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June 2, 2014
11:08 EDTQCOM, SWKS, BRCM, AVGOBroadcom rises after plan to explore options for baseband unit
Shares of Broadcom (BRCM), which provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, are rising this morning after the company said it will explore strategic alternatives for its cellular baseband business. WHAT'S NEW: Broadcom said it will explore strategic options for its cellular baseband business, including a possible sale or wind-down, and has hired hired JPMorgan (JPM) to assist. A sale or wind-down of the business would reduce expenses by about $700M, and the company said non-GAAP research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to be reduced by around $600M. Broadcom expects to reinvest about $50M of the savings on an annualized basis into projects in the broadband, infrastructure and connectivity businesses, it noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In conjunction with the announcement, Broadcom updated its second quarter outlook. It still sees Q2 revenue of $2B-$2.1B, against analysts' consensus estimates of $2.05B, and it now expects both GAAP and non-GAAP product gross margin to be at or above the high end of its previously-guided range, driven principally by mix. The company's previous adjusted product gross margin view was for an increase of 75 basis points to 175 basis points. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee thinks the wind down of the Broadcom unit improves the positioning of peer Qualcomm (QCOM) and the firm also expects that rivals Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS) will benefit from Broadcom's move. PRICE ACTION: Broadcom is trading up $2.61, or 8.2%, to $34.49 in late-morning trading. Meanwhile, Qualcomm is up modestly to $80.32, Avago is up fractionally to $70.99 and Skyworks is down 0.5% to $43.09.
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December 8, 2014
09:09 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $82 from $72 at Sterne Agee
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07:32 EDTSWKSRaymond James to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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December 5, 2014
10:56 EDTBRCMBroadcom recommended ahead of December 9 analyst meeting at BofA/Merrill
10:44 EDTQCOMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:40 EDTAVGOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:52 EDTBRCMBroadcom to host analyst day
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December 4, 2014
17:00 EDTQCOMSilicon Image announces new unit Qterics, Qualcomm participates with investment
Silicon Image (SIMG) announced that Qualcomm (QCOM), has made a $7M strategic investment in Silicon Image’s new subsidiary, Qterics, for a 7% ownership interest. Qterics will be focused on enabling a wide variety of solutions and services for Internet-enabled consumer products including TVs, mobile handsets, tablets, routers, home automation devices, white goods and more. Qterics is comprised of the UpdateLogic services business combined with other related Silicon Image assets, including software and other intellectual property. Current UpdateLogic General Manager, Kurt Thielen, will assume the role of President of Qterics. “Qualcomm is committed to enabling technologies that support our ‘Internet of Everything’ initiatives. Our strategic investment in Qterics further promotes IoE advancements, including the development of solutions utilizing the AllJoyn open source software framework of the AllSeen Alliance for a truly interoperable Internet of Everything,” said Michael Wallace, SVP and General Manager, Qualcomm Internet Services. In addition to the investment, Qualcomm and Silicon Image will explore opportunities to collaborate on promoting the AllJoyn open source software framework and developing new Internet of Everything services
10:24 EDTAVGOOptions with decreasing implied volatility: AVNR ASNA ANF AVGO PVH
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09:23 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Avago (AVGO), up 7.2%... Kroger (KR), up 3.1%... Rite Aid (RAD), up 3.1%... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Array Biopharma (ARRY), up 24% after reaching a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib... Hawaiian Electric (HE), up 13.5% following merger announcement with NextEra Energy (NEE)... SinoCoking Coal (SCOK), up 14.2% after beginning construction of second aboveground Syngas facility... Plug Power (PLUG), up 12.3% after announcing $20M ReliOn fuel cell contract... Mobileye (MBLY), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 3.6% following $15M payment from Teva for TRISENOX... TASER (TASR), up 3% after receiving multiple orders of AXON body cameras. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 7.6%... Express (EXPR), down 11.3%... Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), down 1.4%... Toro Company (TTC), down 1.1%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 14.1%. ALSO LOWER: Kindred Biosciences (KIN), down 29.3% after announcing that it will discontinue its AtoKin study... UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 13% after saying that there are no current talks with DSV A/S... Agree Realty (ADC), down 3.7% after 2.1M share Spot Secondary priced at $29.90.
08:19 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $120 from $100 at Oppenheimer
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08:09 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $115 from $90 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest hiked its price target on Avago after the company reported better than expected Q4 results and provided stronger than expected Q1 guidance. The firm notes that the company achieved $200M in cost synergies from LSI ahead of schedule. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:54 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $122 from $97 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Avago (AVGO) to $122 from $97 following strong Q4 results, which were driven by strength in its wireless division. The firm cited Avago's Apple (AAPL) relationship, industry leading proprietary FBAR filter portfolio, and growing sales to the China LTE smartphone OEM base. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating on Avago shares.
07:54 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $78 from $72 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Skyworks to $78 from $72 citing strong network deployments and improving LTE subscriber growth trends. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating on Skyworks shares.
07:53 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $120 from $105 at Brean Capital
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07:28 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $115 from $87 at UBS
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07:28 EDTAVGOAvago sees Q1 non-GAAP revenue flat to up 4%
Consensus $1.51B. Sees Q1 non-GAAP gross margin 57.5% +/- 1%. Capital expenditures for FY15 are expected to be approximately $600M, of which approximately $200M is expected to occur in the first quarter. Revenue, margin and capex guidance issued last night in conjunction with Q4 report.
07:14 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $110 from $105 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Avago shares to $110 saying the company is "firing on all cylinders" following its October quarter earnings report. Citi keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:30 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $115 from $100 at Deutsche Bank
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06:05 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM QCOM
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