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April 24, 2015
12:35 EDTINTCAltera retreats after weak earnings that Intel reportedly saw coming
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09:38 EDTINTCIntel may still consider Altera deal, but no talks ongoing, CNBC says
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09:37 EDTINTCIntel not in ongoing talks with Altera currently, CNBC's Faber says
05:52 EDTINTCIntel to help vendors launch inexpensive Android tablets, DigiTimes reports
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April 23, 2015
10:00 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Northland... BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Hold from Overweight at HSBC... Brink's (BCO) downgraded to Neutral, sees 'imminent' downside risk, says Macquarie... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Cognex (CGNX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Enbridge (ENB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Fulton Financial (FULT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Heartland Express (HTLD) downgraded on limited earnings growth at Raymond James... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... MobileIron (MOBL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Noble Corp. (NE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Omnicare (OCR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... RAM Energy (RAME) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Repsol (REPYY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Stillwater Mining (SWC) downgraded on lack of catalysts at BB&T... Texas Capital (TCBI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $80 from $87 at Brean Capital
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07:49 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $80 from $87 at Canaccord
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06:18 EDTQCOMQualcomm chip business to recover in 2016, says Citigroup
Citigroup says Qualcomm's Q2 results indicate the "very bad year" for the company's chip business continues. The firm, however, expects the chip unit to recover in 2016 and points out the royalty business is hitting record levels. Citi thinks Qualcomm's final guide-down is near and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with an $88 price target.
05:53 EDTINTCIntel to launch SoFIA LTE chips in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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05:28 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral following the company's Q2 results.
April 22, 2015
19:14 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 3.3%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), up 6.9%... eBay (EBAY), up 6.2%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), up 5.6%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.8%... Corelogic (CLGX), up 3.2%... Skechers (SKX), up 2.5%... AT&T (T), up 1.3%. ALSO HIGHER: ARRIS Group (ARRS), up 24.9% after acquiring Pace plc. for $2.1B in cash and stock... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 2.5% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Uniqure (QURE), up 3.7% after being initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Texas Instruments (TXN), down 6.7%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 4.2%... Oceaneering International (OII), down 3.7%... F5 Networks (FFIV), down 2.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 3.3%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3%... Facebook (FB), down 2.2%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 3.1%. ALSO LOWER: Noble Corp (NE), down 1.2% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
18:27 EDTINTC, QCOMSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
16:30 EDTQCOMQualcomm down 2.3% to $67.35 after FY15 outlook lowered
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16:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm CEO says comprehensive review of cost structure initiated
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16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees CSR acquisition closing by the end of summer 2015
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it has not included any estimates related to the proposed acquisition of CSR plc (CSRE) in its FY15 outlook. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the summer of 2015. The company expects the acquisition to be accretive to Non-GAAP earnings per share in fiscal 2016, the first full year of combined operations.
16:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q3 EPS 85c-$1.00, consensus $1.14
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16:05 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers FY15 EPS view to $4.60-$5.00, consensus $5.00
Qualcomm previously saw FY15 EPS $4.85-$5.05. Lowers FY15 revenue view to $25.0B-$27.0B from $26.3B-$28B, consensus $27.22B. The company is reducing its outlook for its semiconductor business, QCT, for the second half of fiscal 2015 primarily due to: the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier, which will reduce our sales of its integrated Snapdragon processors and skew its product mix towards modem chipsets in this tier; and a decline in its share at a large customer.
16:02 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q2 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.33
Reports Q2 revenue $6.89B, consensus $6.83B.
