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April 8, 2014
06:31 EDTQCOM, MSFTMicrosoft, Mediatek to push Windows tablet in white-box market, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) has been aggressively trying to persuade Mediatek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, there is a high chance for a partnership, which would lead to current smartphone chip partner Qualcomm (QCOM) to face strong pressure. Reference Link
News For MSFT;QCOM From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
14:28 EDTQCOMQualcomm January weekly 48 straddle priced for 6% movement into Q1
13:47 EDTMSFTVMware tanks after providing lower guidance amid Cloud transition
Shares of virtualization software maker VMware (VMW) are falling after providing guidance, confirming layoffs and announcing executive changes. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, the software company that is 80% owned by EMC (EMC) and provides software for corporate data centers, announced fourth quarter financial results while confirming earlier reports of layoffs and announcing a new chief financial officer. VMware, along with parent company EMC, is in the midst of a proposed acquisition by Dell. The company's Q4 earnings per share and revenue came in at $1.26 and $1.87B, respectively, slightly better than analysts were expecting; however, the company's view for fiscal year 2016 EPS and revenue of $4.07-$4.16 and $6.8B-$6.9B, respectively, were well below the $4.20 and $7.21B analysts are expecting. VMware also guided first quarter EPS to 83c-85c, also below analysts' 92c consensus. Along with its results, the company confirmed earlier reports that it intended to reduce its workforce by 800 and plans to take a charge of between $55M-$65M related to this action over the course of the first half of 2016. The company also announced that its CFO Jonathan Chadwick is leaving and will be replaced by EMC CFO Zane Rowe. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its quarterly conference call discussing its earnings, VMware company referred to its growth in "emerging" products and businesses including NSX and User Computing and Virtual SAN, all of which grew strongly over the quarter. The company said it hopes its newer products are picking up the slack due to the declining growth in its mature "compute products." Pat Gelsinger, VMware's chief executive officer, "We recognize that our blockbuster compute products are reaching maturity and will represent a decreasing portion of our business going forward." The company is upgrading its Cloud strategy to better compete with leaders like Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT), which provide Cloud services via the internet and make the corporate data center that VMware focuses on less necessary. ANALYSTS' VIEWS: Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded VMware to Hold and lowered his price target for the shares to $40 from $80 following the company's quarterly results. The company's business will get worse before it gets better, Nandury told investors in a research note. Another downgrade came from research firm Baird's analyst Jayson Noland, who cut his rating on VMware to Neutral and lowered his price target to $60 from $80. Noland said the core vSphere business is facing incremental public cloud headwinds and substantial uncertainty related to the Class V common stock being issued to finance the EMC acquisition. Providing a more constructive view was UBS who said the current valuation levels of VMware offer a significant opportunity for patient investors. The firm noted the company will temper spending and focus on leveraging public clouds, which should provide a tailwind to both capital and operating expenditures. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $72 price target on VMware. PRICE ACTION: Shares of VMware are down approximately 40% since the Dell-EMC deal was announced last October and are down over 9% to $44.84 in afternoon trading. OTHERS TO WATCH. Other companies in the cloud computing space include Amazon, Microsoft and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
12:02 EDTMSFTBox, Microsoft expand alliance to deliver better cloud experiences
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10:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces launch of News Pro app
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07:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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January 26, 2016
18:54 EDTQCOMApple shares slide after mixed Q1 results, slower iPhone sales
Apple (AAPL) shares dipped Tuesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings and gave select second quarter guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Apple reported Q1 earnings per share of $3.28, above consensus estimates of $3.23, and revenue of $75.9B, below analyst expectations of $76.59B. The company also issued Q2 revenue guidance of $50B-$53B, against a consensus of $55.64B, and Q2 gross margin between 39%-39.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported Q1 iPhone sales of 74.78M units, versus 48.05M units sold in the fourth quarter and 74.47M units sold in Q1 of last year. Apple reported Q1 iPad sales of 16.12M units, versus 9.88M units sold in Q4 and 21.42M units sold in Q1 of last year. The company also reported Q1 Mac sales of 5.31M units, versus 5.71M in Q4 and 5.52M units in Q1 of last year. Apple's Other Products revenue, which includes sales of Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod, and Apple-branded and third-party accessories, was $4.35B, versus $2.69B last year. During the company's earnings conference call, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook remarked that Q1 was the best quarter for Apple TV sales and Apple TV app development, and the Apple Watch set a new quarterly sales record. Cook also said this quarter had more conversions of Android users to iPhones than previous quarters. Cook noted the company is maintaining its investment plans in China while also investing in India and other emerging markets, with the CEO adding that the company remains very bullish on China and is on target to have 40 stores in the region this year. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note following the earnings announcement indicating the research firm is maintaining its Overweight rating on the stock. Munster noted that although Apple guided below the Street's expectations, the outlook is above investor fears and will result in the reset of June expectations. Munster continues to expect the stock's multiple to expand as the September iPhone 7 launch approaches, and it remains the firm's top pick for 2016. OTHERS TO WATCH: iPhone suppliers are largely lower following Apple's results. Skyworks (SWKS) has dipped 0.7% to $65.32 while Cirrus Logic (CRUS) is down 2.03%. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Avago Technologies (AVGO) have declined 0.68%, 1.28%, and 1.07%, respectively. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple are lower by 2.69% to $97.31 in after-hours trading.
18:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft executive: Surface glitch during NFL game caused by stadium error
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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15:03 EDTQCOMEarnings Watch: Apple may report first ever quarter with iPhone unit decline
Apple (AAPL) is set to report earnings for the company's first quarter of fiscal year 2016 after the market close on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the most valuable U.S.-listed company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $3.23 on revenue of $76.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.83-$3.44 on revenue of $70.65B-$79.96B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $75.5B-$77.5B and a gross margin between 39%-40%. On average, analysts expect the tech giant to report iPhone units of 75M, according to Bloomberg data that sources nine analyst estimates. iPad units are estimated at 17.3M, Mac units are estimated at 5.8M and Watch units are estimated at 5.3M, according to Bloomberg. LAST QUARTER: On October 27, Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.96, which topped the consensus estimate of $1.88. Fourth quarter revenue of $51.5B also beat the $51.12B consensus expectation. Apple reported iPhone units of 48.05M, iPad units of 9.88M and Mac units of 5.71M in Q4. Apple reported a Q4 gross margin of 39.9%. LAST YEAR: In its first fiscal quarter of last year, Apple reported EPS of $3.06 on revenue of $74.6B and a gross margin of 39.9%. Last year, Apple reported iPhone units of 74.47M, iPad units of 21.42M and 5.52M Mac units in its first quarter. UPCOMING PHONES: According to media reports, Apple's next flagship smartphone, likely called the iPhone 7, will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, will be thinner, and will likely support wireless charging and be waterproof. Apple is also rumored to soon be releasing a new 4-inch iPhone, known as the "iPhone 5se," that will likely have faster A9/M9 chips and always-on Siri, 9to5Mac reported. The iPhone 5s will be discontinued upon the release of the 5se, which is expected as soon as mid-March, the report said. CAR EFFORTS: Steve Zadesky, who was tapped by Tim Cook to lead Apple's electric car development, is leaving the company, Bloomberg reported on January 24, citing sources. Zadesky stepped down due to personal reasons unrelated to his performance, and the move has not affected Apple's plans to build a car, Bloomberg added. The next day, AppleInsider said Apple has placed a hiring freeze on the team involved with the company's nascent automotive project known as "Project Titan" after company executives became unsatisfied with the project's progress, though CNET then said, citing a source, that contrary to the earlier report Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive was not unhappy with the direction of the company's car effort. OTHER NEWS: In early December, CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves said Apple had paused development of its live TV service, according to Bloomberg. "They've had conversations on it and I think they pressed the hold button. They were looking for a service," said Moonves, according to the report. Following up on that report, Re/code, citing sources, said Apple had walked away from negotiations with TV industry executives due to issues with the composition of the "skinny bundle" it would offer. Later in the month, Apple announced that Jeff Williams had been named COO and Johny Srouji is joining Apple's executive team as senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said afterward that Williams looks like CEO Tim Cook's successor, adding that Williams had been speculated as next in line since he had been included in presentations, but the promotion to a new position was still unexpected. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves upgraded Apple to Overweight, stating that its long-term value offset its remaining near-term risks. On November 18, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy, saying the market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, but over the next year she expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubbed "Apple-as-a-Service." On December 11, BMO Capital analyst Tim Long initiated Apple with an Outperform rating and $145 price target, contending that iPhone unit growth will be in the high single digits for a few years. During mid-to-late December, several analysts, including Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty, Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha, BofA Merrill Lynch's Wamsi Mohan and UBS' Milunovich, lowered their iPhone unit estimates, citing smartphone supply chain data points and other sources of information. On January 6, Rosenblatt analysts Jun Zhang and Martin Pyykkonen downgraded Apple to Neutral, saying they believe iPhone 6S sales slowed down during the holiday season. On January 11, Mizuho analyst Abhey Lamba upgraded Apple to Buy from Neutral, saying that investors' focus on short-term supply chain data points had created an attractive risk/reward in the tech giant's shares. The next day, Bank of American Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple to Buy, echoing the view that worries that were prompted by supply chain data points had been largely factored into the stock after its pullback. On January 22, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommended buying shares of Apple into the company's earnings report, stating that he believes the stock will rally on the iPhone number change cycle and experience multiple expansion over the next six months. Munster, who thinks shares of Apple could achieve upside of over 50% from its recent levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September, kept an Overweight rating on the iPhone maker with a $179 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Qualcomm (QCOM), Avago Technologies (AVGO) and Broadcom (BRCM), often move in reaction to Apple's earnings report and guidance. PRICE ACTION: On October 28, the day after Apple reported better than expected fourth quarter sales and profits, the stock advanced a bit over 4%. Since the beginning of the new year, Apple shares have declined more than 4.7%. Over the last three months, the stock has fallen 13% to trade near $100 per share in late afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's report.
12:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical notes ahead of earnings news
If there is strong positive news, the shares based on the current price of $48.73 would likely test above initial resistance at $50. A key level for the stock would be a breakout above $53.50. Should price hit that mark, it would break the current downtrend in shares which began in July 2014. If the news continues to be bearish, the downtrend is likely to persist. In that event support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $47.52, $45.82, and the 52-week low at $44.39.
11:13 EDTMSFTActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:34 EDTMSFTBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
09:32 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTMSFTTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
January 25, 2016
17:25 EDTQCOM, MSFTQualcomm Ventures chief heading to Microsoft, Fortune says
Qualcomm (QCOM) Ventures chief Nagraj Kashyap will join the venture capital division of Microsoft (MSFT), reports Fortune, citing a statement from Kashyap. Reference Link
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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09:32 EDTMSFTApple Active equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTMSFTMajesco and Microsoft announce favorable court judgment
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