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June 23, 2014
16:17 EDTNSPH, ETN, PRKR, WEC, MTOR, TEG, QCOMOn 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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July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTQCOMApple supplier stocks sink after iPhone, iPad unit volumes lower sequentially
Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and QUALCOMM (QCOM), are trading lower after Apple (AAPL) reported third quarter earnings after the close. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported iPhone unit volume of 47.5M in Q3 versus 61.1M in the prior quarter. Apple's iPad unit volume was 10.9M for Q3, lower than the 12.6M unit volume reported in the prior quarter. PRICE ACTION: Apple is sinking almost 7% in after-hours trading, while its suppliers are also lower, with Skyworks down more than 5%, Cirrus Logic down just under 5%, NXP Semiconductors slumping almost 5%, and QUALCOMM sliding 1.2%.
16:18 EDTPRKRParkerVision and RFMW signs worldwide distribution agreement
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08:15 EDTQCOMQualcomm split would likely destroy value, says Bernstein
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07:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and report of possible breakup
Qualcomm July weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 27, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 22 and WSJ report of possible breakup.
July 20, 2015
19:49 EDTQCOMQualcomm plans strategic review including possibility of breakup, WSJ says
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19:40 EDTQCOMQualcomm may consider breakup, WSJ says
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16:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm to cut 'several thousand' jobs, The Information says
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16:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm may cut 'several thousand jobs' according to report, CNBC says
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July 17, 2015
08:01 EDTMTORSurvey indicates new win for Meritor, says Longbow
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July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTWECOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
08:18 EDTQCOMSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
06:29 EDTWECWisconsin Energy upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird
Baird upgraded Wisconsin Energy to Outperform and increased its price target to $54 from $50. The firm said Wisconsin Energy's acquisition of Integrys Energy increases the regulatory base by approximately 70% and doubles capex opportunities projected over the next 10 years. Baird believes Wisconsin is well positioned to execute on pipeline and capital investments, which will enhance margins and reduce regulatory activity.
05:51 EDTQCOMEuropean Commission confirms two investigations against Qualcomm
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05:22 EDTQCOMQualcomm issues statement on European Commission announcement
Qualcomm provided the following statement: "We were informed that the European Commission has taken the procedural step of 'initiating proceedings' against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing investigations into Qualcomm's sale of chipsets for mobile devices. This step allows investigators to gather additional facts, but it represents neither an expression by the Commission on the merits of the case nor an accusation against the company. While we were disappointed to hear this, we have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate with the Commission, and we continue to believe that any concerns are without merit."
July 15, 2015
10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to push inexpensive mobile device market in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTQCOMTSMC cuts 28nm and 20nm prices by 5%-10%, DigiTimes reports
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July 14, 2015
06:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm to work with Google-backed Thread Group, Re/code reports
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it is working with Thread Group, a Google (GOOG) backed effort to find ways for internet connected devices to communicate with one another, Re/code reports. Reference Link
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