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  • Thu, Apr. 23, 12:20 PM
    • While the Nasdaq is up 0.3%, chip stocks are selling off (SOXX -1.8%) after Texas Instruments, Xilinx, and Qualcomm all provided soft calendar Q2 guidance. TI and Xilinx also missed Q1 sales estimates, while Qualcomm beat.
    • Decliners include Avago (AVGO -3.7%), Qorvo (QRVO -2.5%), Freescale (FSL -3%), STMicroelectronics (STM -3.6%), Atmel (ATML -2.3%), PMC-Sierra (PMCS -2.5%), Fairchild (FCS -2.2%), Cypress (CY -2.1%), Audience (ADNC -6.6%), IDT (IDTI -4.5%), Vishay (VSH -2.9%), AppliedMicro (AMCC -2.3%), and Cavium (CAVM -4.4%). NXP, ON Semi, Linear, Microchip, and Maxim remain lower after falling AH yesterday.
    • With the decliners including many microcontroller, analog/mixed-signal, and telecom equipment chipmakers, TI (TXN -7.3%) might be the biggest culprit: The analog/DSP giant blamed soft telecom equipment and consumer electronics demand for its numbers, with particular weakness in mobile infrastructure (a 2014 strong point) and PCs; auto and industrial demand was healthier.
    • On its CC (transcript), TI attributed the mobile weakness to delayed carrier capacity upgrades. This morning, mobile infrastructure giant Ericsson posted a Q1 miss blamed in part on weak North American 4G spending.
    • Likewise, Xilinx (XLNX -1.3%), which has strong 4G infrastructure exposure, stated on its CC (transcript) wireless sales were weaker than expected due to "continued softness in North America and a weakening in China LTE business." Wired infrastructure sales were in-line, and other markets outperformed.
    • Qualcomm largely blamed its guidance on the iPhone 6's share gains and a loss of chip share at Samsung, rather than industry demand issues. Altera, Freescale, Maxim, Microsemi, and Synaptics report after the close.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    • 8 days ago: Chip stocks rally following Intel/Linear's earnings
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  • Wed, Apr. 22, 12:51 PM
    • Craig-Hallum has launched coverage on STMicroelectronics (STM +2.8%) with a Buy rating and $13 target ahead of the chipmaker's April 30 Q1 report. Shares are close to a 52-week high of $10 - they also rallied yesterday.
    • Strong Galaxy S6 sales - STM is supplying the phone's touch controller, and might also be supplying (along with InvenSense) motion sensors - could act as a Q1/Q2 tailwind. Meanwhile, peers have reported strong Q1 industrial and auto chip sales.
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  • Tue, Apr. 21, 3:27 PM
    • Today's notable tech gainers include Chinese online retailer Vipshop (VIPS +4.9%), European chipmaker STMicroelectronics (STM +5.1%), IP risk-protection services firm RPX (RPXC +4.1%), Wi-Fi hardware maker Aerohive (HIVE +4.8%), Indian ISP/data services firm Sify (SIFY +5.2%), and software outsourcing firm Luxoft (LXFT +3.9%). The Nasdaq is up 0.5%.
    • Notable decliners include 3 e-commerce-focused firms: Online women's/children's apparel seller Zulily (ZU -6.5%) e-commerce listing/monetization service provider ChannelAdvisor (ECOM -5.1%), and online coupon/promo code provider RetailMeNot (SALE -3.9%). Also off is ultracapacitor maker Maxwell (MXWL -6.1%).
    • Vipshop is once more near a high of $30.59. STMicro is closing in on a 52-week high of $10.00 ahead of its April 30 Q1 report. Possible helping Aerohive: The company has launched a new channel partner program and hired Riverbed/EMC vet Johnna Bowley to run it.
    • Maxwell is once more within a dollar of a 52-week low of $6.29; its Q1 report is due on Thursday. Zulily is slightly more than a dollar above a post-IPO low of $12.34. ChannelAdvisor reports on May 4, and RetailMeNot on May 5.
