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January 6, 2014
07:21 EDTQCOM, VLKAY, INTC, GM, NVDA, TM, SSNLFSamsung eyes automotive navigation and entertainment systems, Bloomberg reports
Samsung (SSNLF), which sells almost one of every three smartphones, wants to parlay that technology into automotive navigation and entertainment systems for an industry that makes more than 80M vehicles a year (GM, VLKAY, TM, INTC, QCOM, NVDA), reports Bloomberg.Reference Link
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January 14, 2015
06:20 EDTSSNLFSamsung to start selling Z1 Tizen smartphone in India today, WSJ reports
Samsung's Z1 smartphone, which is based on its homegrown Tizen mobile operating system, will go on sale today in India, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company first said it would launch a Tizen smartphone in 2H12. Reference Link
06:16 EDTINTCIntel to expand 2-in-1 reference design to 12.5-inch display, DigiTimes says
Intel has expanded its $349-$399 2-in-1 devices' reference design to cover 12.5-inch display products, reports DigiTimes. Citing sources from notebook makers, the expansion will likely heat up competition in the 12-inch IT product segment. Reference Link
06:14 EDTSSNLFMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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06:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm implied volatility of 34 at upper end of index mean range
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January 13, 2015
13:56 EDTGMGM open to partnering with Google on self-driving cars, Time says
GM (GM) would be open to having a discussion with Google (GOOG) about jointly developing self-driving cars, GM Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner said, according to Time Magazine. Reference Link
11:57 EDTINTCHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
08:22 EDTINTCIntel should meet or beat sales guidance midpoint, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks that Intel should be able to meet, or beat, the midpoint of its Q4 guidance for 1% sequential sales growth. The firm believes the results could set a positive tone for computer related chips, with strong growth in data centers and a continuing recovery in PC growth. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Intel.
07:29 EDTTMToyota to build three new plants, Reuters says
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07:25 EDTVLKAY, TM, GMNew NHTSA head says 2015 may see more recalls than record-setting 2014, WSJ says
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January 12, 2015
14:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors to spend $12B to launch new Cadillac models, Bloomberg says
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11:58 EDTGMAlly Financial could see 20% of originations hit by GM changes, says Jefferies
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11:05 EDTGMGM receives 141 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation, Reuters say
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10:00 EDTVLKAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:35 EDTINTCNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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07:01 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Intel January call option implied volatility is at 47, February is at 28, April is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 15.
06:44 EDTINTCIntel shares could trade higher near-term, says Citigroup
Citigroup says shares of Intel (INTC) could move higher over the near-term given the high short interest in the name and likely above guidance earnings results. Citi says its channel checks indicate the PC market remains stable and that Intel continues to gain share from AMD (AMD). The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Intel, however, pointing out its 2015 estimates remain below consensus.
06:34 EDTSSNLFSamsung expected to launch two versions of Galaxy S6 phone in March, BI reports
Samsung will launch two versions of its Galaxy S6 phone in March at the Mobile World Congress, Business Insider reports, citing sources. One version will be made with metal, a departure from the plastic casings used in most Galaxy phones, while the other will have a curved screen, the sources say. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGMGM plans to use lending arm for subsized leases in the U.S., WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Pattern Energy complete wind energy project in Ontario
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05:34 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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