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June 23, 2014
16:17 EDTWEC, MTOR, TEG, QCOM, NSPH, ETN, PRKROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, though a late day rally allowed the Nasdaq to move very narrowly into positive territory. Preliminary, or "flash," manufacturing index readings in the U.S. and China rose from last month and indicated expansion, but a similar reading in Europe fell from its May level. The major averages drifted throughout the day and remained in a narrow range, as the Dow remained below the 17,000 milestone for another day. 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, which measures activity across both the manufacturing and services sectors, fell to 52.8 in June from 53.5 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of radio frequency technologies and products company ParkerVision (PRKR) crashed $3.16, or 63.07%, to $1.85 after a Florida judge ruled in favor of its competitor, Qualcomm (QCOM), in a patent infringement case between the two. ParkerVision confirmed that on Friday, June 20, a judge granted Qualcomm's motion for non-infringement but denied Qualcomm's motion for invalidity. ParkerVision CEO Jeffrey Parker said, "While we are pleased that the court upheld the jury's decision that the patents are valid, we are obviously disappointed with the District Court's ruling that judgment be entered for Qualcomm on non-infringement. We will appeal this latest ruling on non-infringement." In October 2013 a jury had found that ParkerVision's down-conversion technology patents were valid and infringed by Qualcomm and awarded ParkerVision $172.7M in damages. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap Nanosphere (NSPH), which surged 20c, or 14.6%, to $1.57 after it was selected by HealthTrust as a provider of multi-target molecular diagnostic tests for the nearly 1,400 acute care facilities that are part of the HealthTrust membership. Also higher was Integrys (TEG), which jumped $7.40, or 12.14%, to $68.35 after agreeing to be acquired by Wisconsin Energy (WEC) in a transaction valued at $9.1B. Wisconsin Energy shares slid $1.62, or 3.45%, to $45.27 following the deal announcement. Among the other noteworthy losers was Meritor (MTOR), which fell $1.91, or 13.09%, to $12.68 after industrial products maker Eaton (ETN) agreed to pay its joint venture, ZF Meritor, $500M to settle a lawsuit that alleged Eaton had sought to stifle competition in the truck transmission market. Wells Fargo analyst Andrew Casey wrote that the $500M amount was lower than most had expected, since Eaton may have had to pay $1.4B-$2.4B if the size of the payment had been decided through a trial. Eaton shares trading in New York advanced $1.68, or 2.17%, to $79.24 following the settlement deal. INDEXES: The Dow fell 9.82, or 0.06%, to 16,937.26, the Nasdaq gained 0.64, or 0.01%, to 4,368.68, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.26, or 0.01%, to 1,962.61.
News For PRKR;QCOM;MTOR;ETN;TEG;WEC;NSPH From The Last 14 Days
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April 29, 2015
06:41 EDTETNEaton reports Q1 EPS $1.01, consensus 98c
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April 28, 2015
15:07 EDTETNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include MasterCard (MA), consensus 80c... Time Warner (TWX), consensus $1.09... Mondelez (MDLZ), consensus 38c... NextEra Energy (NEE), consensus $1.27... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $1.95... Lumber Liquidators (LL), consensus 16c... Southern Co (SO), consensus 58c... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $2.66... Praxair (PX), consensus $1.44... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.00... Eaton (ETN), consensus 98c... Thomson Reuters (TRI), consensus 45c... Franklin Resources (BEN), consensus 86c... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.27... Hilton Worldwide (HLT), consensus 12c... Exelon (EXC), consensus 69c... Humana (HUM), consensus $2.56... International Paper (IP), consensus 80c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.05)... Level 3 Communications (LVLT), consensus 33c... Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT), consensus 57c... Ametek (AME), consensus 63c... Garmin (GRMN), consensus 57c... Quintiles Transnational (Q), consensus 71c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), consensus 92c... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), consensus 96c... Brunswick (BC), consensus 61c... KBR (KBR), consensus 17c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus (20c)... Cullen/Frost Bankers (CFR), consensus $1.09... WEX (WEX), consensus 99c... RPC (RES), consensus 11c... Hercules Offshore (HERO), consensus (38c).
