Apr. 14, 2014, 9:52 AM
- Stratasys (SSYS +1.5%) has been started at Buy by Goldman, and 3D Systems (DDD -3.1%) at Neutral. Shares of both companies (like those of many high-beta tech names) were clobbered last week. UBS issued similar opinions for Stratasys and 3D Systems two weeks ago.
- VMware (VMW +1.3%) has received a two-notch upgrade to Outperform from CLSA ahead of its April 22 Q1 report.
- F5 (FFIV +4.1%) has been upgraded to Buy by Stifel. Q1 results arrive on April 23.
- Palo Alto Networks (PANW +1.2%) has been upgraded to Overweight by both Barclays and Stephens.
- TTM Technologies (TTMI +3.1%) has been upgraded to Buy by Stifel and UBS.
- CalAmp (CAMP +1.7%) has been upgraded to Buy by B. Riley.
- STMicroelectronics (STM -2.3%) has been cut to Sell by UBS. Q1 results arrive on April 29.
- AudioCodes (AUDC +4.1%) has been started at Buy by Needham. Shares rose last week after the Israeli government approved an R&D program involving the company.
- ChannelAdvisor (ECOM +1.2%) has been started at Buy by Janney.
- Paylocity (PCTY +1.4%) has received five bullish ratings and one neutral rating on underwriter coverage day. Q2 (QTWO +3.1%) has received six bullish ratings.
Mar. 31, 2014, 6:52 PM
- An early teardown (translation) of Samsung's (SSNLF) Galaxy S5 has turned up the same 6-axis InvenSense (INVN) motion sensor found in the Note 3. The InvenSense part displaces the STMicroelectronics (STM) motion sensor found in the S4.
- Multiple Maxim (MXIM) power ICs were also uncovered. Though Barclays thinks Maxim lost the gesture IC slot it had in the S4 to rival AMS, it nonetheless thinks its dollar content grew ~10% (previous).
- An NXP (NXPI) NFC controller/secure element displaced the Broadcom (BRCM) NFC chip that went into the S4; Barclays estimates the design win will be worth $50M-$60M to NXP, assuming average content of $1. Broadcom is still expected to get $4/unit for supplying the S5's Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip.
- Synaptics (SYNA) is believed to have the S5's touch controller slot and (though not revealed in the teardown) its fingerprint/swipe sensor slot. The company's S4 touch controller win delivered a windfall.
- Though a Skyworks (SWKS) power amplifier module and discrete amplifier were found, and a Wi-Fi filter is believed to be present, Barclays thinks Skyworks' content share likely fell, thanks to the absence of Wi-Fi switch/LNA content. It also thinks the total value of the S5's Wi-Fi RF content is lower due to Broadcom's use of internal power amplifiers (possibly a negative for S4 supplier ANAD).
- Separately, DisplayMate calls the S5's OLED display "the best-performing smartphone display we have ever tested," after doing an in-depth analysis. The display's color accuracy, brightness, ambient lighting performance, and power efficiency all receive high marks. OLED materials/tech supplier Universal Display (OLED) will be happy to hear that.
Feb. 26, 2014, 11:24 AM
- Chip stocks are outperforming (SOXX +1.1%) after Avago (AVGO +5.1%) posted an FQ1 beat and strong margin numbers (albeit while guiding light, as many expected), and STMicroelectronics (STM +3.9%) exec Paul Grimme states his company's European sales are stabilizing, with Germany leading the way.
- Notable winners: AMBA +5.4%. AMCC +5.2%. CRUS +3.3%. SWKS +3%. QUIK +4.1%. INVN +2.7%. RFMD +3.5%. TQNT +3%. SIMO +2.7%. CAVM +3.6%. Nearly all of the aforementioned names have strong mobile and/or telecom equipment exposure.
- RBC has hiked its Avago PT to $66 from $64, and says the chipmaker remains its "top play on China and global LTE deployments." With LSI in tow, the firm thinks FY15 (ends Oct. '15) EPS will top $5.
- Morgan Stanley ($68 PT) is confident Avago can raise LSI's op. margin to 30% from 17% over the next few years, much as the company has doubled its own op. margin to 30% post-LBO.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Feb. 10, 2014, 5:18 PM
- MEMS motion sensor archrivals InvenSense (INVN) and STMicroelectronics (STM) have settled their long-running patent dispute and entered into a cross-licensing agreement.
- Deal terms are confidential; neither company "has made any admission of liability." InvenSense and STMicro had been waging legal battles at multiple U.S. courts, as well as with the USPTO and ITC.
- InvenSense investors have responded by bidding shares back above $20. They rose 5.8% in regular trading.
Jan. 27, 2014, 7:05 PM
- Silicon Motion (SIMO) expects Q1 revenue to be flat to down 10% Q/Q vs.a consensus for a 2% decline. However, the company also expects 2014 revenue to be up 5%-15% Y/Y vs. a consensus for 5% growth. Shares +4.8% AH. (Q4 results, PR)
- STMicroelectronics (STM) expects Q1 revenue to decline 9.5% Q/Q (+/- 3.5%); that's worse than a consensus for a 7% drop. Shares unchanged AH for now. (Q4 results, PR)
- Sanmina (SANM) expects FQ2 revenue of $1.425B-$1.475B and EPS of $0.36-$0.42 vs. a consensus of $1.45B and $0.37. Shares +7.1% AH. (FQ1 results, PR)
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Jan. 17, 2014, 1:44 PM
- OTR Global reports InvenSense (INVN +0.6%) has won a MEMS motion sensor socket for Samsung's Galaxy S5 (expected to launch in mid-March), and in doing so has displaced archrival STMicroelectronics (STM -3.4%).
