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June 3, 2014
10:45 EDTAVGO, QCOM, SWKS, BRCMAnalysts split on Broadcom outlook after baseband announcement
Shares of Broadcom (BRCM) are rising for a second day after the company indicated that it would look to sell or wind down its cellular baseband business, but analysts were divided on the company's outlook following the announcement. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors earlier today, Kevin Cassidy, an analyst at research firm Stifel, downgraded Broadcom to Hold from Buy. The loss of the baseband business could cause Broadcom's market share in connectivity products - including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC chips - to decline, Cassidy warned. Companies that will still be able to supply connectivity chips could gain market share at Broadcom;'s expense, the analyst suggested. Also bearish was Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell, who is concerned about the long-term outlook of Broadcom's connectivity business. The company is facing increased competition from integrated platforms in the middle and lower end smartphone market, while the higher end smartphone market is becoming saturated, McConnell believes. The fair value of Broadcom's stock could reach $45, but it is likely to trade around $35-$38 over the longer term, according to McConnell, who kept a Sector Perform rating on the shares. BULLISH TAKE: Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees wrote that Broadcom's decision addresses her biggest concern with the stock and should unlock considerable value. Although Broadcom's connectivity products could lose market share, the company would likely respond to such losses by intensifying its focus on the areas in which it has the most expertise and on emerging areas such as the Internet of Things, Van Hees contended. She upgraded the stock to Outperform from Neutral and upped her price target on the shares to $43 from $30. Meanwhile, research firm Cowen increased its price target on Broadcom to $39 from $32, saying that the company's exit from the baseband business could make it a better M&A candidate while allowing it to invest in other businesses.The firm kept an Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Another research firm, Sterne Agee, yesterday speculated that Qualcomm (QCOM), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) could benefit from Broadcom's move. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Broadcom rose 42c, or 1.2%, to $35.26.
News For BRCM;QCOM;AVGO;SWKS From The Last 14 Days
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July 7, 2015
11:06 EDTAVGOAvago falls sharply, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include; American Campus (ACC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Baxter (BAX) downgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Dillard's (DDS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... DineEquity (DIN) downgraded to Neutral following Applebee's checks at Longbow... Grupo Televisa (TV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Humana (HUM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) downgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at JPMorgan... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Rolls-Royce (RYCEY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Shake Shack (SHAK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tesla (TSLA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
07:34 EDTBRCM, AVGOBroadcom downgraded ahead of Avago buyout at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded Broadcom (BRCM) to Perform from Outperform saying shares are trading on the arbitrage following the proposed merger with Avago (AVGO).
07:13 EDTBRCMBroadcom downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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July 6, 2015
18:22 EDTAVGOAMD plummets after PC headwinds result in lower Q2 revenue view
Shares of semiconductor maker AMD (AMD) are sliding after the company reduced its second quarter revenue view. WHAT'S NEW: AMD lowered its Q2 revenue view to down 8% sequentially from a prior view of decreasing 3%, plus or minus 3% that the company gave with its first quarter earnings results back in April. The company attributed the decreased view for revenue to weaker than expected consumer PC demand. Along with its lower Q2 revenue view the chip maker lowered its Q2 non-GAAP gross margin view to approximately 28%, compared to the previous non-GAAP guidance of approximately 32% primarily due to a higher mix of Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment sales and lower than anticipated Computing and Graphics segment APU unit volumes due to weaker than expected OEM PC product demand. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Shares of PC related stocks have been struggling recently after several research firms issued cautious views on the group. On May 19, Morgan Stanley said it was more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team at the time said it continued to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. On June 23, JP Morgan issued a cautious note on hard disk drive makers Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate Technology (STX), citing continuing negative PC data. The firm said it saw little evidence that fundamentals in the PC space were improving, citing negative comments on PC demand from HP (HPQ), Avago (AVGO), and Micron (MU) over the last month. More recently, on June 25, chip maker Micron reported third quarter results and current quarter guidance below expectations, citing near term headwinds attributable to PC headwinds. PRICE ACTION: Shares of AMD are down over 14% in after-hours trading to $2.12. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that may be exposed to PC weakness include Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Intel Corporation (INTC), NVIDIA (NVDA), SanDisk (SNDK), and Apple (AAPL).
July 2, 2015
16:04 EDTQCOMOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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June 30, 2015
08:35 EDTBRCM, AVGOBroadcom risk/reward looks positive, says Bernstein
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06:07 EDTQCOMQualcomm not planning spinoff of chips business, Reuters reports
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June 29, 2015
11:07 EDTQCOMQualcomm heads for a test of its 52-week low, levels to watch
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11:03 EDTQCOMAnalyst says sell Qualcomm ahead of predicted price cuts
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10:09 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
08:14 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton
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07:21 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton
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June 28, 2015
12:47 EDTQCOMTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTQCOMAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
08:05 EDTBRCMBroadcom signs strategic collaborations in China
Broadcom announced a series of Memorandum of Understanding agreements with several Chinese companies, including H3C for collaboration on the integration of cloud and Internet services, Inspur for collaboration to drive continued innovation in Ultra HD set-top box offerings for China, and StarTimes for joint design and development of low cost set-top boxes and high end Ultra HD gateways.
June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTQCOMWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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10:00 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:11 EDTQCOMApplied Micro an affordable target for Qualcomm, says Summit Research
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07:39 EDTAVGOAvago initiated with a Buy at Argus
Target $163.

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