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August 18, 2014
08:04 EDTMSCC, MRVL, IRF, MXIM, FSL, AMD, INVN, AVGO, INTC, NXPISemiconductors sector downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Semiconductors sector to Cautious given signs the cycle is turning based on expectations for a slowdown in semiconductor revenue growth, above trend semi unit shipments that should normalize, and stretching lead times. As a result, the analyst sees risk to Q4 estimates and sees further downside of 10%-25% for the SOX (SOX) and downgraded NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to Sell from Neutral, InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral from Buy, and removed Maxim Integrated (MXIM) from the Conviction Buy List.
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September 25, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; September 25, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 25.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB AU NKE PFE INTC AMZN TSLA
14:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors volatility elevated on wide price movement
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11:25 EDTNXPI, AVGOCirrus leads iPhone suppliers higher as analysts dissect 6S
Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO) are among the chipmakers that appear poised to obtain more revenue from Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices than from the previous generation of the market-leading smartphone. Research firms issued notes today based on their analysis of "teardowns" of the new phones after they went on sale for the first time, beginning in Australia. TEARDOWNS: Apple's common practice when rolling out its newest iPhone models is for Australia to be its first launch market. The unboxing of iPhones when they become available for sale for the first time anywhere in the world is a much anticipated event among the tech giant's fans, as well as by Apple-focused blogs and Wall Street analysts who follow the company. Websites like iFixit have become well known for their "teardowns" of the devices, where they purchase, take apart and analyze the way in which the device is made and how it differs from previous models. These teardowns are closely watched by analysts and can sometimes be catalysts for the stocks of iPhone component suppliers. CIRRUS: Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says teardowns of Apple's iPhone 6S indicate Cirrus Logic secured both a smart codec and boosted amp win in the new phone. The company's content in each phone is likely towards the upper end of his $3.50-$4.00 estimate, Curtis tells investors, noting that he views this as better than expected. Curtis thinks the 6S content, coupled with the "several new growth drivers" Cirrus outlined at yesterday's technology day, could reverse the negative sentiment on the stock. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $39 price target. OTHER WINNERS AND LOSERS: Skyworks and Qorvo saw their content rise 22% and 25% respectively, Curtis estimated. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is continuing to supply the NFC and Secure Element chips for the 6S devices, but is no longer providing the sensor hub, the analyst reported. The company will lose about 50c per iPhone as a result of this development, but it did know that it would no longer be providing the hub before it provided its guidance in July, according to Curtis. STMicroelectronics (STM) is no longer providing the secure MCU for the iPhone 6S, Curtis added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are supplying iPhone 6S components include Qualcomm (QCOM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Avago (AVGO), iFixit reported. After conducting checks, Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss estimated that Skyworks will obtain about $6.50 of revenue per iPhone, up from about $5.50 previously, while Qorvo's revenue per device will rise to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago will see its revenue per device increase to about $6.75 from about $6.50, Stoss believes. The firm kept Buy ratings on Skyworks, Avago, and Qorvo. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cirrus shares jumped $4.36, or 16%, to $31.49, Skyworks added about 3% and Qorvo rose 4%. Meanwhile, NXP gained about 2% and STMicroelectronics advanced 2.5%.
10:59 EDTMRVLMarvell plans to lay off 17% of workforce, restructures mobile operations
Shares of Marvell Technology (MRVL) rose in morning trading after the company announced a major restructuring of its mobile platform business that will include a "significant" headcount reduction. WHAT'S NEW: Marvell Technology announced after the bell yesterday that it will cut about 17% of its global workforce as it restructures its mobile platform business. Marvel is seeking to focus its focus its mobile product line on "anticipated more profitable opportunities" and "right-size its expenses in line with corporate targets." The company plans to take a charge of $100M-$130M related to the structuring, which is currently expected to result in annualized operating expense savings of $170M-$220M. Marvell said it plans to "significantly" downsize the mobile platform organization to refocus its technology to emerging opportunities in IoT, automotive and networking. The moves have already started and the company anticipates the major activities to take place through the end of fiscal 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Marvell announced on September 11 that it was conducting an internal investigation of certain accounting and internal control matters. "The investigation consists of a review of certain revenue recognition issues in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 and any associated issues with whether senior management's operating style during the period resulted in an open flow of information and communication to set an appropriate tone for an effective control environment," the company stated. Specifically, the company said it was focused on 7%-8% of revenue recognized that would have been received in the third quarter. The company forecast a preliminary second quarter net loss of (74c) on revenue of $711M, which may not compare to analysts' consensus estimates at that time for 11c and $721.9M, respectively. Marvell said the preliminary results reflected weaker-than-expected demand for certain products, particularly in the storage market. STREET RESEARCH: Commenting on Marvel's restructuring move, Craig-Hallum analyst Christian Schwab said that Marvell's exit from its mobile handset business is a positive since the unit struggled to create scale and profits, generating just $122M in revenue and $13M in gross profit in the first half of fiscal 2016. Schwab said the move will drive company-wide gross margins toward the mid-50% range and expects a strengthened product profile following the restructuring efforts. The analyst added that the risk/reward is attractive and upgraded the stock's rating to Buy while maintaining a $14 price target. PRICE ACTION: Marvell shares are up 3.05% to $9.30 in morning trading.
