QCOM - QUALCOMM Incorporated

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Delayed Price. Currency in USD
77.24
+0.80 (+1.05%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

77.79 +0.55 (0.71%)
Pre-Market: 5:06AM EDT

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Previous Close76.44
Open76.67
Bid77.60 x 900
Ask0.00 x 3000
Day's Range76.06 - 77.91
52 Week Range49.10 - 90.34
Volume5,864,464
Avg. Volume10,123,434
Market Cap93.898B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.51
PE Ratio (TTM)28.27
EPS (TTM)2.73
Earnings DateNov 6, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.48 (3.10%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-09-11
1y Target Est78.99
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  • Bloomberg

    Xiaomi Launches Big 5G Challenge to Huawei in China

    (Bloomberg) -- Xiaomi Corp. introduced its first phones compatible with the latest, fifth-generation cellular technology in China, as the country’s once-biggest smartphone maker prepares for an uphill battle against domestic rival Huawei Technologies Co.At an event in Beijing, billionaire co-founder Lei Jun introduced the 5G-capable Mi 9 Pro, the latest of Xiaomi’s classic product line, and gave the world a first look at a new concept phone called MIX Alpha, with a display wrapping all the way around the device.The Mi 9 Pro, built with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor and a gluttonous serving of memory and storage, has seven antennas to ensure the fastest possible cellular speeds, with Lei showing off real-world speeds in China of over 2 gigabits per second. It will start at 3,699 yuan ($520), while a 4,299 yuan model will max out the storage at 512GB.The long-awaited phone upgrade cycle that 5G networking is set to trigger will be hotly contested ground among China’s leading smartphone vendors. Xiaomi is launching its first two fifth-generation devices in the country just in time for the holiday shopping season, seizing on the seasonal bump in demand with the cachet of having the latest and greatest connectivity.“We are still ranked No. 4 globally, according to IDC, but if you look closer, we can squeeze into the top three with some hard work,” Lei said on stage in front of a slide that showed Samsung Electronics Co., Huawei and Apple Inc. ahead of his company. “The road to global No. 3 is not far away now.”The MIX Alpha concept device has a double-folded screen that wraps like a sheet of paper around the phone -- Lei noted that the device has the equivalent of a 180% screen-to-body ratio, meaning it’s got 80% more display than its physical footprint. In place of speakers, the device’s screen vibrates to generate sound, while the camera system is built into a black strip on the nominal back of the device. Though called a concept, this phone will be on sale for 19,999 yuan (roughly $2,800), with Xiaomi aiming to sell it by year’s end, depending on production progress.In recent times, Xiaomi has fallen out of the leading echelon in the Chinese market, where Huawei, Vivo and Oppo accounted for over 70% of all shipments in the June quarter, according to research firm IDC. The Beijing-based company is now trying to hold its No. 4 position in China against Apple, which started to sell its marquee iPhone 11 series this past weekend.The new 5G phone release helps Xiaomi join competitors Huawei and Oppo in a race to attract the first cohort of 5G users in China. Lei’s company previously committed $725 million to beef up its Chinese retail network, faced with an aggressive Huawei that is now inching closer to commanding half the Chinese smartphone market even at a time of onerous U.S. sanctions.In his Beijing presentation, Lei talked up the technical details of the Mi 9 Pro, especially download speeds and features like wireless charging. He was speaking from Xiaomi’s newly built office building wrapped in a futuristic shell of massive glass panes and a glinting metal facade in the northern outskirts of Beijing.Xiaomi is now attempting to lift profitability through the development of various internet businesses, including online advertising, mobile gaming and video sharing. With time, 5G technology is likely to unlock potential new revenue paths in Xiaomi’s services businesses, which may include live, high-definition streaming of sports events.(Updates with details of the MIX Alpha from the second paragraph.)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, Vlad Savov, Peter ElstromFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • QCOM Stock Is Ready to Run on the Back of 5G
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    QCOM Stock Is Ready to Run on the Back of 5G