    • Previously covered: Cybersecurity stocks, chip equipment stocks, 3D Systems/Stratasys, ARM, ServiceSource, Ultra Clean, 58.com, Tremor Video, Voltari, Rambus, Sanmina
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  • Thu, Mar. 26, 10:50 AM
    • The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX -1.8%) is now down 6% over the last two days. Today's losses come after NAND flash giant SanDisk issued a Q1 warning and withdrew its full-year guidance - price pressure, soft enterprise sales, and delayed product qualifications were all blamed.
    • Meanwhile, some are partly blaming yesterday's big selloff on cautious remarks from TSMC (has an estimated ~50% global foundry share) at a Credit Suisse conference. CS analyst Randy Abrams reports TSMC (NYSE:TSM) has observed "a slowdown in the past 4-5 weeks due to US$ strength impacting European and emerging market purchasing power," and that inventories "will be a few days above seasonal exiting 1Q15." Pac Crest downgraded TSMC two weeks ago on inventory concerns.
    • Following an Asian trip, Susquehanna's Chris Caso has argued there isn't too much to be alarmed about, though he admits forex could be an issue. "There’s mixed signals here and there. We weren’t picking up anything that was tremendously different across the supply chain. PCs were the weakest area. That’s really not a surprise."
    • RF chipmakers Skyworks (SWKS -4.6%) and Qorvo (QRVO -2.1%), among 2014's best performers, are again selling off; peer Avago is off only slightly. Also seeing further profit-taking are Ambarella (AMBA -3%), NXP (NXPI -3.6%), Freescale (FSL -2.8%), Cavium (CAVM -3.2%), and STMicroelectronics (STM -4.5%).
    • Among equipment makers, Axcelis (ACLS -2.9%), Aixtron (AIXG -3.6%), Veeco (VECO -3%), and Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC -2.5%) are declining. A selloff in European equities could be affecting Aixtron, NXP/Freescale, and STMicro.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    • Update: Credit Suisse, Goldman, and Deutsche have each offered thoughts on the chip selloff.
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  • Wed, Mar. 25, 12:03 PM
    • Chip stocks are particularly hard-hit  (SOXX -3.6%) on a rough day for tech. The Nasdaq is down 1.3%, and the S&P 0.7%. Going into today, good earnings reports and ongoing M&A activity had led the Philadelphia Semi Index to rise 10% from its Jan. 30 close; the index remains up nearly 2x from its fall 2012 lows.
    • AMD (AMD -7.2%) is a major decliner following a UBS downgrade. AMD rival/GPU giant Nvidia (NVDA -5.2%) and memory giant Micron (MU -3.7%) are also selling off, as are merger partners NXP (NXPI -3.8%) and Freescale (FSL -3.4%), RF chipmakers Avago (AVGO -5.2%), Skyworks (SWKS -5.3%), and Qorvo (QRVO -7.1%), LED/RF chipmaker Cree (CREE -4.1%), and high-flying video processor developer Ambarella (AMBA -4.3%).
    • Other decliners include telecom chipmakers/ARM server CPU vendors Cavium (CAVM -4.8%) and AppliedMicro (AMCC -4.4%), microcontroller vendors Atmel (ATML -3.5%), Cypress (CY -5.5%), and STMicroelectronics (STM -3.5%), voice processor developer Audience (ADNC -3.7%), analog/mixed-signal chipmakers Linear (LLTC -3.7%), Maxim (MXIM -3%), and Intersil (ISIL -3.5%), FPGA maker Lattice (LSCC -3.9%), and mixed-signal/wireless charging IC developer IDT (IDTI -5.4%).
    • Chip equipment, IP, and foundry providers are also underperforming. Big decliners include ARM (ARMH -4.4%), KLA-Tencor (KLAC -4.2%), Lam Research (LRCX -5.4%), ASML (ASML -4.1%), TowerJazz (TSEM -4.3%), Mattson (MTSN -4.5%), Ultratech (UTEK -4.7%), and Tessera (TSRA -6.1%). ASML has been downgraded to Hold by Banco Santander.
