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August 18, 2014
10:29 EDTAMD, INTC, IRF, MSCC, MXIM, FSL, INVN, AVGO, NXPIGoldman cuts sector view on semiconductors to Cautious
Goldman Sachs downgraded its rating on the semiconductor sector to Cautious from Neutral amid concerns that chips sales could weaken. WHAT'S NEW: In a number of key end markets, the growth of revenue from semiconductors is surpassing the growth of the markets themselves, Goldman analyst James Covello reported. In the automobile sector for example, semiconductor revenue growth has been 12% higher than the increase in the number of automobiles sold, the analyst reported. Moreover, the number of overall chips shipped was 5% over normalized demand levels this quarter, warned Covello. Consequently, the risk of semiconductor companies missing fourth quarter consensus estimates has increased, according to the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Covello downgraded his rating on two companies in the sector, lowering NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to Sell from Neutral and cutting InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral from Buy. He removed Maxim Integrated (MXIM) from the firm's Conviction List but kept a Buy rating on the shares. In addition to Maxim, Covello also has relatively upbeat outlooks on Avago (AVGO), Freescale (FSL), and Microsemi (MSCC). He kept Sell ratings on Intel (INTC), AMD (AMD) and International Rectifier (IRF). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP Semiconductors fell 4% to $61 and InvenSense dropped 2.5% to $24.40. Avago and Freescale fell slightly, while Microsemi, Intel, AMD, and International Rectifier rose slightly.
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October 6, 2015
17:50 EDTINTCAltera stockholders approved merger with Intel
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16:01 EDTINTCOptions Update; October 6, 2015
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12:57 EDTAVGOAvago shares defended at BofA/Merrill
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12:53 EDTAVGOMizuho would be a buyer of Avago and Skyworks on weakness
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October 5, 2015
16:34 EDTAMDAMD partners with Oculus and Dell
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16:16 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
The Dow began the day with a triple digit jump and continued to tack on gains from there, rising nearly 2% by the time the closing bell rang. The Nasdaq and S&P also posted significant gains in the market's broad based advance. The number of advancing stocks crushed the number of declining stocks while the up volume overwhelmed the down volume. The S&P 500 is now on a five day winning streak with earnings season set to unofficially begin on Thursday, when Alcoa (AA) releases its quarterly report after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's services PMI dropped to 55.1 in the final September print, compared to the preliminary reading of 55.6 and August's 56.1 figure. ISM's services index dropped 2.1 points to 56.9 in September, versus expectations for a more modest pullback to a reading of 57.5. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) was the best performer on the Dow, advancing $1.35, or 5.3%, to $26.82 after activist investor Nelson Peltz disclosed that his firm, Trian Fund Management, has accumulated a $2.5B stake, making it one of the company's top ten shareholders. Trian, which believes GE is "executing a bold transformation" from a broad conglomerate into an industrial company, predicted that GE stock may be worth $40-$45 per share by 2017... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) rose $1.85, or 7.03%, to $28.16 after the company appointed co-founder and interim Chief Executive Jack Dorsey as permanent CEO. Analysts welcomed the news, saying Dorsey was simply "too good to pass up" despite his concurrent role as head of payments company Square. Axiom analyst Victor Anthony upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, though the rating change was made prior to this morning's CEO news, which had been previewed last week by Re/code, was confirmed by the company... The U.S., Japan and ten other countries came to terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement meant to open agricultural markets, tighten intellectual property rules and establish a group that will have the clout to challenge China's influence in the region. Reacting to the deal, Honeywell (HON) said trade agreements like the TPP have the potential to boost exports, support jobs, and increase access abroad, while Boeing (BA) pointed out that more than 70% of its commercial airplane revenue last year came from customers outside the U.S. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Spark Therapeutics (ONCE), which surged $9.09, or 20.69%, to $53.02 after the Phase 3 trial of the company's lead gene therapy product met its primary endpoint. Also higher was SunEdison (SUNE), which gained 77c, or 9.31%, to $9.04 after announcing plans to optimize its business operations by refocusing on its core markets and simplifying its structure, among other initiatives. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of Apple (AAPL) chip suppliers, with Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Avago (AVGO) falling a respective 4.5%, 1.7%, and 2.6% after Citi analysts lowered fourth quarter iPhone sales estimates. Also lower was Valeant (VRX), which lost $18.86, or 10.34%, to $163.46 after its alleged "price hike" business strategy was highlighted in reports by the New York Times and Barron's. Additionally, AtriCure (ATRC) declined 8.8% to $20.47 after releasing preliminary third quarter results and agreeing to acquire cardiac device maker nContact. INDEXES: The Dow gained 304.06, or 1.85%, to 16,776.43, the Nasdaq advanced 73.49, or 1.56%, to 4,781.26, and the S&P 500 rose 35.69, or 1.83%, to 1,987.05.
