Wednesday, May 15, 12:13 PM
InvenSense (INVN +4.6%) will gain Apple as a client this year and will also be designed into Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, says Pac Crest in a note that's lifting shares. On Monday, Wedge Partners, which in the past has said checks point to an iPhone 5S design win, said initial Apple shipments could happen in Q2, and that InvenSense is part of a reference design for MediaTek's 6589 quad-core processor, something that has led to a design win with growing Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi. Also: InvenSense filed a fresh lawsuit against archrival STMicroelectronics (STM +1.7%) yesterday.
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Friday, May 3, 10:29 AM
Heavily-shorted InvenSense (INVN +25.7%) continues shooting higher after beating FQ4 estimates. FQ1 guidance isn't great - revenue of $53M-$55M and EPS of $0.12-$0.14 vs. a consensus of $56.4M and $0.15 - but the motion sensor chipmaker also talked on its CC about a strong backlog and a solid relationship with Samsung, and didn't do anything to shoot down reports of an iPhone 5S design win. Top rival and current iPhone motion sensor supplier STMicroelectronics (STM -0.1%) is missing out on today's rally. (earlier)
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Tuesday, April 23, 11:22 AM
STMicroelectronics (STM +8.8%) recoups its April losses after beating Q1 EPS estimates on the back of a 170 bps Y/Y improvement in gross margin to 31.3%. The European chipmaker is guiding for Q2's Q/Q revenue growth to be in a range of -0.5% to +6.5%, the midpoint of which is below a 5% consensus. But it also setting a gross margin range of 30.7%-34.7%, as restructuring efforts and the ST-Ericsson wind-down provide a lift. Digital Convergence (set-tops/TVs) sales were a relative strong point (+8% Y/Y), as was Memory & Security (+9%). On the flip side, Silicon Photonics sales dived 35%. (PR)
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Monday, March 18, 11:54 AM
Samsung's Galaxy S IV uses a Broadcom (BRCM +0.9%) NFC chip rather than an NXP (NXPI -3.3%) part, NFC Times confirms in a column that seems to be pressuring NXP shares - some already suspected a Broadcom chip is being used. The site adds Broadcom's part works in tandem with an STMicroelectronics (STM +3.8%) memory chip to enable NFC payment apps from Visa and MasterCard. NXP supplies the NFC chip found in the Galaxy S III and is still the market's leading vendor, but Broadcom's design win rate has been picking up lately.
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Tuesday, March 12, 12:49 PM
Not too surprisingly, STMicroelectronics (STM -3.5%) and Ericsson (ERIC +1.8%) have failed to find a buyer for money and share-losing ST-Ericsson, six sources tell Bloomberg. Samsung and other prospective buyers reportedly failed to make bids after being approached. A wind-down of the JV is being considered among other options. Shares of both owners have spiked lower, but STM (a much smaller company) is getting the worst of it. (CEO change)
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Friday, March 8, 10:38 AM
InvenSense (INVN +4.9%) will likely be a motion sensor supplier for the iPhone 5S, says Wedge Partners in a report that has led shares to spike higher. Apple has been relying on rival STMicroelectronics (STM +0.5%). earlier this week, InvenSense announced it had won a stay on a U.S. suit filed by STM due to progress made by InvenSense in challenging the patents asserted by STM through the USPTO. 24.5% of InvenSense's float was shorted as of Feb. 15.
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Thursday, January 31, 9:48 AM
Down AH yesterday following mixed Q4 results and light Q1 guidance, STMicroelectronics (STM +5.8%) is making new 52-week highs this morning. A 16% Y/Y increase in analog, MEMS, and microcontroller sales could be going over well. On the other hand, Digital (consumer electronics) and Wireless (dominated by ST-Ericsson) respectively fell 18% and 14%. Moreover, ST-Ericsson "anticipates a very significant sequential decrease in net sales" for Q1, and STM expects to spend $300M-$500M to exit the failed basbeband chip JV.
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Monday, December 10, 2012, 1:26 PM
InvenSense (INVN +6.3%) is sharply higher after announcing its motion sensor chips are shipping in large volumes for use in Windows 8 and RT tablets and ultrabooks from tier-1 OEMs. InvenSense noted in its calendar Q3 earnings call STMicroelectronics (STM) has a "dominant position" when it comes to Intel-based Windows motion sensor design wins, thanks to its inclusion in an Intel reference design.
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