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May 19, 2014
13:43 EDTTXN, NVDA, BRCM, MUAnalyst sees value in semiconductors, upgrades several in space
Shares of several semiconductor companies are rising after their shares were upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform by RBC Capital in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: The stock multiples of semiconductor makers should be higher, RBC Capital argued in a note about the sector. In conjunction with that note, the firm upgraded its ratings on several names in the space, including, Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Broadcom (BRCM). Micron, which develops computer memory products, should benefit from higher gross margins generally and strong prices for DRAM in particular given tight supplies, RBC analyst Doug Freedman wrote. Additionally, Micron could return cash to shareholders, he stated. Freedman raised his price target on the shares to $34 from $27. NVIDIA is likely to benefit as it sells chips for use in higher value markets, such as gaming systems and automobiles, the analyst contended. Moreover, NVIDA's past investments should allow it to control its spending more tightly going forward, resulting in strong cash flows, according to Freedman. The company's current strategies are more likely to enable its free cash flow to grow than its previous strategies, the analyst indicated, hiking his price target on the stock to $26 from $21. Like NVIDIA, Texas Instruments is likely to benefit as it sells chips into more lucrative markets, according to Freedman. In Texas Instruments' case, these markets include communications and industrial sectors, as well as the automotive space, he wrote. Freedman increased his price target on TI's shares to $57 from $49. Finally, Broadcom should benefit from strength in both its core broadband business and its Infrastructure & Networking Group, the analyst believes. Given the outlook for those businesses, the stock is undervalued, he contended. Also likely to boost the company is stronger demand for its mobile and wireless products due to the proliferation of advanced connectivity systems such as LTE, the analyst believes. The analyst raised his price target on Broadcom to $40 from $33.
News For MU;NVDA;TXN;BRCM From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
06:24 EDTTXNTexas Instruments initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
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December 17, 2014
08:15 EDTBRCMBroadcom launches first 40/50/100GbE PAM-4 physical layer device
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08:04 EDTBRCMBroadcom launches video platform for Mexican transition to digital TV
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December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:45 EDTBRCMBroadcom upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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December 12, 2014
15:14 EDTNVDANVIDIA management to meet with Wedbush
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07:17 EDTTXNSemiconductor indications have improved, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that indicators for the semiconductor sector have improved since September, as expectations and valuations have dropped, while revision trends have been favorable,according to the firm. The firm thinks the outlook for the space is "reasonably positive." In conjunction with this note, Bernstein upgraded its rating on Freescale (FSL) to Outperform from Market Perform and hiked its target on the stock to $31 from $20. The firm increased its price target on Texas Instruments (TXN) to $63 from $54 and on Analog Devices to $55 from $50. It keeps an Outperform rating on Texas Instruments and a Market Perform rating on Analog Devices.
06:13 EDTMUMicron in talks to revise supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes reports
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December 10, 2014
08:40 EDTBRCMBroadcom price target raised to $53 from $46 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Broadcom to $53 from $46 following the company's analyst day, citing its updated guidance range, potential for return of capital to shareholders, and its leading position in its business segments. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating on Broadcom shares.
08:04 EDTBRCMBroadcom price target raised to $52 from $48 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer raised its price target on Broadcom as the firm believes that the tone at the company's Analyst Day was positive. The firm thinks the company's networking unit looks poised for further share gains at Marvell's (MRVL) expense. Oppenheimer continues to recommend buying the stock.
07:21 EDTBRCMBroadcom price target raised to $52 from $45 at Susquehanna
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06:54 EDTBRCMBroadcom shares continue to have upside, says Deutsche Bank
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December 9, 2014
18:21 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 3.1%... Analogic (ALOG), up 2.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 4.9%... Broadcom (BRCM), reverses to down just below 1%. ALSO LOWER: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), down 1.9% after filing to sell $175M of common stock... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 4.6% after providing fiscal 2015 operating guidance.
16:10 EDTBRCMBroadcom enhances corporate governance measures
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16:07 EDTBRCMBroadcom increases dividend to 14c, authorizes $1B stock repurchase plan
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16:05 EDTBRCMBroadcom increases dividend to 14c, authorizes $1B stock repurchase plan
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16:04 EDTBRCMBroadcom raises Q4 revenue view to $2.075B-$2.15B, consensus $2.09B
Broadcom maintained the guided range for Q4 product dross margin on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. Now sees Q4 R&D and SG&A expenses closer to down about $50M and down about $40M on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively.
06:25 EDTMUMicron attempt to renegotiate supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
15:18 EDTBRCMBroadcom December volatility elevated into analyst day
Broadcom December weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, December is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into a company sponsored analyst day on December 10.
07:36 EDTMUMicron December volatility of 31 at low end of historic range
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