- InvenSense already gets over 30% of its sales from Samsung, and has been seeing rising design win activity at the smartphone giant.
Jan. 9, 2014, 9:41 AM
- Alcatel-Lucent (ALU -4.6%) has been cut to Hold by Deutsche, while rival Ericsson (ERIC -0.2%) has been upgraded to Buy. However, Morgan Stanley has started Alcatel at Overweight.
- Nvidia (NVDA -2.1%) has been cut to Hold by Canaccord a few days after unveiling its Tegra K1 app processors.
- Angie's List (ANGI +9.1%) has been upgraded to Strong Buy by Raymond James.
- Autodesk (ADSK +2.1%) has been upgraded to Overweight by Evercore.
- Chipmaker STMicroelectronics (STM -1.2%) has been cut to Sell by Deutsche, and CPU core licensing giant ARM (ARMH -5.5%) has been cut to Hold.
- EXFO (EXFO -8.3%) has been cut to Hold by TD Securities, and to Underperform by CIBC, after missing FQ1 estimates and providing soft FQ2 guidance.
- ASML (ASML +0.9%) has been started at Buy by ING.
Jan. 7, 2014, 9:55 AM
- LinkedIn (LNKD -1.5%) has been cut to Neutral by BofA/Merrill. Other sell-side firms have aired cautious notes in recent weeks.
- Workday (WDAY +2.9%) has been upgraded to Buy by UBS.
- Glu Mobile (GLUU +4.1%) has been upgraded to Buy by Craig-Hallum.
- IGT (IGT -0.8%) has been cut to Hold by Argus.
- STMicroelectronics (STM -2.7%) has been cut to Underweight by Barclays.
- 8x8 (EGHT +2.2%) has been started at Buy by Needham.
- Nimble Storage (NMBL +1%) has received three bullish ratings and three neutral ones on underwriter coverage day.
Dec. 5, 2013, 3:54 PM
- As predicted by many investors and analysts, Alcatel-Lucent (ALU +3.6%) is returning to France's benchmark CAC-40 index. NYSE Euronext says the telecom equipment giant will be added back on Dec. 23, and replace chipmaker STMicroelectronics (STM -1.2%).
- Alcatel, buoyed by a debt restructuring and improving margins, has made fresh 2-year highs today, and is now up 224% YTD. STM, which has been posting Y/Y revenue drops and contending with the unraveling of its ST-Ericsson mobile chip JV, is up 5% YTD, but well off its summer highs.
Nov. 20, 2013, 4:48 PM
- During a Morgan Stanley conference talk, STMicroelectronics (STM +3.6%) CEO Carlo Bozotti states his company's bookings improved a bit in October from Q3 levels, something that gives him "comfort." Bozotti also says automotive chip demand remains healthy.
- Expectations for STM have been muted, particularly after the European chipmaker delivered a Q3 miss and below-consensus guidance last month.
- The automotive market was an area of strength for STM in Q3: While the company's total sales fell 7% Y/Y to $2.01B, its automotive sales rose 7% to $418M.
Oct. 28, 2013, 10:11 AM
- Maxim's Ashok Kumar reports InvenSense's (INVN -2.9%) motion sensors haven't been designed into the iPad Air or retina iPad Mini. This suggests InvenSense rival and traditional Apple motion sensor supplier STMicroelectronics (STM +0.3%) has secured the slots.
- Back in June, Kumar accurately forecast InvenSense wouldn't be designed into Apple's 2013 iPhones before partly backtracking. At the time, many on the sell-side had a different view of things.
- InvenSense's FQ2 report arrives tomorrow afternoon.
Oct. 25, 2013, 9:44 AM
- Constant Contact (CTCT +24.9%) has been upgraded to Buy by Needham after issuing mixed Q3 results and strong 2014 revenue guidance (13% growth vs. 11.9% consensus).
- Sony (SNE +0.6%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Credit Suisse. FQ2 results arrive on Oct. 31.
- Monolithic Power (MPWR +15.8%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Oppenheimer after beating Q3 estimates and issuing in-line Q4 guidance.
- ASX (ASX +2%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Bernstein.
- NCR (NCR -5.7%) has been cut to Neutral by Compass Point after posting mixed Q3 results and reiterating its full-year guidance.
- Rogers (RCI -0.9%) has been cut to Hold by Canaccord a day after posting Q3 results. Macquarie downgraded shares yesterday.
- STMicroelectronics (STM -0.6%) has been cut to Neutral by Goldman three days after missing Q3 estimates and providing weaker-than-expected Q4 guidance.
- WageWorks (WAGE +3.1%) has been started at Buy by SunTrust.
Oct. 23, 2013, 9:11 AM
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