AVGO Jan 2021 300.000 call

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  • Trump Blocks Tech Merger to Stimulate 5G Leadership

    Trump Blocks Tech Merger to Stimulate 5G Leadership

    Chris' note: What do self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality have in common? There's one piece of bleeding-edge technology that unites them all…Source: Shutterstock Regular readers know I'm talking about 5G. It's one of the biggest trends on Jeff Brown's radar.Jeff is our go-to tech expert here at The Daily Cut. And this Thursday, August 22 at 8 p.m. ET, he's hosting a free 5G investment summit.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAs you'll see, we're about to enter what Jeff calls the "Final Phase of the 5G Boom." If he's right, folks have a real shot at watching a series of small investments return 500%… 1,000%… and more. If you're serious about profiting from the 5G boom, you'll want to reserve your spot right here.But you don't have to wait until Thursday to learn more about 5G… and why Jeff believes it will be the most important tech trend over the next decade. Below, he shows why 5G is central to a global battle America must win. And the economic impact will be huge…The United States and China are locked in a winner-take-all economic struggle.And no, I'm not talking about the ongoing trade negotiations. It's something else.Whoever wins will be the economic powerhouse of the next decade. The stakes are that high.Let me show you what I mean…Hostile TakeoverLast year, we almost saw a merger between technology firms Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). Had it gone through, it would have been the largest tech deal to date.Broadcom had been pursuing Qualcomm since November 2017. It initially offered an unsolicited bid of $103 billion to acquire controlling interest of Qualcomm.Qualcomm resisted. So Broadcom took another route.It initiated a hostile takeover of Qualcomm. That's when an acquiring company attempts to bypass its target's board and purchases a controlling interest in the company directly from shareholders. Very often, this means offering to buy shares at a premium.At $117 billion, the new bid for Qualcomm would have represented the largest technology merger in history.But then the White House stepped in… President Trump blocked the merger. The president said that "credible evidence" suggested that the takeover would pose a risk to U.S. national security.The official details are classified. But I believe I know why the White House took this unprecedented step.At the heart of the president's decision to block the merger is fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology.And here's why that's important…The Coming Wave of 5GWhen you connect to the internet on your computer, smartphone, or smart TV, a vast physical communications infrastructure makes that connection possible.And over the years, our wireless networks - and the infrastructure that supports them - have evolved.It all started in the 1980s with first-generation (1G) networks. Compared to what's possible today, 1G didn't allow much. You could only place voice calls - there was no layer for carrying other types of data. And you had to use one of those brick-sized cell phones Gordon Gekko yaps into in the movie Wall Street.But from then on, a new network generation went live roughly every 10 years. Each provided faster download speeds and more applications. The most recent one, 4G, went live around 2011.Now we're shifting to the fifth generation of wireless networks - 5G. And it represents the largest leap in wireless technology to date.A Leap ForwardThe current 4G networks are a disappointment. They're much slower than what the original developers thought the networks would deliver.Worst of all, the U.S. is in 62nd place when it comes to download speeds. That's going by a 2018 OpenSignal report.But with 5G, it's a different story. At peak speed, 5G will be almost 1,000 times faster than the average 4G connection we have today.We'll be going from an average of 16 megabits per second with current LTE connections… to 10 gigabits per second. (One gigabit is 1,000 megabits.)Even if we assume average 5G speeds will be 10% of their potential, we'd be looking at 1,000 megabits per second. That's almost 100 times faster than what we have today.With that kind of speed, you'll be able to download a two-hour movie in 10 seconds. Dropped phone calls and slow-loading web pages will be a thing of the past.Plus, some previously "sci-fi" tech will finally become a reality. Technologies like self-driving cars, virtual reality, and holographic projection will all operate over high-speed 5G connections. The applications are endless.5G is a game-changer because of all the technological innovation it will bring about. It'll be responsible for $12 trillion worth of new goods and services by 2035. That's about 70% of America's total GDP in 2018.And here's why the government considers the completion of 5G a matter of national security…Matter of National SecurityCountries that lead the way in deploying these networks will have a competitive economic advantage over other countries. And the technology companies in these "first-mover" countries will be the first to develop the hardware and software enabling these 5G wireless services.Right now, our government's fear is that China will set the 5G precedent.For context, Chinese company Huawei supplies the infrastructure and support for more than half of the 537 4G networks around the world. Suspicions have abounded for years about the company using its technology to spy on U.S. network traffic. And since 2018, tensions are reaching new highs.This led to Huawei being banned for a time from the U.S. and several other Western markets over spying concerns.The U.S. government sees it as an imperative that U.S. wireless networks are built out quickly - with U.S. and European technology - to ensure that the country's networks are less likely to fall victim to foreign espionage.That's why the Trump administration blocked the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger.While Broadcom recently stated its intention to bring most of its business back to the U.S., the bulk of its business is still based in Singapore. And while Singapore is its own country, it's heavily controlled by Chinese Singaporeans.The concern was that Broadcom would force Qualcomm to cut back on its 5G research and development, letting Huawei fill the void and making U.S. wireless networks vulnerable to cyberspying.This isn't wild speculation, either.