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April 24, 2014
16:59 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:41 EDTQCOMQualcomm CEO: We have very strong demand in chip business
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14:35 EDTQCOMEarnings Preview: Broadcom up during quarter in spite of Piper downgrade
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12:50 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following reports from some of the biggest names in technology and ahead of reports tonight from several other tech giants. The averages opened in positive territory, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq up more than 1% soon after the opening bell. The index was unable to hold its early gains and moved into negative territory, taking the other major averages with it. The indexes were able to keep their losses to a minimum and eventually regrouped and made it back onto positive ground, where they stood near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 24K from the prior week to 329K in the week ended April 19, which was above the 315K consensus forecast of analysts, though there may have been some impact from Easter as the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted difficulty adjusting the data around the holiday. Durable goods orders rose 2.6% in March, beating the 2.0% increase that was forecast. Outside the U.S., Russia said it launched military exercises along the Ukrainian border after Ukrainian forces killed pro-Russian militants. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced more than 8% after the company reported significantly better than expected quarterly earnings and sales, particularly sales of its iPhone. Apple also announced a 7-for-1 stock split that will take effect in June, along with an 8% increase in its quarterly dividend and a $30B increase in its share repurchase authorization. Following last night's report, CLSA upgraded its rating on Apple shares to Buy from Outperform and raised its price target for the stock to $695 from $610, while Jefferies recommended "aggressively" buying shares following the Q2 results and outlook for Q3... Another tech giant, Facebook (FB), also reported earning and revenue that topped expectations last night, sending its shares higher in after-hours trading and prompting a number of price target hikes among Street analysts. However, Facebook also announced that its CFO David Ebersman will step down, to be succeeded by David Wehner, who is currently the company's Vice President of Corporate Finance and Business Planning. The social network operator traded on both sides of the flat-line this morning, but was up a bit over 1% at midday... Shares of General Motors (GM) fell about 2% after the company reported profits that narrowly edged out expectations but revenues that fell short of expectations. GM said its core operating performance has been on plan for the year CEO Mary Barra said the company has seen "no meaningful slowdown" in its U.S. sales despite the negative publicity related to its ongoing ignition switch recall and associated legal matters. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was orthopedic device maker Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), which climbed 11% after it agreed to merge with privately held Biomet in a cash and stock transaction valued at about $13.35B, including the assumption of net debt. Also higher following their earnings reports were Citrix Systems (CTXS), which rose 10%, D.R. Horton (DHI), which gained more than 7%, and Aetna (AET), which advanced 6%. Among the noteworthy losers was chip making giant Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 3.5% despite reporting profits that beat expectations and raising its yearly EPS outlook, as the company also disclosed the receipt of a notice from the SEC about a potential filing of an enforcement action against the company related to anti-bribery violations. Also lower following their earnings reports were Xilinx (XLNX), which fell about 9%, Raytheon (RTN), which dropped 4%, and Hershey (HSY), which also declined about 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 19.49, or 0.12%, to 16,521.14, the Nasdaq was up 25.91, or 0.63%, to 4,152.87, and the S&P 500 was up 5.35, or 0.29%, to 1,880.74.
08:59 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
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08:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm performance should improve in 2H14, says Sterne Agee
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07:28 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target raised to $89 from $83 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Qualcomm (QCOM) following mixed Q2 results. The firm cited expectations for a strong second half due to an Apple (AAPL) upgrade cycle and LTE. The firm would use any dip to buy the shares. Shares are Buy rated.
06:02 EDTQCOMQualcomm weakness a buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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April 23, 2014
19:13 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:16 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q3 non-GAAP combined R&D/SG&A expenses up 6%-8%
Sees FY14 non-GAAP combined R&D/SG&A expenses up approximately 5%-7%. Guidance from slides presentation for Q2.
