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May 29, 2014
07:50 EDTSTX, AVGOSeagate to acquire LSI's flash businesses from Avago for $450M in cash
Seagate Technology (STX) and Avago Technologies Limited (AVGO) announced that they have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which Seagate will acquire the assets of LSIís Accelerated Solutions Division and Flash Components Division from Avago for $450M in cash. In fiscal 2015, Seagate would expect the combination of its enterprise SSD product line and these SSD Controller families to generate revenues of at least $150M and be slightly accretive to the company gross margin with operating margin headwind of $30M-$40M. As Seagate drives operational synergies and leverages its SSD technology into its product portfolio, the company would expect the operating margin contribution from its SSD business to be neutral to positive in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar year 2014, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the receipt of certain regulatory approvals, including those required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
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October 12, 2015
11:29 EDTAVGOBattleground: Analysts diverge on Apple with new iPhone forecasts
Two research firms had very different views on the outlook for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone sales today. Citing "surprisingly robust" demand in the U.S. and China" and "record iPhone share gains," Morgan Stanley raised its fiscal 2016 iPhone unit growth estimate to up 7% from up 3%. Meanwhile, Pacific Crest estimates that 67M iPhones will be shipped in the fourth quarter, versus the consensus outlook of 76M. BULLISH TAKE: After conducting surveys about smartphones in the U.S. and China, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty raised her fiscal 2016 iPhone unit growth estimate to 7% from 3%. Moreover, iPhone unit growth could realistically reach 12% in fiscal 2016 in a bullish scenario, the analyst stated. The percentage of U.S. consumers who expect to buy a smartphone over the next 12 months has risen compared with a year ago, Huberty reported. Meanwhile, China, where consumers replace their smartphones more often, is becoming a bigger part of the global smartphone market, she stated. Additionally, Apple's share of the high end smartphone market in China should increase 16 percentage points, while its share of the U.S. smartphone market should increase four percentage points, the analyst estimated. She raised her price target on Apple to $162 from $155 and kept an Overweight rating on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: After conducting checks with iPhone component makers, Pacific Crest analyst John Vinh reported that Apple, "in response to disappointing sales," had reduced its component orders for Q4 by about 15%. Based on his conversations with carriers, Vinh believes that initial sales of Apple's iPhone 6s have been below expectations. The analyst expects Q4 iPhone sales to come in at 67M versus the consensus estimate of 76M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Vinh trimmed his estimates on iPhone component makers Analog Devices (ADI), ARM Holdings (ARMH), Avago (AVGO), InvenSense (INVN), Qorvo (QRVO), Skyworks (SWKS), and Synaptics (SYNA). However, the analyst is upbeat on the longer term outlook for ARM Holdings, Avago and Skyworks and recommends buying those names on "any meaningful pullbacks." In conjunction with her note, Huberty recommended that investors own the shares of iPhone component makers Qualcomm (QCOM), Sony (SNE) and ARM Holdings, as well as those of SanDisk (SNDK), which develops flash memory used in the iPhone. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Apple was flat near $112 per share.
07:59 EDTAVGOEstimates lowered on iPhone component makers at Pacific Crest
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October 11, 2015
13:30 EDTAVGOCavium, Applied Micro, others may become takeover targets, Barron's says
Cavium (CAVM), Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC), Qorvo (QRVO), and Mellanox (MLNX) could be in play amid the unprecedented consolidation in the chip industry, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Qualcomm (QCOM) doesn't appear to be in a takeover position but Avago (AVGO) could be a potential buyer, the publication argues. Additionally, analog chip makers like Texas Instruments (TXN) and Analog Devices (ADI) could look to buy a smaller analog player like Monolithic Power Systems (MPWR), Barron's says. Reference Link
October 7, 2015
08:11 EDTAVGOAvago should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee CRT
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October 6, 2015
12:57 EDTAVGOAvago shares defended at BofA/Merrill
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12:53 EDTAVGOMizuho would be a buyer of Avago and Skyworks on weakness
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09:06 EDTSTXSeagate completes acquisition of Dot Hill Systems
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October 5, 2015
16:16 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
The Dow began the day with a triple digit jump and continued to tack on gains from there, rising nearly 2% by the time the closing bell rang. The Nasdaq and S&P also posted significant gains in the market's broad based advance. The number of advancing stocks crushed the number of declining stocks while the up volume overwhelmed the down volume. The S&P 500 is now on a five day winning streak with earnings season set to unofficially begin on Thursday, when Alcoa (AA) releases its quarterly report after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's services PMI dropped to 55.1 in the final September print, compared to the preliminary reading of 55.6 and August's 56.1 figure. ISM's services index dropped 2.1 points to 56.9 in September, versus expectations for a more modest pullback to a reading of 57.5. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) was the best performer on the Dow, advancing $1.35, or 5.3%, to $26.82 after activist investor Nelson Peltz disclosed that his firm, Trian Fund Management, has accumulated a $2.5B stake, making it one of the company's top ten shareholders. Trian, which believes GE is "executing a bold transformation" from a broad conglomerate into an industrial company, predicted that GE stock may be worth $40-$45 per share by 2017... