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August 8, 2014
11:51 EDTBRCM, NVDA, QCOM, INTCNVIDIA rallies after Q2 quarter profit, Q3 revenue outlook top estimates
Shares of graphic chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA) are rallying after the company’s second quarter profit and third quarter revenue outlook surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, NVIDIA reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 30c, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 20c, on revenue of $1.1B, in line with estimates. Q2 adjusted gross margin came in at a record 56.4%., the company said. Chief Executive Officer Jen-Hsun Huang noted that the company saw strong gains in Gaming, Datacenter & Cloud and Mobile, and said the company's Tesla datacenter business is benefitting from stron gdemand from cloud service providers. The executive said that the company's SHIELD tablet is generating "considerable excitement." WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to the third quarter, NVIDIA expects revenue of $1.2B, plus or minus 2%, versus consensus $1.16B. GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be 55.2% and 55.5%, respectively, plus or minus 50 basis points. GAAP operating expenses are forecast at approximately $463M; non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $416M. Capital expenditures are seen at approximately $40M-$50M. During the first half of the year, NVIDIA said it returned $594M of the $1B it intends to return to shareholders in fiscal 2015. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Needham upgraded NVIDIA to Buy from Hold. The firm believes that earnings volatility has been reduced and margins have been raised by the change in the company's strategy. The firm, which has a price target of $23 on shares, believes that the stock's decline has created a good entry point. Another firm, Brean Capital, maintained a Hold rating on the shares with a mid-point target range of $20. Brean expects gross margins to be negatively affected in the second half of the year due to strength in the Tegra processor, and expects the ramp of Tegra to drive the revenue growth in Q3. The firm recommended waiting for a decline before becoming more constructive on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, NVIDIA rose $1.31, or 7.5%, to $18.77 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 28% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the chip space include Intel (INTC), up 0.5%, Qualcomm (QCOM) up 0.6%, and Broadcom (BRCM), up 1.2%.
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January 27, 2015
10:14 EDTINTCIntel drops after Microsoft results, levels to watch
Shares are down 4.6% to $34.15 at time of writing as Microsoft's (MSFT) results weigh on PC-related shares. At current price, next support is at $33, a recent pivot low. Resistance is at $34.79.
January 26, 2015
10:28 EDTINTCIntel trades down, testing lows of the recent range
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08:54 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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January 23, 2015
08:10 EDTQCOMMarvell product could replace Qualcomm Snapdragon, says RBC Capital
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06:04 EDTINTCIntel may look to form stylus alliance, DigiTimes reports
Intel has recently invited several touch sensor IC designers to form an alliance in order to establish a specification standard for stylus, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from IC designers, the alliance's first product is expected to launch in Q3 and will be to make the input device usable across different mobile devices. Reference Link
05:30 EDTNVDAiQIYI, NVIDIA announce strategic partnership to establish R&D center
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January 22, 2015
14:45 EDTQCOMQualcomm seen giving Samsung redesigned Snapdragon, WSJ says
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08:02 EDTQCOMImpact to Qualcomm of Galaxy loss would be relatively small, says Bernstein
After Bloomberg reported that Samsung would not use Qualcomm's chip for the upcoming Galaxy S 6, Bernstein estimates that Qualcomm's EPS would only be negatively impacted by 2%-8% if its chip is not included in the devices. The firm says that other licensing headwinds will have more of an impact on Qualcomm. It keeps a $70 price target and Market Perform rating on the stock.
January 21, 2015
11:22 EDTQCOMAnalyst disputes report of Qualcomm troubles with Samsung
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09:46 EDTQCOMSamsung 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.
09:44 EDTQCOMQualcomm slips on reports its chips won't be used in new Galaxy phone
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09:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm shares defended at Credit Suisse
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08:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm 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.
07:15 EDTINTCAny Intel server weakness likely a hiccup, says RBC Capital
After JMP Securities yesterday downgraded Intel (INTC) based partly on information from a source who said that server component sales have been weak in 2015, RBC Capital says any weakness is probably due to a three month delay caused by a technical problem and is not demand driven. RBC Capital expects the technical problem to be resolved within three months but keeps a $40 price target and Sector Perform rating on Intel.
05:53 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; IBM QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; IBM (IBM) 27, Qualcomm (QCOM) 33 according to iVolatility.
05:53 EDTQCOMSamsung drops Qualcomm chip from next Galaxy smartphone, Bloomberg reports
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January 20, 2015
11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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