Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report Q1 earnings after the close on Wednesday, January 30, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm has eclipsed Intel (INTC) as the U.S. listed semiconductor manufacturer with the highest market capitalization... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.13 on revenue of $5.9B. The consensus range is $1.08-$1.17 for EPS on revenue of $5.72B-$6.25B, according to First Call. In its last earnings report, Qualcomm said it expects Q1 EPS of $1.08-$1.16 on revenue of $5.6B-$6.1B, both of which beat consensus expectations at that time... LAST QUARTER: Qualcomm reported Q4 EPS of 89c on revenue of $4.87B, which beat the consensus expectations at that time in November. Qualcomm reported it shipped approximately 141M Mobile Station Modem, or MSM, chipsets in Q4 and said it expected MSM chip shipments to grow to 168-178M in Q1... RESEARCH AND NEWS: In a note to investors yesterday, Piper Jaffray analyst Auguste Richard said the firm expects Qualcomm to meet or beat the high-end of its guidance and report continued market share gains. Cowen similarly said in a note this morning that it expects Qualcomm to report an increase of chip market share in Q1 and that market share gains should continue throughout this year. In recent days Canaccord has said Qualcomm is well positioned for 2013 earnings growth and Morgan Stanley called the risk/reward in Qualcomm shares favorable ahead of the company's Q1 report. Early this month, Citigroup removed Broadcom (BRCM) from its Top Picks Live list in favor or Qualcomm, citing the rapid adoption of 3G smartphones in China and emerging markets as positive for Qualcomm... PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Qualcomm have advanced over 9%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Qualcomm is unchanged at $63.45.
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