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(Bloomberg) -- Slack Technologies Inc. gave an upbeat quarterly forecast, demonstrating the software maker’s resilient growth despite intensifying competition from Microsoft Corp.Revenue will be $172 million to $174 million in the period ending in January, which would be 42% year-over-year at the midpoint, the San Francisco-based company said Wednesday in a statement. Analysts, on average, estimated $173.2 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Chief Executive Officer Stewart Butterfield has sought to boost the number of paying customers for his company’s workplace messaging and workflow software, versions of which can be used for free. Slack, which had a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange in June, is being challenged by Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, which has a rival product called Teams that it sometimes gives to clients at no cost. Slack said it reached more than 105,000 paid customers in its second earnings report as a public company, fewer than the 106,700 analysts expected.“It was a great quarter for revenue growth,” Butterfield said in an interview. “We call out the enterprise growth specifically.”Competition with Microsoft has had a smaller effect on the business than some expected, he said. “There’s still a lot of market confusion and we’re going to have to work harder to dispel that. If you think about those concentric circles, there’s a lot where we don’t compete at all.”In the period ended Oct. 31, sales jumped 60% to $168.7 million. Analysts projected $156.2 million. Slack reported an adjusted loss of 2 cents a share for the quarter, compared with analysts’ estimates of 8 cents.The number of large customers grew 67% to 821 compared with a year earlier, slower than the pace in the fiscal second quarter, when the metric was 75%. For the first time, Slack disclosed that more than 50 customers are spending more than $1 million in annual recurring revenue on the company’s software.Shares gained about 2% in extended trading after closing at $21.66 in New York. The stock has dropped 17% since its initial public listing.Still, investors are wary about the competition from Microsoft. Slack said billings will be $745 million to $760 million in the fiscal year, the midpoint falling short of analysts’ average estimate of $754.3 million.Slack also announced that Chamath Palihapitiya, a venture capitalist and early investor in Slack, is stepping down from the board. Palihapitiya, who served as a director since 2017, will be replaced by Mike McNamara, former chief executive officer of Flex Ltd.Bloomberg Beta, the venture capital arm of Bloomberg LP, is an investor in Slack.(Updates with comments from CEO in the fourth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Nico Grant in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org, Andrew Pollack, Alistair BarrFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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“We’re seeing the beginning of a very powerful, important plant,” Trump, who was accompanied by Apple CEO Tim Cook, said during the visit. “I would always talk about Apple, that I want to see Apple building plants in the United States, and that’s what’s happening,” he added.
(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Donald Trump’s effort to tout U.S. economic growth collided with his trade war on Wednesday when he toured an Apple Inc. factory in Texas, where Tim Cook had the chance to plead in-person to keep Macs and iPhones free from tariffs.Trump’s visit to the Austin factory, where Apple contractor Flex Ltd. assembles some of the company’s laptops, was intended to highlight the growth in U.S. manufacturing jobs since his inauguration. Trump has made U.S. economic growth the centerpiece of his campaign for re-election in 2020.But the stop also highlighted the impact of Trump’s trade war with Beijing. The administration is currently considering whether to exempt Apple goods from a 15% tariff that took effect Sept. 1, covering about $110 billion in Chinese imports including the Apple Watch, AirPods and parts for the iPhone.“When you build in the United States you don’t have to worry about tariffs,” Trump told reporters at the plant. In response to a question, Trump said he’s “looking at” exempting Apple from U.S. tariffs entirely, saying that the company’s South Korea-based competitor Samsung Electronics Co. may otherwise enjoy an unfair advantage in the U.S.