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June 3, 2014
10:45 EDTSWKS, BRCM, AVGO, QCOMAnalysts 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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November 23, 2014
17:24 EDTQCOMIntel, Qualcomm look like 'excellent' investments, Barron's says
Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM) both look like "excellent" investments, with Qualcomm looking better for risk-prone investors, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
November 20, 2014
07:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm shares range bound until China resolution, says William Blair
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November 19, 2014
16:58 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers 5 year revenue CAGR view to 8%-10% from prior double digit view
In its slides presentation that was prepared for its 2014 Analyst Day from earlier today, Qualcomm said it would grow its revenue CAGR by 8%-10% which is lower than its previous view of double-digit revenue CAGR. At its Analyst Day, the company noted revenue pressures in China that in part stem from Chinese handset vendors unwillingness to pay the company royalties. Shares of Qualcomm closed down over 2% to end the seesion at $70.47.
16:30 EDTQCOMQualcomm CEO says 'It's really all about China for us'
Qualcomm CEO speaking on CNBC interview.
16:27 EDTQCOMQualcomm CEO sees getting through issues with China
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10:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm says FY15 margins to be impacted by compliance spending
10:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm reaffirms FY15 EPS view $5.05-$5.35, consensus $5.22
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November 18, 2014
06:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm to host analyst meeting
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05:54 EDTBRCMStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN BRCM
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November 17, 2014
13:57 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility flat into analyst meeting
Qualcomm November call option implied volatility is at 22, December and January is at 20, February is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into a company sponsored analyst meeting on November 19
08:48 EDTAVGO, SWKSSkyworks, Avago, and RF Micro Devices recommended at BofA/Merrill
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November 14, 2014
12:53 EDTQCOMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
November 13, 2014
12:37 EDTBRCMBroadcom hits 52-week high after Goldman ups to Buy
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10:01 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:34 EDTBRCMBroadcom upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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November 12, 2014
12:55 EDTQCOMNVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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November 11, 2014
16:32 EDTSWKSSkyworks announces new $300M stock repurchase program
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November 10, 2014
06:28 EDTQCOMReport: TSMC may buy Qualcomm Taiwan factory, DigiTimes says
TSMC (TSM) is considering an acquisition of Qualcomm's (QCOM) Taiwan factory to expand its packaging and test business, reports DigiTimes. Citing a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report, the Qualcomm factory will be acquired for several billion NT dollars. Reference Link

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