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) rose $1.85, or 7.03%, to $28.16 after the company appointed co-founder and interim Chief Executive Jack Dorsey as permanent CEO. Analysts welcomed the news, saying Dorsey was simply "too good to pass up" despite his concurrent role as head of payments company Square. Axiom analyst Victor Anthony upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, though the rating change was made prior to this morning's CEO news, which had been previewed last week by Re/code, was confirmed by the company... The U.S., Japan and ten other countries came to terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement meant to open agricultural markets, tighten intellectual property rules and establish a group that will have the clout to challenge China's influence in the region. Reacting to the deal, Honeywell (HON) said trade agreements like the TPP have the potential to boost exports, support jobs, and increase access abroad, while Boeing (BA) pointed out that more than 70% of its commercial airplane revenue last year came from customers outside the U.S. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Spark Therapeutics (ONCE), which surged $9.09, or 20.69%, to $53.02 after the Phase 3 trial of the company's lead gene therapy product met its primary endpoint. Also higher was SunEdison (SUNE), which gained 77c, or 9.31%, to $9.04 after announcing plans to optimize its business operations by refocusing on its core markets and simplifying its structure, among other initiatives. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of Apple (AAPL) chip suppliers, with Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Avago (AVGO) falling a respective 4.5%, 1.7%, and 2.6% after Citi analysts lowered fourth quarter iPhone sales estimates. Also lower was Valeant (VRX), which lost $18.86, or 10.34%, to $163.46 after its alleged "price hike" business strategy was highlighted in reports by the New York Times and Barron's. Additionally, AtriCure (ATRC) declined 8.8% to $20.47 after releasing preliminary third quarter results and agreeing to acquire cardiac device maker nContact. INDEXES: The Dow gained 304.06, or 1.85%, to 16,776.43, the Nasdaq advanced 73.49, or 1.56%, to 4,781.26, and the S&P 500 rose 35.69, or 1.83%, to 1,987.05.
15:28 EDTAVGOCiti lowers iPhone unit sales estimates for Q4
Shares of Apple (AAPL) are underperforming a strong broader market rally after Citi lowered its fourth quarter iPhone unit sales estimates in a note to investors earlier. WHAT'S NEW: Not all of Apple's first weekend sales of iPhone 6S and 6S will be included in the company's Q4 earnings, Citi analyst Jim Suva wrote. Suva, who has a Buy rating and $145 target price on Apple shares, said that although first weekend sales of 13M units of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus exceeded sell side targets, Apple noted that not all of these units unit sales will be included in Apple's Q4 earnings given cut off of the reporting quarter. Only sales through Friday and Saturday of the weekend launch will be included in Q4. The remainder of the units sold on Sunday will be reported in December financial results, said Suva. As a result, Citi reduced its iPhone unit estimates to 47M from its prior view of 48M. This is below the Q4 consensus of 48M. The remaining units will be shifted to the December quarter. Citi expects many sell-side analysts to follow suit and lower their September quarter iPhone estimates in the weeks ahead before Apple reports on October 27. According to the Citi note, Apple share volatility will continue and the firm sees limited earnings and sales upside potential in the near-term causing some investors to exit the stock. The investment thesis for Apple is likely to shift from an iPhone "beat and raise" investment story to a gross margin upside story heading into a difficult comp year for iPhone 6S unit sales, Suva tells investors. He thinks any pullback will prove an attractive opportunity for long-term investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Late last week, an article from the DigiTimes said Apple may be adjusting its chip orders lower for Q4. Sources said that a substantial integrated circuit supplier is saying that Apple has "slightly lowered its demand for supplies for the new iPhones for December," the report said. The sources said that overall shipments of the iPhone 6s series are expected to reach 75M-80M units in Q3 and 65M-70M units in Q4.PRICE ACTION: In late afternoon trading, shares of Apple are underperforming broader market measures and are up 0.4% compared to a 1.75% gain for the S&P 500. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Apple chip suppliers are also relatively weak, with Cirrus Logic (CRUS) down almost 4%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) sliding 2.5%, Qorvo (QRVO) trading near flat, Avago (AVGO) lower by 1.4%, and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) down 0.25%.
October 1, 2015
12:44 EDTAVGOApple chip suppliers fall after report iPhone maker may lower chip orders
Shares of chip makers for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone are sliding after a DigiTimes article said the iPhone maker may curtail its chip orders for the fourth quarter. WHAT'S NEW: According to the DigiTimes report, Apple may be adjusting its chip orders lower for Q4. Sources said that a substantial integrated circuit supplier is saying that Apple has "slightly lowered lowered its demand for supplies for the new iPhones for December," the report said. The sources said that overall shipments of the iPhone 6s series are expected to reach 75M-80M units in the third quarter and 65M-70M units in Q4. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On September 28, Apple announced it has sold more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models just three days after launch, a new record for the company. According to an iFixit report from September 25, a teardown of the new iPhone 6S Plus revealed components supplied by Qualcomm (QCOM), Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO), Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Cirrus Logic (CRUS) and Texas Instruments (TXN), among others. Other chip makers that have been mentioned as possible Apple suppliers in the past include Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated Products. (MXIM) and ON Semiconductor (ON). PRICE ACTION: In midday trading shares of the aforementioned chip makers are all lower with Qorvo, Avago, NXP and Analog Devices down approximately 4% to 5%. Apple is down about 1.4%.
September 30, 2015
10:49 EDTSTXWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
September 29, 2015
10:00 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:19 EDTAVGODeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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