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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 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%.
News For NVDA;INTC;QCOM;BRCM From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
07:24 EDTINTC, QCOMIntel gains government ally in China with new deals, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTQCOMUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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06:29 EDTINTCTSMC and rivals racing to pack computer power in each chip, WSJ says
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October 13, 2014
07:09 EDTNVDANVIDIA added to Best Ideas list at JMP Securities
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTQCOMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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.” Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
13:08 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. 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.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
10:29 EDTINTCMicrochip 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.
10:16 EDTINTCIntel falls with semiconductor peers, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTINTCIntel Q3 results may be near-term catalyst, says Stifel
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October 9, 2014
07:03 EDTINTCIntel quarter to be in-line or modestly better, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray expects Intel's quarterly results on October 14 to be in-line to modestly above consensus. The firm's channel checks indicate PC demand trends will remain stable into year-end amid solid corporate demand. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Intel with a $37 price target.
October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTINTCGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:20 EDTQCOM, BRCMQualcomm opportunity at Xiaomi almost rivals iPhone, says FBR Capital
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07:56 EDTBRCMBroadcom recently won large custom chip programs, says JPMorgan
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October 7, 2014
16:33 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Market Perform at Northland
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13:34 EDTINTCIntel October volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Intel October call option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 28, December is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results after the market close on October 14.
11:35 EDTQCOMStocks with call strike movement; JPM QCOM
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10:17 EDTBRCMSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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