17:49 EDTQCOMQualcomm falls after earnings, first look
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16:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm received SEC wells notice related to bribery allegations in China
Qualcomm disclosed in a filing that on March 13 the company received a "Wells Notice" from the SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Office indicating that the staff has made a preliminary determination to recommend that the SEC file an enforcement action against the company for violations of the anti-bribery, books and records and internal control provisions of the FCPA. The bribery allegations relate to benefits offered or provided to individuals associated with Chinese state-owned companies or agencies. The Wells Notice indicated that the recommendation could involve a civil injunctive action and could seek remedies that include disgorgement of profits, the retention of an independent compliance monitor to review the Company’s FCPA policies and procedures, an injunction, civil monetary penalties and prejudgment interest. On April 4, the company made a Wells submission to the staff of the Los Angeles Regional Office explaining why the company believes it has not violated the FCPA and therefore enforcement action is not warranted. The company said it is continuing to cooperate with the SEC and the DOJ, but is unable to predict the outcome of their investigations or any action that the SEC may decide to file. Qualcomm explained that a Wells Notice is not a formal allegation or finding by the SEC of wrongdoing or violation of law. Rather, the purpose of a Wells Notice is to give the recipient an opportunity to make a “Wells submission” setting forth reasons why the proposed enforcement action should not be filed and/or bringing additional facts to the SEC’s attention before any decision is made by the SEC as to whether to commence a proceeding.
16:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm slides after results, first look
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16:07 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q3 MSM chip shipments 198M-213M units
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16:05 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q2 MSM chip shipments 188M units, up 9% YoY
16:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm raises FY14 adjusted EPS view to $5.05-$5.25 from $5.00-$5.20
FY14 consensus $5.13. Sees FY14 revenue $26B-$27.5B, consensus $26.8B.
16:02 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q3 adjusted EPS $1.15-$1.25, consensus $1.25
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm raises FY14 EPS outlook
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.31, consensus $1.22
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15:41 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:20 EDTQCOMEarnings Preview: Qualcomm mentioned positively by firms throughout April
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10:07 EDTQCOMQualcomm April weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:24 EDTINTCIntel to launch Bay Trail-Entry to tap entry-level tablet market, DigiTimes says
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April 22, 2014
10:00 EDTTSMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CommonWealth REIT (CWH) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Del Frisco's (DFRG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Eni SpA (E) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Frontier Communications (FTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... QEP Resources (QEP) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Rogers Communications (RCI) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... TSMC (TSM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Valero (VLO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Zillow (Z) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Zions Bancorp (ZION) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore.
08:12 EDTTSMTSMC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC
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April 21, 2014
09:37 EDTQCOM, QCOMQualcomm price target raised to $90 from $82 at CLSA
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07:43 EDTINTCSMART Technologies announces share structure changes after board resignations
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06:51 EDTTSMTSMC to ramp IC packaging revenue to $2B in 2016, DigiTimes reports
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06:26 EDTINTCCourt documents say Silicon Valley giants discussed hiring, WSJ says
Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC) and Adobe (ADBE had colluded with one another to supress wages between 2005 and 2009, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing documents from an antitrust case. The companies had agreed not to poach each other's employees among other things. The companies had also tried to bring Facebook (FB) on board, but Facebook rejected the offer. Reference Link
05:03 EDTTSMAltera, TSMC announces collaboration
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April 17, 2014
18:27 EDTINTCAMD rallies after results top expectations
Shares of global semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are advancing in the after-hours session after the company's first quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, AMD reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 2c and revenue of $1.4B, compared to expectations of 0c and $1.34B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 revenue flat to up 6%, compared to consensus of $1.36B. For fiscal 2014, the company expects to grow revenue on a year-over-year basis, and be profitable at the net income level. FY14 CapEx is expected to be approximately $120M. PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, AMD gained 23c, or about 6.2%, to $3.92. AMD's stock is up about 48% over the past twelve months, not including after-hours trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the semiconductor space space include Intel (INTC), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Micron Technology (MU).
