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August 15, 2013
07:54 EDTMU, INTCIntel and Micron downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
Following an Asian field trip, Baird expects second half semiconductor orders to be below seasonal. The firm now expects total PC units to decline in the teens, notes weaker Q3 DRAM expectations than the supply chain expected just 1-2 months ago, sees analog IC inventories rising at distributors, and continued smartphone weakness. As a result, the firm downgraded Intel (INTC) and Micron (MU) to Neutral from Buy, reduced Intel's price target to $23 from $26, and maintained Micron's price target of $17.
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July 24, 2015
06:13 EDTINTCAnalysts say Intel best suitor for Qualcomm's chip unit, Reuters says
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July 23, 2015
12:04 EDTINTCRackspace, Intel announce OpenStack collaboration
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06:42 EDTMUMobile DRAM prices to fall on excess smartphone inventory, DigiTimes reports
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06:42 EDTMUTsinghua still in talks with Micron over possible takeover, Reuters reports
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06:29 EDTMUMicron and Tsinghua fail to reach consensus in tie-up talks, DigiTimes reports
Micron and Tsinghua Unigroup failed to reach a consensus although it is negotiating a possible tie-up in DRAM business, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, Micron wanted to have absolute control over the production capacity the company would share with Tsinghua while the China chipmaker had no interest in just being a manufacturing partner of the US vendor. The sources add that Tsinghua could be the one spreading the rumors that it is looking to make an offer for Micron. Reference Link
06:22 EDTINTCIntel to release notebook Skylake processor in October, DigiTimes reports
Intel is expected to release its upcoming notebook Skylake processor in October, reports DigiTimes. The company is planning to launch a total of 18 notebook Skylake processors in Q4 as it looks to help boost notebook demand. The company is adjusting their schedules for Skylake products to minimize the impact of inventory issues. Reference Link
July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTMUOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:33 EDTMUMicron advances by 2.33% after SanDisk Q2 results
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15:02 EDTMUOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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14:51 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
10:21 EDTMUTsinghua 'sounding out' Micron interest in deal, to make $23B bid, Nikkei says
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06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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05:55 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: DRAM prices to fall further, DigiTimes says
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July 21, 2015
10:04 EDTMUMicron spurning of Tsinghua a 'bargaining tactic,' blog author contends
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July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTMUOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:18 EDTMUOptions with increasing call volume
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13:10 EDTMUMicron calls Tsinghua takeover offer unrealistic, Reuters reports
Micron has told Tsinghua Unigroup that its $23B takeover offer is unrealistic due to U.S. national security concerns, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said Micron believes the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a government task force which Reuters notes has the power to stop mergers that threaten national security, would not approve Tsinghua's proposed deal. Micron has not formally hired an investment bank because it is not seriously considering Tsinghua's offer, the sources added. Reference Link
12:58 EDTMUMicron does not think U.S. would approve deal with Tsinghua, Reuters reports
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10:17 EDTMUHigh option volume stocks
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09:34 EDTINTC, MUActive equity options trading on open
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