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June 3, 2014
10:45 EDTQCOM, SWKS, BRCM, AVGOAnalysts 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.
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July 20, 2015
19:40 EDTQCOMQualcomm may consider breakup, WSJ says
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16:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm to cut 'several thousand' jobs, The Information says
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16:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm may cut 'several thousand jobs' according to report, CNBC says
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July 17, 2015
14:29 EDTAVGOAvago eyeing acquisition of Marvell, Light Reading says
Avago (AVGO) is looking at acquiring semiconductor vendor Marvell (MRVL), according to Light Reading, citing a reputable source. Reference Link
July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:08 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:18 EDTQCOMSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
07:07 EDTAVGOAvago initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
Target $185.
05:51 EDTQCOMEuropean Commission confirms two investigations against Qualcomm
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05:22 EDTQCOMQualcomm issues statement on European Commission announcement
Qualcomm provided the following statement: "We were informed that the European Commission has taken the procedural step of 'initiating proceedings' against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing investigations into Qualcomm's sale of chipsets for mobile devices. This step allows investigators to gather additional facts, but it represents neither an expression by the Commission on the merits of the case nor an accusation against the company. While we were disappointed to hear this, we have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate with the Commission, and we continue to believe that any concerns are without merit."
July 15, 2015
19:03 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to push inexpensive mobile device market in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTQCOMTSMC cuts 28nm and 20nm prices by 5%-10%, DigiTimes reports
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July 14, 2015
06:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm to work with Google-backed Thread Group, Re/code reports
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it is working with Thread Group, a Google (GOOG) backed effort to find ways for internet connected devices to communicate with one another, Re/code reports. Reference Link
July 13, 2015
14:17 EDTAVGO, SWKSBrocade slips after RBC cuts rating to Sector Perform
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10:21 EDTSWKSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:47 EDTSWKSSkyworks should be bought ahead of earnings, says Pacific Crest
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08:07 EDTSWKSSkyworks upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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