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March 13, 2014
07:32 EDTAMAT, ASML, TSM, INTCIntel, others pull back on investments for larger silicon wafers, WSJ says
Some computer-chip makers, including Intel (INTC), are concerned about the cost to shift to fabricating chips on larger silicon wafers and appear to have been reining in their investments, reported The Wall Street Journal. ASML Holding (ASML) recently said it had "paused" development of gear designed to work with the larger wafers and the CEO of Applied Materials (AMAT) stated that the move to bigger wafers "has definitely been pushed out from a timing standpoint," the report noted. An industry consortium whose participants include Intel, Taiwan Semi (TSM), Samsung (SSNLF), IBM (IBM) and Globalfoundries held a gathering Wednesday to discuss the status of the new technology, the WSJ added. Reference Link
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January 22, 2015
17:52 EDTAMATSemiconductor equipment stocks weaker after KLA-Tencor guidance
Shares of semiconductor equipment stocks are weaker in after-hours trading after KLA-Tencor (KLAC), which designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions, issued third quarter guidance that was below consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: KLA-Tencor reported second quarter earnings per share of 68c on revenue of $676.4M. Both Q2 EPS and revenue were higher than analyst estimates of 52c and $664.27M, respectively. On its Q2 earnings conference call the company guided third quarter EPS of 63c-87c on revenue of $685M-$765M. Guidance for Q3 EPS and revenue were both notably lower than analyst estimates of 98c and $790.49M, respectively. PRICE ACTION: Shares of KLA-Tencor are lower by 5% to $67.45, while peers Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) are both down about 0.5% in the after-hours session.
January 21, 2015
14:50 EDTASMLASML strong guidance reflected in valuation, says Piper Jaffray
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14:41 EDTAMAT, ASMLASML shares higher after reporting Q4 results, raising dividend
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07:45 EDTASMLASML downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup (yesterday)
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07:45 EDTASMLASML coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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07:44 EDTAMATApplied Materials coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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07:15 EDTINTCAny Intel server weakness likely a hiccup, says RBC Capital
After JMP Securities yesterday downgraded Intel (INTC) based partly on information from a source who said that server component sales have been weak in 2015, RBC Capital says any weakness is probably due to a three month delay caused by a technical problem and is not demand driven. RBC Capital expects the technical problem to be resolved within three months but keeps a $40 price target and Sector Perform rating on Intel.
January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTAMATOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
January 16, 2015
08:49 EDTINTCIntel CEO says has made 'incremental improvement' on diversity
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08:47 EDTINTCIntel CEO says relationship with Apple 'strong'
Krzanich says he's heard the "rumors" of Apple (AAPL) looking at other types of chips for some of its products. Apple will always choose innovation and Intel's (INTC) job is to offer them the most competitive products, Krzanich said. Intel's CEO says many customers want to have a single supply source, which is a reason Intel needs to be in a broad array of businesses including mobile, PCs and servers. Krzanich says "very comfortable" with inventory levels and that Q4 played out the way the company expected. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is speaking on CNBC.
08:32 EDTINTCIntel results, 2015 plans 'very impressive,' says Wells Fargo
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07:35 EDTINTCChanos says short Intel for around six months
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07:30 EDTINTCIntel post-earnings pullback a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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07:26 EDTINTCIntel margins to rise through 2015, says Deutsche Bank
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06:05 EDTTSMTSMC expects to lead FinFET segment in 2016 and beyond, DigiTimes says
TSMC Chairman Morris Chang said the company will gain a majority share in the FinFET segment in 2016 although it will lose to Samsung in 2015, reports DigiTimes. At its investors conference, Chang said TSMC will continue to lead the segment in 2017, 2018 and beyond. Reference Link
05:59 EDTINTCIntel aims to ship 44M tablet APs in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) targets shipping 44M tablet APs in 2015 to acount for one third of the non-Apple (AAPL) tablet shipments in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from tablet players, Intel expects losses from its tablet segment to narrow significant in 2016 as it acquires a leading position in the non-Apple tablet sector. Reference Link
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