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June 3, 2014
08:11 EDTXLNX, MTZ, ALTRFBR sees headline risk for Xilinx, Altera after MasTec guidance
FBR Capital believes AT&T's pushed out wireless and wireline spending brings "modest" headline risk for programmable logic device providers Altera (ALTR) and Xilinx (XLNX). The firm, however, sees financial risk to 2014 estimates for both companies and keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks. FBR notes MasTec (MTZ) preannounced weaker than expected guidance yesterday as wireless infrastructure build-outs paused.
News For XLNX;ALTR;MTZ From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
05:18 EDTMTZMasTec sees Q2 adjusted EPS 10c-13c, consensus 28c
Sees Q2 revenue approximately $1.1B, consensus $1.02B. The company also announced that it expects to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31 not later than August 10 and expects that final reported net loss attributable to MasTec will be reduced by approximately $0.5M as compared to the company's previously disclosed unaudited, preliminary net loss attributable to MasTec. The company's Q2 results have been negatively affected by significant disruptions caused by heavy rains and flooding in many of its work areas from the Gulf of Mexico coast to the Canadian border. This rain and flooding has negatively affected Q2 productivity and margins across various segments. In addition, Q2 operating results for the company's Electrical Transmission segment are significantly weaker than initially expected due to lower revenues, the impact of rain and flooding and project inefficiencies. This segment has been the primary focus of the Audit Committee independent investigation over the past several months, requiring a significant amount of time and effort by its management team. These matters have diverted the attention of management from the operations of its business and its performance in obtaining new project awards has suffered during this period. We currently expect this segment will underperform and will show continued weakness in revenue and operating profit during the second half of 2015 as it seeks to replenish its backlog and normalize its operations.
05:16 EDTMTZMasTec finds certain accounting adjustments appropriate in FY14 results
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July 29, 2015
17:05 EDTALTRAltera receives favorable opinion on cost-sharing litigation
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July 28, 2015
10:38 EDTALTROptions with increasing implied volatility
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July 23, 2015
16:32 EDTALTRAltera reports Q2 EPS 23c, consensus 26c
Reports Q2 revenue $414.2M, consensus $409.56M. The company said, "Our wireless customers reduced demand on us this quarter, as expected, in reaction to continuing adverse market conditions. This pause in wireless spend more than offset growth across many of our vertical markets."
July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTXLNXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:27 EDTXLNXXilinx sees Q2 revenue down 2%-6% sequentially, consensus $576.13M
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16:25 EDTXLNXXilinx reports Q1 EPS 55c, consensus 54c
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15:26 EDTXLNXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
14:51 EDTALTREarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:35 EDTXLNXAnalog chip makers fall after Linear cites weak end market demand
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07:15 EDTXLNXXilinx July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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