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July 23, 2014
14:47 EDTQCOM, BRCM, 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.
News For QCOM;BRCM;AAPL From The Last 14 Days
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October 8, 2014
07:56 EDTBRCMBroadcom recently won large custom chip programs, says JPMorgan
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06:57 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus more popular than iPhone 6, WantChinaTimes says
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06:13 EDTAAPLNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:10 EDTAAPLQuantom begins small-volume production of 12-inch Macbook Air, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLTeen interest in Apple Watch 'tepid,' says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
17:05 EDTAAPLApple iPhone gains market share among teens, says Piper
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster concluded from Piper's 2014 Teen Survey that interest in Apple's technology remained strong among teens. According to the survey, teen iPhone ownership rose to 67% from 61% in the Spring, and iPad ownership among teens that owned a tablet remained at 66%, the same as in the Spring. However, teen interest in the Apple Watch remained "tepid," as only 16% of teens would be interested in an Apple Watch at $350. Shares are Overweight rated with a $120 price target.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
15:01 EDTAAPLDunkin Donuts testing mobile ordering system, considering Apple Pay, NRN reports
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14:46 EDTAAPLApple supplier GT Advanced recovers some of yesterday's losses
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14:00 EDTAAPLGT Advanced sapphire not used for iPhones because 'proved brittle,' WSJ says
Apple's (AAPL) decision to choose glass screens over GT Advanced's (GTAT) sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 was because of "tests in which the synthetic sapphire proved brittle, cracking when phones were dropped from various heights and angles," The Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's decision to withhold GT Advanced's expected $139M payment was the tipping point for GT Advanced to declare bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter added. Reference Link
11:35 EDTQCOMStocks with call strike movement; JPM QCOM
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10:29 EDTAAPLGT Advanced lists Apple, Airgas, GrafTech, Ultra Clean among top 30 creditors
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10:17 EDTBRCM, AAPLSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPLFireEye announces targeted attack protection for Apple platform
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08:15 EDTAAPLApple leaks point to iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, gold color, Michael Report says
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06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may find difficulty competing with TSMC for Apple chips, DigiTimes says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple adjusts supply ratio for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, DigiTimes reports
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple 12-inch tablet may integrate both Mac OS and iOS, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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