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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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May 27, 2015
14:20 EDTBRCM, AVGOBroadcom calls active on Avago in advanced talks to buy report
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14:10 EDTBRCM, AVGOMaxim briefly trades lower after DJ report of Avago interest in Broadcom
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14:08 EDTBRCM, AVGOAvago in advanced talks to buy Broadcom, WSJ reports
Broadcom (BRCM), which had a market value of $28B as of this afternoon, is in advanced talks to be acquired by Avago Technologies (AVGO), which recently had a market cap of about $34B, though it is unclear what terms the companies are discussing, said The Wall Street Journal. Following the report, Broadcom shares are up about 14% to $53.45, while Avago is up nearly 6% to trade just below $139 per share. Reference Link
14:01 EDTAVGO, BRCMBroadcom jumps 8.5% after Dow Jones report on Avago takeover talks
Avago Technologies (AVGO) shares are up nearly 5% following the report.
14:00 EDTBRCM, AVGOBroadcom in advanced talks to be acquired by Avago, Dow Jones reports
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10:35 EDTBRCMBMO Capital to hold a tour
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09:28 EDTBRCMBroadcom WiFi risks misplaced, says BofA/Merrill
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06:13 EDTQCOMTech companies look for ways to fend off activist investors, WSJ reports
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May 25, 2015
12:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm, Daimler announce strategic collaboration on connected car technology
Daimler AG (DDAIF) and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced a strategic collaboration focused on vehicle innovation. In the first phase of the collaboration, the companies will focus on developing vehicles with mobile technologies such as 3G/4G connectivity, wireless charging technology, and implementation of the Qualcomm "Halo" wireless electric vehicle charging technology. In addition, the companies are jointly assessing the application of Qualcomm's newly developed "Automotive Solutions." Qualcomm Technologies is collaborating with Daimler on its wireless power transfer 2.0 program for electric vehicles. The Qualcomm Halo technology could allow Daimler customers to charge their electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid EVs without having to plug them in. In addition, Qualcomm WiPower technology enables consumer electronics to charge wirelessly in-vehicle.
May 22, 2015
10:38 EDTAVGO, SWKSMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:58 EDTAVGO, SWKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Allison Transmission (ALSN) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Blackstone (BX) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Esperion (ESPR) initiated with a Sell at Chardan... H&R Block (HRB) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Micron (MU) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Monster Worldwide (MWW) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... National Storage (NSA) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... ON Semiconductor (ON) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Sharps Compliance (SMED) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... StemCells (STEM) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Synaptics (SYNA) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... TriNet (TNET) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Vascular Biogenics (VBLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Verifone (PAY) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... uniQure (QURE) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer.
06:45 EDTSWKSSkyworks initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
Target $108.
May 21, 2015
16:15 EDTAVGOAvago initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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16:10 EDTSWKSSkyworks initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
Target $115.
10:02 EDTAVGORumor: Xilinx moves up on renewed takeover chatter
Shares of Xilinx (XLNX) are moving up on speculation Avago (AVGO) is in talks to acquire the company.
07:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiates $5B accelerated share repurchase
Qualcomm announced that it has entered into accelerated share repurchase agreements with two financial institutions to repurchase an aggregate of $5B of Qualcomm's common stock, with an initial delivery of approximately 57.7M shares. The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the volume-weighted average stock price of Qualcomm's common stock during the term of the transaction, less a discount and subject to adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the ASR Agreements. The company is funding the accelerated share repurchase with proceeds from its recently completed $10B debt offering.
May 20, 2015
07:36 EDTBRCMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 19, 2015
12:25 EDTSWKS, AVGOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:42 EDTSWKS, AVGOChinese professors charged with stealing secrets from Avago, Skyworks
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May 18, 2015
12:46 EDTSWKSSkyworks expands portfolio of RF switches for Internet of Things
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