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March 27, 2014
13:23 EDTSWKS, CHL, SSNLFSkyworks rises after analyst bullish on RF IC demand
Shares of Skyworks (SWKS) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm JMP Securities reported that demand for a product sold by the company is increasing. Skyworks develops semiconductors used in electronic devices. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting research in Asia, JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna believes there is increasing demand for radio frequency integrated circuits, or RF ICs. RF ICs, which are sold by Skyworks, are compact electronic circuits that emit signal frequencies and include semiconductors and perform functions in popular devices such as cell phones. After visiting semiconductor company MediaTek, Gauna reported that MediaTek expects to ship 300M smartphone chips this year, up from 220M in 2013. Skyworks should also be boosted by new handsets that China Mobile (CHL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are looking to launch in coming months, added the analyst. He increased his price target on Skyworks to $46 from $40 and reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Skyworks rose 0.41%, to 15c, to $36.89.
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July 18, 2014
12:42 EDTSWKSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
10:48 EDTSWKSHigh option volume stocks
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10:33 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
09:24 EDTSWKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $65 from $55 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Skyworks after the company reported stronger than expected results and guidance. The firm called the company's results and guidance "exemplary." It reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:23 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $60 from $50 at JMP Securities
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08:01 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $55 form $51 at Canaccord
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07:29 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $58 from $54 at Brean Capital
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06:08 EDTSSNLFSamsung mobile executives return part of bonuses, Yonhap News reports
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06:02 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: Global DRAM module sales grew 32% in 2013, DigiTimes says
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July 17, 2014
18:31 EDTSWKSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:58 EDTSWKSSkyworks sees Q4 EPS $1.00, consensus 87c
Sees Q4 revenue $680M, consensus $608.11M.
16:56 EDTSWKSSkyworks reports Q3 EPS 83c, consensus 80c
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15:26 EDTSWKSNotable companies reporting after market close
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06:43 EDTSSNLFTSMC expects to lose out to competitors in 14/16nm segment, DigiTimes says
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July 16, 2014
10:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung in talks to buy SmartThings for about $200M, TechCrunch reports
Samsung is in talks to acquire SmartThings, a company in the home automation space that allows users to connect devices like lights and doorlocks to a system controlled by their mobile phone, TechCrunch reports. The purchase price is said to be around $200M. Reference Link
06:55 EDTSSNLFSurvey shows Samsung losing smartphone ground, Reuters says
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06:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung may be in partnership talks with Under Armour, Yonhap says
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06:20 EDTSSNLFDRAM chip prices likely to increase 10% in July, DigiTimes reports
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06:16 EDTSSNLFSanDisk partners with Rockchip for iNAND solutions, DigiTimes reports
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