“I said some day we’re going to see Apple building plants in our country, not in China, and that’s what’s happening,” Trump said. “It’s all happening. It’s all the American dream.”In reality, this is not happening: Apple still has most of its devices assembled outside the U.S., and the company relies heavily on China-based manufacturing partners.Cultivated RelationshipCook, Apple’s CEO, has cultivated a personal relationship with both Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, who is a White House senior adviser. He’s dined twice with Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, attended a state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron and even traveled with Ivanka Trump to visit schools in Idaho. But that rapport will be tested if Trump can’t reach what he calls a “phase-one” trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping that would roll back U.S. tariffs.A round of tariffs set to take effect in December would be even more painful for Apple, including a 15% levy on the iPhone itself.Apple announced Wednesday that it had begun construction on a $1 billion, 3-million-square-foot campus in Austin. “Building the Mac Pro, Apple’s most powerful device ever, in Austin is both a point of pride and a testament to the enduring power of American ingenuity,” Cook said in a statement that didn’t mention Trump’s visit.The statement emphasized Apple’s U.S. footprint, saying the company relies on 9,000 suppliers in all 50 states and that it would contribute $350 billion to the domestic economy by 2023, including $30 billion in capital expenditures.Trump and Cook toured the plant largely out of sight of reporters accompanying the president. At one point, Cook and factory workers demonstrated for the president how the Mac Pro is assembled.A factory worker showed Trump a silver-colored plate for the Mac Pro that said “Assembled in the USA.”“That’s what we want,” Trump responded.Apple TariffsWhite House spokesman Judd Deere said the factory was “made possible through the president’s pro-growth and pro-business economic policies.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, two key figures on trade, accompanied Trump, as did senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.“We’re building the Mac Pro — Apple’s most powerful computer ever — right here in Austin because we believe in the power of American innovation,” Cook said in a statement distributed by the White House.In its appeal for a waiver, Apple claims it cannot identify a manufacturing location outside China able to meet U.S. demand for the products or components that would be subject to tariffs.Apple previously received tariff waivers on 10 of 15 requested items in September. Soon afterward, the company announced it would assemble its new Mac Pro in Austin, Texas, rather than China. Apple said at the time that the decision was “made possible” by the exclusions, which included components for the Mac Pro.Cook’s LeverageThe sequence of events showed that Cook has some leverage on Trump. The president said in August that Cook personally appealed to him by arguing that tariffs would help Apple’s foreign competition.“I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook. And Tim was talking to me about tariffs. And, you know, one of the things — and he made a good case — is that Samsung is their number-one competitor, and Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in South Korea,” Trump told reporters in August.Trump laid out his economic argument for re-election last week in a speech at the Economic Club of New York, highlighting his tax cuts and deregulation as key catalysts for economic growth. The U.S. added about 443,000 manufacturing jobs since January 2017, the month Trump took office, though factories have shed about 41,000 positions in the last two months.Apple had planned to move Mac Pro assembly to China after a number of problems plagued the Austin facility, including trouble retaining skilled labor. The factory produced a previous version of the computer starting in 2013.While Cook has said his company supports 2.4 million jobs in the U.S., only a small fraction are for final assembly. Earlier this decade, the company assembled a small amount of iMacs at a facility in Elk Grove, California, but it currently does not assemble any product in the U.S. outside of Texas. Apple has offices in San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Austin, Denver, Seattle, Florida, and Boston.In December 2018, the company announced plans to invest $1 billion in its existing Austin campus so that it could employ as many as 15,000 workers, according to the White House.(Updates with additional details of trip beginning in 12th paragraph)\--With assistance from Mark Gurman and Mark Niquette.To contact the reporter on this story: Jordan Fabian in Washington at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org, Joshua GalluFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Enphase Energy (ENPH) signs a strategic supply deal with Sunrun for supplying its IQ7 microinverters to the later. The microinverters will get installed in Sunrun's residential solar projects.
Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Flex Ltd. New York, November 12, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Flex Ltd. and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers.
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Flex (FLEX) Q2 revenues battered by sluggish demand from China, soft demand from networking customers, and weakness in semiconductor capital equipment.
