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June 23, 2014
12:48 EDTORCL, MCRS, PRKR, QCOM, AVGO, PLXT, TEG, WECOn 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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October 21, 2014
06:40 EDTORCLForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 20, 2014
18:51 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:22 EDTAVGOSkyworks Solutions, Cirrus Logic, others higher after Apple reports Q4 results
The following stocks are moving higher in the after hours following Apple's Q4 results: ARM Holdings (ARMH) is up 1.1%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) is higher by 2.2% ,NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 2.28%,Cirrus Logic (CRUS) is up 2%, RF Micro Devices (RFMD) gains 1.53% and Avago Technologies (AVGO) is up 1.17%.
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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October 16, 2014
14:18 EDTAVGOAvago upgraded to Buy with $87 target at Brean Capital
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14:16 EDTAVGOAvago upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital
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October 15, 2014
05:58 EDTQCOMCSR calls Qualcomm takeover offer 'very attractive outcome'
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05:35 EDTQCOMQualcomm to acquire CSR for GBP 9.00 per share
Qualcomm (QCOM) announced that it has reached agreement with CSR plc (CSRE) regarding the terms of a recommended cash acquisition through which the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR will be acquired by Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. The acquisition complements Qualcomm's current offerings by adding products, channels, and customers in the important growth categories of Internet of Everything, or IoE, and automotive infotainment, accelerating Qualcomm's presence and path to leadership. This opportunity is aligned with Qualcomm's established strategic priorities in these rapidly growing business areas. At GBP 9.00 per share, the acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR is valued at approximately $2.5B. This cash offer has been unanimously recommended by the CSR board. The acquisition is subject to a number of conditions as set forth in the announcement released today in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the UK Takeover Code, including the receipt of U.S. and other regulatory approvals and the approval of CSR's shareholders. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the summer of 2015. Qualcomm expects the acquisition to be accretive to Non-GAAP EPS in FY16, the first full year of combined operations.
October 14, 2014
10:10 EDTAVGOChip makers rise following Skyworks positive preannouncement
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Skyworks (SWKS), preannounced stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Skyworks, which develops chips for cell phones, raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook to $1.08 from $1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was $1.01. The chip maker increased its Q4 revenue guidance to $718M from $680M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $679.5M. "Skyworks’ upwardly revised outlook demonstrates the broad-based strength of our business and our ability to capitalize on positive underlying market trends to connect everyone and everything, all the time,” said Skyworks CEO David Aldrich. "These multi-year technology trends are setting the stage for us to outperform the broader semiconductor industry in the December quarter and for the foreseeable future," the CEO added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Skyworks' positive report comes less than a week after another semiconductor maker, Microchip (MCHP), preannounced lower than expected revenue and said it thought the sector had entered a correction. Semiconductor stocks have sold off sharply since Microchip's preannouncement and pessimistic comments. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Skyworks surged 6.4% to $48.24, Intel (INTC) rose 1.5% to $31.94, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) rose 1.2% to $54.55, STMicroelectronics (STM) advanced 2% to $6.82, and Avago Technologies (AVG) gained fractionally to $69.30.
09:13 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1%... Dominos Pizza (DPZ), up 2.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 2.5% following earnings report, announcement of plans to exit consumer businesses in 11 markets... MagneGas (MNGA), up 14% after signing Letter of Intent with Pioneer Recycling... Skyworks (SWKS), up 6% after raising its outlook for Q4. Shares of peers Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and RF Micro Devices (RFMD) are also moving higher in pre-market trading after Skyworks pointed to "broad-based strength" of its business in raising its outlook... Halcon Resources (HK), up 6% after upgraded at KLR Group... Quantum (QTM), up 8.8% after issuing Q2 earnings guidance. LOWER: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1.4% after reporting in-line Q3 earnings... JPMorgan (JPM), down 1.8% after Q3 headline earnings miss... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 1% following downgrade at BofA Merrill Lynch.
08:55 EDTAVGOBarclays top ideas in U.S. Semiconductors on the pullback
Barclays' top U.S. Semiconductor ideas to buy on the pullback are Avago (AVGO), Cavium (CAVM), Spansion (CODE), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Xilinx (XLNX).
08:50 EDTAVGOAvago, NXP rally after Skyworks ups outlook on 'broad-based strength'
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07:24 EDTQCOMIntel 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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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 EDTAVGOOn 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.
12:04 EDTAVGOAvago tumbles, levels to watch
The shares are down 11.4%, enjoying less of a bounce than its peers this morning off early lows. Support is at the session low at $68.75. Resistance based on the current price of $71.61 is at $73.84.
10:29 EDTAVGOMicrochip 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.
10:20 EDTAVGOSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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October 9, 2014
16:49 EDTORCLOracle hires former director of engineering from Google, Re/code reports
Oracle (ORCL) hired Peter Magnusson, former director of engineering at Google (GOOG) and VP of engineering at Snapchat, two weeks ago in a move to improve its cloud computing business, Re/code reports, citing sources familiar with the move. Reference Link
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