    From early May, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock has been on a gradual slide, going from $90 to $76. Yet it's important to keep in mind that -- for the year so far -- the performance has still been pretty good. The 2019 return: a hefty 38%.Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com This is in stark contrast to the fast five years when Qualcomm stock was essentially dead money (the average return was a mere 3%) as many other old-line tech companies did much better, such as Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE). * 7 Triple-'F' Rated Stocks to Leave on the Shelf Now the company certainly faces some notable headwinds. Of course, there is the wildcard of litigation. While the company got the benefit of a stay from an adverse opinion regarding a Federal Trade Commission ruling from the U.S. District court, there's no guarantee that Qualcomm will ultimately prevail. There are also various legal actions and claims in other jurisdictions.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsYet perhaps the biggest problem for QCOM stock is the U.S.-China trade war. Consider that about two-thirds of revenues for the company come from China.Oh, and then there is the nagging issue with Huawei, which the U.S. has imposed severe restrictions on. Even though QCOM has found some workarounds, there has definitely been an adverse impact on sales. For example, during the latest quarter, the company reduced its full-year unit shipments of smartphones by 100 million to 1.7 billion to 1.8 billion. Much of this was due to the situation in China. The Positives for QCOM StockDespite what's happening in China, I still think there are some potential catalysts that should help drive QCOM stock. One is the settlement of the patent dispute with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). This not only has cleared up a major legal cloud -- which could have been particularly damaging -- but also will result in a substantial revenue stream from royalties.Then there is 5G. In fact, this is likely to be game changer for QCOM stock. On the latest earnings call, CEO Steven Mollenkopf said: "For the first calendar quarter of 2020, we anticipate reaching the inflection point as our financial results begin to reflect the benefits of our substantial efforts over the years to bring 5G to the market worldwide."No doubt, the company has been pushing the boundaries of innovation. This actually helps explain why AAPL settled its legal dispute. The company realized that it really needs QCOM technology.For example, one of the differentiators for the company is dynamic spectrum sharing, which allows carriers to seamlessly change 4G spectrum to 5G. This capability is likely to lead to more adoption.Next, there have been breakthroughs with security, millimeter wave and massive MIMO. What's more, QCOM is the only chipmaker that has 5G solutions for sub-6, gigahertz and millimeter wave bands.As a result, the company has been getting lots of traction. According to Mollenkopf on the earnings call: "5G network rollouts are progressing at a much faster rate when compared to 4G. We expect over 20 operators to launch 5G service and over 20 OEMs to have 5G devices in the first 12 months after the first commercial launch. This compares to four operators and three OEMs with the launch of 4G with the major difference being that China is launching 5G in the first year." Bottom Line on QCOM StockWith 5G, there are no guarantees. Let's face it, there will need to be some killer apps to help with the growth. But given the significant increases in speed, it seems like a good bet that there will be interesting innovations that will emerge. * 7 Worst Stocks in the S&P 500 in 2019 In the meantime, QCOM stock is trading at reasonable levels, with the forward price-to-earnings multiple at 18x. There is also an attractive dividend of 3.1%. So all in all, QCOM stock does look like a good way to play the lucrative 5G megatrend.Tom Taulli is the author of the book, Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Worst Stocks in the S&P 500 in 2019 * 7 Reasons to Own Intuit Stock -- The Unsung Hero of Fintech * Apple and 4 Other Tech Stocks on the Move The post QCOM Stock Is Ready to Run on the Back of 5G appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Why Is NVIDIA Stock Rising Today?
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    Why Is NVIDIA Stock Rising Today?

    NVIDIA (NVDA) stock has risen 1.73% at 9:48 AM EDT. NVIDIA stock also rose in pre-market trading and has returned around 29.4% year-to-date.

  • Don’t Let Lukewarm Analyst Views of Qualcomm Stock Deter You
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    Don’t Let Lukewarm Analyst Views of Qualcomm Stock Deter You

