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April 7, 2014
13:05 EDTSWKS, SNDK, SSNLF, MU, NXPI, AVGOAnalyst says semiconductor stocks attractive after decline
Many semiconductor stocks are attractive following their recent decline, research firm Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: The fundamental medium to long-term outlook for semiconductor stocks hasn't changed, Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The companies in the sector should benefit from strong product sales, market share gains and earnings leverage, Rakesh believes. The valuation of stocks in the sector is attractive, with Micron (MU), NXP Semiconductor (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Skyworks (SWKS) and SanDisk (SNDK) having particularly attractive valuations, the analyst contended. Micron and SanDisk should benefit from improved supply/demand dynamics in the flash memory market, while NXP Semiconductor should be boosted by stronger Chinese auto sales, according to Rakesh. The upcoming launch of Samsung's (SSNLF) Galaxy S5 smartphone and the continued development of 4G networks in China should help Skyworks, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Micron fell 4% to $21.70, NXP Semiconductors slid 3% to $55.85, Avago dropped 3% to $60, Skyworks lost 0.7% to $36, and SanDisk fell 3% to $78.
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October 10, 2014
10:29 EDTNXPI, SNDK, AVGO, SWKS, MUMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:20 EDTSNDK, AVGO, NXPI, MUSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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06:52 EDTSSNLFGoogle allowed to face Rockstar in California court, Reuters says
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October 9, 2014
13:40 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Cheetah Mobile to pre-install Clean Master, BrightWire says
Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) CEO Fu Sheng said that the company has finalized an agreement with Samsung (SSNLF) to pre-install Clean Master, its flagship mobile application, on its phones, according to BrightWire, citing comments from Sheng. The CEO said that the company is devoted to its overseas broadening strategy regardless of investor criticism. Reference Link
09:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects SanDisk to report stronger than expected results for its September quarter. The firm's estimates for SanDisk remain above those of the Street for the next few years because the firm is upbeat on the company's ability to move to higher margin markets. The firm keeps an $118 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk's NAND ASPs trending below consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research said SanDisk's NAND ASP's are trending below Q3 consensus of +.5% but sees bit consensus growth of +39% year-over-year as achievable.
08:40 EDTSNDKDiablo Technologies comments on Netlist injunction
Diablo Technologies commented on the announcement that Netlist (NLST) has filed a motion for preliminary injunction against the company and its technology partner SanDisk (SNDK), in an attempt to impede the manufacture and sale of the ULLtraDIMM product. Diablo stated, "Notably absent from Netlist's press release is the fact that their recent motion has abandoned much of their previous positioning. Netlist's recent amendments now limit their claims of lost sales to the NVvault. These changes can be attributed to Netlist's failure to substantiate claims in the so-called anonymous 'whistleblower' letter, on which they have based their case from the start. The request for a Preliminary Injunction will take months to resolve and Diablo will continue to deal with these baseless accusations in court. We view their latest move as a public relations stunt, which we will address in our existing claim against them." Diablo filed its defense and a counter claim against Netlist's unfair business practices on September 25.
06:29 EDTSSNLFIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTSSNLFMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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October 8, 2014
11:42 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; AA MU
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11:41 EDTSSNLFJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
10:00 EDTMU, SNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:43 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg
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07:43 EDTMUMicron initiated with a Neutral at Ladenburg
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06:13 EDTSSNLFNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
12:50 EDTSSNLFSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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10:17 EDTSWKS, SSNLFSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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07:34 EDTSNDKNetlist seeks preliminary injunction against SanDisk's ULLtradiMM
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06:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung executives concerned about earnings, chairman's health, WSJ reports
In addition to slumping earnings, the Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung executives are also concerned about the health of Chairman Lee Kun-hee, who has been hospitalized since May when he had a heart attack. According to sources, there are additionally increasing concerns within the company about a "major reshuffle" of executives later this year. Reference Link
06:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung may find difficulty competing with TSMC for Apple chips, DigiTimes says
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