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March 21, 2013
08:00 EDTSSNLF, LPLLG escalates feud with Samsung over display technology, Yonhap says
In a twist in the feud between Samsung (SSNLF) and LG Display (LPL) that appeared to be heading toward resolution, LG Electronics accused Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display of illegal use of its technology and demanded patent payments, according to Yonhap News Agency. Reference Link
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January 26, 2015
12:23 EDTLPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and hit their session lows a short time after the opening bell rang. In addition to some jitters about a vote in Greece, investors were focused on the massive impending winter storm set to hit the Northeast. With weather pundits expecting the snowfall in feet rather than inches, a number of companies have already rescheduled their earnings announcements. The market was mixed at midday, with the Dow and Nasdaq a bit lower and the S&P up fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing index fell 8.5 points to -4.4 in January, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 4.0. In Europe, Greece's far-left Syriza party swept to power, renewing concerns about the country's future as a member of the Eurozone. COMPANY NEWS: Today was a "merger Monday," with at least four deals worth more than $1B announced. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced plans to acquire Regency Energy Partners (RGP) in an $18B unit-for-unit transaction that includes assuming $6.8B of net debt and other liabilities. Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) agreed to merge to create a consumer and corrugated packaging company with a combined equity value of $16B. Under the terms of the deal, the resulting ownership of the new company will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders. AXIS Capital (AXS) and PartnerRe (PRE) announced a "merger of equals" that will create a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with total capital of more than $14B and cash and invested assets of more than $33B. Additionally, cereal maker Post Holdings (POST) agreed to pay $1.15B in cash and stock to buy privately-held MOM Brands, which makes Malt-O-Meal and other breakfast products. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Universal Display (OLED), which gained 11% after the company announced the signing of a new OLED technology license agreement and material purchase pact with LG Display (LPL). Also higher was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which rose 17% after the California Department of Business Oversight announced a $2.5M settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing on Friday evening over the firm’s failure for more than a year to provide loan information needed by the DBO to assess compliance with state mortgage lending laws. Also of note, Ocwen denied any basis for default under trust agreements that had been alleged by certain hedge funds and other RMBS investors to trustees and master servicers in connection with 119 RMBS trusts, which are serviced by Ocwen. Among the noteworthy losers was Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), which dropped 8% after the company lowered its forecast for FY15 Cash From Facility Operations, citing a combination of lower than expected occupancy and certain higher-than-anticipated insurance reserve adjustments. Also lower following its earnings reports was hard disk-drive maker Seagate (STX), which fell about 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 1.41, or 0.01%, to 17,671.19, the Nasdaq was down 4.02, or 0.08%, to 4,753.86, and the S&P 500 was up 2.34, or 0.11%, to 2,054.16.
06:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTLPLUniversal Display and LG Display announcing technology license agreement
Universal Display (OLED) and LG Display (LPL) announced the signing of a new OLED Technology License Agreement and Supplemental Material Purchase Agreement. The agreements run through December 31, 2022. Today's announcement hopes to build on a long-term relationship between the two companies. Under the license agreement, Universal Display has granted LG Display non-exclusive license rights under various patents owned or controlled by Universal Display to manufacture and sell OLED display products. In consideration of the license grant, LG Display has agreed to pay Universal Display license fees and running royalties on its sales of these licensed products over the term of the agreement. Additionally, Universal Display will supply phosphorescent materials to LG Display for use in its licensed products.
January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTSSNLFMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
06:22 EDTSSNLFApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
05:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung OLED handset pricing to reach parity with TFT LCD in 2015, DigiTimes say
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05:52 EDTSSNLFGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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January 22, 2015
14:56 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry off highs after Evercore said to deny prepping Samsung report
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) remain up 8% near $10.74 in afternoon trading, but are off their earlier session high of $11.11, after BNN's Amber Kanwar reported that Evercore (EVR) tells BNN that Samsung (SSNLF) has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." The BNN report follows an earlier story from Canada's Financial Post that claimed that Evercore Partners produced a 40 page analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to Samsung of acquiring all or part of BlackBerry on behalf of the Korean smartphone maker.
