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July 23, 2014
14:47 EDTBRCM, QCOM, AAPLEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a semiconductor manufacturer whose products are used in mobile phones, tablets, PCs and other electronics. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.22 on revenue of $6.52B. The consensus range is $1.18-$1.25 for EPS on revenue of $6.28B-$6.74B, according to First Call. In its last earnings report, Qualcomm said it expects Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.15-$1.25 on revenue of $6.2B-$6.8B. At that time, the company also raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $5.05-$5.25 from $5.00-$5.20. The consensus forecast for FY14 EPS prior to the guidance hike was $5.13, though it has since moved up to $5.17. Qualcomm guided to FY14 revenue of $26B-$27.5B, which compared to consensus at the time of $26.8B and current consensus of $26.66B. LAST QUARTER: On April 23, Qualcomm reported Q2 adjusted EPS of $1.31, which was above the consensus analyst forecast of $1.22. Its revenue of $6.4B, however, missed the consensus expectation of $6.48B. Qualcomm also disclosed in a regulatory filing at that time that the company received a "Wells Notice" from the SECís Los Angeles Regional Office indicating that the staff has made a preliminary determination to recommend that the SEC file an enforcement action against the company for violations of the anti-bribery, books and records and internal control provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. NEWS: On June 2, Qualcomm competitor Broadcom (BRCM) said it will explore strategic options for its cellular baseband business, including a possible sale or wind-down, and has hired hired JPMorgan (JPM) to advise in the effort. After Broadcom's announcement, Sterne Agee said it thought the wind down of the unit improves Qualcomm's positioning and that it also expects Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS) to benefit from Broadcom's move. Earlier this month, Qualcomm announced that it has completed its acquisition of Wilocity, a company that works in development of 60 GHz wireless chipsets based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard, also known as WiGig technology. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The company also announced it is delivering a family of tri-band platforms that combine Qualcomm Atherosís Wi-Fi and WiGig solutions. STREET RESEARCH: On July 11, Goldman removed Qualcomm from its "Conviction Buy" list as it does not expect material near-term upside to Street estimates and sees some risk of downside. The firm trimmed estimates for both the June and September quarters due to weaker handset demand, but maintained its Buy rating and $95 price target based on the stock's relative valuation and the company's growth profile. That same day, Qualcomm was also downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Tigress Financial and three days later Qualcomm was downgraded to Neutral from Strong Buy at ISI Group. However, in a note to investors yesterday, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that Qualcomm's stock is well-positioned to advance above the trading range it has stayed in over the past three months. The company's Q3 results should be in-line with or better than expectations, the analyst predicted. The company's QCT business unit - which provides solutions for smart connected devices - likely exceeded expectations last quarter, driven by gains in LTE technologies, according to Arcuri. Meanwhile, he believes that Qualcomm's technology licensing business should generate results at the high end of the unit's total available market, as its revenue from licensing technology for devices using the CDMA standard appears to have exceeded the high end of its guidance. Qualcomm's Q4 guidance could exceed expectations and the company's revenue growth may accelerate to double digit percentage levels, the analyst forecast. He kept an $86 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. This morning, Qualcomm was upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday night, one of Qualcomm's most significant customers, Apple (AAPL), provided sales guidance for its new quarter that was below expectations. Some Wall Street analysts speculated that the lower than expected, and wider than normal, revenue guidance range may be due to Apple planning to launch its new iPhone 6 late in the quarter, possibly at the very end of September. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm declined about 3.5% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since April 24, shares of Qualcomm are up about 1.5%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Qualcomm was up 0.5% to just under $82 per share.
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July 20, 2015
16:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm may cut 'several thousand jobs' according to report, CNBC says
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
12:40 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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July 19, 2015
14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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11:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes for Apple, S&P 500
Next week sees the most heavily weighted name in the S&P 500 (SPX), Apple (AAPL), report its earnings. At 3.94% of the index, what happens to price with Apple will most definitely impact the index. We have seen several big names in the S&P 500 with the all-too-familiar sideways range that the index itself has been stuck in. Names such as Google (GOOGL) and Apple have had or do have the same range-bound shape and the index is merely a weighting of those patterns. A breakout or a breakdown in Apple will therefore shape the index quite literally. Watch for The Fly's previews on Monday. Given the big jump in Google, why haven't we been able to break out in the index? One factor of course is the very large number of names that have yet to report. Next week is extremely heavy on reporting companies and may therefore prove to be the most productive trading week in some time and potentially the most volatile. Once again the week is heavily loaded toward Wednesday and Thursday. One potentially troublesome note needs to be mentioned and that is the potential negative divergence that is shaping up in the S&P 500. While big name such as Netflix (NFLX) are at fresh new life highs, others and whole sectors are floundering. The SPDR Gold (GLD) is hitting new lows and weak metals pricing is impacting Miners and Materials. Energy (XLE) is weak as is the interest-rate-sensitive Utilities (XLU) sector. Banking (XLF), Technology (XLK) and Consumer Staples (XLP) are dominating. It is odd to find Consumer Staples at a breakout point given that it is typically seen as a "safety" sector for troubled times. That is part of the odd mix investors face in this bull market. It may be a reflection of still-attractive yields in those names, but valuations in that group are looking quite stretched, far more than some of the biggest tech names.
11:06 EDTAAPLOppenheimer predicts Apple high-end dominance to drive 'beat and raise' report
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX TSLA GOOG FB GOOGL SLB
07:44 EDTAAPLApple should deliver beat and raise Q3 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Apple July call option implied volatility is at 25, July weekly 34, August is at 28, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
06:58 EDTAAPLApple Store employee suit reaches class action status, Reuters reports
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