15:30 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
14:47 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Texas Instruments reports amid M&A focus in semiconductor space
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor manufacturer operating in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $3.2B. The consensus range is 61c-64c for EPS on revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B, according to First Call. On its last earning call, Texas Instruments said it expected Q1 EPS of 57c-67c and revenue of $3.07B-$3.33B. LAST QUARTER: On January 26, Texas Instruments reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of 69c, which matched consensus expectations at that time. Its Q4 revenue of $3.27B came in just above the consensus forecast of $3.26B. Texas Instruments said its inventory ended the quarter at 117 days and noted on its associated conference call that it believe inventories were at "healthy levels." Texas Instruments also said then that it expected its embedded operating margins to increase. STREET RESEARCH: The day after TI's last quarterly report, Ascendiant raised its price target for Texas Instruments shares to $64 from $56 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. The firm attributed the post-earnings slide the stock experienced then to profit taking, rather than a fundamental disappointment. That same week, Argus increased its price target on Texas Instruments to $62 from $54 and said it expected the company's operating trends to continue to strengthen. Argus kept a Buy rating on the shares. Acquiring companies in the semiconductor space "can materially outperform the market," Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis wrote in a note to investors on March 9. At that time, Lipacis identified Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Marvell (MRVL), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Broadcom (BRCM), Altera (ALTR), and Xilinx (XLNX) as companies that were well-positioned to make acquisitions in the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On March 1, NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction valuing the combined enterprise at just over $40B. Recent media reports suggested that Intel's (INTC) talks to acquire Altera stalled when the latter wanted more than Intel was willing to pay. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, Texas Instruments' stock has rallied nearly 7%. In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments gained over 1% to $58.76.
13:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical notes ahead of results
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12:31 EDTTSM, INTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after having been on a bit of a see-saw during morning trading. The averages opened in positive territory, soon turned negative, then back into positive ground following the release of a better than expected existing home sales report. The housing data was followed by a lift in the averages, which remained in positive ground near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 2% after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. Also rising after its quarterly report was another globally recognized brand, Coca-Cola (KO), whose shares gained 1% after its comparable earnings per share topped the consensus estimate. A third member of the Dow, Boeing (BA), slid over 2.5% after its earnings beat expectations but its revenue fell short of the consensus forecast... Visa (V) rose 5% and MasterCard (MA) advanced over 4% after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 12% after the company reported it was profitable in the first quarter and announced an exclusive relationship that will see carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries give the company's members exclusive product offers. Also higher was ASML (ASML), which gained 11% after announcing that it has signed an agreement with one of its "major U.S. customers" to deliver a minimum of 15 ASML EUV, or Extreme Ultraviolet, lithography systems. Afterward, Summit Research said it thinks the most likely buyer is Intel (INTC), which the firm believes does not want to be left behind if TSMC (TSM) puts EUV to use in 10nm processing. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped 19% after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell over 9%, Cree (CREE), which slid 9%, and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which declined 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 28.69, or 0.16%, to 17,978.28, the Nasdaq was up 6.66, or 0.13%, to 5,020.77, and the S&P 500 was up 5.24, or 0.25%, to 2,102.53.
10:11 EDTINTCHouse Committee on Small Business to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Small Business: Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses From Cyber Attacks" with Chief Technology Officer Grobman of Intel on April 22 at 11 am.
09:37 EDTINTCAltera quarterly results 'may not be great,' CNBC's Faber reports
There is talk that Altera's (ALTR) earnings report "may not be great" when the chip company reports Q1 results on Thursday, April 23, CNBC's David Faber reports. Investors assume Altera will report a strong quarter after turning down Intel's takeover attempt, but that may not be the case, according to Faber. Shares of the chip maker are down 35c to $42.89 in early trading. Piper Jaffray this morning downgraded the stock to Neutral.
09:32 EDTINTC, TSMASML large EUV tool order likely from Intel, says Summit Research
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05:43 EDTINTCAltera downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy downgraded Altera (ALTR) to Neutral from Overweight saying takeover speculation has driven the valuation above a fundamentals based fair value. He believes an acquisition by Intel (INTC) makes sense, but at a reasonable valuation. The analyst thinks a higher premium than $54 per share is unlikely. Piper keeps a $42 price target for shares of Altera. Roy still views the longer-term prospects for the programmable logic device companies favorably and thinks Altera is better positioned near-term versus Xilinx (XLNX). Shares of Altera closed yesterday up 8c to $43.24.
