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July 16, 2014
11:29 EDTBRCM, AMD, TXN, INTC, QCOMIntel hits 52-week high after results beat estimates
Shares of semiconductor giant Intel (INTC) are rising after the company's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Intel reported Q2 earnings per share of 55c and revenue of $13.8B, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 52c and $13.69B, respectively. Q2 gross margin was 64.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: For Q3, revenue was forecast at $14.4B, plus or minus $500M, versus consensus of $14.02B. Gross margin was expected at 66%, plus or minus a couple of percentage points. FY14 revenue growth was forecast at approximately 5% and Intel sees its FY14 gross margin percentage to come in at 63%, plus or minus a few percentage points. The company also announced a $20B increase to its share repurchase plan. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mostly positive. Six separate firms - Piper Jaffray, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Stifel, Jefferies, and Drexel Hamilton - all raised their respective price targets on Intel. Two other firms, UBS and B. Riley, both upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral. A dissenting opinion came from RBC Capital, which thinks the company will be burdened by start-up costs in Q4 and the first quarter of the next fiscal year. The firm thinks there is a risk that the Intel's gross margins will drop and it kept a Sector Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Intel rose $2.09, or about 6.6%, to $33.80 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week high of $33.95. Including today's advance, the stock is up nearly 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the semiconductor space include Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), up 2%, Qualcomm (QCOM), up 0.4%, Texas Instruments (TXN), up 0.6%, and Broadcom (BRCM), up 1%.
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December 12, 2014
07:17 EDTTXNSemiconductor indications have improved, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that indicators for the semiconductor sector have improved since September, as expectations and valuations have dropped, while revision trends have been favorable,according to the firm. The firm thinks the outlook for the space is "reasonably positive." In conjunction with this note, Bernstein upgraded its rating on Freescale (FSL) to Outperform from Market Perform and hiked its target on the stock to $31 from $20. The firm increased its price target on Texas Instruments (TXN) to $63 from $54 and on Analog Devices to $55 from $50. It keeps an Outperform rating on Texas Instruments and a Market Perform rating on Analog Devices.
06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits to invest $40M into Chinese companies
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December 11, 2014
06:32 EDTQCOM, AMDGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:26 EDTAMDAMD to expand into China Internet cafe market, 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.
16:19 EDTAMDAMD announces move to NASDAQ
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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.
07:41 EDTAMDBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:22 EDTAMDBMO Capital to hold a conference
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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.
07:32 EDTAMDRaymond James to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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