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is a government agency that oversees foreign investment in American companies. It officially recommended blocking the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger. And it specifically mentioned the threat Huawei posed in the 5G space.The Trump administration even threatened to take things one step further…Nationalized InfrastructureIn January 2018, leaked White House documents showed that the U.S. government was considering nationalizing the 5G network build-out.In other words, it wanted to seize control of wireless networks from AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), and other service providers… and put them in the hands of the government.I had a hunch at the time that this was just a warning… a way to light a fire under the U.S. companies involved in the 5G build-out.The Trump administration was saying, "Get out there and build these 5G networks quickly, or we'll do it for you."And I was right. Trump has since said he opposes nationalizing the U.S. 5G network.But sending a warning was a very smart move by the administration. And it worked.Verizon and AT&T are already building out 5G networks in dozens of cities around the country. So are T-Mobile and Sprint, which are in the process of merging.The hope is for the U.S. to regain leadership in wireless network deployments. This will stimulate even stronger leadership in wireless network technology.If the U.S. fails, the government fears that America would depend on Chinese 5G technology. That would give China an enormous amount of leverage over the U.S.And remember, 5G is expected to create more than $12 trillion in wealth. Whoever sets the 5G precedent will be the economic powerhouse for the foreseeable future.This is a race the United States must win at all costs.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech InvestorP.S. The 5G race isn't over yet… That's why this Thursday I'm hosting a free 5G investment summit, The Final Phase of the 5G Boom.Key 5G stocks will soar 10X at least. And on August 22 at 8 p.m. ET, I'll show you how I spot these winners. I'll even give you the name of the top 5G company on my watchlist. If you're serious about investing in the 5G boom, you'll want to reserve your spot here. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Trump Blocks Tech Merger to Stimulate 5G Leadership appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • U.S. to Ease Huawei Sanctions for Another 90 Days, Ross Says

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    (Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The U.S. will extend for another 90 days a limited set of exemptions that had protected rural networks and other U.S. customers from a ban on doing business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co., Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday.Some telecom companies in the U.S. are “dependent” on Huawei, and so a 90-day reprieve was deemed appropriate, Ross said in an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo. Still, the U.S. also added more than 40 Huawei affiliates to a trade blacklist.“We’re giving them a little more time to wean themselves off,” he added. Ross said the next deadline will be around Nov. 19. He added that Commerce decided to place 46 more Huawei subsidiaries on its entity list.The announcement doesn’t address the wider national-security concerns about Huawei and answer the bigger question of whether U.S. chip companies and other major suppliers will be allowed to sell parts to China.Huawei said in a statement that the temporary relief “does not change the fact that Huawei has been treated unjustly. Today’s decision won’t have a substantial impact on Huawei’s business either way.” The move to add more of Huawei’s affiliates to the so-called Entity List “at this particular time, is politically motivated and has nothing to do with national security,” the company said.QuickTake: How Huawei Became a Target for GovernmentsPresident Donald Trump over the weekend indicated the U.S. was “doing very well with China, and talking” but also suggested he wasn’t ready to sign a trade deal.U.S. stocks rallied Monday after the Trump administration signaled progress on trade negotiations and Ross announced the extension. Huawei, China’s largest technology company by sales, has been at the heart of worsening tensions and been called a bargaining chip in thorny trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing. Trump had said he anticipated talking with Chinese President Xi Jinping “very soon” and the Huawei move may sweeten the tone of those discussions.Huawei, for its part, has been trying to carry on operations in face of U.S. sanctions on the sale of the vital technology. The company this month announced its in-house HarmonyOS, an open-source operating system that could one day serve as a replacement for Google Inc.’s Android if its access to that software is curtailed.Without Android or the numerous American silicon, technology and consultancy suppliers that Huawei does business with, many of its most promising product lines would either cease their rapid growth or be thwarted entirely.Rural AreasThe U.S. Commerce Department previously granted a three-month temporary license to Huawei’s U.S. customers shortly after the Trump administration blacklisted the Chinese company. That allowed telecom carriers in rural areas to continue using Huawei equipment and Google to provide only key Android security updates to Huawei phones.The latest extension came after Trump met in July with the chief executives of key Huawei suppliers from Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Broadcom Inc. to Intel Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. to discuss economic issues including a possible resumption of sales to Huawei. U.S. companies argued that Huawei will turn to non-American suppliers if sanctions persisted, hurting the U.S. in the long run. But trade talks with Beijing ground to a halt and China refused to resume purchases of American agricultural products.National SecurityThe announcement Monday came one day after Trump suggested that Huawei was unlikely to receive another extension, pushing back against news reports about an expected reprieve.