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February 22, 2013
13:03 EDTSWKS, RFMD, AVGO, QCOMRF Micro Devices advances after analyst upgrades on pullback
RF Micro Devices (RFMD) is climbing after Lazard analyst Ian Ing upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. RF Micro slumped yesterday after Qualcomm (QCOM) announced that it would introduce a cellular radio frequency band fragmentation device called the Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution. RF Micro markets similar products. Ing, however, wrote that fears about the effects of Qualcomm's new product on RF Micro are likely overdone. Qualcomm's front end product is largely a "proof of concept" solution meant to push other companies to solve band fragmentation issues, rather than a product that could become dominant and threaten RF Micro, the analyst wrote. Qualcomm is unlikely to risk alienating its key partners in the radio frequency space by pursing a product that would increase its operating income by less than 10%, according to the analyst. Ing is upbeat on RF Micro's outlook, and he set a $6 price target on the shares, which climbed 13c, or 3%, to $4.75 in early afternoon trading. Other makers of RF solutions that fell yesterday are also recovering today. Skyworks (SWKS) advanced 3.5% to $22, and Avago (AVGO) added 1.5% to $34.20.
News For RFMD;QCOM;AVGO;SWKS From The Last 14 Days
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July 7, 2015
11:06 EDTAVGOAvago falls sharply, levels to watch
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07:34 EDTAVGOBroadcom downgraded ahead of Avago buyout at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded Broadcom (BRCM) to Perform from Outperform saying shares are trading on the arbitrage following the proposed merger with Avago (AVGO).
July 6, 2015
18:22 EDTAVGOAMD plummets after PC headwinds result in lower Q2 revenue view
Shares of semiconductor maker AMD (AMD) are sliding after the company reduced its second quarter revenue view. WHAT'S NEW: AMD lowered its Q2 revenue view to down 8% sequentially from a prior view of decreasing 3%, plus or minus 3% that the company gave with its first quarter earnings results back in April. The company attributed the decreased view for revenue to weaker than expected consumer PC demand. Along with its lower Q2 revenue view the chip maker lowered its Q2 non-GAAP gross margin view to approximately 28%, compared to the previous non-GAAP guidance of approximately 32% primarily due to a higher mix of Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment sales and lower than anticipated Computing and Graphics segment APU unit volumes due to weaker than expected OEM PC product demand. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Shares of PC related stocks have been struggling recently after several research firms issued cautious views on the group. On May 19, Morgan Stanley said it was more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team at the time said it continued to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. On June 23, JP Morgan issued a cautious note on hard disk drive makers Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate Technology (STX), citing continuing negative PC data. The firm said it saw little evidence that fundamentals in the PC space were improving, citing negative comments on PC demand from HP (HPQ), Avago (AVGO), and Micron (MU) over the last month. More recently, on June 25, chip maker Micron reported third quarter results and current quarter guidance below expectations, citing near term headwinds attributable to PC headwinds. PRICE ACTION: Shares of AMD are down over 14% in after-hours trading to $2.12. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that may be exposed to PC weakness include Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Intel Corporation (INTC), NVIDIA (NVDA), SanDisk (SNDK), and Apple (AAPL).
July 2, 2015
16:04 EDTQCOMOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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June 30, 2015
08:35 EDTAVGOBroadcom risk/reward looks positive, says Bernstein
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06:07 EDTQCOMQualcomm not planning spinoff of chips business, Reuters reports
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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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10:09 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 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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10:00 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:11 EDTQCOMApplied Micro an affordable target for Qualcomm, says Summit Research
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07:39 EDTAVGOAvago initiated with a Buy at Argus
Target $163.
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.
12:54 EDTAVGOPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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