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June 23, 2014
16:17 EDTPRKR, QCOM, MTOR, ETN, TEG, WEC, NSPHOn 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.
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August 29, 2014
18:24 EDTQCOMIntel hires senior Qualcomm executive to bolster mobile business, Reuters says
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06:07 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ITMN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Qualcomm (QCOM) 14, InterMune (ITMN) 15 according to iVolatility.
August 28, 2014
06:18 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ITMN
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August 27, 2014
09:12 EDTQCOMQualcomm China resolution unlikely to come soon, says Bernstein
After meeting with Qualcomm's management, Bernstein does not expect the company's China royalty issues to be solved very soon. The firm is not upbeat on the stock's risk/reward ratio and keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
06:06 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ITMN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Qualcomm (QCOM) 14, InterMune (ITMN) 12 according to iVolatility.
August 26, 2014
08:55 EDTQCOMEU antitrust regulators could open Qualcomm investigation, Reuters reports
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07:20 EDTQCOMTablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:08 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ITMN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Qualcomm (QCOM) 13, InterMune (ITMN) 16 according to iVolatility.
August 25, 2014
08:32 EDTETNEaton shares de-risked at current levels, says KeyBanc
KeyBanc noted that Eaton's stock has dropped nearly 9% since July 29, and the firm expects the company's results to be boosted by strong non-residential construction fundamentals into 2015. The firm keeps an $88 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:14 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM VRNG
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August 22, 2014
06:35 EDTQCOMChina's NDRC say Qualcomm aims to end investigation, Reuters says
China's National Development and Reform Commission said that Qualcomm is aiming to end a probe into monopolistic tendencies and had showcased its desire to improve and fix pricing problems, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the NDRC. Reference Link
05:07 EDTPRKRParkerVision names Samsung as additional defendant in patent infringement suit
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August 21, 2014
09:07 EDTMTORMeritor in discussions to sell inventory, assets of its Mascot business
Meritor completed its strategic review of certain remanufacturing product lines within the aftermarket business in North America, and the board of the Company concluded that the company should exit the Mascot business. Mascot is a remanufacturer and distributor of differentials, transmissions and steering gears primarily for certain original equipment manufacturers. The company is in discussions to sell substantially all of its inventory and other assets of its Mascot business. In the event the company is unable to successfully execute a sale transaction, it intends to wind down the Mascot business. The company expects to incur losses on the sale or liquidation of assets of the Mascot business of approximately $24M. The Company also expects to incur severance, other employee costs, and contract termination costs related thereto of an additional $5M. Of these charges, an estimated $5M are expected to result in cash expenditures. The Company is targeting the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 for the completion of a sale transaction or a wind down of the Mascot business.
07:18 EDTETNJuly Class 8 sales rose 16% year-over-year, says JPMorgan
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05:50 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM SNDK
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