“At this moment, it looks much more like we’re not going to do business,” Trump told reporters on Sunday in New Jersey. “I don’t want to do business at all, because it is a national security threat.”The president tied trade negotiations with the ongoing situation in Hong Kong, saying that a deal between the U.S. and China would be harder if there’s a violent conclusion to protests there because of concerns raised by U.S. lawmakers.Earlier this month, the trade war between the two countries intensified as the U.S. announced a next round of 10% tariffs on Chinese imports between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. China responded with a boycott of American farm products and allowed its currency to weaken, signaling that this can help cushion the tariff blow.(Updates with Huawei reaction in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Gao Yuan and Kasia Klimasinska.To contact the reporters on this story: Vlad Savov in Tokyo at vsavov5@bloomberg.net;Jordan Fabian in New York at jfabian6@bloomberg.net;Shawn Donnan in Washington at sdonnan@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at echan273@bloomberg.net, Elizabeth Wasserman, Sarah McGregorFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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    Shares of Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) have traded sideways as of late. Since my last article on the chip maker, NVDA stock has fallen from an open of $165.50 on July 2 to $156.05 share on August 13 then losing another $6 in yesterday's carnage .Source: Shutterstock So, with earnings due out today, is it time to buy NVDA stock?Not so fast! While the company has positive growth catalysts in the pipeline, the shares could be overvalued. NVDA stock trades at a discount to competitor Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD). But high expectations continue to be priced into Nvidia stock. With shares continuing to trade at a premium to broad line chip makers, now may not be the best time to buy into this one. Here's why I recommend some patience before making a move.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips What's Going on at NVDA?With NVDA stock, several factors come into play. Among them are the U.S.-China trade war and the global chip glut. But the biggest factor is the GPU war with AMD. Last month, Nvidia launched the RTX line to compete with AMD's family of Navi GPUs.Both chip makers are competing for dominance of the gaming market. Part of the battle is based on performance. But price has been the primary factor in the war. AMD may have gotten the better of Nvidia on price. After pushing Nvidia to cut prices, AMD caught them off guard again -- with another price reduction. * 7 Safe Dividend Stocks for Investors to Buy Right Now This price war underscores Nvidia's troubles in the gaming space. But what future catalysts will be a shot in the arm for the Nvidia stock price? Perhaps cloud gaming is the ticket to future growth. Nvidia's GeForce NOW enables PC gamers to stream more than 500 games from anywhere, using Nvidia's GPUs remotely. The service is currently in beta, but a million-plus players have signed up for the wait list. The subscription-based service could be a cash cow for Nvidia. But cloud gaming remains a work in progress. Widespread availability of 5G is required before cloud gaming reaches critical mass.Nvidia's other businesses face headwinds as well. Last quarter, the company projected continued weak sales for the data center segment. The analyst community also believes that the data center business has yet to turnaround. But if the company can beat expectations and provide an improved forecast, investors could see a boost in the Nvidia stock price.Much of this risk could already be factored into the Nvidia stock price. But this does not necessarily mean NVDA is undervalued. With this in mind, let's take a look at Nvidia stock's current valuation. Nvidia Stock is Not CheapNvidia stock continues to trade at a discount to AMD shares. NVDA currently trades at a forward price/earnings (forward P/E) ratio of 38, compared to AMD's 69.5 forward P/E. In terms of enterprise value/EBITDA (EV/EBITDA), NVDA trades at an EV/EBITDA ratio of 28.4, compared to AMD's EV/EBITDA ratio of 69.7.While NVDA trades at a lower valuation than AMD, I continue to believe that Nvidia stock is not cheap. NVDA trades at premium to broad line chip makers such as Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), which currently trades at a forward P/E of 11.5 and has an EV/EBITDA ratio of 7. Another broad line chip maker, Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO), trades at a forward P/E of 50.3, but at a lower EV/EBITDA ratio (14.2) than Nvidia. With the company's growth troubles, it is tough to justify the stock's current premium to the broad line chip names. NVDA may be a strong opportunity down the road, but not at the current price. * Stocks Under $7 to Invest in Now Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon agrees. Rasgon recently gave the stock a "market perform" rating, believing the shares' current