15:28 EDTNXPI, AVGOCiti lowers iPhone unit sales estimates for Q4
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are underperforming a strong broader market rally after Citi lowered its fourth quarter iPhone unit sales estimates in a note to investors earlier. WHAT'S NEW: Not all of Apple's first weekend sales of iPhone 6S and 6S will be included in the company's Q4 earnings, Citi analyst Jim Suva wrote. Suva, who has a Buy rating and $145 target price on Apple shares, said that although first weekend sales of 13M units of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus exceeded sell side targets, Apple noted that not all of these units unit sales will be included in Apple's Q4 earnings given cut off of the reporting quarter. Only sales through Friday and Saturday of the weekend launch will be included in Q4. The remainder of the units sold on Sunday will be reported in December financial results, said Suva. As a result, Citi reduced its iPhone unit estimates to 47M from its prior view of 48M. This is below the Q4 consensus of 48M. The remaining units will be shifted to the December quarter. Citi expects many sell-side analysts to follow suit and lower their September quarter iPhone estimates in the weeks ahead before Apple reports on October 27. According to the Citi note, Apple share volatility will continue and the firm sees limited earnings and sales upside potential in the near-term causing some investors to exit the stock. The investment thesis for Apple is likely to shift from an iPhone "beat and raise" investment story to a gross margin upside story heading into a difficult comp year for iPhone 6S unit sales, Suva tells investors. He thinks any pullback will prove an attractive opportunity for long-term investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Late last week, an article from the DigiTimes said Apple may be adjusting its chip orders lower for Q4. Sources said that a substantial integrated circuit supplier is saying that Apple has "slightly lowered its demand for supplies for the new iPhones for December," the report said. The sources said that overall shipments of the iPhone 6s series are expected to reach 75M-80M units in Q3 and 65M-70M units in Q4.PRICE ACTION: In late afternoon trading, shares of Apple are underperforming broader market measures and are up 0.4% compared to a 1.75% gain for the S&P 500. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Apple chip suppliers are also relatively weak, with Cirrus Logic (CRUS) down almost 4%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) sliding 2.5%, Qorvo (QRVO) trading near flat, Avago (AVGO) lower by 1.4%, and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) down 0.25%.
