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February 14, 2013
14:12 EDTSSNLF, T, TOSBF, LPL, SHCAY, AUOCourt 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
News For T;AUO;LPL;SSNLF;SHCAY;TOSBF From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
05:52 EDTSSNLFTrendforcce expects global tablet shipments to reach 163M units, DigiTimes says
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05:52 EDTAUOAU Optronics and 3M announce new technology alliance, DigiTimes reports
AU Optronics (AUO) and 3M (MMM) have announced a new technology partnership that combines AUO's ALCD technology and 3M's quantum dot enhancement film, reports DigiTimes. The technology will be available in more LCD sizes with AUO ALCD entering mass production by the end of 2015. Reference Link
August 27, 2015
20:05 EDTTSprint offers DirecTV customers free year of cell service, WSJ says
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14:42 EDTSSNLFFitbit shares approach historical lows as Apple Watch gains traction
Fitbit (FIT) shares are eyeing their lowest levels since their IPO in June after the IDC reported that Apple (AAPL) Watch shipments are nipping on the heels of Fitbit's market dominance in wearables. WHAT'S NEW: The International Data Corporation, or IDC, released its quarterly wearables device report on Thursday, showing that Apple reached the number two spot in the global wearables market with 3.6M shipments of the Apple Watch during Q2. Notably, Apple Watch shipments lagged just 800,000 units behind Fitbit's 4.4M units for the quarter. Total shipment volume for the space was up 223.2% year-over-year to 18.1M. Commenting on the metrics, IDC research manager Ramon Llamas said Apple's "participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem," though he also cautioned that the tech giant "forces other vendors -- especially those that have been part of this market for multiple quarters -- to re-evaluate their products and experiences." Rounding out the numbers, Xiaomi shipped 3.1M wearable units in Q2, while Garmin (GRMN) shipped 700,000, and Samsung (SSNLF) shipped 600,000. HARDWARE CHALLENGES: Aside from concerns of user churn, an oft-noted potential risk for Fitbit investors is the potential that limited-use fitness wearables will be absorbed into grander, multi-function devices. On June 21, Barron's opined that specialized devices "often get subsumed," and provided the example of iPod's music functions being largely replaced by similar features in the iPhone. Various research firms have downplayed the "absorption" issue, however. On June 25, Leerink remarked that fitness trackers "occupy a different piece" of the market, and on June 30, RBC said its studies at the time showed divergence between fitness wearables and smart watches. Leerink reiterated its bullish view of the sector as recently as August 24, commenting that "interest in the category remains deep." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Fitbit have plunged roughly 9% in intraday trading, while Apple is up about 2% amid broader market gains.
11:43 EDTTAT&T management to meet with
Meetings to be held in Boston/New York September 2-3 hosted by Jefferies.
11:25 EDTSSNLF, TSamsung Pay beta available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon, Verge reports
Samsung (SSNLF) Pay's beta is available on all major U.S. carriers, including AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), and U.S. Cellular (USM), except for Verizon (VZ), the Verge reports. Verizon is "evaluating" Samsung Pay currently, and may very well miss the September 28th launch of the product, the report says. Reference Link
08:38 EDTSSNLFApple Watch shipments total 3.6M in Q2, IDC says
Apple (AAPL) reached the number two spot in the global wearables market, having shipped a total of 3.6M units of its Apple Watch in Q2, just 800,000 units behind Fitbit's (FIT) 4.4M units, according to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 18.1M units, up 223.2% from the 5.6M units shipped in 2Q14. "Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole," noted Ramon Llamas, Research Manager for IDC's Wearables team. "Its participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem, and ultimately drives total volumes higher. Apple also forces other vendors - especially those that have been part of this market for multiple quarters - to re-evaluate their products and experiences. Fairly or not, Apple will become the stick against which other wearables are measured, and competing vendors need to stay current or ahead of Apple. Now that Apple is officially a part of the wearables market, everyone will be watching to see what other wearable devices it decides to launch, such as smart glasses or hearables." Xiaomi shipped 3.1M wearable units in Q2, while Garmin (GRMN) shipped 700,000 units and Samsung (SSNLF) shipped 600,000.
