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March 27, 2014
13:23 EDTSWKS, SSNLF, CHLSkyworks 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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May 26, 2015
06:38 EDTSSNLFSamsung to merge two units in $8.1B all-stock deal, FT reports
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May 22, 2015
10:38 EDTSWKSMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:58 EDTSWKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Allison Transmission (ALSN) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Blackstone (BX) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Esperion (ESPR) initiated with a Sell at Chardan... H&R Block (HRB) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Micron (MU) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Monster Worldwide (MWW) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... National Storage (NSA) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... ON Semiconductor (ON) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Sharps Compliance (SMED) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... StemCells (STEM) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Synaptics (SYNA) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... TriNet (TNET) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Vascular Biogenics (VBLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Verifone (PAY) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... uniQure (QURE) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer.
07:30 EDTSSNLFSamsung increased purchases of IC parts, DigiTimes says
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07:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung content unit hit by layoffs and exec departure, Variety reports
Samsung's Media Solutions Center America has been hit by layoffs and a key executive departure over the last couple of weeks, reports Variety. According to multiple sources, the unit saw dozens of staffers laid off earlier this month. One source estimated that as much as 15% of staff may have been affected. Sources also said the layoffs came a few weeks after Samsung's VP of content and services Kevin Swint left the unit. Reference Link
06:45 EDTSWKSSkyworks initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
Target $108.
May 21, 2015
16:10 EDTSWKSSkyworks initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
Target $115.
May 20, 2015
06:25 EDTSSNLFSamsung could release next Galaxy Note phone as early as July, BI reports
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May 19, 2015
19:44 EDTSSNLFSamsung's next chairman may pursue smartphone, wearables synergies, Reuters says
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12:25 EDTSWKSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:42 EDTSWKSChinese professors charged with stealing secrets from Avago, Skyworks
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05:59 EDTSSNLFSources: Apple able to launch iPhone 6s as early as August, BGR says
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May 18, 2015
12:46 EDTSWKSSkyworks expands portfolio of RF switches for Internet of Things
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09:36 EDTSSNLFAppeal says Samsung $930M damages to Apple must be adjusted, Bloomberg reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Samsung (SSNLF) did infringe Apple’s (AAPL) design patents, but did not violate Apple’s trade dress, meaning the $930M damages award to Apple must be adjusted, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:26 EDTSSNLFApple gets mixed ruling from appeals court in Samsung case, Bloomberg reports
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May 15, 2015
08:16 EDTSSNLFSamsung not engaged in DRAM price war with Micron, says Jefferies
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06:21 EDTSSNLFTwo Samsung foundations name Jay Y. Lee as chairman, WSJ reports
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May 14, 2015
14:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung to discontinue wallet service ahead of Pay launch, SamMobile says
Samsung will discontinue its Samsung Wallet service on June 30, reports SamMobile, citing company emails distributed to users of the service. The report notes that Samsung is planning to launch its Samsung Pay mobile payment technology later this year. Reference Link
May 13, 2015
18:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung paid $250M for LoopPay acquisition, Re/code says
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05:57 EDTSSNLFSamsung favors Ultra HD TVs over OLED in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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