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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.
News For QCOM;BRCM;AAPL From The Last 14 Days
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June 24, 2015
06:00 EDTAAPLGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
18:27 EDTAAPLLiquidmetal, Apple extend intellectual property agreement
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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.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:54 EDTAAPLPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTAAPLTelus, BCE, Rogers to roll out mobile payments app, Bloomberg reports
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08:04 EDTAAPLApple Watch launch buzz lagging behind other devices, says Bernstein
After analyzing Internet search data, Bernstein estimates that the Internet "buzz" on the Apple Watch was only about 1/3 of the iPhone at its launch and about 1/4 of the iPod at its launch. Based on this data, the firm estimates that Apple will sell only 750,000 units of the Watch in Q3 and 1.3M in Q4. Nonetheless the firm thinks the Watch can be accretive to Apple's gross margins and could generate significant sales volumes going forward. Bernstein keeps a $142 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
06:05 EDTAAPLNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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June 22, 2015
19:36 EDTAAPLApple Music artist royalties may be 'insignificant' during trial, WSJ says
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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
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTAAPLOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
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