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June 23, 2014
16:17 EDTPRKR, WEC, MTOR, TEG, QCOM, NSPH, ETNOn 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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June 29, 2015
11:07 EDTQCOMQualcomm heads for a test of its 52-week low, levels to watch
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11:03 EDTQCOMAnalyst says sell Qualcomm ahead of predicted price cuts
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10:51 EDTWECSupreme Court overrules EPA regulations on power plant pollution, The Hill says
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10:37 EDTWEC, TEGWisconsin Energy completes acquisition of Integrys
Wisconsin Energy (WEC) announced it has completed the acquisition of Integrys Energy (TEG), forming the WEC Energy Group. The new company will provide electricity and natural gas to 4.4M customers across four states through its customer facing brands. The new dividend level for Wisconsin Energy shareholders – as previously announced – is effective today and represents an increase of 8.3% over the previous quarterly rate. The payout target for the combined company is 65%-70% of earnings. In connection with the acquisition, shares of Integrys common stock will be delisted and cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange before trading opens on June 30. Under the terms of the merger agreement, shareholders of Integrys will receive 1.128 shares of Wisconsin Energy Common stock and $18.58 in cash for each share of Integrys common stock they held immediately prior to the closing of the acquisition.
10:09 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
08:14 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton
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07:21 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton
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June 28, 2015
12:47 EDTQCOMTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
17:18 EDTTEGJ.B. Hunt to replace Integrys Energy in S&P 500 as of 6/30 close
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15:14 EDTWEC, TEGWisconsin Energy, Integrys deal to close on June 29
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June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTQCOMAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTQCOMWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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13:42 EDTTEG, WECWisconsin Energy says Illinois approves acquisition of Integrys Energy
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09:11 EDTQCOMApplied Micro an affordable target for Qualcomm, says Summit Research
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June 23, 2015
17:21 EDTQCOMSemiconductor Manufacturing, Qualcomm form joint venture to focus on 14nm tech
Earlier on Tuesday, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Huawei, imec, and Qualcomm Global Trading -- an affiliate of Qualcomm (QCOM) -- announced the formation of SMIC Advanced Technology Research & Development, an equity joint venture company. The joint venture company will focus on R&D towards next generation CMOS logic technology and an advanced integrated circuit development R&D platform. SMIC Advanced Technology R&D will be majority owned by SMIC, while Huawei, imec, and Qualcomm will be minority shareholders. "By enabling fabless semiconductor companies to join the development process as shareholders, the product development cycle can be shortened and the advanced process node tape out time can be accelerated," said the statement. In the first phase, the joint venture will develop 14 nanometer CMOS technology for mass production, which will be based on imec's expertise. The project will be done at SMIC's production line. SMIC will have the rights to license the required intellectual property rights on the mass production technologies of advanced nodes developed by the joint venture company.
June 22, 2015
17:55 EDTQCOMITC staff supports clearing Samsung, Qualcomm, in NVIDIA case, Bloomberg says
The U.S. International Trade Commission staff recommends that Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Qualcomm (QCOM) be absolved of patent-infringement accusations brought by Nvidia (NVDA), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
June 19, 2015
05:52 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amazon.com (AMZN) 24, Qualcomm (QCOM) 19 according to iVolatility.
June 18, 2015
10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm calls active
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08:46 EDTWEC, TEGWisconsin Energy upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli
Gabelli upgraded Wisconsin Energy (WEC) to Buy to reflect operational synergies from the Integrys Energy (TEG) merger.
06:57 EDTETNMay Class 8 retail sales rose 12%, says JPMorgan
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