April 21, 2015
10:55 EDTTSM, INTCStreet Check: Lam Research defenders rewarded with post-earnings jump
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08:41 EDTQCOMOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: UA TEVA PRGO MYL UTX QCOM VMW HOG CMG IBM VZ
07:06 EDTINTCRe/Code to hold a conference
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06:36 EDTQCOMQualcomm April weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Qualcomm April call option implied volatility is at 56, May is at 29, June is at 22, compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on April 22.
April 20, 2015
14:48 EDTQCOMQualcomm to have Samsung foundry make next high-end chip, Re/code says
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07:30 EDTINTC, TSMApplied Materials added to Franchise Picks list at Jefferies
Jefferies added Applied Materials (AMAT) to its Franchise Picks list with the stock down 14% year-to-date. The firm attributes the pullback to concerns around tool reuse, and notes it still expects foundry capital spending to increase amid "increased process complexity and competition." Jefferies' work indicates TSMC's (TSM) and Intel's (INTC) capex cuts were driven by market share losses rather than innovation in tool reuse. It keeps a Buy rating on AMAT with a $29 price target.
05:44 EDTTSMTSMC to open new fab for 10nm manufacturing in 2016, DigiTimes reports
TSMC Chairman Morris Chang said the company will break ground for a new fab at its 12-inch wafer plant in Taiwan in June 2016, reports DigiTimes. Chang said TSMC never competes directly with its fabless clients and treats them as partners. Reference Link
05:26 EDTINTCEricsson announces collaboration with Intel security
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April 17, 2015
11:16 EDTQCOMRumor: Qualcomm active on activist investor speculation
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10:02 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Tigress Financial
April 16, 2015
11:07 EDTTSMTSMC capex cut not worrisome for semi equipment makers, says Summit Research
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11:00 EDTTSMTSMC sees Q2 revenue impact from 'customers’ business loss'
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10:55 EDTTSMTSMC sees Q2 revenue NT$204B-NT$207B
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10:50 EDTTSMTSMC reports Q1 net income NT$78.99B vs.NT$47.9B in 1Q14
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09:57 EDTINTCXilinx rallies after dealReporter discusses potential takeout
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09:36 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX NEE AMT WFM C PM INTC AA MCD
08:06 EDTINTCIntel upgraded at Bernstein
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07:53 EDTINTCAltera options indicate traders still hoping for deal, Reuters says
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07:44 EDTTSMApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
06:58 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
05:52 EDTINTCIntel makes push into mini desktop market in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Intel plans to push into the mini desktop market in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel is also aggressively promoting its Compute Stick and aiming to ship 1.2M units in 2015. Currently, Intel is seeing strong demand for mini desktops in Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan. Reference Link
05:50 EDTINTCIntel to step up cooperation with ODMs and white-box vendors, DigiTimes reports
Intel will look to step up its cooperation with ODMs and white-box makers in China to strengthen its presence in China's handset market, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, some vendors will use Intel's quad-core solutions for its 3G smartphones in 3Q15 and 4G LTE models in 4Q15. Reference Link
05:50 EDTTSMTSMC to lag behind UMC, Powerchip to build 12-inch fab in China, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
16:27 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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15:53 EDTINTCAltera cases illustrates challenges Intel may face in dealmaking, WSJ says
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12:30 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:52 EDTINTCBattleground: Analysts clash on Intel's ability to meet guidance
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:07 EDTINTCIntel reported weak Q1 results, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says that Intel's Q1 EPs was in-line with its preannouncement, while its data center demand decelerated. The firm thinks the company's guidance for flat 2015 revenue growth is overly optimistic, while data center revenue is likely to decelerate further and elevated inventory levels add risk to gross margin expectations. The firm reiterates a $27 price target and Underperform rating on the shares.
08:39 EDTINTCIntel upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Intel to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm believes that bearish PC sentiment is fully priced into the shares, while investors should focus on the company's data center business as a driver of cash flow growth. Target $40.