    • TSMC (TSM -4.6%) is among the decliners in spite of a Digitimes report stating the foundry giant's sales are expected to rise 0%-5% Q/Q in Q2 - consensus is for a 2% drop - with strong Apple A8 CPU orders offsetting soft Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 orders.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
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  • Fri, Mar. 20, 10:49 AM
    • Morgan Stanley has upgraded STMicroelectronics (STM +3.4%) to Equal Weight. The European chipmaker is at its highest levels since last May, when shares briefly touched $10.
    • STMicro rallied earlier this week on a BofA/Merril target hike.
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  • Mon, Mar. 16, 4:11 PM
    • BofA/Merrill has hiked its STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) target by €0.50 to €9.70 ($10.28). The firm cites a weak euro, STM's cost-cutting efforts, and a mix shift towards higher-margin products.
    • The chipmaker closed today within $0.31 of a 52-week high of $10.00.  Though shares have rallied over the last 4 months, STM has still markedly underperformed the Philadelphia Semi Index since the fall of 2013.
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  • Mon, Mar. 2, 1:41 PM
    • The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +2.4%) has rallied to new highs after NXP announced it's buying microcontroller, network processor, and RF amplifier supplier Freescale for $16.7B after factoring net cash/debt, the biggest deal yet in the chip industry's ongoing consolidation wave. The Nasdaq is up 0.5%.
    • Microcontroller makers are among today's big gainers - NXP/Freescale assert they'll be the world's biggest supplier of general-purpose microcontrollers. Standouts include Atmel (ATML +6%) and STMicroelectronics (STM +3.4%), as well as Cypress (CY +3.1%) and merger partner Spansion (CODE +3.2%).
    • Other notable gainers include InvenSense (INVN +3.4%), Ambarella (AMBA +6.3%), Audience (ADNC +5.5%), Cirrus Logic (CRUS +3.7%), Cavium (CAVM +4.2%), ON Semi (ONNN +3.5%), Silicon Motion (SIMO +3.5%), InPhi (IPHI +3.8%), and TowerJazz (TSEM +5.5%).
    • With the Mobile World Congress as a backdrop, InvenSense has unveiled a 6-axis SoC that pairs a gyroscope and acceleromoter with a motion processor and related software/algorithms; the company claims 25%-50% better power consumption than rival solutions. It has also launched a software library meant to "provide sensor-assisted positioning in places where GNSS alone cannot provide desired accuracy."
    • Cavium has announced its OCTEON Fusion-M processor line for mobile base stations. The chips support up to 16 custom CPU cores running at 2GHz., and are declared by Cavium to enable "Smart Radio Heads" that can adapt to network conditions. They begin sampling in Q3.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    • Previously: Chip product launches: ARMH, EZCH, BRCM, NXPI, XLNX, IDTI
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  • Mon, Jan. 5, 9:57 AM
    • With Greece and oil-related fears once more taking a toll, The Euro Stoxx 50 is down 2.1%, and many continental indices posting ~2% declines. U.S.-traded European tech and telecom names are performing much the same way.
    • Tech decliners: NOK -4.2%. ALU -3.3%. SAP -2.9%. STM -2%.
    • Telecom decliners: VOD -2.4%. TEF -4%. ORAN -3.6%. TI -2.2%. PT -6%.
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  • Fri, Jan. 2, 10:57 AM
    • "Based on supply chain conversations, we believe SYNA has likely lost the touch controller socket on the upcoming Galaxy S6 (GS6) to STM," writes Pac Crest's John Vinh, discussing his downgrade of Synaptics to Sector Perform.
    • Vinh: "We believe SYNA's latest-generation touch controller was highly competitive, but that STM was 'good enough' and was able to win on pricing with ASPs of $1+." STMicroelectronics' (STM +0.7%) shares are up modestly.
    • Synaptics has the touch controller slot for the Galaxy S4 and S5, as well as the S5's fingerprint sensor slot. The company has been trying to differentiate itself from touch controller rivals by creating integrated touch/display driver (TDDI) solutions; the Renesas SP deal should give its efforts a boost.
