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July 22, 2014
08:33 EDTTXNTexas Instruments reported strong Q2 results, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Texas Instruments' execution has been stellar, while its operating margin leverage was impressive. The firm keeps a $57 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
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May 28, 2015
11:58 EDTTXNSemtech hits 52-week low after Q1 results, Q2 outlook miss expectations
Shares of Semtech Corporation (SMTC), a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, are falling after the company’s first quarter results and second quarter outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Semtech yesterday reported Q1 earnings per share of 27c excluding items and revenue of $130.1M, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c and $132.51M, respectively. Semtech reported Q1 adjusted gross margin of 60.8%. The company also said it increased its stock buyback authorization to $100M. It had $30M remaining under a previous buyback plan. Looking ahead to Q2, Semtech forecast adjusted EPS of 21c-26c and revenue of $120M-$130M, well below analysts' consensus estimates of 37c and $1.41.65M, respectively. The company also forecast Q2 adjusted gross profit margin of 60%-60.4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Mohan Maheswaran, the company's Chief Executive Officer, noted that Semtech saw strong demand in Q1 from its enterprise computing and communication end-markets driven by the datacenter and PON market segments. However, Maheswaran said that demand from its largest smartphone customer was "much lower than anticipated," which led to results that were at the lower end of its guidance range. Semtech previously projected Q1 EPS of 27c-30c and revenue of $130M-$136M. Maheswaran said demand for the company's LoRa wireless platforms is seeing an acceleration. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm B. Riley downgraded Semtech to Sell from Neutral after the company's Q1 results missed expectations. The firm cut its price target for shares to $21 from $26. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the in the analog and mixed-signal semiconductor space include Texas Instruments (TXN), Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM) and Analog Devices (ADI). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Semtech fell $3.41, or nearly 14%, to $21.21 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. The stock continues to hit fresh 52-week lows during the session. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 18% over the past 12 months.
May 22, 2015
09:58 EDTTXNOn 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.
May 21, 2015
16:12 EDTTXNTexas Instruments initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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May 18, 2015
07:27 EDTTXNJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
08:13 EDTTXNJefferies ups view on Semis to Positive from Negative
Jefferies upped its view on the Semiconductors space to Positive from Negative after hosting a dozen companies at its annual conference in Miami. The firm notes that most companies noted an "OK" demand environment, which it views as supporting its thesis that the recent inventory correction and lower capex has created a "great opportunity" to add to Semi positions. After meeting with management, Jefferies has increased conviction that NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) will soon sell its HPRF business and return to its stock buyback program before most expect. It has Buy ratings on AMD (AMD), Microchip (MCHP), NXP and Texas Instruments (TXN).

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