valuation minimized potential upside. As he wrote in his client note, "We remain somewhat cautious into the print nonetheless, and believe better entry points may exist at later dates."Rasgon's price target is $150 a share. I believe NVDA stock could go materially lower. If NVDA continues to disappoint, shares could trade closer to the valuations of the broad line chip makers. Bottom Line on NVDA StockInvestors have beaten down NVDA stock but they're not yet at bargain levels. While the company's valuation is below arch rival AMD, Nvidia stock continues to trade at a fairly high valuation. More bad news could hit the price and present a stronger buying opportunity. But it could also be a warning sign to avoid the stock further. Take your time with NVDA. Wait until a better entry point, then make your move.As of this writing, Thomas Niel did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * 5 More Cloud Stocks With Plenty of Potential * 5 Clean Energy ETFs to Buy for 2019 The post Should You Buy Nvidia Stock Ahead of Today's Earnings? Not So Fast! appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • Huawei Hires Trade Lobbyists as Sales Slow in U.S.-China Fight

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    (Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Huawei Technologies Co. hired the law firm Sidley Austin LLP to lobby on trade as the U.S. pressures allies to join it in blacklisting the Chinese telecom giant and the company finds itself increasingly mired in President Donald Trump’s trade war with Beijing.The lobbying, which began in July, will focus on export controls, trade sanctions “and other national security-related topics,” according to a disclosure filed with the U.S. Senate. The document shows that Huawei is deepening its ties to Sidley Austin, which is already working on the company’s legal challenges in the U.S., while also ramping up its lobbying presence.Huawei, which is under an existential threat after the Trump administration blocked it from buying American technology over national-security concerns, has been drawn into the latest escalation of the trade war.Only six weeks ago, following a meeting in Japan with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump said he’d delay imposing some restrictions on U.S. companies’ sales to Huawei. The U.S. even invited companies to apply for licenses under an exemption to the Huawei ban.But Bloomberg reported on Aug. 8 that the White House was holding off any decisions on those licenses. The delay follows a series of rapid-fire, tit-for-tat moves including Trump announcing plans to impose tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports in September and China halting purchases of U.S farm goods. The U.S. also declared China a currency manipulator.Deepens TiesSidley Austin is already defending Huawei and a U.S. affiliate against charges that they defrauded at least four banks by concealing business dealings in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.U.S. prosecutors are seeking to disqualify the company’s lead lawyer in the case, James Cole, because they say his former role as the No. 2 at the Justice Department gave him access to classified information that represents an “obvious conflict of interest.” A hearing has been scheduled in the matter in September.Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its billionaire founder, Ren Zhengfei, is also charged in the case. She remains free on bail in Vancouver while she fights extradition to the U.S.Sidley is also representing Huawei in a suit against the U.S. over seizure of telecommunications equipment during an investigation into whether the gear required export licenses. Neither Cole nor the lawyers listed in that lawsuit are among the lobbyists on the disclosure.The Chinese company is one of the world’s biggest purchasers of semiconductors. Continuing those sales is crucial to the fortunes of chipmakers such as Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Inc., who sent their chief executives to meet with Trump in July.Huawei has seen a dramatic slowdown in sales growth as it deals with the U.S. campaign.Alphabet Inc.’s Google stopped providing Huawei with a version of its Android operating system, which lets apps run and provides mobile security on smartphones. That means Huawei, the world’s second-biggest smartphone seller, can no longer pre-install Google’s popular apps, like Gmail and YouTube, on Huawei devices.To fight back, Huawei last week unveiled an in-house operating system, called HarmonyOS, saying it can replace Android if Google’s software is barred from its future smartphones. But Ren also said the company needed a lot more time to build an apps ecosystem, a requirement for any operating software to thrive in the long run.American OnslaughtHuawei, which the U.S. says poses a risk because it must cooperate with Beijing’s espionage agencies under Chinese law, is kicking off a yearslong overhaul to create an “iron army” that can help it survive an American onslaught while protecting its lead in next-generation wireless, Ren warned in an internal memo seen by Bloomberg News.The U.S. says Huawei can build backdoors into its equipment and that it has stolen other companies’ intellectual property. The Shenzhen-based company counters that governments and customers in 170 countries use its equipment, which poses no greater cybersecurity threat than that of any communications technology vendor. Huawei says that the campaign results from Washington’s realization that the U.S. has fallen behind in developing fifth-generation mobile networks.Huawei, which had all but shut down its Washington lobbying operation at the end of 2018, has also recently hired the law firms of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Jones Day as lobbyists. After Samir Jain, a Jones Day partner who served on President Barack Obama’s National Security Council, registered to lobby for the company, Trump criticized the move in a tweet. The company says Jain will help with legal efforts and not lobby.Sidley Austin also represents the U.S. division of Chinese video surveillance company Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and organizations with ties to the governments of Hong Kong and Russia, according to disclosures. It also represents Bloomberg LP, the owner of Bloomberg News.