10:00 EDTMRVL, INTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3M (MMM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ACE Limited (ACE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Box (BOX) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... CyberArk (CYBR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... General Growth (GGP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks, developments at JMP Securities... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Lam Research (LRCX) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Nike (NKE) upgraded on share gains at Sterne Agee CRT... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... United Rentals (URI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill.
09:48 EDTAVGO, NXPIApple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports
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09:47 EDTAVGOiPhone 6S teardown positive for Skyworks, Qorvo, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss says Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6S teardowns indicate content increases for Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and Avago (AVGO). Ross estimates Skyworks' content in the phone rose to $6.50 versus $5.50 in the first versions of iPhone 6, Qorvo's content rose to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago's content rose to $6.75 from $6.50. He believes RF content is increasing and reiterates Buy ratings on all three names.
09:21 EDTINTCIntel upgraded on positive checks, developments at JMP Securities
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09:09 EDTMRVLMarvell upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
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08:58 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nike (NKE), up 8% after last night's better than expected earnings report and futures orders prompted numerous price target hikes at Street research firms. Among them, Deutsche Bank raised it price target on Nike shares to $140 and UBS bumped its target up to $137... Jabil Circuit (JBL), up 9%... BlackBerry (BBRY), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Bellerophon Therapeutics (BLPH), up 67% after announcing data from an interim analysis of the company's Phase 2 long-term extension study of INOpulse for the treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension... Marvell (MRVL), up 5% after announcing a global headcount reduction, plans to downsize its mobile platform business... PayPal (PYPL), up 3% after being initiated with a Buy rating at Canaccord. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 15% after Q2 results, FY16 guidance cut... Finish Line (FINL), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Internap (INAP), down 17% after cutting its revenue forecast and having its shares downgraded at Oppenheimer.
06:30 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities
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September 24, 2015
19:14 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Jabil Circuit (JBL), up 9.6%... Nike (NKE), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Bellerophon Therapeutics (BLPH), up 92% after announcing "positive" data from its interim Phase 2 study of INOpulse... Reynolds American (RAI), up 1% after Bloomberg reported the company may sell $5B in assets to Japan Tobacco... Marvell (MRVL), up 5.15% after announcing a 17% global headcount reduction. LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 7.5%... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: Internap (INAP), down 15.1% after cutting its FY15 revenue forecast... Emerge Energy Services (EMES), down 3.25% after withdrawing its distribution guidance due to "difficult market conditions."
17:10 EDTMRVLMarvell up 8% after announcing 17% global headcount reduction
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16:24 EDTMRVLMarvell to downsize mobile platform business, sees $100M-$130M charge
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16:00 EDTAMDOptions Update; September 24, 2015
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11:15 EDTNXPI, FSL, MXIMAnalyst sees $55,000 car from Apple as soon as 2019
Apple (AAPL) could introduce a car by as soon as 2019, but assuming an average selling price of $55,000 and 200,000 shipments, the contribution to the tech giant's earnings in that year is probably not enough to "excite" investors, said the research team at Jefferies this morning. However, a car would give the tech giant some "much needed" diversification away from the iPhone and would be positive for the broader tech space, the firm added. RIPE FOR DISRUPTION: Jefferies analysts Sundeep Bajikar, Mark Lipacis and their team say their analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors. He assumes a $55,000 average selling price for an Apple Car and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited and earnings contributions from a vehicle may not become meaningful before iPhone decelerates, the analysts argue. However, the firm said it could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar and Lipacis keep a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. TOP CHIP PICKS: Efforts in the car market from tech heavyweights Apple and Google (GOOGL) will lead the industry to design and sell more intelligent vehicles, accelerating the growth of semiconductors for automobiles above current forecasts, contend Jefferies' analysts in a separate note to investors this morning. The analysts lay out their top picks among automotive semiconductor suppliers, saying the pending merger of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Freescale (FSL) will create the world's biggest automotive semi company, adding that growth in microcontroller content and networking applications will benefit that combined giant. NVIDIA's (NVDA) automotive sales have grown the fastest since the end of the 2012 fiscal year among the companies the firm follows, while Maxim Integrated (MXIM) had the second fastest growth in that time frame, the analysts noted in naming those two as their other top picks in the space. Lipacis and Bajikar identified Analog Devices (ADI), Microchip (MCHP) and Linear Technology (LLTC) as other notable beneficiaries from the expected growth of semiconductor content in automobiles. PRICE ACTION: Amid broad weakness in the market, Apple shares are down 1.5% to $112.56. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Sector index (SOX) is down 2.4% this morning.
09:59 EDTNXPIOTR Global believes NXP Semiconductors lost sensor gub in new iPhone 6S
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09:32 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTNXPIBofA/Merrill sees 45%+ upside for NXP Semiconductors
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06:34 EDTINTCApple 'A10' processor may switch to six-cores, AppleInsider reports
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