Apr. 24, 2014, 9:28 AM
Apr. 23, 2014, 5:47 PM
- TriQuint (TQNT) expects Q2 revenue of $215M-$225M and EPS of $0.06-$0.08, above a consensus of $200.3M and $0.04. Shares +6.5% AH. Merger partner RF Micro (RFMD), which reports on April 29, is up 3.1%. Both companies might also be getting a lift from Apple's March quarter iPhone sales print. (Q1 results, PR)
- Fortinet (FTNT) guides in its earnings slides (.pdf) for Q2 revenue of $169M-$172M (above a $168.9M consensus), EPS of $0.10 (below an $0.11 consensus), and billings of $185M-$190M (+17% Y/Y). Q1 billings totaled $188M, +26% Y/Y and well above guidance of $168M-$173M. Shares +4.4% AH. (Q1 results, PR)
- Crown Castle (CCI) has raised its full-year AFFO forecast to $1.346B-$1.361B ($4.04-$4.08/share) from a prior $1.318B-$1.333B. Site rental revenue guidance has been raised by $11M to $2.983B-$2.993B. (Q1 results, PR)
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Apr. 22, 2014, 4:46 PM
- In addition to beating FQ2 estimates, Skyworks (SWKS) is guiding for FQ3 revenue of $535M and EPS of $0.73, well above a consensus of $488.2M and $0.63.
- Gross margin rose 250 bps Y/Y to 44.7%. While revenue rose 13% Y/Y, opex only grew 2% to $109.8M. 2M shares were repurchased.
- Rival RF Micro (RFMD) is up in sympathy ahead of its April 29 FQ4 report. Others that might get a lift: TQNT, AVGO, ANAD.
- FQ2 results, PR
Apr. 8, 2014, 4:00 PM
- Smart bargain hunting or catching a falling knife? After being bludgeoned almost ceaselessly over the last couple of weeks, many high-beta tech stocks are closing the day with sizable gains.
- The rebound comes on a day when hedge fund Coatue Management announced plans to return over $2B to investors following a 9% March decline caused by tech stock losses. It also comes as several tech giants, including Apple, Microsoft, H-P, and IBM, finish the day near breakeven, or with modest losses.
- Leading U.S. Internet gainers: LNKD +6.2%. P +6%. ZU +5%. SALE +7.2%. SSTK +6%. AOL +4.6%.
- Chinese Internet gainers: EJ +9.1%. WBAI +8.9%. QIHU +7.9%. ATHM +8.1%. YY +6.8%. SFUN +8.7%. GOMO +9.8%. Ctrip and Qunar were among the sector's biggest gainers following M&A rumors.
- Others: FSLR +7%. NMBL +6.2%. NPTN +5.9%. PANW +5.5%. EGHT +5.4%. RFMD +4.9%. QIWI +4.9%. CRUS +4.3%. RALY +5.5%.
Apr. 2, 2014, 7:06 PM
- A Chipworks teardown of Samsung's Galaxy S5 has turned up six Qualcomm (QCOM) chips: Two power management ICs, two RF transceivers, an audio codec IC, and the previously-disclosed Snapdragon 801 baseband/app processor.
- One of the power management ICs is part of Qualcomm's much-hyped RF front end, and improves 4G battery life via envelope tracking. Google/LG's Nexus 5 also contains the chip.
- Three Avago (AVGO) RF components are also inside the S5, including a 2G/3G/4G module. It's worth noting a phone's RF circuitry can vary depending on the particular market it's being sold into.
- Other components include an Audience (ADNC) voice processor, a Lattice Semi (LSCC) FPGA, an RF Micro (RFMD) antenna control chip (the company has strong Galaxy S4 exposure), and a Silicon Image (SIMG) MHL video transmitter IC.
- A previous teardown from a Russian site revealed components from Maxim, Synaptics, NXP, InvenSense, and Skyworks (SWKS). Aside from the Skyworks components (apparently swapped out for Avago parts in Chipworks' S5 model), the Chipworks teardown largely turns up the same parts.
- Earlier: Snapdragon 600 inside Amazon's Fire TV set-top
Mar. 17, 2014, 2:32 PM
- China Mobile's decision (officially announced on Friday) to require all 4G phones sold by the company as of May 31 to support five air interfaces should bolster Qualcomm's (QCOM +3.4%) 4G baseband chip sales and Chinese royalty collections, thinks Goldman's Simona Jankowski.
- Jankowski observes Qualcomm "has the most mature and broad portfolio" of 5-mode mobile SoCs, and that the company could have an easier time collecting royalties from Chinese OEMs on sales of phones supporting the globally-adopted 4G FDD-LTE and 3G W-CDMA standards. Qualcomm has had trouble collecting on sales of phones supporting China Mobile's 3G TD-SCDMA standard (but not W-CDMA).