    To say analysts aren't wildly bullish on Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) would be a considerable understatement. This community of professional stock handicappers collectively rate QCOM stock closer to a hold than a buy. And, were it not for its high-profile name and the slightly bullish bias most analysts don't even realize they accommodate, the consensus call could be even less thrilling.Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com To that end, while the pros may be leaning in a bullish direction in terms of stances on the telecom-tech giant, they're still not budging in terms of a target. The current consensus price target on Qualcomm stock is $80.41. That's just above the time of writing price of $78.23. The 64% advance since January's low hasn't inspired many analysts to raise the bar as such a move normally would.This is a case, however, where the analyst community may have talked themselves into overlooking the company's full potential. They're also obsessing too much about current headlines. Thus, they can't see clearly enough to give QCOM stock the bullish assessment it deserves.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Headwinds GaloreThere's no sense in ignoring the 800-pound gorillas in the room. * 8 Dividend Stocks to Buy for a Recession One of them is the fallout from making Huawei a political pawn. This has strained the working agreements (royalties Huawei pays for IP in particular) it's had with Qualcomm in the past. And, with or without Huawei as a frenemy, Samsung Electronics (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) is coming on strong. It's competing aggressively in the low-end and mid-tier 5G handset market, albeit with help from Qualcomm's tech.Huawei is also taking aim at a wide swath of the handset market. Click to EnlargeAnother gorilla involves a legal headwind. The Federal Trade Commission has made a cogent antitrust argument against Qualcomm. True, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a stay that suggests the previous adverse ruling will be reversed. However, the legal battle in and of itself serves as a barometer of the litigation being thrown at the organization.Never even mind the secondary and even tertiary impact of the ongoing tariff war between China and the U.S. Though it's apt to end soon, the seeds of distrust and isolationism have already been sewn.In this light, a hesitant analyst crowd is perfectly understandable.It's just that none of these impasses truly, ultimately matter. Much Working in Favor of Qualcomm StockKudos to Huawei for coming up with a powerful 5G handset chip that powers its Kirin 990 device. At a recent media event, it demonstrated wireless download speeds of 1.7 gigabits per second (Gbps). That's faster than many wired broadband speeds.We should also commend Samsung for powering its 5G-capable Exynos 980 with its own processor and chipset. The company has priced the Exynos for the middle of the 5G handset market.Outside of China, however, Huawei gets little traction. And, as impressive as Samsung's in-house 5G neural processing unit may be, the bulk of its most notable mobile devices like its Galaxy series still employ Qualcomm-made 5G chipsets.Qualcomm is also still the high-end market leader for mobile CPUs. Dethroning it, by working around its expansive IP portfolio, won't be easy. That's the case even if regulators are effectively forcing it to dial back its aggressive licensing approach.Essentially, QCOM is too desirable of a platform and has a sizable technology lead.Largely lost in the discussion, though, is a surprisingly meaningful development: Qualcomm is driving a resurgence in interest toward WiFi, which of course would boost its own business. Last month, the company unveiled a lineup of WiFi 6 chips that could lead an evolution in the near-range connectivity industry.Though distinctly different from 5G connectivity tech, the two are expected to work in tandem in the future. This may involve seamlessly transferring phone calls from one connection to another. WiFi 6 will also allow large areas to be better covered by connection sources, making it easier for sprawling campuses and factories to manage a fully unified so-called "mesh" network.Most prospective users don't even realize they should already be interested in the prospect. Certainly no other connectivity tech provider has been as interested. Bottom Line for QCOM StockThe lackluster enthusiasm analysts are demonstrating for QCOM makes a certain amount of sense, but only from a distance. A closer inspection makes clear that this name is a category leader for a reason; several reasons, actually, one of which is a recurring effort to create technologies that make its own wares obsolete. Click to EnlargeMore than anything though, Qualcomm is a solid buy because it takes a holistic, top-down view of its own space. Telco industry analyst Paolo Pescatore commented earlier this month, "Qualcomm have done a phenomenal job to drive the 5G ecosystem," adding "It's going faster than anyone could have ever imagined."The WiFi 6 ecosystem may well be next, particularly now that the company has tiptoed into netbook/notebook processor waters that will further blur the lines between WiFi and 5G.Bottom line? There's little doubt it's still the name in the business to beat. Even the analyst community that doesn't love QCOM stock here expects to see firm sales and earnings growth into the future, more than a year down the road.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 Dividend Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 10 Companies Making Their CEOs Rich * The 7 Best S&P 500 Stocks of 2019 So Far The post Don't Let Lukewarm Analyst Views of Qualcomm Stock Deter You appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Telecom Stock Roundup: Corning Secures R&D Funding, Ericsson's Automation & More
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    Telecom Stock Roundup: Corning Secures R&D Funding, Ericsson's Automation & More

    Corning (GLW) improves its R&D capabilities with $250 million Apple funding, while Ericsson (ERIC) upgrades its manufacturing capabilities with smart automation.

  • 3 Chip Stocks Ready to Rebound
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    3 Chip Stocks Ready to Rebound