October 2, 2015
13:34 EDTINTCAltera to host special shareholder meeting
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12:09 EDTINTCMicrosoft acquires Havok from Intel, terms not disclosed
In a company blog post, Microsoft (MSFT) said, "Today, we are proud to announce that Microsoft has acquired Havok, the leading provider of 3D physics, from Intel (INTC). As we welcome Havok to the Microsoft family, we will continue to work with developers to create great gaming experiences, and continue to license Havok's development tools to partners." Reference Link
October 1, 2015
16:17 EDTAMDAMD to cut approximately 5% of global workforce
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16:15 EDTAMDAMD to cut approximately 5% of global workforce
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15:02 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Micron quarter highlighted by Tsinghua report, 3D XPoint launch
Micron Technology (MU) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, October 1, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm EDT. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally Dynamic Random Access Memory, or DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 33c on revenue of $3.56B. The consensus range is 22c-47c for EPS on revenue of $3.4B-$3.68B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Micron guided for Q4 revenue of $3.45B-$3.7B. In terms of bit growth in Q4, the company said it expected DRAM bit growth to be flat to up by a low single digit percentage in the quarter. LAST QUARTER: On June 25, Micron reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 54c, against a consensus of 56c, and revenue of $3.85B, against a consensus of $3.9B. The company said then that its decline in revenues compared to prior quarter was primarily due to a 10% decline in DRAM average selling prices and relatively flat DRAM sales volume. NEWS: Wednesday, shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged after Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, agreed to buy a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company for $3.78B. In July, The Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is a majority-owned unit of Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron for $23B. As of yet no deal has come to fruition, but Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu has reportedly said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached. Also during this quarter, Intel (INTC) and Micron unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to "revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data." Now in production, 3D XPoint technology brings non-volatile memory speeds up to 1,000 times faster than NAND, according to the partners. STREET RESEARCH: After the Journal's initial report that Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron, research firms had mixed reactions. Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors immediately following the story. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy told investors that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector had received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Piper's analyst. On August 7, Drexel Hamilton analyst Richard Whittington downgraded Micron to Hold from Buy, stating that a PC unit refresh hasn't materialized and DRAM unit demand and pricing were trending below anticipated levels. Whittington cut his price target on Micron shares to $19. After Micron held its analyst meeting on August 14, analysts were divided in their responses. Right after the event, Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform, while pointing out that it still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business at the meeting, according to Piper's Roy. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, Roy said at that time. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo, who cut his rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy following the analyst day. Also during August, Baird downgraded Micron to Neutral, citing falling DRAM prices. On September 21, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis started shares of Micron with an Overweight rating and $20 price target, saying he believed near-term risk from weak DRAM demand was priced into the stock at then-current levels. Earlier this week, Wells Fargo analyst David Wong upgraded Micron Technology to Outperform, saying current valuation levels provide upside potential. Wong cut his estimates for the company, however, citing the "ongoing slide" in DRAM pricing. Nonetheless, he thinks that memory industry financial dynamics have improved in recent years and keeps a $16-$19 price target range for Micron shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of Micron have fallen about 22%. Ahead of its earnings report, Micron declined 2.3% to $14.64 in late day trading.
12:44 EDTAVGO, NXPI, MXIMApple chip suppliers fall after report iPhone maker may lower chip orders
Shares of chip makers for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone are sliding after a DigiTimes article said the iPhone maker may curtail its chip orders for the fourth quarter. WHAT'S NEW: According to the DigiTimes report, Apple may be adjusting its chip orders lower for Q4. Sources said that a substantial integrated circuit supplier is saying that Apple has "slightly lowered lowered its demand for supplies for the new iPhones for December," the report said. The sources said that overall shipments of the iPhone 6s series are expected to reach 75M-80M units in the third quarter and 65M-70M units in Q4. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On September 28, Apple announced it has sold more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models just three days after launch, a new record for the company. According to an iFixit report from September 25, a teardown of the new iPhone 6S Plus revealed components supplied by Qualcomm (QCOM), Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO), Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Cirrus Logic (CRUS) and Texas Instruments (TXN), among others. Other chip makers that have been mentioned as possible Apple suppliers in the past include Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated Products. (MXIM) and ON Semiconductor (ON). PRICE ACTION: In midday trading shares of the aforementioned chip makers are all lower with Qorvo, Avago, NXP and Analog Devices down approximately 4% to 5%. Apple is down about 1.4%.
07:26 EDTMSCCMicrosemi to hold a forum
4th Annual Security Forum is being held in Linthicum Heights, Maryland on October 1.
September 30, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; September 30, 2015
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10:49 EDTINTCWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:59 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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September 29, 2015
09:19 EDTAVGODeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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09:03 EDTINTCHP updates entry-level workstation
HP (HPQ) announced the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel (INTC) processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC. The Z240 is the latest update to the world's No. 1 ranked entry-level workstation, the HP Z230. As HP's most affordable workstation, the Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries.
06:48 EDTINTC, AMDAMD stake sale talks with Silver Lake stalled, Bloomberg says
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a competitor of Intel (INTC), was in discussions to sell an approximate 25% stake to private equity firm Silver Lake Management before the talks were stalled, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The two sides have put talks on hold after they failed to reach an agreement over price and strategy, the report says. AMD is looking into other strategic options, the report says. Reference Link
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