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December 13, 2013
07:54 EDTMSFT, QCOM, FMicrosoft loses potential candidate as Qualcomm names Mollenkopf next CEO
Chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM) this morning announced that its current Chief Operating Officer, Steve Mollenkopf, was promoted to Chief Executive Officer-elect. The news this morning follows a report from Bloomberg last night that Mollenkopf was said to be considered among the candidates to replace Microsoft's (MSFT) departing CEO Steve Ballmer. WHAT'S NEW: Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, said last night that Microsoft was considering Mollenkopf among the candidates to replace its outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. Then, this morning, Qualcomm announced that its board of directors approved a succession plan under which Mollenkopf, the company's current COO, will become CEO effective March 4, 2014, following the company's annual stockholders meeting. At that time, Dr. Paul Jacobs, the company's CEO for about the last nine years, will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the board, Qualcomm said. Mollenkopf, who has spent nearly 20 years at Qualcomm, was lauded by the company for leading the company's QCT chipset business and overseeing the company's $3.1B acquisition of Atheros, Qualcomm 's largest acquisition to date. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its report last night, Bloomberg also noted that talk of Ford's (F) CEO Alan Mulally as a viable candidate to take over for Ballmer at Microsoft have eased in recent weeks. In its own report, the Detroit News stated that Alan Mulally told Ford's board at a meeting that there was "no change" in his status as the company's chief, regardless of the rumors of him replacing Ballmer at Microsoft.
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April 15, 2014
08:12 EDTFBofA/Merrill to hold a summit
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08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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08:01 EDTFFord reports Europe sales up 12% in March, 11% in Q1
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April 14, 2014
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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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.
05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 11, 2014
14:14 EDTFDeutsche Bank upgrades Ford on earnings outlook
Deutsche Bank upgraded Ford (F) to Buy from Hold in a note to investors, saying that the company's earnings are poised to increase significantly in 2015-2016. WHAT'S NEW: Ford can increase the price of its pickup trucks, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache wrote. The company's pickups now cost just an average of about $150 per vehicle more than GM's offerings, versus the average gap of $3,000 over the last five years, Lache explained. Ford's new F150 truck will be less expensive than previously expected, as the truck's aluminum body will be cheaper than anticipated and the company has been able to find other ways to cut production costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Ford's prospects in Europe and China are "favorable," according to the analyst, who upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. He raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18.50. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Lache was somewhat upbeat on General Motors (GM), saying that the company can keep it profits at "decent" levels by cutting its costs. However, he added that the automaker's products have not met expectations. Lache now expects GM's share of the pickup truck market share to drop to 17% in 2015 from 17.5% this year. He lowered his 2014 EPS estimate for GM to $2.58 from $3.38 and reduced his 2015 EPS estimate for the company to $4.20 from $4.80. Lache reduced his price target on the shares to $41 from $48, but kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Ford added 0.6% to $15.72, while GM fell 2.9% to $32.33.
12:42 EDTQCOMOn 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.
12:42 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm, Ericsson recommended by RBC Capital
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10:01 EDTFFord rallies in early trading following upgrade, levels to watch
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09:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm Ericsson recommended for near-term at RBC Capital
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07:31 EDTFChina auto sales growth slowed in March, WSJ reports
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.71M passenger vehicles were sold there in March, which was up 7.9% from a year earlier but a slower growth rate than the 11% year-over-year increase seen in the January-to-February period, reported The Wall Street Journal. The association cited weak sales of minivans, which fell 23% in the month, as a large factor, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Fiat (FIATY), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:15 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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April 10, 2014
16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group
Target $90.
08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:32 EDTFAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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