    The last 18 months have been hard on the semiconductor industry. Investors sold off chip stocks through the second half of 2018, but a year later the sector is looking better. The turndown was prompted by the US-China trade tensions. That 'trade war' is still simmering, but the two governments are continuing to talk. Investors are less nervous, now that the pattern of tariff-reprisal-delay-negotiate is understood and baked into the affected industries.The current optimism on semiconductor stocks is fueled by the approaching transition to 5G wireless networks. While chip demand is generally low right now, telecom providers are getting ready to switch from 4G to 5G – and that switch will require new chips. Control systems, modems, smartphone devices – companies and customers will see new 5G-compatible models in the next 12 months, and every device will need 5G compatible chips. The chip makers are looking at a resurgence of business next year, and that outlook is starting to lift the chip stocks. Logan Purst, industry analyst from Edward Jones, gave a succinct description of the recent gains in chips: “What’s being priced into these stocks is a rebound next year.”Here we’ve searched for large cap tech stocks and found three upwardly mobile chip stocks in the results. These are companies that have shown solid gains so far this year, as they recover from last year’s malaise. While all will gain from the 5G switchover, their individual paths to success are unique. Micron Technology, Inc.The smallest of the chip makers we’re looking at here, Micron (MU – Get Report) posted $31.8 billion in total sales for 2018, the fifth highest total among the world’s largest semiconductor companies. MU shares are up 59% year-to-date. Much of their momentum has been recent, as the three-month gain is 48%. Indeed we can see that best-performing investors have Very Positive sentiment on MU right now according to TipRanks Smart Portfolio. And analysts expect the recent momentum to help the company’s bottom line in next week’s fiscal Q4 earnings report. EPS is forecast at 43 cents.Longbow analyst Nikolay Todorov sees memory as the catalyst for MU’s future success. He writes, “We are turning more positive on memory fundamentals as we now believe excess inventory will be depleted faster than expected, triggering an improvement in pricing and margin ahead of current expectations.” Todorov’s $66 target suggests a strong upside of 30%.Mark Delaney, from Goldman Sachs, agrees that Micron will benefit from increased memory chip demand during the 5G transition, and that the upcoming earnings report will be the first sign. Anticipating a healthy quarter, he has raised his price target by 5%, to $59, and says that he expects “EPS to be above the mid-point of guidance, as increased bit volumes should help results in the August quarter.” His new price target suggests room for a 17% upside.Overall, MU stock has 15 buy ratings, 6 holds, and 2 sells assigned in the past three months. This gives the stock a consensus rating of Moderate Buy. MU sells for $50.48, and its recent gains have pushed it right up to the average price target of $51.14. Nvidia CorporationNvidia (NVDA – Get Report) is well known to gamers, as the company specialized in the GPUs necessary for a quality gaming experience. The stock, however, took a heavy beating at the end of 2018, reflected in steep quarterly declines reported in February of this year. NVDA shares are turning around, however, and in August reported the third quarter in a row of increasing EPS. Earnings, at 91 cents, beat the 87-cent forecast by 4.4%. Forecasts the November 2019 report show an expected $1.24 per share in earnings. The last time Nvidia reported over $1 in EPS was in November of last year.Share price movement is reflected the recovery in earnings. NVDA is up 34% year-to-date, and as with Micron, the recent momentum is strong. The three-month gain is 17.6%.Writing at the end of August, Benchmark’s 5-star analyst Ruben Roy initiated his coverage of NVDA with a buy rating and a $210 price target. He wrote, “Nvidia is positioned for faster growth relative to semiconductor peers given the increasing use of GPUs across a diverse set of markets.” Roy’s target implies an upside of 16% for NVDA shares.UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri weighed in on Nvidia more recently, also with a buy rating. He sees the company showing steady profitability going forward, saying, “On gaming, we see ~$1.25-1.3B core gaming (ex-Switch) as very do-able for FQ3:20 (Oct) and seasonality should add a big FQ4 tailwind. Additionally, the ~$1.4B/Q normalized revenue is backward looking, and a forward-looking number should likely be as high as ~$1.7-1.8B/Q given annual unit growth.” Arcuri’s price target indicates room for an 8.3% upside to Nvidia’s stock.Nvidia’s analyst consensus is a Moderate Buy, derived from20 buys, 5 holds, and 2 sells set by top analysts in the last three months. The stock’s $187 average price target suggests an upside potential of 4.4% from the current share price of $179. As with Micron, the company’s recent share price gains have pushed the stock up to the price target faster than the analysts could react. Qualcomm, Inc.Holding the seventh spot for revenues among the chip giants, Qualcomm (QCOM – Get Report) posted $16.5 billion in total sales for 2018. The company has shown robust growth year-to-date, with gains of 38%, with a three-month gain of 10.7%. In addition to strong recent momentum, Qualcomm has continued to payout a generous dividend of $2.48 annually. The yield, at 3.14% is more than 50% higher than the average dividend yield in the S&P 500. Qualcomm has had a share of legal ups and downs in recent months. Earlier this year, the company reached a settlement with Apple (AAPL – Get Report) over a patent dispute. As part of the agreement, Apple agreed to pay out a cash settlement of $4.5 billion. In addition, Apple agreed to pay royalties on future use of Qualcomm’s chips. In the FTC v. Qualcomm case, however, the company was handed some bad news – Judge Koh ruled that Qualcomm was violating antitrust laws with its requirement that customer’s sign licensing agreements to use the company’s products. That ruling was stayed by the appellate court in August, giving Qualcomm a reprieve and a chance to prepare new legal arguments.Writing form Canaccord Genuity, 5-star analyst Michael Walkley sees the recent stay as reason for a bullish stance on QCOM. He writes, “The 9th Circuit Court granted a partial stay from Judge Koh’s FTC ruling by placing on hold the provisions requiring Qualcomm to grant patent licenses to rival chip suppliers and end its practice of requiring its chip customers to sign a patent license before purchasing chips.“This stay, along with the recent successful licensing renegotiation with LG Electronics, as evidence Qualcomm’s current licensing business practices could have limited long-term impact from the Judge Koh ruling.”Walkley sets a price target of $87 on QCOM, suggesting a 10% upside to the stock.Like its peers, Qualcomm currently holds a Moderate Buy from the analyst consensus. This is derived from the 6 buys, 9 holds, and 1 sell given the stock in the past 90 days. QCOM shares sell for $78, and, also like its peers, the stock’s recent gains have pushed its share price right to the average price target.Visit TipRanks Analysts’ Top Stocks page, and find out which stock the Street’s top analysts are talking about now.