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  • Dec. 10, 2014, 2:39 PM
    • Citing valuation, UBS has downgraded STMicroelectronics (STM -3%) to Neutral.
    • The European chipmaker is down 7% in a year the Philadelphia Semi Index is up 28%. Its 2015E price/sales multiple is down to 0.9x.
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  • Oct. 29, 2014, 1:19 PM
    • In addition to missing Q3 revenue estimates (while beating on EPS), STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) is guiding for Q4 revenue to be down 3.5% Q/Q (+/- 350 bps). That implies a range of $1.76B-$1.89B, well below a $2.01B consensus.
    • The company witnessed a "softening of demand towards the end of [Q3], specifically in the mass market and in microcontrollers." Like many other chipmakers, STM was hammered on Oct. 10 after microcontroller vendor Microchip warned.
    • All product groups are expected to decline Q/Q except for the Analog, MEMS, and Sensors group, which is benefiting from "key product ramp-ups, such as analog microphones, new 6-axis gyroscopes and touch controllers."
    • STM plans to merge its Digital Convergence Group (makes TV/set-top SOCs, among other things) with its Imaging, Bi-CMOS, and Silicon Photonics Group into a new Digital Product Group. The reorg and other initiatives are expected to yield $100M/year in cost savings.
    • Between them, the merging units had Q3 revenue of $286M (15% of total revenue). STM appears to be losing set-top chip share to Broadcom.
    • Gross margin rose to 34.3% from 34% in Q2 and 32.4% a year ago. Q4 GM guidance is at 33.8% (+/- 200 bps). $93M was spent on buybacks.
    • Citi's upgrade wasn't well-timed.
    • Q3 results, PR
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  • Oct. 29, 2014, 9:15 AM
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  • Oct. 28, 2014, 10:53 AM
    • Citi has upgraded STMicroelectronics (STM +2.7%) to Neutral ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report.
    • The European chipmaker's shares are down 29% from a spring high of $10.00, and go for only 1.3x 2015E sales.
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  • Oct. 13, 2014, 9:58 AM
    • Pac Crest has downgraded analog/mixed-signal IC vendors Freescale (FSL -2.9%), ON Semi (ONNN -5.5%), and Silicon Labs (SLAB -3.4%) following Microchip's calendar Q3 warning. In-line with Microchip's cautious remarks, the firm cites evidence of a distributor inventory correction and weak Chinese demand.
    • All three names sold off on Friday on account of Microchip, with Freescale and ON registering double-digit declines.
    • Meanwhile, JPMorgan has downgraded European chipmakers STMicroelectronics (STM -3.4%) and Infineon (OTCPK:IFNNF) to Neutral. The firm is worried about the impact of German and Chinese macro trends.
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  • Oct. 1, 2014, 9:29 AM
    • "We strongly believe investors should look past the unpredictable nature of short-term fearmongers and remain focused on the long-term strategic mileposts that INVN has met," says Needham's Vernon Essi, Jr.
    • Essi notes InvenSense was trading at ~$18 a year ago (just a little below current levels), when teardowns revealed its motion sensors weren't in the iPhone 5S. "Fast forward one year and INVN finds itself in the iPhone 6 with upwards of $100M in incremental annual revenue and $0.50 in EPS as a result." His target remains at $28.
    • Ascendiant Capital's Cody Acree defended InvenSense yesterday. Like others, the firm argued Apple's inclusion of a Bosch accelerometer in the iPhone 6 (along with an InvenSense gyroscope/accelerometer) was simply done to improve power draw, and isn't a concern.
    • Acree does believe traditional motion sensor supplier STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) has been qualified as a second source by Apple, but adds it's unknown how much business STM will ultimately get. "Remember, INVN was a second source for the prior iPhone but ended up with little-to-no volume."
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STMicroelectronics NV designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductor products used in different microelectronic applications, including automotive products, computer peripherals, telecommunications systems, consumer products, & control systems.
Sector: Technology
Country: Italy