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February 14, 2013
14:12 EDTT, AUO, LPL, SSNLF, SHCAY, TOSBFCourt revives AT&T suit against LCD panel makers over price-fixing charges
An appeals court panel reversed a district courtís partial dismissal of an antitrust suit brought by AT&T (T) against companies including AU Optronics (AUO), LG Display (LPL), Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), Sharp (SHCAY) and Toshiba (TOSBF), alleging a global conspiracy to fix the prices of LCD panels. The appeals court reverse the district courtís order dismissing AT&T's claims and remanded the case to the district court for it to make an individual determination with respect to each defendant. Reference Link
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August 18, 2014
11:06 EDTSHCAYSoftBank chooses Sharp as low-cost smartphone partner, WSJ reports
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09:16 EDTSSNLFSamsung mulls manufacturing smartphones in Jakarta, WSJ says
Samsung is contemplating whether or not to manufacture smartphones at its Jakarta, Indonesia facility, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from a company spokeswoman in an e-mailed statement. Reference Link
08:47 EDTTRaymond James to hold a summit
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06:03 EDTSSNLF, AUOAUO continues to see curved TV orders from Sony and Samsung, DigiTimes says
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August 15, 2014
10:09 EDTSSNLFSony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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06:15 EDTTSprint's new CEO to introduce 'disruptive' prices next week, Re/code reports
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06:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung acquires home automation startup SmartThings, terms not disclosed
SmartThings announced on its blog that it has been acquired by Samsung and will operate as an independent company within Samsungís Open Innovation Center group. "It has always been our goal to create a totally open smart home platform that brings together third-party developers, device makers, and consumers. Weíre thrilled that Samsung fully supports this vision.We will continue to run SmartThings the way we always have: by embracing our community of customers, developers, and device makers and championing the creation of the leading open platform for the smart home. Our growing team will remain fully intact and will relocate to a new headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. In short: SmartThings will remain SmartThings." Reference Link
August 14, 2014
09:07 EDTTMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:19 EDTSSNLFLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
11:27 EDTTJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
06:16 EDTSSNLFIC vendors seeking wafer production at houses other than TSMC, DigiTimes says
More fabless IC vendors are seeking wafer production capacity at foundry houses other than TSMC (TSM) such as Samsung (SSNLF), Globalfoundries, United Microelectronics (UMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI), reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the move to seek wafer production at other foundry houses is due to extremely tight productoin at TSMC where 8- and 12-inch wafers are currently fully booked. Reference Link
06:12 EDTAUOAU Optronics to begin production of 1.6-inch AMOLED panels in Q4, DigiTimes says
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August 12, 2014
14:55 EDTTFrontier Communications confirms settlement with Connecticut AG over AT&T deal
Frontier Communications (FTR) announced it has reached an agreement with the Connecticut Attorney General and the Office of Consumer Counsel related to Frontierís proposed acquisition of AT&T's (T) incumbent local exchange operations and statewide fiber network that provides services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in Connecticut. As part of the transaction, Frontier will also acquire AT&T's U-verse video and satellite TV operations in Connecticut. Highlights of the agreement state that for a period of not less than 36 months after the closing of the transaction (i) there will be no increases in the basic primary residential rate in effect for transferred exchanges as of the closing date; and (ii) where available, Frontier has agreed to offer its basic broadband and stand-alone basic broadband product at or below Frontierís current prices. In addition, Frontier has committed to incremental capital investments totaling $63M over 2015, 2016 and 2017 to expand and improve broadband in Connecticut.
06:44 EDTAUO, SSNLF, LPLAU Optronics facing tough battle in UHD TV panel market, DigiTimes says
AU Optronics and Innolux are facing an uphill battle in the UHD TV panel market as it tries to increase its global share, reports DigiTimes. According to sources with supply chain makers, their production capacities are fully occupied and it is difficult to increase output. In addition, the companies are seeing growing support from TV vendors for Samsung Display (SSNLF) and LG Display (LPL). Reference Link
August 11, 2014
15:45 EDTTSpherix subsidiary settles with AT&T, files joint motion to dismiss
Spherix (SPEX) subsidiary Guidance IP has reached a settlement with AT&T (T), according to a court document filed August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2013 by Spherix for infringement of its patent entitled, "System and Method for Determining the Geolocation of a Transmitter." Shares of small-cap Spherix are up 19% to $1.75 in later afternoon trading following the circulation of the court filing. Reference Link
August 8, 2014
11:51 EDTAUOAU Optronics initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
11:32 EDTTSprint is preparing to engage in fierce pricing war, WSJ reports
Sprint (S) is preparing to engage in a fierce price competition on the heels of an almost complete network revamp, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing Masayoshi Son, the CEO of parent company Softbank (SFTBY). Sprint is currently testing new pricing plans, and will utilize its "street fighter" strategies to take on larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). "Price competition will intensify. Sprint will soon be ready to join the fray," Son said. Reference Link
07:56 EDTTSonus Networks upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington
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07:06 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Barnes & Noble holding press event on August 20, Business Insider says
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August 7, 2014
07:23 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushed to revamp itself as smartphone sales falter, Reuters says
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