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August 8, 2014
11:51 EDTNVDA, INTC, QCOM, BRCMNVIDIA rallies after Q2 quarter profit, Q3 revenue outlook top estimates
Shares of graphic chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA) are rallying after the companyís second quarter profit and third quarter revenue outlook surpassed analystsí 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." WHATíS 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 todayís 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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September 26, 2014
08:44 EDTQCOMQualcomm could have negative read through from Intel move, says Northland
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05:27 EDTINTCIntel to invest up to $1.5B in semiconductor business under Tsinghua Unigroup
Intel Corporation and Tsinghua Unigroup, an operating subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings, a solely state-owned limited liability corporation funded by Tsinghua University in China, jointly announced that both parties have signed a series of agreements. The purpose of the agreements is to expand the product offerings and adoption for Intel-based mobile devices in China and worldwide by jointly developing Intel Architecture and communications-based solutions for mobile phones. Intel also has agreed to invest up to about $1.5M for a minority stake of approximately 20% of the holding company under Tsinghua Unigroup which will own Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. Under the terms of the agreement, Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. will jointly create and sell a family of Intel Architecture-based system-on-chips, or SoCs. Initial products will be available beginning in the second half of next year and will be Intel Architecture-based SoCs sold by both companies. The companies expect Intelís investment to close in early 2015.
September 24, 2014
09:17 EDTINTCIntel rumored to take 20% stake in Spreadtrum, Marbridge Daily says
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06:25 EDTNVDAAMD, NVIDIA sees shrinking GPU demand in Q4, DigiTimes reports
AMD (AMD) and NVIDIA (NVDA) expect to see demand for their discrete mobile GPUs to decrease, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan-based supply chain makers, the decrease is due to notebook vendors that plan to launch low-cost models with CPUs with integrated graphics in Q4. Reference Link
September 23, 2014
11:33 EDTBRCM, QCOMAnalysis shows Apple spends $200-$247 to build iPhone 6s, Re/code says
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08:11 EDTQCOMRuckus Wireless hires Qualcomm's Rabinovitsj as COO
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September 22, 2014
12:52 EDTINTCIntel receives approval from Israel to invest $6B in chip plant, Reuters says
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07:14 EDTNVDAGSM Association to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTINTCIntel, Rockhip partner to expand x86 presence in tablet market, DigiTimes says
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September 19, 2014
16:24 EDTINTCStocks rise after Fed keeps pledge for 'considerable time' before rate hike
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16:17 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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11:51 EDTINTCMicrosoft, Intel look to partner with Chinese mobile device makers, Nikkei says
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09:19 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:11 EDTQCOM, BRCMTriQuint chip among those in iPhone 6 Plus, iFixit reports
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08:03 EDTQCOM, BRCMInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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07:42 EDTINTCIntel dividend can rise up to 45% over next two years, says Jefferies
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September 18, 2014
15:22 EDTBRCMBroadcom appears to be WiFi chip provider for Apple Watch, Chipworks says
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07:26 EDTQCOMGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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06:50 EDTINTCIntel, Spreadtrum may enter partnership to develop x86 products, DigiTimes says
Intel is looking to promote x86 architecture to China chip designers and may enter a partnership with Spreadtrum, reports DigiTimes Research. The cooperation would allow Intel to fill some of its empty capacity while Spreadtrum would gain advantages from Intel's advanced manufacturing processes to reduce costs. Reference Link
September 17, 2014
06:19 EDTQCOMGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
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