  • Qualcomm (QCOM) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Qualcomm (QCOM) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

    In the latest trading session, Qualcomm (QCOM) closed at $78.90, marking a +0.27% move from the previous day.

  • 3 Legitimate Threats and 3 Reasons to Buy QCOM Stock Anyway
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    3 Legitimate Threats and 3 Reasons to Buy QCOM Stock Anyway

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) spent $1.15 billion to buy out the remainder of its partnership with Japan-based TDK Corporation (OTCMKTS:TTDKY). This takeover probably will not offer an immediate benefit to QCOM stock.Source: Akshdeep Kaur Raked / Shutterstock.com The alliance, valued at a total of $3.1 billion, produced RF front-end filters for 4G or 5G RFFE. Moreover, the company faces three significant threats that likely hold down the value of QCOM. However, this partnership involves one of the three factors that can help to negate these threats, and could even make Qualcomm stock a buy amid intense uncertainty. The Three ThreatsContinuing lawsuits with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has weighed on QCOM stock for years. Just when the company settled with Apple, new legal scrutiny has come as the San Diego-based chipmaker faces a judgment in its lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFor now, Qualcomm has won a partial stay on enforcing the ruling. However, if QCOM were to lose, they would likely have to renegotiate contracts on chipsets, possibly cutting into their profits. * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars Secondly, China. The People's Republic accounted for around two-thirds of revenue for Qualcomm in 2018. The U.S.-China trade war certainly presents issues. To have so much of one's revenue dependent on geopolitical events beyond its control could significantly hurt revenues.It could also lead to a potential competitor emerging if the dispute ultimately reduces or completely cuts off access in a worst-case scenario.Third, though this attracts surprisingly infrequent mention, the chart on QCOM stock looks ugly. It has traded in a range that has kept it between $45 per share and $90 per share for almost nine years. At the current $78 per share, it trades toward the high end of the range. Also, it has not yet surpassed the $100 per share top it saw in January 2000. Three Reasons to Ignore the ThreatsTo be sure, investors need to consider both the lawsuits and the trading history when considering a position in QCOM. That said, investors should also consider the positives. As discouraging as the problems appear, the reasons to overlook the issues with QCOM may look even more compelling.First, the company's multiple relative to growth. In a recent article, I said QCOM stock had a "low multiple relative to predicted 5G growth."Qualcomm has a forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 18.5. Despite supporting a multiple below S&P 500 averages, the profit picture looks set to improve dramatically. Though profits will fall by 6% this year, a forecasted growth rate of 21.3% in 2020 should mark the beginning of an expected profit boom.Secondly, the company pays a stable, battle-tested dividend. The payout of $2.48 per share yields almost 3.2% at current prices. It has also increased every year since 2011. The increases also came every year despite the long-standing dispute with Apple that kept QCOM stock depressed.The third, and probably most compelling reason involves 5G, which probably ended the legal dispute with Apple. It also probably explains why QCOM bought out the remainder of the TDK partnership.As our own Faisal Humayan first pointed out, industry analysts predict the chipset market that will hit $2.1 billion in 2020 will grow to $23 billion by 2026. That level of growth should break the $90 per share and $100 per share price ceilings on QCOM stock. It could also make up for any doubts about lawsuits or China. The Case for QCOM stockThanks to 5G, the positives outweigh the negatives on QCOM. To be sure, the antitrust inquiry and China trade both pose threats to Qualcomm. These factors remain mainly outside of the company's control. The history of the stock also implies price ceilings at both the $90- and $100-per-share levels.However, thanks to the potential ten-plus fold growth in 5G chipsets, QCOM stock should move higher even if the antitrust suit or China trade policy does not go in their favor.Moreover, QCOM trades at a low valuation relative to profit growth. Once the company begins to sell 5G chipsets in earnest, Qualcomm stock should finally start to create new all-time highs again. Furthermore, the company has proven it can maintain dividend increases even when outside forces create tremendous pressure.When considering both the positives and negatives, QCOM stock remains a buy.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars * 5 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts * 5 Goldman Sachs Stocks to Buy with Over 20% Upside Potential The post 3 Legitimate Threats and 3 Reasons to Buy QCOM Stock Anyway appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Why Micron Has Become an Analyst Favorite
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    Why Micron Has Become an Analyst Favorite