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(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. said the next version of its high-end Mac Pro desktop computer will be assembled in Texas after the company received tariff waivers on key components.The new model will be produced in the same factory in Austin operated by Flex Ltd. that has produced the previous Mac Pro since 2013, Apple said in a statement Monday. Manufacturing of the new model was “made possible” after the U.S. government approved on Friday Apple’s request for a waiver on 25% tariffs on 10 key components imported from China. The company was granted exclusions on several parts, including processors, power components and the computer’s casing.While some key components will be made in China and exported to the U.S. for final assembly, Cupertino, California-based Apple said the new version includes 2.5 times the value of American-made parts as the previous model. The new Pro will include components made by more than 12 U.S. companies in states such as New York, Vermont and Arizona for distribution to U.S. customers, Apple said. The company didn’t specify whether this includes Mac Pros being sold outside the U.S.In a statement, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook thanked “the administration for their support enabling this opportunity.”Texas Governor Greg Abbott said his state’s “economy is thriving as the tech and manufacturing sectors continue to expand. I am grateful for Apple’s commitment to creating jobs in Texas.”Cook has met frequently with U.S. government officials, including President Donald Trump, in an effort to ease the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on Apple’s business. Over the summer there were reports that Apple would move production of the Mac Pro to China to escape a widening list of tariffs on Chinese-made goods.Trump had previously signaled that relief from tariffs on the Mac Pro would be rejected, saying in a July 26 tweet that “Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!” However, the president later told reporters “we’ll work it out.”While Apple did receive tariff relief for the 10 Mac Pro components, it has five other requests pending and hasn’t been spared from all duties. Products such as the Apple Watch, AirPods and iMac computers were hit by 15% tariffs earlier this month, while the iPhone, iPad and other major Apple products are set to be impacted later in December. Apple has maintained that its products are primarily designed in the U.S. and has grown its local investment since the trade war began brewing.The new Mac Pro’s production will begin soon, Apple said, without specifying a launch timeline. The revamped model was announced in June at the company’s annual conference for developers and starts at $6,000. Compared with the previous version, the new model is far more customizable and integrates with a new high-resolution external monitor.\--With assistance from Mark Niquette.To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Gurman in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at firstname.lastname@example.org, Molly Schuetz, Robin AjelloFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
U.S. equities are rebounding on Wednesday thanks to relief from a number of pain points, including the rising odds of a Brexit deal to a possible stand down in Hong Kong. The result is a return by the large-cap indices back to the upper end of their two-month trading range.But beneath the surface, moves are being made by semiconductor stocks -- arguably the most business cycle sensitive area of the market. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA:SMH) is breaking out of its two-month range with a push to levels not see since late July.The sector has been in a holding pattern since April but could see a breakout here on turnaround hopes.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Best Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now Here are seven cheap chip-making stocks to buy. Semiconductor Stocks to Buy: Flex (FLEX)Shares of Flex (NASDAQ:FLEX), a supplier of printed circuit boards based out of Singapore, are enjoying support near their 200-day moving average. FLEX is finding a low near the $9 level that's been tested three separate times over the past five months. The company will next report results on Oct. 24 after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of 31 cents per share on revenues of $6.3 billion. TTM Technologies (TTMI)TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) is another provider of printed circuit boards, the foundation for the "digital brains" of so many manufactured goods. