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July 16, 2014
11:29 EDTINTC, AMD, QCOM, TXN, BRCMIntel 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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October 21, 2014
06:15 EDTINTCIntel may stop providing subsidies for mobile solutions, DigiTimes reports
Intel may stop providing subsidies for mobile device solutions to eliminate loses from the business, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from PC players, however, Intel is likely to continue offering subsidies to some of its larger clients, like Asustek Computer, through different methods in order to maintain orders. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
18:51 EDTTXNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:32 EDTTXNTexas Instruments says long term CapEx expectations about 4% of revenue
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16:35 EDTTXNTexas Instruments up 3% following Q3 results, Q4 guidance
16:33 EDTTXNTexas Instruments sees FY14 effective tax rate about 28%
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16:32 EDTTXNTexas Instruments reports Q3 inventory days 108
consistent with the company's model of 105-115 days.
16:31 EDTTXNTexas Instruments reports Q3 gross margin 58.4%
16:31 EDTTXNTexas Instruments sees Q4 EPS 64c-74c, consensus 63c
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16:30 EDTTXNTexas Instruments reports Q3 EPS 76c, consensus 71c
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15:30 EDTTXNNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:46 EDTTXNTexas Instruments October weekly 44.5 straddle priced for 3.6% move into Q3
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14:29 EDTTXNEarnings Preview: Texas Instruments down 9% over last three months
Semiconductor maker Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on Monday, October 20, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $3.46B. The consensus range is 66c-74c for EPS on revenue of $3.44B-$3.5B, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, Texas Instruments guided to Q3 EPS of 66c-76c on revenue of $3.31B-$3.59B. LAST QUARTER: On July 21, Texas Instruments reported second quarter EPS of 62c, which was higher than analysts' consensus of 59c. The company's revenue of $3.29B exceeded analysts' expectation of $3.27B. Texas Instruments noted that the restructuring changes which occurred in Q2 are positioned to be nil in Q3 and noted that it anticipated utilization in Q3 to remain consistent with Q2 levels. NEWS: On September 18, Texas Instruments increased its quarterly dividend by 13% to 34c. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After the close on October 9, Microchip (MCHP), which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future." STREET RESEARCH: Analysts were fairly quiet on Texas Instruments during the quarter. The day after the company issued its Q2 earnings report, Sterne Agee believed that Texas Instruments' commentary on 4G telecom, auto and industrial strength should be positive for Spansion (CODE). RBC Capital noted on the same day that Texas Instruments had "strong" Q2 results, particularly in its execution, while its operating margin leverage was "impressive. The firm maintained a $57 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. On July 24, Tigress Financial upgraded Texas Instruments to Neutral from Underperform. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Texas Instruments' shares are down about 9%. Since October 10, the day after Microchip's warning on the industry correction it believes has begun, Texas Instruments shares are down over 3%. In afternoon trading before tonight's report, Texas Instruments was up 1.7% to $44.41.
12:10 EDTTXNTexas Instruments technical notes ahead of earnings
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08:45 EDTTXNTexas Instruments volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTINTCStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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10:00 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
06:37 EDTAMDAMD downgraded downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
Canaccord downgraded AMD to Hold based on weak guidance and more restructuring initiatives. Price target lowered to $2.75 from $4.50.
06:20 EDTAMDAMD upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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05:50 EDTAMDAMD likely still losing share in microprocessors, says Wells Fargo
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