    Chip maker Micron Technology (MU) is suddenly gaining the attention of analysts despite struggling with several challenges.

  • 3 Reasons Qualcomm Stock Can Go Higher
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    3 Reasons Qualcomm Stock Can Go Higher

    Shares of mobile chip giant Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) have done well in 2019. So far this year, QCOM stock is up more than 38%, and it's only September. Even if Qualcomm stock was to trade sideways into the end of the year and finish 2019 up 35%, it will still have been the best year for QCOM stock since 2004.Source: Akshdeep Kaur Raked / Shutterstock.com In other words, Qualcomm stock is hotter in 2019 than it's been in 15 years. Naturally, when a stock is this hot, investors wonder whether the strong performance can continue.I believe there are three main reasons why QCOM stock can continue to trend higher.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFirst, the fundamentals underlying QCOM stock remain favorable and imply that the shares could exceed $90 within the next 12 months. Second, the outlook of QCOM stock is improving and should provide sufficient fuel to push the stock towards $90. Third, the technicals of Qualcomm stock imply that QCOM is in the first few innings of a multi-quarter uptrend. * 7 Momentum Stocks to Buy On the Dip All told, I think the huge 2019 rally of Qualcomm stock will extend into 2020 and potentially even beyond that. As a result, I will remain bullish on QCOM stock for the foreseeable future. The Fundamentals of Qualcomm Stock Are StrongThe first reason the rally of Qualcomm stock will continue is that the company's fundamentals suggest that the shares should continue to climb.QCOM stock has multiple, positive catalysts. Trade-war tensions are easing. With trade-war tensions falling, the global economy is starting to pick up some steam again. There's also a great deal of fiscal stimulus on the way from the ECB and U.S. Federal Reserve. All of those trends should lift the global semiconductor market.With respect to Qualcomm in particular, the company looks poised to win big over the next few years for two major reasons. First, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is QCOM's customer again, meaning the chip maker will again obtain revenue from iPhone sales.Secondly, every smartphone will be 5G-capable, and that will provide a huge lift for Qualcomm's sales and profits, since Qualcomm is the leading global supplier of 5G chips.At the same time, Qualcomm's biggest risk - legislation which may force it to make its licensing contracts with smartphone companies less favorable - has been put on hold.Sure, QCOM stock appears to already reflect all this good stuff. The stock does trade at nearly 23-times its forward earnings, versus the semiconductor sector's average forward earnings multiple of about 15.But over the next few years, QCOM should grow rapidly. According to YCharts, its revenues are expected to rise 15% next year and 20% the year after that, while its EBITDA margin is poised to climb about five percentage points over the next two years. Its earnings per share, meanwhile, is expected to jump 24% next year, and 40% the year after that to roughly $6.If QCOM's EPS reaches $6 in fiscal 2021 and its price-earnings multiple is 25, which is average for semiconductor stocks, QCOM stock price would be $90. The Outlook Is ImprovingThe second main reason that the rally of Qualcomm stock will probably continue is that its improving outlook will drive QCOM stock towards $90 over the next few quarters.For the longest time, Qualcomm stock did nothing. Now it's having its best year in 15 years. From a psychological standpoint, that's meaningful. This large, powerful company didn't grow much for a long time because of the stagnation of the smartphone market and its disputes with Apple.Now the smartphone market is set for meaningful growth again, thanks to the launch of 5G, while QCOM's legal disputes with Apple are over. So the two things which have kept QCOM stock stuck in neutral for the past few years are in the rear-view mirror.Investors should want to continue to buy QCOM stock to benefit from its improved outlook. A stock that went nowhere for several years is now breaking out ahead of what should be the company's best two years in recent memory. That's compelling. The Technicals of QCOM Show a New UptrendThe third main reason that the rally of Qualcomm stock will continue is because its technicals look different this time, compared to those of its prior, short-lived rallies over the past five years. Click to EnlargeSpecifically, in each of Qualcomm's rallies over the past five years, the 50-day moving average broke above the 200-day moving average. But, within a few months of that golden-cross formation, the 50-day moving average started sloping downward.That dynamic isn't playing out this time around.A few months ago, the 50-day moving average of Qualcomm stock broke above its 200-day moving average. As of yesterday, the 50-day moving average was continuing to slope upward. That's substantial from a technical perspective. It means that this breakout of QCOM stock may be the real deal and not just a head fake like its prior rallies. The Bottom Line on QCOM StockI've liked Qualcomm stock for most of 2019, and continue to like it now. The fundamentals, outlook, and technicals are all giving "buy" signs, and when that happens, what comes next is usually more gains.QCOM stock shouldn't be an exception to this pattern. I fully expect its favorable fundamentals, outlook, and technicals to keep QCOM stock in rally mode for the foreseeable future.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long QCOM. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Momentum Stocks to Buy On the Dip * 7 Dow Titans Breaking Higher * 5 Growth Stocks to Sell as Rates Move Higher The post 3 Reasons Qualcomm Stock Can Go Higher appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Be Patient When Considering Qualcomm Stock
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    Be Patient When Considering Qualcomm Stock

