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July 27, 2015
06:39 EDTTOSBFToshiba develops new process technologies for MCUs, wireless ICs, DigiTimes says
Toshiba announced the development of 2 new process technologies for low-cost applications such as microcontrollers, wireless communication ICs, motor controller drivers and power supply ICs, reports DigiTimes. In response to strong demand for low power consumption in areas using wearable and healthcare-related equipment, Toshiba adopted SST's third-generation SuperFlash cell technology, in combination with its own 65nm logic process technology. Reference Link
06:36 EDTINTCIntel to adopt Skylake CPUs in NUC and Computer Stick, DigiTimes reports
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06:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung Bioepis plans to list on Nasdaq by end of Q2, Reuters reports
Samsung Group's biosimilar drug development subsidiary, Samsung Bioepis, is expected to select advisers to list in the U.S. by the middle of August and plans to debut on the Nasdaq by the end of Q2, Reuters reports. A spokesperson for Bioepis says the exact timing or size of the listing has not yet been decided, but notes that if the company is valued at 8T won-10T won, or $6.87B-$8.59B, and lists 10%-20% of shares, an IPO could raise up to 2T won. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
06:13 EDTINTC, SSNLFAnalysts 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 EDTSSNLFMobile DRAM prices to fall on excess smartphone inventory, DigiTimes reports
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06:25 EDTSSNLFApple Watch, Android Wear Wi-Fi adoption to motivate others, DigiTimes says
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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
17:21 EDTTOSBFSanDisk does not expect Toshiba announcement to impact financial results
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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.
06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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05:55 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: DRAM prices to fall further, DigiTimes says
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July 21, 2015
06:19 EDTSSNLFSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:46 EDTTOSBFToshiba CEO Hisao Tanaka resigns following accounting scandal, BBC reports
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July 20, 2015
13:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
11:30 EDTTOSBFToshiba to restate past profits by at least Y151.8B after probe
Toshiba provided notice earlier that it received the investigation report from its independent investigation committee and reported that it must correct at least Y151.8B of pretax earnings over a period from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2014 through the third quarter. The company will review fiscal 2014 earnings with auditors and submit its result by the end of August, the company noted. Reference Link
09:34 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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July 19, 2015
18:22 EDTTOSBFJapanese regulator to pursue penalty for Toshiba, Nikkei says
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15:54 EDTINTCTSMC confirms 10nm mass production in 1Q17, DigiTimes says
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14:09 EDTINTC, SSNLFIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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