- She also points out China Mobile is hoping to sell 100M 4G phones this year, after having launched commercial 4G services in late 2013. The Chinese government's antitrust probe remains an overhang, though as Jankowski notes, that's tied to royalty rates rather than Qualcomm's right to collect.
- Previous: Qualcomm could benefit from China Mobile 5-mode requirement
- Update: SA commenter Philip Marlowe notes RF component makers (RFMD, TQNT, SWKS, AVGO, ANAD) should also benefit from the policy change, as 5-mode phones require more RF circuitry than 3-mode phones.
Mar. 11, 2014, 9:46 AM
- Vipshop (VIPS -4.1%) has been cut to Neutral by Goldman. Shares blasted off last week in response to the company's Q4 beat and strong guidance.
- Unisys (UIS -6.5%) has been cut to Market Perform by Raymond James.
- Aixtron (AIXG -1.6%) has been cut to Neutral by BNP Paribas.
- As part of a chip sector coverage launch, AppliedMicro (AMCC +1%), TowerJazz (TSEM +1.5%), Neonode (NEON +1.6%), RF Micro (RFMD +1.8%), and TriQuint (TQNT +1.6%) have been started at Buy by Ascendiant Capital.
Mar. 5, 2014, 6:06 PM
- After growing ~60% in 2013 (and fueling global shipment growth of 39%), IDC expects Chinese smartphone shipment growth to slow to ~20% in 2014 and just ~10% in 2015.
- Though only 40% of China's 1B+ mobile users now use a smartphone, IDC's Kiranjeet Kaur notes most users who can comfortably afford a smartphone have already bought one. Plunging low-end Android prices could expand the addressable market in a country whose nominal per capita GDP is around $6K.
- India, which has a sub-10% smartphone penetration rate, still presents a major growth opportunity. But with a nominal per capita GDP of ~$1,500, the country is even more cost-sensitive than China.
- With China slowing down and developed markets living up to their name, IDC expects global smartphone growth to slow to 19% in 2014; that still spells total volumes of 1.2B. Tough competition and the ongoing mix shift towards emerging markets is expected to lead the industry's ASP to fall $27 to $308.
- Smartphone OEMs with strong Chinese exposure: AAPL, SSNLF, LNVGY, ZTCOY
- Chip suppliers: QCOM, BRCM, CRUS, SWKS, RFMD, MRVL
- Chinese carriers: CHL, CHU, CHA
Mar. 3, 2014, 9:32 AM
- Autodesk (ADSK -2.7%) has been cut to Sell by Citi. Shares initially rose last week in response to the CAD software giant's FQ4 revenue beat and strong top-line guidance, but later sold off.
- Intuit (INTU +0.3%) has been upgraded to Buy by Citi.
- RF Micro (RFMD +0.7%) has been upgraded to Buy by BofA/Merrill.
- Infosys (INFY -2%) has been cut to Neutral by Baird.
- Intelsat (I -3.5%) has been cut to Neutral by JPMorgan.
- Procera (PKT -1.2%) has been cut to Buy from Strong Buy by Needham in the wake of last Thursday's Q4 miss.
- TDS (TDS +3.8%) and U.S. Cellular (USM +3.3%) have been upgraded to Overweight by JPMorgan.
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. 25, 2014, 9:37 AM
- RF Micro (RFMD -2.4%) has been cut to Hold by Canaccord, and to Neutral by D.A. Davidson, after soaring yesterday in response to news it's merging with RF component rival TriQuint (TQNT -0.9%). TriQuint has also been cut to Neutral by D.A. Davidson, and upgraded to Buy by Brean.
- TiVo (TIVO +1.1%) has been started at Outperform by Northland.
- RealPage (RP -22.7%) has been cut to Sector Perform by RBC after posting mixed Q4 results and providing soft 2014 guidance (revenue of $440M-$450M and EPS of $0.65-$0.69 vs. a consensus of $459.7M and $0.76).
- Datawatch (DWCH +6.1%) has been started at Outperform by Cowen.
Feb. 24, 2014, 12:48 PM
Feb. 24, 2014, 9:11 AM
Feb. 24, 2014, 8:04 AM| 1 Comment
Feb. 24, 2014, 7:42 AM
- RF Micro Devices (RFMD) and TriQuint Semiconductor (TQNT) will merge in an all-stock transaction.
- Under the terms of the deal, TriQuint shareholders will receive 1.675 shares of the new entity and RFMD shareholders will receive one share for each TriQuint or RFMD share held.
- The combined is expected to churn up $150M in cost synergies.
- Trading in both stocks is halted at the moment.
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