldn't make sense for Micron's shareholders, since it's barely above the estimated replacement cost of the company's capacity. The analyst indicated that he does not believe that Tsinghua would actually make the deal and he thinks that the U.S. Department of Justice would not approve the deal if it does get offered. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a separate note, Summit's Sundarararjan, noting that Intel (INTC) has a 20% stake in Tsinghua. contended that the U.S. chip giant probably "midwifed" Tsinghua's offer for Micron. The analyst says that Intel "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice and he believes that the DOJ could approve the deal. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Micron jumped 11% to $19.60. Several other semi chip related stocks were also rising, with SanDisk (SNDK) gaining 4%, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) advancing 3% and Atmel (ATML) adding 2%.
09:20 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), up 16.2% following second quarter guidance... Transgenomic (TBIO), up 14% after launching genetic test for Leukodystrophy diagnosis... Biocept (BIOC), up 12.4% after launching diagnostic assay for BRAF mutations in melanoma patients... Micron (MU), up 13.1% after WSJ reports that Tsinghua made $23B acquisition offer... SanDisk (SNDK) and AMD (AMD) are up 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, following reports of Tsinghua offer to Micron... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.2% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1%... JPMorgan (JPM), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Vince Holding (VNCE), down 16.3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP), down 8.3% after 2.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $7.50... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), down 7.4% after pricing pressure leads to reduced fiscal 2015 margin view... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 2.8% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
07:57 EDTSSNLFSamsung applies for patent for body fat measurement via phone
Samsung's patent application for a method of measuring body fat using a mobile device was pointed out by Business Insider's Lisa Eadicicco. Reference Link
05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung expected to launch Galaxy Note 5 on August 14, DigiTimes reports
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