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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.
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December 15, 2014
07:49 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $75 from $70 at Stephens
Stephens believes strength at Apple (AAPL) will continue to benefit Skyworks (SWKS) and the firm also thinks Samsung (SSNLF) will likely ramp some of its new phone models in the March quarter. The firm raised its estimates for Skyworks and increased its price target on the stock to $75 from $70. Stephens maintains its Overweight rating on Skyworks.
07:45 EDTBRCMBroadcom upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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December 12, 2014
06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits to invest $40M into Chinese companies
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December 11, 2014
06:50 EDTSWKSSkyworks management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on December 16 hosted by Pacific Crest.
06:32 EDTQCOMGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm cutting 600 jobs worldwide, CNet reports
A Qualcomm spokesperson has confirmed that the company is planning to cut 600 jobs globally, with around half the cuts coming in California, CNet reports. The spokesperson notes that the layoffs are not related to ongoing investigations in the U.S., China and the EU, commenting that the layoffs are "focused on specific projects and programs and reflects current business priorities." Reference Link
December 10, 2014
08:40 EDTBRCMBroadcom price target raised to $53 from $46 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Broadcom to $53 from $46 following the company's analyst day, citing its updated guidance range, potential for return of capital to shareholders, and its leading position in its business segments. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating on Broadcom shares.
08:04 EDTBRCMBroadcom price target raised to $52 from $48 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer raised its price target on Broadcom as the firm believes that the tone at the company's Analyst Day was positive. The firm thinks the company's networking unit looks poised for further share gains at Marvell's (MRVL) expense. Oppenheimer continues to recommend buying the stock.
07:21 EDTBRCMBroadcom price target raised to $52 from $45 at Susquehanna
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06:54 EDTBRCMBroadcom shares continue to have upside, says Deutsche Bank
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December 9, 2014
18:21 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 3.1%... Analogic (ALOG), up 2.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 4.9%... Broadcom (BRCM), reverses to down just below 1%. ALSO LOWER: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), down 1.9% after filing to sell $175M of common stock... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 4.6% after providing fiscal 2015 operating guidance.
16:10 EDTBRCMBroadcom enhances corporate governance measures
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16:07 EDTBRCMBroadcom increases dividend to 14c, authorizes $1B stock repurchase plan
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16:05 EDTBRCMBroadcom increases dividend to 14c, authorizes $1B stock repurchase plan
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16:04 EDTBRCMBroadcom raises Q4 revenue view to $2.075B-$2.15B, consensus $2.09B
Broadcom maintained the guided range for Q4 product dross margin on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. Now sees Q4 R&D and SG&A expenses closer to down about $50M and down about $40M on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively.
08:06 EDTAVGOAvago announces 35c per share interim dividend
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December 8, 2014
15:18 EDTBRCMBroadcom December volatility elevated into analyst day
Broadcom December weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, December is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into a company sponsored analyst day on December 10.
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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