05:53 EDTAUOAU Optronics developing high-end products to combat weak demand, DigiTimes says
AU Optronics Chairman Paul Peng said the company is developing high-end, value-added products to combat weakening demand in 2H15, reports DigiTimes. Peng said AUO is working with TV brands in India for a number of years and sees a lot of portential for growth in the market. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
13:45 EDTTAT&T ends airport Wi-Fi ads experiment, Re/code reports
AT&T has ended serving ads to consumers using its free Wi-Fi at two Washington, D.C.-area airports, Re/code reports. The company told Re/code that it was conducting an experiment of "an ongoing effort to explore alternate ways to deliver a free Wi-Fi service that is safe, secure and fast." Reference Link
12:30 EDTTAT&T may need to choose between dividend and credit rating, CTFN reports
AT&T, despite acquiring DirecTV, may have to choose between maintaining its credit rating and its dividend in a few years as web video displaces satellite, CTFN reports, citing two credit analysts and a senior executive. AT&T has reduced the pressure from high dividend payments after the DirecTV purchase, but "it could be back in the same situation within three years if DirecTV's cash flow isn't sustainable," according to Mark Stodden, VP and senior credit officer at Moody's. AT&T spokesperson said that any suggestion that it needs to reduce its dividend "ignores the facts," the report says. Reference Link
06:31 EDTSSNLFSamsung Note 5 S pen may have a design flaw, Android Police reports
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August 25, 2015
17:50 EDTSSNLFFormer TSMC employee may have leaked secrets to Samsung, China Post says
The Taiwanese Supreme Court has barred a former TSMC (TSM) employee from working for Samsung (SSNLF) following claims that he leaked trade secrets to the Korean firm, reports the China Post. According to evaluations of computer chips from the two companies, differences in chip technology between Samsung and TSMC have quickly decreased in recent years, the report noted. Reference Link
06:25 EDTTAT&T to rebrand services in Mexico, WSJ reports
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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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06:22 EDTSSNLFTSMC pursuing 16nm chip orders, DigiTimes reports
According to market sources, DigiTimes reports that TSMC (TSM) has been "actively" seeking 16nm FinFET chip orders. In addition to securing a portion of Apple's (AAPL) A9 chip orders, TSMC has also received orders from AMD (AMD), Broadcom (BRCM), LG, Nvidia (NVDA) and Avago (AVGO), the sources say, noting that TSMC failed to maintain orders for Qualcomm's (QCOM) flagship mobile chips, as it has placed orders for the Snapdragon 820 series with Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
August 23, 2015
19:13 EDTTBT executive says Verizon, AT&T abusing landline duopoly, FT reports
In a Financial Times interview published Sunday, BT Group's (BT) Americas president Bas Burger said Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are abusing their control over telephone and broadband lines to charge inappropriate access fees to companies like BT. "For a western world country it is the worst I've seen... There is not sufficient regulation to create competition: almost all access is being provided by two companies and they have divided the country among themselves," remarked Burger, adding that the two companies are also not required to fix network problems within any specific timeframe. Reference Link
16:44 EDTSHCAYSharp considering capital injection from Foxconn, Nikkei says
Sharp (SHCAY) is considering a capital injection from Hon Hai Precision (HNHPF), also known as Foxconn, as it attempts to "shore up" its LCD unit, reports Nikkei, without naming sources. The two companies are expected to weigh either spinning off the LCD business or having Sharp transfer shares of its Sakai factory operator to Foxconn, said the report. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
10:34 EDTSSNLFSamsung working on Android tablet with 18.4-inch display, Sam Mobile reports
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06:01 EDTSSNLF, TOSBFABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung TV production capacity reduced in 1H15, DigiTimes says
Samsung reduced TV production capacity globally by 10M units in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. Citing Korea media reports in Money Today, Samsung reduced capacity to 21.36M in 1H15. It also plans to decrease production capacity by another 10M units in 2H15 for a total of 42M units. Reference Link
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