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March 15, 2013
06:20 EDTPHG, SSNLF, AUOAU Optronics lands orders for TV panels from Samsung, Philips, DigiTimes says
AU Optronics (AUO) has obtained orders for Ultra HD TV panels from Samsung (SSNLF) and Philips (PHG), reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, most of the panels AUO is shipping are sized 55- and 65-inch. Reference Link
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February 4, 2016
11:33 EDTSSNLFSamsung postpones investment in Xi'an semi plant, BusinessKorea says
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February 3, 2016
08:04 EDTPHGPhilips partners with Validic for connected health service solutions
Philips signed an agreement with Validic, a U.S.-based company that provides a technology platform for connectivity and access to digital health data from clinical and remote-monitoring devices, sensors, fitness equipment, wearables and patient wellness applications. The collaboration with Validic, whose platform reaches approximately 223 million people in 47 countries, will offer Philips opportunities to expand its connected health solutions and applications with third-party device data.
February 2, 2016
06:48 EDTSSNLFTablet market continued to decline in Q4, VentureBeat says
The tablet market continues to see a decline, with 4Q15 representing the fifth straight quarter to see a year-over-year decrease in shipments, VentureBeat reports, citing market research firm IDC. 65.9M tablet units shipped in Q4, a decline of 13.7% from 76.4M units in the same period last year, the report says. Shipments for FY15 were down 10.1% year over year to 206.8M, the report says. In Q4, top five vendors Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN), Lenovo (LNVGY), and Huawei accounted for 54.2% of the market, up from 51% last year, though only Amazon and Huawei grew their own market share year over year, the report says. Reference Link
February 1, 2016
16:59 EDTSSNLFGoogle plans more control over Nexus phone in bid for high-end, Information says
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12:13 EDTSSNLFOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but off their worst levels of the day, as oil is once again being weighed on by worries of slower growth in China. Several M&A announcements helped fuel speculation that deal-making may be set to pick up, but the headwinds of lower oil prices and weak economic data are outweighing that potential boost and keeping stocks in the red to start the month. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, while spending was flat, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and the below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Construction spending rose 0.1% in December, which was weaker than the 0.6% increase that was forecast. In China, the statistics bureau's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) advanced 9% after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. Lessin noted in the report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal talks are "active" now between Andreessen, Silver Lake and Twitter... Alere (ALR) surged 45% to $54 per share near midday after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. In other Monday M&A news, Questar (STR) rose 22% after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B, and assume Questar's outstanding debt. Meanwhile, Stryker (SYK) announced a deal to acquire Sage Products for $2.775B in cash. The buyers' shares did not fare as well in the wake of the deal announcements, as Abbott slipped 0.5%, Dominion dipped 1% and Stryker fell 1%. Also lower were shares of Smith & Nephew (SNN), which slid fractionally as investors may have been concerned that Stryker's deal decreases the likelihood that it will come after S&N. Additionally, Smith & Nephew announced that its CEO Olivier Bohuon has been diagnosed with a "highly treatable" form of cancer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which gained 8.5% after a judge accepted the company's $10M plea deal to settle timber source crime charges, according to media reports. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rose 5.5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to formally declare the end to its E.coli outbreak as soon as today. In addition, Sysco (SYY) and Aetna (AET) were up 7% and 2%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Nokia (NOK), which fell 12% after it forecasted how much revenue it expects to gain from its IP portfolio after its patent deal with Samsung (SSNLF) and its shares were downgraded at Canaccord and BofA Merrill Lynch. Also lower was GoPro (GPRO), which was slid 5% after analysts from Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that the company's guidance to be issued this week will disappoint investors. In addition, Roper Technologies (ROP) and ImmunoGen (IMGN) were down 6.5% and 5.7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 56.40, or 0.34%, to 16,409.90, the Nasdaq was down 12.25, or 0.27%, to 4,601.70, and the S&P 500 was down 6.51, or 0.34%, to 1,933.73.
05:15 EDTSSNLFNokia receives decision in patent license arbitration with Samsung
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January 29, 2016
05:55 EDTPHGPhilips names Jean Botti as Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer
Royal Philips (PHG) announced the appointment of Jean Botti as Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer as part of the company's strategy to capture a larger portion of the HealthTech opportunities. Jean Botti, who will join Philips as of April 1, 2016 from Airbus Group (EADSY), will become a member of Philips' Executive Committee and will report directly to Philips CEO Frans van Houten. Jean Botti will succeed Jim Andrew, who left Philips in the fourth quarter of 2015 for personal reasons.
January 27, 2016
18:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung to repurchase 2.99T won of shares in second phase of buyback
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18:49 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports Q4 net profit 3.24T won, consensus 5.4T won, Bloomberg reports
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18:00 EDTSSNLFFacebook executives pleased with China growth, hazy on Oculus launch
Speaking on the company's fourth quarter earnings conference call, Facebook (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg highlighted the company's more than 2.5M active advertisers as well as the growth of its Messenger and WhatsApp services, which have expanded to 800M and nearly 1B monthly users, respectively. More services will be coming soon to Messenger, Zuckerberg promised, including airline integration. The CEO noted he is "pleased" with initial consumer reaction to Samsung's (SSNLF) Gear VR virtual reality headset, though commentary on pre-orders for Facebook's own Oculus Rift device was notably light, with Zuckerberg saying only that the Oculus launch is "shaping up to be a big moment for the gaming community." Meanwhile, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company is pleased with the growth its seeing in emerging markets, including China, where businesses are using Facebook to reach customers internationally. The commentary comes in contrast to the downbeat macro view voiced during Apple's (AAPL) conference call Tuesday night. Globally, 98 of the quarter's top 100 Facebook advertisers also chose to market on Instagram, Sandberg said, adding that as businesses realize they need to catch up to consumer shifts towards mobile, she foresees a "big" opportunity to continue growing advertiser count. ANALYST TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a post-earnings note on Facebook, reiterating his Overweight rating and $155 price target on the social network giant in the wake of its strong beat. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Facebook have surged 12.8% to $106.60 in after-hours trading. Other members of the FANG stock grouping are also moving higher, with Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Alphabet (GOOG) rising a respective 2.3%, 2.25% and 2.6%.