    Unsurprisingly, technology firm Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is enjoy a strong year in 2019. After years of ugly legal battles with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) over patent disputes, the two giants settled their differences. Immediately, QCOM stock shot to the moon.Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com Of course, shares have settled down into their usual cadence, ebbing and flowing based on the news or interpretations of earnings reports. Still, Qualcomm stock is up 37% for the year. Outside of an extremely bearish news item, QCOM seems assured of closing out 2019 deep in the black.That said, some of the positive momentum appears to be waning. For instance, QCOM stock recently incurred three negative sessions in a row. And yesterday, Sept. 16, was particularly interesting.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOn this day, Qualcomm announced that it would buy the rest of its interest in RF360 Holdings, a joint venture between QCOM and TDK (OTCMKTS:TTDKY). RF360 specializes in RF front-end filters, which are necessary components in rolling out the 5G network. * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now According to a statement from Qualcomm, the acquisition enables the organization to "deliver a truly complete solution" for mobile platforms. Theoretically, the news should lift Qualcomm stock. Thanks to rival Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) bungled attempt at developing 5G modems, QCOM enjoys significant breathing room.Unfortunately, that's not how the markets viewed things. Instead, QCOM stock slipped about 0.5% in the Monday session.This is hardly a time to panic. Nevertheless, it is interesting that despite having a clear advantage in the 5G arena, Qualcomm stock has not been able to capitalize on it recently. Still, I wouldn't give up on this compelling tech opportunity. Nearer-Term Concerns Conflict with Longer-Term NarrativeJust as it's not surprising that QCOM stock is having an outstanding year overall, it's also no mystery why shares have recently slowed.Primarily, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war puts a damper on most industries. More worryingly, some economic experts have voiced their concerns that the trade war could drag on for years. Such a scenario is especially problematic for Qualcomm stock. The San Diego-headquartered tech firm generates about 65% of its revenue from China.Moreover, troubles in Europe, such as Brexit and Germany teetering toward recession, weigh on global markets. Logically, if Europe's biggest economic powers hit choppy waters, it doesn't bode well for the rest of the continent. Also, such a negative development hurts broader consumer demand.After all, 5G-ready phones are rare. And if you really want one, you're going to have to pay a pretty penny. According to CNBC, you're looking at $1,300 for a Samsung Galaxy S10+ 5G, which runs on Qualcomm's current Snapdragon 8 platform.Moreover, the 5G rollout has only occurred in limited locations. Thus, if you're not in one of those areas, you're out of luck. In the here and now, these nearer-term concerns weigh on QCOM stock.That said, speculators may want to advantage these lulls in the pricing dynamics for Qualcomm stock. The tech firm is hard at work in not only driving innovation, but also toward implementing cost efficiencies. Earlier this month, management announced that they're developing 5G platforms for less expensive phones.Just as importantly, this news item coincides with telecom giants AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) committing to developing 5G infrastructures in dozens of major U.S. cities. Thus, the tech-based fundamentals for QCOM stock are lagging the underlying infrastructure. But by the end of next year, this situation should resolve itself. Geopolitics Favor QCOM StockUnderstandably, many investors are leery about tech names. That sentiment would only be amplified during a recession.But even here, I think Qualcomm stock has some safety measures. Amid the natural capitalistic drive to develop 5G technologies, a geopolitical motivation exists as well. Like it or not, we're embroiled in a tech cold war with our adversaries, primarily Russia and China.Everyone is seeking to gain an edge here. Tomorrow's wars may not be kinetic but instead digital. As such, America's brightest tech firms dominating the landscape isn't just a matter of pride; it's also a matter of national security.Thus, when push comes to shove, I see federal oversight and regulation as less of a concern. While enforcing privacy and antitrust laws are important, they pale in comparison to potentially losing the tech cold war. It's just another factor to keep in mind if you're considering QCOM stock.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long AT&T stock. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy * 7 Hot Penny Stocks to Consider Now * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now The post Be Patient When Considering Qualcomm Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Qualcomm Buys Remaining Ownership Stake in RF360 Holdings
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    Qualcomm Buys Remaining Ownership Stake in RF360 Holdings