13:17 EDTQCOMQualcomm says Snapdragon 808 processor with X10 LTE powering LG G4 smartphone
Qualcomm announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, is powering LG's latest flagship smartphone, the LG G4. The new smartphone is the first to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with X10 LTE, along with a broad set of mobile features from advanced camera, graphics and audio to enhanced connectivity and location, delivering breakthrough user experiences.
April 27, 2015
10:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm forms unit to help Chinese smartphone makers sell overseas, WSJ says
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April 26, 2015
12:48 EDTQCOMQualcomm could rise 30% to around $90, Barron's says
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April 23, 2015
10:00 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Northland... BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Hold from Overweight at HSBC... Brink's (BCO) downgraded to Neutral, sees 'imminent' downside risk, says Macquarie... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Cognex (CGNX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Enbridge (ENB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Fulton Financial (FULT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Heartland Express (HTLD) downgraded on limited earnings growth at Raymond James... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... MobileIron (MOBL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Noble Corp. (NE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Omnicare (OCR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... RAM Energy (RAME) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Repsol (REPYY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Stillwater Mining (SWC) downgraded on lack of catalysts at BB&T... Texas Capital (TCBI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $80 from $87 at Brean Capital
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07:49 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $80 from $87 at Canaccord
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06:18 EDTQCOMQualcomm chip business to recover in 2016, says Citigroup
Citigroup says Qualcomm's Q2 results indicate the "very bad year" for the company's chip business continues. The firm, however, expects the chip unit to recover in 2016 and points out the royalty business is hitting record levels. Citi thinks Qualcomm's final guide-down is near and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with an $88 price target.
05:28 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral following the company's Q2 results.
April 22, 2015
19:14 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 3.3%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), up 6.9%... eBay (EBAY), up 6.2%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), up 5.6%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.8%... Corelogic (CLGX), up 3.2%... Skechers (SKX), up 2.5%... AT&T (T), up 1.3%. ALSO HIGHER: ARRIS Group (ARRS), up 24.9% after acquiring Pace plc. for $2.1B in cash and stock... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 2.5% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Uniqure (QURE), up 3.7% after being initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Texas Instruments (TXN), down 6.7%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 4.2%... Oceaneering International (OII), down 3.7%... F5 Networks (FFIV), down 2.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 3.3%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3%... Facebook (FB), down 2.2%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 3.1%. ALSO LOWER: Noble Corp (NE), down 1.2% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
18:27 EDTQCOMSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
16:30 EDTQCOMQualcomm down 2.3% to $67.35 after FY15 outlook lowered
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16:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm CEO says comprehensive review of cost structure initiated
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16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees CSR acquisition closing by the end of summer 2015
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it has not included any estimates related to the proposed acquisition of CSR plc (CSRE) in its FY15 outlook. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the summer of 2015. The company expects the acquisition to be accretive to Non-GAAP earnings per share in fiscal 2016, the first full year of combined operations.
16:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q3 EPS 85c-$1.00, consensus $1.14
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16:05 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers FY15 EPS view to $4.60-$5.00, consensus $5.00
Qualcomm previously saw FY15 EPS $4.85-$5.05. Lowers FY15 revenue view to $25.0B-$27.0B from $26.3B-$28B, consensus $27.22B. The company is reducing its outlook for its semiconductor business, QCT, for the second half of fiscal 2015 primarily due to: the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier, which will reduce our sales of its integrated Snapdragon processors and skew its product mix towards modem chipsets in this tier; and a decline in its share at a large customer.
16:02 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q2 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.33
Reports Q2 revenue $6.89B, consensus $6.83B.
15:30 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
13:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical notes ahead of results
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