12:01 EDTINTC, TSM, QCOMTSMC climbs after profit beats expectations
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11:39 EDTTSMTSMC upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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06:45 EDTTSMTSMC foresees sales exceeding projections on mobile demand, Bloomberg says
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April 16, 2014
10:51 EDTINTCOptions with decreasing implied volatility: DLLR FAST INTC
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:20 EDTINTCIntel results, guidance were good, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Intel's gross margin for its March quarter beat expectations, while the company guided for sequential revenue growth for its June quarter. The firm thinks the company is making some headway in penetrating the tablet market, and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:43 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $35 from $32 at Jefferies
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06:06 EDTINTCIntel price target raised to $30 from $28 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Intel shares to $30 citing the company's "solid" Q1 results. The firm views Intel's second half guidance as conservative and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
05:43 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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April 15, 2014
18:58 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:48 EDTINTCIntel CFO says plans to capitalize on the Internet of Things
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17:51 EDTINTCIntel says 'squarely on track' to ship 40M tablet SOC's in 2014
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16:30 EDTINTCIntel CFO sees gross margins 'in low 60's' in back half of 2014
Says making investments in mobile space. Says companies are buying new PC's to replace older installed base. Intel CFO Stacy Smith is speaking on CNBC.
16:15 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 PC Client Group revenue $7.9B, down 8% sequentially
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16:09 EDTINTCIntel rises to new 52-week high after results, first look
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16:07 EDTINTCIntel CEO says saw solid growth in the data center in Q1
"In the first quarter we saw solid growth in the data center, signs of improvement in the PC business, and we shipped 5 million tablet processors, making strong progress on our goal of 40 million tablets for 2014," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. "Additionally, we demonstrated our further commitment to grow in the enterprise with a strategic technology and business collaboration with Cloudera, we introduced our second-generation LTE platform with CAT6 and other advanced features, and we shipped our first Quark products for the Internet of Things."
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees Q2 gross margin 63%, plus or minus a couple of percentage points
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16:05 EDTINTCIntel sees FY14 revenue approximately flat, consensus $53.15B
Sees FY14 gross margin 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points. Sees FY14 CapEx $11B, plus or minus $500M.
16:04 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 gross margin 59.7%
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16:03 EDTINTCIntel sees Q2 revenue $13B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $12.96B
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16:02 EDTINTCIntel reports Q1 EPS 38c, consensus 37c
Reports Q1 revenue $12.8B, consensus $12.81B.
15:19 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Intel (INTC), consensus 37c; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 37c; CSX (CSX), consensus 37c; Linear Technology (LLTC), consensus 48c; Wintrust Financial (WTFC), consensus 67c.
15:10 EDTINTCIntel April 26 straddle priced for 4% move into Q1
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14:25 EDTINTCIntel April option elevated into Q1 and outlook
Intel April call option implied volatility is at 41, May is at 21, June and October is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the release of Q1 results today after the market close.
13:49 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Analysts optimistic on Intel ahead of Q1 report
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April 14, 2014
06:50 EDTQCOMChecks show Apple not developing basebands, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that despite recent press reports, its industry checks show that Apple (AAPL) is not developing its own baseband chipset. Deutsche believes Apple likely seeking better integration with existing baseband chipsets or possibly developing its own internal WiFi chipset. The firm thinks Qualcomm's (QCOM) long term prospects remain intact and it reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with an $86 price target.
06:11 EDTINTCIntel works with HzO to enhance water resistance in products, DigiTimes says
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06:04 EDTINTCIntel promoting pricing strategy for tablet CPUs in China, DigiTimes reports
Intel is aggressively promoting a pricing strategy to increase sales of its tablet-use processors in China, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, prices of mainstream quad-core tablet CPUs have dropped to below $5 and the number of Intel-based tablets is likely to expand in proportion. Reference Link
April 11, 2014
12:42 EDTQCOM, INTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm, Ericsson recommended by RBC Capital
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09:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm Ericsson recommended for near-term at RBC Capital
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07:18 EDTINTCJefferies a buyer of Intel shares ahead of Q1 results
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April 10, 2014
16:20 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group
Target $26.
16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group
Target $90.
06:13 EDTINTCIntel to launch Haswell Refresh CPUs, 9-series chipsets in May, DigiTimes says
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