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Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM)

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  • May 9, 2013, 3:18 PM
    U.K. mobile banking specialist Monitise PLC (MONIF.PK +9.1%) pops as Lee Cooperman - presenting at SALT in Las Vegas - calls it his top conviction pick: "no financial risk .. no debt ... the blessing of Visa." He owns more than 10% of the company. Other top picks: ESRX, QCOM, C, AIG, MET, and RIG.
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  • May 6, 2013, 4:58 PM
    Qualcomm (QCOM) adds respected mobile industry vet Jon Rubenstein to its board. Rubenstein played a major role in developing the iPod while at Apple, and later helped develop webOS as Palm's executive chairman and eventually its CEO. Rubenstein left Palm acquirer H-P early last year. (PR)
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  • May 4, 2013, 3:52 PM
    Barron's is out with its list of the 500 financially strongest companies as ranked after a rigorous cash and sales analysis. A quick filter on the list shows a good chunk of the names trade with a single-digit price to earnings ratio including Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT). Despite all the buzz about booming auto sales in the U.S. and China, concerns about growth for Goodyear's products in other regions of the globe have lowered expectations. But with auto sale estimates for full-year being taken higher, Goodyear could see enough consistent revenue growth to justify a higher trading multiple. (Top 25: AAPL, WCC, WDC, DVA, CHRW, QCOM, JOY, V, STX, MRC, MA, CVI, COF, SYMC, MCK, WCG, ETN, BRCM, TMO, CI, CBI, NOV, WNR, HFC, DK)
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  • May 2, 2013, 9:38 PM
    "Intel’s (INTC) competitive advantage is its expertise in manufacturing," writes Quartz's Christopher Mims, making the case ex-manufacturing chief Brian Krzanich is a better choice for CEO than an outsider. Though its mobile processor lines have lagged in adopting its most advanced processes, Intel's PC CPUs are made on a 22nm process at a time when Qualcomm, Nvidia, and others are at 28nm ... and they should get to 14nm while rivals are at 20nm. If Krzanich can eliminate the lag, it could give Intel an edge when battling for mobile design wins, at least when 4G modem integration (where Qualcomm has a lead) isn't required. (previous: I, II)
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  • Apr. 30, 2013, 6:29 PM
    Football stadium naming rights notwithstanding, Qualcomm (QCOM) still has a pretty low profile with consumers. The company is hoping a new branding campaign for its Snapdragon processors will raise that profile to a more Intel-like level. The campaign will feature national TV and movie theater ads, and will eventually reach China and other foreign markets. It'll arrive in a year that has already seen an over-the-top CES keynote in which the mobile chip/IP giant seemed to be screaming for attention.
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  • Apr. 27, 2013, 11:42 AM
    More on Qualcomm: Digitimes reports Qualcomm and Spreadtrum (SPRD) have cut prices for Chinese quad-core chips due to competition from MediaTek; Qualcomm has reportedly cut prices below $10 (low by its standards). The report is noteworthy given Qualcomm's growing Chinese presence, and the fact its chip margins (along with chip/royalty mix) had much to do with its disappointing FQ3/FY13 EPS guidance. Thanks to heavy R&D spend and a mix shift to emerging markets, the chip unit's op. margin fell to 17% in FQ2 from the year-ago period's 20%, and is expected to stay at 17% in FQ3; aided by FQ1's 26% margin, FY13 guidance is still for 18.5%-20.5%.
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  • Apr. 27, 2013, 11:03 AM
    Qualcomm (QCOM) managed to get 6 chips in the U.S. version of Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy S4, per iFixit's teardown: the high-end APQ8064 app processor, a 4G baseband chip, an audio codec chip, an RF transceiver (beating out SIMO), and 2 power management ICs; the U.K. version uses a Snapdragon 600 baseband/app processor. Also found: a MXIM microcontroller, an SIMG video transmitter, a SWKS 2G power amplifier module, a BRCM NFC chip (likely to go with a combo chip), ATML and SYNA touch controllers, and Toshiba (TOSBF.PK) NAND flash (previous). (Chinese S4 teardown) (Galaxy S III teardown) (also)
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  • Apr. 26, 2013, 8:47 AM
    Silicon Motion (SIMO) -8.8% after posting mixed Q1 results (EPS hurt by a 400 bps Q/Q gross margin drop) and light guidance. SIMO expects Q2 revenue to grow 5%-10% Q/Q, well below a consensus for a 24% increase, thanks to soft 4G transceiver demand. For 2013, it expects non-4G transceiver ops to show 0%-10% growth - the consensus for total revenue is 9.8%. SA contributor Ashraf Eassa, bullish on SIMO due to its valuation, thinks Samsung's yield issues for its Exynos 5 Octa CPU have led it to rely more on Qualcomm's (QCOM) solutions (previous) for the Galaxy S4, which in turn has hurt SIMO's transceiver share. (yesterday)