14:45 EDTSSNLFQualcomm seen giving Samsung redesigned Snapdragon, WSJ says
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10:42 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry jumps after report says Samsung analyzed takeover
An investment bank hired by Samsung prepared a detailed analysis of a potential acquisition of all or part of BlackBerry (BBRY) by the South Korean company, The Financial Post reported. WHAT'S NEW: In the fourth quarter of last year, Evercore Partners produced a 40 page analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to Samsung of acquiring all or part of BlackBerry, according to The Financial Post. The document also laid out various strategies that Samsung could use to make such a deal, and obstacles that could prevent the deal from occurring, the newspaper stated. Acquiring a minority stake would have many advantages for Samsung, the newspaper quotes the document as saying. However, it questions whether Samsung could achieve its key objectives if it only holds a minority stake in BlackBerry. The Canadian company's software appears to be complementary to that of Samsung, but further analysis must be conducted on that issue, Evercore stated, according to The Financial Post. The document suggested that Evercore could ask Fairfax Financial (FRFHF), a major BlackBerry shareholder, to help facilitate a deal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After attending meetings with BlackBerry CFO James Yersh, Wells Fargo estimated that BlackBerry's QNX subsidiary, which develops software for automobiles, is already generating about 40% of the $500M of total annual software revenue that BlackBerry has targeted. Many analysts have questioned whether BlackBerry could meet this target. The firm also stated that BlackBerry will unveil "an iconic device" in early March. However, Yersh acknowledged that Q4 would be a transition quarter, while many investors remain cautious about BlackBerry, Wells stated. The firm has a neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, BlackBerry surged 8.5% to $10.80.
08:28 EDTSSNLFBank document shows Samsung still pursuing BlackBerry, Financial Post says
Samsung (SSNLF) continues to pursue acquisition of BlackBerry (BBRY), reports the Financial Post, citing an investment bank document and a source with knowledge of the plan. Prepared by Evercore Partners in 4Q14, the document hints at only a partial takeover, notes that Lenovo (LNVGY) may compete with Samsung for the company, cites BlackBerry's operating system and Messenger as potential divestitures, adds that Samsung could offset $50M in taxable income, and suggests Samsung start by approaching Fairfax Financial about acquiring a minority stake. Reference Link
January 21, 2015
14:39 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 likely to have wireless charging, BGR says
Among the expected features for Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming new flagship Galaxy S6 phone, BGR said it expects the device to feature built-in wireless charging. The Fly notes that Integrated Device (IDTI) is a supplier for wireless charging components. Reference Link
09:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung unlikely to switch from Qualcomm in all Galaxy S6, says Cowen
Cowen doubts that Samsung (SSNLF) is ready to switch away from Qualcomm (QCOM) components to a whole new chip system for its Galaxy S6 phone, as implied by a Bloomberg report, and believes instead that the phone maker will launch the Galaxy S6 in Korea with its own chips and slightly delay the phone elsewhere while Qualcomm works through its issues. The firm, which also thinks Qualcomm has already solved the reported heating problem with the Snapdragon 810, maintains its Outperform rating and $79 price target on Qualcomm.
08:13 EDTSSNLFQualcomm slides after reportedly being dropped from Galaxy phone
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), which is trying to become more self-sufficient and give a boost to its own processor-making unit, will reportedly drop Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon chip in favor of its own microprocessors in the next Galaxy S smartphone, according to a report from Bloomberg that cited people with direct knowledge of the matter. Shares of Qualcomm are down 2.7% to $70.50 in pre-market trading following the Bloomberg report.
05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung drops Qualcomm chip from next Galaxy smartphone, Bloomberg reports
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05:53 EDTSSNLFTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
13:56 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports 3.4% passive stake in SunEdison
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06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung considering stock split, WSJ says
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January 19, 2015
07:45 EDTSSNLFSamsung wants BlackBerry partnership, not takeover, WSJ reports
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January 18, 2015
17:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung shares could rise 30%, Barron's says
Samsung shares could rise 30% and investors who can acquire shares could be rewarded, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
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