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January 21, 2014
05:52 EDTNXPI, VLKAYNXP Mantis CAN tranceivers approved by Volkswagen for chokeless use in vehicles
NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) announced that Volkswagen (VLKAY) has approved Mantis for use in its vehicles without the need for a common-mode choke, enabling significant system cost savings in applications. With increasing functions being introduced into the car, the performance of a modern IVN becomes increasingly critical to the vehicle's safe and reliable operation, with electro-magnetic emission and immunity against electro-magnetic interference being critical parameters to control. Automotive manufacturers define strict specifications which all transceivers must adhere to before being approved for use in the vehicle. Traditionally, a common-mode choke has been required to reach the performance limits in the application, creating an additional cost of approximately 10c-15c per module.
News For NXPI;VLKAY From The Last 14 Days
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April 27, 2015
07:49 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductor price target raised to $130 from $110 at Canaccord
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06:41 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman ousted for trying to replace CEO, Reuters says
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April 26, 2015
16:25 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman Ferdinand Pich resigns
In a press release Saturday, the board of Volkswagen announced it has unanimously determined that, in view of the background of the last weeks, the mutual trust necessary for successful cooperation [among company leadership] no longer exists. For this reason, Ferdinand Pich has resigned with immediate effect from his position as chairman and from all his mandates. The position of chairman will be temporarily assumed by deputy chairman Berthold Huber. Huber will chair the annual general meeting on May 5. "The representatives of shareholders and employees will in close cooperation determine the candidate for the new chairman," said the company.
April 23, 2015
19:49 EDTVLKAYAudi plans five additional models for India, Economic Times says
In an interview with the Economic Times, Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi India brand director Joe King said the company plans to launch five new models in India within the next five months. "We see huge potential to grow in the Indian market... The GDP is likely to improve as the fundamentals of the Indian economy are strong and softening interest rate will propel demand for the luxury cars," said King. The Economic Times notes that Daimler's (DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz also aims to ramp up efforts in the region. Reference Link
14:41 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman not pushing for CEO removal, Reuters says
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07:42 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman wants to oust CEO ahead of annual meeting, Reuters says
Ferdinand Piech, the chairman of Volkswagen, will seek to oust the company's CEO, Martin Winterkorn, ahead of the annual shareholder meeting on May 5, Reuters reports, citing German broadcasting network NDR. According to the report, Piech is seeking the support within the Porsche and Piech families in his efforts to replace Winterkorn, and "doesn't feel tied" by the April 17 decision of supervisory board members to back Winterkorn. Reference Link
06:58 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to get $407M in financing from Canada, Reuters says
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April 22, 2015
14:47 EDTNXPIEarnings Watch: Texas Instruments reports amid M&A focus in semiconductor space
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor manufacturer operating in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $3.2B. The consensus range is 61c-64c for EPS on revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B, according to First Call. On its last earning call, Texas Instruments said it expected Q1 EPS of 57c-67c and revenue of $3.07B-$3.33B. LAST QUARTER: On January 26, Texas Instruments reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of 69c, which matched consensus expectations at that time. Its Q4 revenue of $3.27B came in just above the consensus forecast of $3.26B. Texas Instruments said its inventory ended the quarter at 117 days and noted on its associated conference call that it believe inventories were at "healthy levels." Texas Instruments also said then that it expected its embedded operating margins to increase. STREET RESEARCH: The day after TI's last quarterly report, Ascendiant raised its price target for Texas Instruments shares to $64 from $56 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. The firm attributed the post-earnings slide the stock experienced then to profit taking, rather than a fundamental disappointment. That same week, Argus increased its price target on Texas Instruments to $62 from $54 and said it expected the company's operating trends to continue to strengthen. Argus kept a Buy rating on the shares. Acquiring companies in the semiconductor space "can materially outperform the market," Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis wrote in a note to investors on March 9. At that time, Lipacis identified Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Marvell (MRVL), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Broadcom (BRCM), Altera (ALTR), and Xilinx (XLNX) as companies that were well-positioned to make acquisitions in the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On March 1, NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction valuing the combined enterprise at just over $40B. Recent media reports suggested that Intel's (INTC) talks to acquire Altera stalled when the latter wanted more than Intel was willing to pay. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, Texas Instruments' stock has rallied nearly 7%. In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments gained over 1% to $58.76.
April 20, 2015
15:16 EDTNXPIGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
08:12 EDTVLKAYMarathon Patent Group announces results of Signal IP Markman ruling
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) announced that on April 17, the United States District Court Central District of California issued the claim construction order in the litigation involving its wholly-owned subsidiary Signal IP and American Honda Motor Co. (HMC), Nissan North America (NSANY), Porsche Cars of North America, Mazda Motor of America, Mercedes-Benz USA (DDAIF), BMW of North America, Subaru of America, Kia Motors America, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Volkswagen (VLKAY), and Jaguar Land Rover North America. A total of 36 claim terms from a total of seven patents were disputed between Signal IP and the defendants.
06:36 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman severely weakened after confrontation, Reuters says
Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech had a "full-blown confrontation" with the other five members of the company's board over whether to retain the company's CEO, Martin Winterkorn, whose performance the chairman had criticized over the previous five months, according to Reuters. Piech backed down and agreed to back Winterkorn, but his efforts to oust the CEO has produced resentment against the chairman and severely weakened Piech's influence over the company, the news service stated. Reference Link
April 19, 2015
18:45 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen plans to develop budget SUVs for China, Reuters says
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13:06 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen shareholders look to calm leadership turmoil, WSJ says
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April 17, 2015
06:53 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen CEO to stay in position despite fallout with chairman, Reuters says
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April 16, 2015
06:02 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen's supervisory board to meet to resolve leadership dispute, WSJ says
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April 15, 2015
09:55 EDTNXPIBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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