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  • Apr. 24, 2013, 4:38 PM
    More on Qualcomm: 173M MSM chip shipments in FQ2, +14% Y/Y and at high end of guidance. 163M-173M shipments seen in FQ3 (+16%-23%). Royalty-bearing device sales +18% Y/Y in Dec. quarter, but ASP fell to $214-$220 from Sep. quarter's $224-$230 (affects royalties/margins) and device sales growth seen dropping to 7%-17% for March quarter. FY13 ASP guidance narrowed to $216-$224; calendar year device guidance raised by 15M to 1.05B. Free cash flow +10% Y/Y to $1.99B vs. net income of $2.07B. R&D spend +28% Y/Y, SG&A +14%. No buybacks (that could soon change). QCOM -5.2% AH. CC at 4:45PM ET (webcast). (PR) (slides)
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  • Apr. 24, 2013, 4:07 PM
    Qualcomm (QCOM): FQ2 EPS of $1.17 beats by $0.01. Revenue of $6.12B (+24% Y/Y) beats by $50M. Expects FQ3 revenue of $5.8B-$6.3B and EPS of $0.97-$1.05 vs. consensus of $5.88B and $1.04. Expects FY13 revenue of $24B-$25B and EPS of $4.40-$4.55 vs. consensus of $24.1B and $4.53. Shares -5.1% AH. (PR)
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  • Apr. 24, 2013, 1:31 PM
    Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy S IV is a superb phone, if one can cope with a cheap plastic feel and too many gimmicks. That seems to be the consensus from the first full reviews. The Verge praises the S IV's display, camera, and performance, but still considers the HTC One a better bet. "The Galaxy S4 is fast and impressive, but it's also noisy and complex." TechCrunch and Gizmodo deliver similar takes. But others (I, II) make the case that more is ultimately better (this mindset has worked for Samsung thus far). The reviews arrive as Sprint and T-Mobile state their S IV launches will be delayed due to inventory issues. Key suppliers: QCOM, BRCM, SYNA, PANL, ATML, RFMD, TQNT. (previous)
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  • Apr. 24, 2013, 12:28 PM
    Are wireless chip stocks decoupling from Apple? Even with Apple off slightly as bleak June quarter guidance outweighs fresh capital returns, iPhone/iPad combo chip supplier Broadcom (BRCM +6.6%) is surging thanks to a Q1 beat and strong Q2 guidance, and is helping out some peers - QCOM +1.4%, SWKS +2.6%, INVN +1.8%, SNDK +1%. During its earnings call, Broadcom, which also provides combo chips for many Samsung phones, stated mobile chip sales only fell 1.6% Q/Q in seasonally weak Q1, and forecast sequential growth for the business (Apple-dependent Cirrus Logic sure isn't doing the same). Qualcomm reports after the close.
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  • Apr. 24, 2013, 12:10 AM
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  • Apr. 23, 2013, 5:35 PM
    Notable earnings after Wednesday’s close: AFL, AIZ, AKAM, ANGI, ARII, ARRS, ASGN, AVG, BAS, BDN, CAKE, CCI, CDNS, CLF, CLGX, CMO, CMRE, COG, CROX, CTXS, DRE, DRWI, EFX, EQIX, FFIV, FIO, FLS, GGG, INFN, ISIL, ITMN, JAH, KEX, LOGI, LPS, LRCX, LSI, MLNX, NEU, NOW, OIS, ORLY, OTEX, PDH, PMTC, QCOM, RJF, RYL, SCI, SKX, SRCL, SUSQ, SYK, TAL, TER, TEX, TQNT, TSCO, TWI, VAR, WCN, WDC, WLL, XLNX, XNPT, ZNGA
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  • Apr. 17, 2013, 9:11 AM
    Apple (AAPL) -1.2% after Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which gets over half of its revenue from the company, issues a revenue warning for the March and June quarters (FQ4 and FQ1). Though Cirrus' FQ4 revenue forecast of $206.9M is only a little below a $210.2M consensus, its FQ1 forecast of $150M-$170M is well below a $195.2M consensus. The audio codec chipmaker also says it will take a $23.3M write-down, $20.7M of which is due to "a decreased forecast for a high volume product" as a customer (quite possibly Apple) migrates to a new component (could be a sign of a new iPhone). SWKS -2.2%. QCOM -0.9%.
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  • Apr. 11, 2013, 2:11 PM
    Nvidia (NVDA -1.6%) announces: 1) It will return $1B to shareholders this fiscal year. $200M is expected to come from dividends, and the rest from buybacks ($100M this quarter). The chipmaker repurchased $100M worth of shares in the January quarter (last year's FQ4). 2) It expects Tegra sales to be flat this year, even as smartphone/tablet sales keep growing. The fact Qualcomm (QCOM) has been taking share while OEMs wait for the Tegra 4 app processor (volume shipments by end of July quarter) and 4i baseband/app processor (devices in Q1 '14) is undoubtedly a factor.
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Company Description
Qualcomm Inc develops digital communication technology called CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), & owns intellectual property applicable to products that implement any version of CDMA including patents, patent applications & trade secrets.