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Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM)

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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
    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. 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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  • Apr. 10, 2013, 6:32 PM
    The sell-side loves Qualcomm (QCOM) these days. The latest proof comes from Sterne Agee, which declares the chipmaker's Snapdragon 600 line to have gained share at multiple OEMs relative to last year's MSM8960 processor, which wasn't exactly a slouch. Sterne also notes reports Qualcomm's chips could go into 70% of Samsung (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy S IV units, a major improvement from its S III share, and that Galaxy S IV pre-orders are around 10M. Canaccord touted Qualcomm's strong 4G baseband position yesterday, and Raymond James last week.
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  • Apr. 10, 2013, 12:53 PM
    U.S. companies paid out an additional $14.5B in dividends on common stock in Q1 as more companies increased their payouts, S&P Dow Jones Indices reports, even as payout rates remain at a historically low 36%. The quarter saw 944 dividend increases, a 39.4% gain Y/Y. By percentage, some of the biggest dividend hikes came from F, WYNN, QCOM, HAL and HD.
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  • Apr. 9, 2013, 9:19 AM
    Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) declares $0.35/share quarterly dividend, 40% increase from prior dividend of $0.25. Forward yield 2.13%. For shareholders of record June 05. Payable Juen 26. Ex-div date June 03. (PR)
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  • Apr. 3, 2013, 6:52 PM
    Qualcomm's (QCOM) reference designs could be doing wonders for its Chinese chip share: an exec says 40+ OEMs have commercialized 170+ devices (typically low-end smartphones) based on Qualcomm reference designs, and that over 90% of the OEMs are from China. Spreadtrum (SPRD) and MediaTek, who have their own reference design programs, are Qualcomm's main rivals here. Also: Susquehanna believes Galaxy S IV units sporting Snapdragon 600 processors (such as the U.S. version) will deliver 2x as much chip revenue to Qualcomm as iPhone units, to go with higher royalties. (previous)
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  • Apr. 3, 2013, 8:10 AM
    Google (GOOG) continues to move aggressively into the low-priced tablet market, aiming to launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet around July for maybe as low as $149, reports Reuters. A blow to Nvidia (NVDA), the tablet will reportedly be powered by Qualcomm's (QCOM) Snapdragon processor.
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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.