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June 23, 2014
12:48 EDTWEC, AVGO, MCRS, TEG, QCOM, ORCL, PLXT, PRKROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite higher manufacturing index readings in the U.S. and China. Bucking the trend, a similar reading in Europe fell from its May level in the preliminary, or "flash," looks at the purchasing managers indexes. The market opened slightly lower and the major averages have moved in a narrow range throughout the morning, though they have spent most of their time slightly below the flat-line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing managers index for June rose to 57.5 from 56.4 in May. Existing home sales beat estimates with a 4.9% May rise to a 4.89M rate. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing PMI rose to 50.8 from 49.4 last month, hitting a seven-month high and moving into expansion territory for the first time this year. In Europe, Markit's euro zone flash composite purchasing managers' index fell to 52.8 in June from 53.5 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Oracle (ORCL) confirmed an agreement to acquire MICROS Systems (MCRS) for $68 per share in cash in a transaction valued at $4.6B net of MICROS' cash. Oracle's purchase was well telegraphed, after Bloomberg first reported on June 17 that a deal between the two was close and The Wall Street Journal confirmed the news over this weekend prior to the announcement from the companies. Shares of the register system and hospitality software maker rose a bit over 3% to trade just below the acquisition price near noon, while Oracle was up nearly 1% following the announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers were two other companies that agreed to be acquired: Integrys (TEG) jumped 12.5% after Wisconsin Energy (WEC) struck a deal to buy the company in a transaction valued at $9.1B and PLX Technology (PLXT) rose 9% this morning after Avago Technologies (AVGO) said it will buy the circuit maker for $6.50 per share in an all-cash deal. Shares of both buyers slipped after the deals were announced, with Wisconsin Energy falling more than 2.5% and Avago dropping nearly 1%. Also lower was ParkerVision (PRKR), which crashed 53% after a Florida judge ruled in favor of its competitor, Qualcomm (QCOM), in a patent infringement trial between the companies. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 27.42, or 0.16%, to 16,919.66, the Nasdaq was down 0.96, or 0.02%, to 4,367.07, and the S&P 500 was down 1.27, or 0.06%, to 1,961.60.
News For ORCL;MCRS;PRKR;QCOM;AVGO;PLXT;TEG;WEC From The Last 14 Days
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November 26, 2014
07:01 EDTAVGOAvago price target raised to $109 from $99 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital increased its price target on Avago (AVGO) based on strong sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone. The firm also notes that three other RF-based semiconductor companies recently reported strong results. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Avago.
06:09 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NFLX QCOM
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November 25, 2014
06:11 EDTAVGO, AVGOAvago initiated with a Buy at CLSA
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November 24, 2014
13:53 EDTQCOMCCS Insight predicts Google will buy GoPro in 2015, Wareable reports
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08:34 EDTORCLJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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November 23, 2014
17:24 EDTQCOMIntel, Qualcomm look like 'excellent' investments, Barron's says
Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM) both look like "excellent" investments, with Qualcomm looking better for risk-prone investors, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
November 20, 2014
16:53 EDTORCLOracle initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $41.
07:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm shares range bound until China resolution, says William Blair
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07:11 EDTORCLBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 19, 2014
16:58 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers 5 year revenue CAGR view to 8%-10% from prior double digit view
In its slides presentation that was prepared for its 2014 Analyst Day from earlier today, Qualcomm said it would grow its revenue CAGR by 8%-10% which is lower than its previous view of double-digit revenue CAGR. At its Analyst Day, the company noted revenue pressures in China that in part stem from Chinese handset vendors unwillingness to pay the company royalties. Shares of Qualcomm closed down over 2% to end the seesion at $70.47.
16:30 EDTQCOMQualcomm CEO says 'It's really all about China for us'
Qualcomm CEO speaking on CNBC interview.
16:27 EDTQCOMQualcomm CEO sees getting through issues with China
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10:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm says FY15 margins to be impacted by compliance spending
10:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm reaffirms FY15 EPS view $5.05-$5.35, consensus $5.22
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November 18, 2014
06:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm to host analyst meeting
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November 17, 2014
13:57 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility flat into analyst meeting
Qualcomm November call option implied volatility is at 22, December and January is at 20, February is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into a company sponsored analyst meeting on November 19
08:48 EDTAVGOSkyworks, Avago, and RF Micro Devices recommended at BofA/Merrill
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November 14, 2014
12:53 EDTQCOMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
06:12 EDTORCLSAP to pay Oracle $359M to settle legal battle, WSJ reports
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