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in California. Shares look ready for an upside breakout above their 200-day moving average in what would be the first major rally since shares peaked in summer 2018. The company will next report results on Oct. 29 after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of 38 cents per share on revenues of $709.7 million. Amkor Technology (AMKR)Shares of Amkor Technology (NASDAQ:AMKR) have rallied back to test the highs set between February and May, capping a sideways range going all the way back to late 2016. The company is a provider of semiconductor packaging and testing services to manufacturers. Amkor will next report results Oct. 28 after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of 8 cents per share on revenues of $1 billion. Celestica (CLS)Celestica (NYSE:CLS) provides a variety of hardware services to the electronics industry including manufacturing, assembly and testing. The company's headquarters are in Toronto. Shares are finding a base near the lows set in June, setting up a rally to the 200-day moving average which would be worth a gain of more than 20% from here. The company will next report on Oct. 24 after the close. Analysts at looking for earnings of 12 cents per share on revenues of $1.4 billion. ASE Technology (ASX)Shares of ASE Technology (NYSE:ASX) are rising to test the highs set in April and in the summer of 2018. The stock was recently upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs and Macquarie. The company provides a variety of packaging and testing services out of its headquarters in Taiwan. Watch for a breakout to the highs set in early 2018 which would be worth a rise of more than 50% from here. AU Optronics (AUO)Shares of AU Optronics (NYSE:AUO) are challenging their 50-day moving average for the third time since prices broke down earlier this year. Shares were recently upgraded by analysts at HSBC Securities. The company manufactures liquid crystal displays and other monitors for everything from ATM machines to slot machines. The company will next report on Oct. 30 before the bell. Analysts are looking for a loss of 7 cents per share on revenues of $2.3 billion. Photronics (PLAB)Shares of Photronics (NASDAQ:PLAB) are testing the highs set back in February after rising nearly 40% off of the lows set in July. The company manufactures photomasks used in the making of semiconductors and flat panel displays. Photronics was founded in 1969 and is based in Connecticut. The company will next report results on Dec. 11 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of 12 cents per share on revenues of $147 million.As of this writing, William Roth did not hold any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Deeply Discounted Energy Stocks to Buy * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market * 10 Stocks to Buy to Ride China's Emerging Wealth The post 7 Cheap Semiconductor Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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(Bloomberg) -- Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the biggest assembler of iPhones, reported better-than-projected earnings after snagging additional business from Chinese smartphone giant Huawei Technologies Co.The company reported a 2.5% decline in net income to NT$17.1 billion, compared with the average analyst estimate of NT$16.3 billion. Revenue for the April-June period reached NT$1.16 trillion, according to Bloomberg calculations from previous monthly sales data provided by the company, a record for the second quarter.Hon Hai, the biggest piece of billionaire Terry Gou’s Foxconn Technology Group, has struggled to find new sources of growth after smartphone demand began to tail off in 2018. But in the June quarter, its Hong Kong-listed subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd. cut costs and likely won orders from rival Flex Ltd., which shunned business from Huawei in response to U.S. sanctions. While investors expect U.S. President Donald Trump’s sanctions to eventually wallop Huawei’s business, the impact of those curbs should be fully felt only in the second half of the year.Flex’s orders from Huawei had gone to FIH, and that would benefit the company’s sales momentum in the second half, analyst Arthur Liao at Fubon Securities wrote in a July 23 note.To contact the reporter on this story: Debby Wu in Taipei at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Huawei Technologies said it was seeking compensation from its contract manufacturer Flex Ltd for illegally withholding some 400 million yuan ($57 million) worth of its goods in the wake of a U.S. trade ban on the Chinese firm. In the letter, Huawei says Flex's Chinese unit "disregarded Chinese law" by refusing to return production equipment, raw materials and half-made products belonging to Huawei worth around 400 million yuan at its Zhuhai factory "for nearly two months" after Washington banned Huawei in May, the source said. The Huawei-Flex situation marks the latest fallout from Washington's trade sanctions against Huawei that has caused much disruption and confusion in the global tech supply chain.
Flex Ltd , a contract manufacturer for Huawei that is locked in a dispute with the Chinese tech giant over about $100 million worth of assets, said the market situation was affecting some of its jobs in the Asian nation. Chinese financial magazine Caixin reported late on Sunday that some 10,000 Flex jobs in China were expected to be cut as two major factories in Changsha and Zhuhai had stopped work due to its row with Huawei. While declining to comment on the report, a Flex spokesman said "after careful review of the market situation and customer need, we are offering impacted employees job opportunities within Flex Zhuhai Industrial Park and other Flex locations".