\--With assistance from Ian King, Jenny Leonard, Shawn Donnan, Mark Bergen and Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Brody in Washington at btenerellabr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at sforden@bloomberg.net, Jillian Ward, Paula DwyerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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    (Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Huawei Technologies Co. took the wraps off its “HarmonyOS” operating system Friday, offering the first glimpses of in-house software that may someday replace Google’s Android and reduce its reliance on American technology.To begin with, the open-source software will skip smartphones and instead find its way into everything from cars and watches to personal computers by 2020, Richard Yu, chief executive of the consumer business said during a launch event. Earbuds and virtual reality goggles will follow. Huawei is considering running the OS on its upcoming flagship Mate 30, he told reporters.“Because we support Google’s Android ecosystem, we will prioritize Android for smartphones. If we can’t use Android, we can install HarmonyOS quickly,” Yu said at Huawei’s developers conference in Dongguan. “We had a great chance to become the world’s biggest vendor by shipment -- if not for the trade war.”HarmonyOS, previously code-named “Hongmeng” or “Ark,” is an important part of Huawei’s effort to develop alternatives in response to sanctions on American technology it needs to make its gear. Underscoring the unpredictability of supply, Bloomberg News reported the White House is delaying a decision about licenses for U.S. companies to resume selling to Huawei.China’s largest technology company has found itself at the center of sensitive trade negotiations between Beijing and Washington, with the latter accusing its geopolitical rival of stealing technology and posing a risk to U.S. national security. Irrespective of how the talks play out, Trump administrative curbs have all but smothered Huawei’s goal of overtaking Samsung Electronics Co. to become the world’s largest maker of smartphones.While Huawei’s operating system may serve it well in its domestic market, any plans to dethrone Google’s Android globally will be misplaced, according to Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint Research.“Huawei with deep pockets and scale in China can pull this off in the domestic market, but to reach Google Android level service integration and app quality outside China is going to be less trivial and a mammoth task,” he said.Huawei seems confident it can do it. “Our HarmonyOS is more powerful and secure than Android, and it has greater distributed capability and is future-facing,” Yu said. “Can HarmonyOS be installed on smartphones? Of course.”For HarmonyOS to work, Huawei will need developers to build apps for its ecosystem -- a major question mark around its fledgling software. “It took Android a decade to reach here with deep integration of Google Mobile Services, and it now has a well curated and relatively secure App Store with millions of apps, advanced AI capabilities,” Shah added.Last year, Huawei spent at least 500 million yuan ($70 million) to lure developers to work on its homegrown OS, and the company may invest more this year, said Yu. “The biggest attraction is our profit-sharing scheme. We may only keep 10% of the app profits and leave the rest to developers,” he said.The efficacy of HarmonyOS is something Huawei still has to prove. Yu went into back-end technical details but refrained from describing consumer-facing features, suggesting it may not yet be ready for prime-time.To help with app migration, HarmonyOS will be built on the Linux and Huawei’s own LiteOS kernels for now, Yu said, which will change in future generations of the OS.Two months into a Trump administration ban that cut off Huawei from American suppliers, Huawei is starting to feel the pinch. It warned of a tougher performance in the second half of 2019 and has been internally preparing for a drop in overseas smartphone shipments of a staggering 60 million units. Yu said Friday that sanctions imposed in May had already reduced smartphone shipments by more than 10 million units in the second quarter.Huawei is delaying the release of its first foldable smartphone Mate X because of “production volume issues”. Yu warned buyers may have to wait until November for the long-awaited product. The postponement is a major blow for the Chinese company, which is battling Samsung and Apple in the global smartphone market.Huawei has looked to its home turf to offset international headwinds. The company has assigned as many as 10,000 engineers, working across three shifts a day, to develop alternatives to American software and components. Huawei already designs its own HiSilicon Kirin processors, though it retains a reliance on U.S. firms such as Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Inc. for additional wireless chips.And it’s focusing on domestic sales: the company commanded 37% of the Chinese smartphone market in the second quarter, according to IDC, giving it roughly the same share as the second and third largest vendors combined. Strong home-market sales boosted Huawei’s shipments by 24% to 118 million units in the first half, the company said earlier.(Updates with comments from analyst in the seventh paragraph.)\--With assistance from Simran Jagdev.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at echan273@bloomberg.net, Colum Murphy, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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