08:15 EDTINTCIntel reported to be in talks to buy VIA Telecom, Bloomberg says
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08:15 EDTINTCIntel Q1 results impressive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says it was impressed by Intel's results and guidance. The firm has above consensus 2015 and 2016 EPS estimates for the company, and it reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares. Wells continues to identify the stock as a Top Pick.
06:51 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
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06:41 EDTINTC, TSMCiti recommends Applied Materials, Lam after Intel capex cut
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06:35 EDTQCOMSamsung says Galaxy S6 demand much stronger than expected, Reuters reports
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06:35 EDTINTCCiti calls Intel guidance too bullish, predicts another cut
Citigroup believes the lowered 2015 revenue and margin outlook Intel offered last night remains too bullish. The guidance bakes in 17% revenue growth for the second half of 2015, but since 2010, Intel has grown second half revenue just 5% on average and has never had more than 8% revenue growth, Citi argues. As such, the firm thinks Intel's guidance has to come down again. Citi raised its price target for Intel shares to $32 and $31 and keeps a Neutral rating on the stock following the company's Q1 results.
06:14 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:05 EDTINTCIntel gross margin higher than expected, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that despite lower revenue, Intel's gross margin in Q1 was better than expected due to higher platform average selling prices and lower factory start-up costs. Piper notes Intel's Q2 revenue outlook of $13.2B implies a 3% revenue increase quarter-over-quarter, in line with normal seasonality but modestly below current consensus expectations for $13.5B. The firm remains positive on Intel's product strategy and focus on shareholder returns. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $38 price target.
April 14, 2015
18:30 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:53 EDTINTCIntel says expects PC market to remain 'challenging' in 2015
Says on track to improving mobile profitability goal. Says on track reduce mobile losses by $800M, weighted towards back half of year. Says PC Industry burning through inventory and expects trend to continue in Q2. Says will not respond to rumors on M&A. Says growth in Data Center group will be "lumpy" near term, but long term expects mid-teens growth. Comments from company's Q1 earnings conference call.
17:04 EDTINTCSemiconductor equipment stocks lower after Intel cuts FY15 CapEx view
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16:41 EDTINTCIntel CFO: Q1 in came 'as projected'
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16:11 EDTINTCIntel up 3% following Q1 results, guidance
16:10 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 CapEx $8.7B, plus or minus $500M
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16:08 EDTINTCIntel sees Q2 gross margin 62%, plus or minus couple of points
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 gross margin 61%
16:06 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 gross margin 60.5%, down 4.9 point sequentially
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16:05 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 Client Computing Group revenue down 16% sequentially
Down 8% y/y. Reports Q1 Data Center Group revenue down 10% sequentially, up 19% y/y.
16:04 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 revenue approximately flat, consensus $55.69B
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16:03 EDTINTCIntel sees Q2 revenue $13.2B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $13.51B
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16:01 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 EPS 41c, consensus 41c
Reports Q1 revenue $12.8B, consensus $12.9B.
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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15:34 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:13 EDTINTCIntel April 31.5 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q1
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10:48 EDTQCOMAnalysts differ on Qualcomm after activist JANA presses for change
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10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTQCOMQualcomm businesses worth more together than apart, says Bernstein
After activist investor JANA Partners took a stake of over $2B in Qualcomm and advocated separating the company's chipset and licensing businesses, Bernstein disagrees with JANA, saying that the two businesses are probably worth much more together than they are apart. Bernstein is cautious about the long-term outlook of Qualcomm's business and keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
06:25 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Qualcomm to Buy and maintained its $80 price target citing valuation. The firm said negatives are widely known and positives include stabilizing royalty trends, potential margin improvement, and capital returns.