15:10 EDTPHGEarnings Watch: Western Digital deal update focus of SanDisk report
SanDisk (SNDK) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, January 27. SanDisk will not hold a conference call to discuss its financial results in light of the pending acquisition by Western Digital (WDC). SanDisk manufactures data storage solutions, including removable and embedded Flash memory and solid-state drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 89c on revenue of $1.44B. The consensus range is 83c-$1.00 for EPS on revenue of $1.4B-$1.47B, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, SanDisk guided to Q4 revenue of $1.4B-$1.475B and a non-GAAP gross margin 40%-43%. LAST QUARTER: On October 21, SanDisk reported third quarter earnings per share of $1.09 and revenue of $1.45B, compared to expectations of 80c and $1.4B, respectively. NEWS: Along with releasing its earnings report, SanDisk announced a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock that values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $19B. If the investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The companies said at the time that the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016. STREET RESEARCH: On December 28, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah said the combined Western Digital-SanDisk company, post an expected merger close in September of this year, can generate FY17 earnings per share of $13-$15. He kept a $150 standalone Western Digital target price and believes that the combined company's shares should trade in a range of $154-$256 post close. On January 6, Pacific Crest analyst Monika Garg called Western Digital her best idea for 2016, stating that the company's pending acquisition of SanDisk "would create a formidable company" and bring significant earnings and cash flow generation. On January 25, CLSA analyst Mark Heller downgraded SanDisk to Underperform due to weakening NAND fundamentals and higher deal risk. The analyst does not believe Western Digital can walk away from the deal due to weakening fundamentals, but is more cautious on Unisplenour's investment in Western Digital. Heller lowered his price target to $70 from $86 on SanDisk shares. The same day, Jefferies analyst James Kisner lowered his estimates for Western Digital and Seagate (STX), citing the weak results and guidance from Nidec and a more conservative approach following the recent selloff in the shares. Western Digital's current valuation fully prices in an "extreme bear case" for the combined Western Digital and SanDisk, Kisner told investors in his research note. The analyst cut his price target for Western Digital to $82 from $95 but kept a Buy rating on the stock. Noting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States would not grant regulatory clearance for Philips (PHG) to sell an 80.1% interest in Lumileds to China's GO Scale Capital, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said on January 26 that he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate. However, he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk should still go through. This morning, Citi analyst Stanley Kovler initiated coverage of Western Digital with a Buy rating, as the firm is relatively bullish on the company's acquisition of SanDisk. Conversely, Citi started coverage of Seagate (STX) with a Sell rating, saying that actions it has taken to cope with the decline of the sector "may only help so much." Kovler set an $82 price target on SanDisk, a $53 price target on Western Digital and a $23 price target on Seagate. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, SanDisk rose 0.75% to $64.57 per share. Since October 21, shares of SanDisk have declined about 14%. Since that same day, Western Digital shares are down over 41%.
14:44 EDTSSNLFEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after breakup decision, China licensing deals
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January 26, 2016
09:18 EDTPHGStereotaxis and Philips sign addendum to their agreement
Stereotaxis announced Stereotaxis and Philips have signed an addendum pursuant to their existing Development and Cooperation Agreement to facilitate development of a new interface between each company's most advanced systems for electrophysiology and interventional cardiology procedures. The new interface will enable interoperability of Stereotaxis' Niobe ES remote magnetic navigation system with the latest version of Philips' cardiovascular X-ray system, Allura Xper FD10. This new interface is expected to be available in major global markets in 2016.
09:05 EDTSSNLFVerizon and Samsung launch network extender solution
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09:02 EDTPHGPhilips says engaged with other parties that have expressed in Lumileds and Auto
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08:59 EDTPHGPhilips says on schedule to be able to complete Lighting seperation in 1H16
Philips said it is on schedule to be able to complete the separation of its Lighting business in the first half of this year. As previously stated, Philips is reviewing all strategic options for Philips Lighting, including an initial public offering and a private sale. Costs related to the separation amounted to EUR 183M in 2015. For 2016, Philips continues to expect separation costs to be EUR 200M to EUR 300M.
08:55 EDTPHGPhilips sees 'modest' comparable sales growth in 2016
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08:52 EDTPHGPhilips reports Q4 net loss EUR 39M vs. income of EUR 134M last year
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January 25, 2016
06:57 EDTSSNLFSamsung plans to open New York-based VR movie studio, CNet reports
Samsung intends to open a virtual reality movie studio in New York to produce immersive experiences, CNet reports. Reference Link
06:15 EDTSSNLFSamsung exec: Will consider M&A for home appliances unit, Reuters reports
Samsung (SSNLF) will mull all potential options to grow its home appliances unit including M&A, Reuters reports, citing comments from Samsung appliances head Suh Byung-sam in from of reporters at a company event. The executive said that Haier's (HRELY) acquisition of GE's (GE) appliances unit will have no serious effect on its business in the near term, the report says. Reference Link
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