April 13, 2015
19:18 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:52 EDTINTCAltera holders Candid, Tig looking for sale to Intel, Bloomberg says
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16:48 EDTINTCAltera up 1.4% following Bloomberg report of holders pushing for sale to Intel
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16:45 EDTINTCAltera holders Candid, Tig looking for sale to Intel, Bloomberg says
16:21 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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14:18 EDTINTCIntel April option elevated into Q1 and outlook
Intel April call option implied volatility is at 51, May is at 27, June is at 22, October is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the release of Q1 results today on April 14.
13:37 EDTINTCIntel technical notes ahead of results
The key technical feature on the 1-year chart is the potential large-scale bearish head and shoulders. That pattern began forming in October 2014. The neckline is at the $30 level. If the news is more bearish than anticipated and the $30 level is broken on the downside, the pattern will become active. Downside potential for the pattern if it remains active and completes is to the $23 to $22.50 area. On positive news, there is a smaller potential bullish inverted head and shoulders pattern that would become active above the $32.50 level which corresponds to the 50-day moving average. Upside potential for that pattern would be to the $35 to $35.50 level. Resistance above that area would be at $36.45.
13:26 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
13:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm bases after falling from session highs, levels to watch
Shares gapped-up this morning but have since turned negative on the day, trading last at $68.99. At that price next support is at $67.74. Resistance is at $69.46, the descending 50-day moving average resistance line.
13:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm repeats call to buy back $10B in stock within one year
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12:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm 'committed' to ongoing return of capital to stockholders
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12:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year
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12:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm responds to statements by JANA Partners
In response to statements made by JANA Partners, Qualcomm issued the following statement at an investor conference this morning: "Qualcomm welcomes input from our stockholders, including JANA Partners, and we are firmly committed to maintaining an active dialogue with all stockholders and to acting in their best interests. Our opportunities remain strong. Our innovations have made smartphones the most pervasive technology of our time. They come to market through our inclusive licensing program and our cutting-edge chipsets and continue to play an integral role in the expansion of the mobile industry. We are now bringing the benefits of mobile technologies to new areas such as automotive, healthcare, networking, smart homes, smart cities, and wearables among others. Our business continues to generate strong operating cash flows, and we are committed to the ongoing return of capital to stockholders while retaining the financial flexibility to execute on our business plans. We recently significantly increased our stock repurchase authorization to $15 billion, one of the largest capital return programs in the sector. We plan to repurchase $10 billion of common stock within one year in addition to our current capital return commitments. Since inception, we have exceeded our minimum capital return target of 75% of free cash flow. Our Board of Directors and management periodically review our corporate structure. Prior reviews have concluded that the synergies provided by our business model create more value for stockholders than could be created through alternative corporate structures. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance stockholder value and are committed to pursuing the right course of action for all of our stockholders."
10:19 EDTQCOMRosenstein says Qualcomm buyback should be done before moves
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher.
10:16 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says not definitively recommending Qualcomm split
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10:15 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says 'convinced' Qualcomm board recognizes issues
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners is speaking on CNBC.
10:14 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says talks with Qualcomm 'very constructive'
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09:34 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm moves higher after activist Jana Partners urges breakup
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07:32 EDTQCOMCerner, Qualcomm announce home health monitoring collaboration
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware device connectivity platform. Through this initiative, care providers can remotely monitor chronically ill patients in near real-time to enable proactive engagement to potentially reduce the risk of an acute care episode.
07:31 EDTQCOMCerner and Qualcomm Life announce collaboration agreement
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's industry medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware® device connectivity platform.
07:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility up into Jana Partners urging company to consider breakup
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06:12 EDTQCOMJana urges Qualcomm to consider breakup, WSJ reports
Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to consider a breakup and other options to increase the company's stock price, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a quarterly letter to Jana investors reviewed by the publication, Jana, which is one of Qualcomm's largest shareholders, wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. Additionally, the investor wants the company to increase stock buybacks, cut costs and make changes to its board of directors, financial reporting and executive pay structure. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
19:07 EDTINTCCommerce Department block sales of Intel Xeon Phi chips to China, Gizmodo says
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16:46 EDTINTCIntel, Seagate may rise despite potentially weak earnings reports, Barron's says
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