    The acquisition of RF360 Holdings allows Qualcomm (QCOM) to provide its customers with a complete end-to-end solution from modem to antenna.

  • Near-Term Wireless Equipment Industry Outlook Appears Murky
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    Near-Term Wireless Equipment Industry Outlook Appears Murky

    Near-Term Wireless Equipment Industry Outlook Appears Murky

  • 3 Reasons QCOM Stock Is a Great Buy on the Recent Dip
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    3 Reasons QCOM Stock Is a Great Buy on the Recent Dip

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) shareholders can't complain about the performance of Qualcomm stock so far in 2019. Up 41% year to date through Sept. 13, including dividends, investors are likely taking some profits. Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com If you are, congrats on the gains. If not, here are three reasons why Qualcomm stock remains an excellent long-term buy. 1\. Free Cash Flow GenerationOver the summer, I had the opportunity to write about QCOM stock on two occasions in June and July. In the first article in June, I highlighted the company's strong free cash flow generation. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAs a result of its trailing 12-month free cash flow, I felt that it was an $80 stock, not a $60 stock. At the time it was trading just under $70. As I write this, Qualcomm is trading around $78, up more than 12% over the past 90 days. * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now Its TTM free cash flow was $4.9 billion, considerably higher than the $2.1 billion when I wrote about the company in June. That's due to a $3.0 billion income-tax benefit through the first nine months of the fiscal year. InvestorPlace contributor Mark Hake recently suggested that Qualcomm will generate more than $7 billion in free cash flow in 2019, reminding investors that its free cash flow yield (FCF) of 7.5% is three times Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) FCF yield of 2.5%. Free cash flow generation and FCF growth are the biggest drivers of higher stock prices. Although a big chunk of Qualcomm's fiscal 2019 free cash flow is a result of a considerable tax benefit, the company consistently generates more than $5 billion in free cash flow with or without those one-time benefits. This reason alone it's worth owning QCOM for the long haul. 2\. Great DividendQualcomm currently yields 3.2%, a fantastic amount of income for a tech company. InvestorPlace's Luke Lango recently called it a stable dividend stock to buy as fixed income possibilities vanish. However, not only did Lango promote the company's attractiveness as an income-generating stock, but he also suggested that it's on the cusp of a multi-year growth spurt, which would also deliver significant capital appreciation. "Not only does QCOM stock have a compelling multi-year bull thesis, but the stock is also paying investors to buy into that compelling bull thesis. It's a win-win situation that ultimately gives QCOM the nod as a stable dividend stock to buy here and now," he wrote. Not only did Qualcomm get as much as $4.7 billion as part of its settlement with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), but it also gets the maker of iPhones as a customer for several more years, which itself will generate future revenues. To be paid to go along for the ride is great news if you're a dividend income investor. 3\. 5G Will Be Good for QCOM StockQualcomm just announced that it was buying out the rest of RF360, the joint venture between it and TDK (OTCMKTS:TTDKY), a partnership set up to strengthen Qualcomm's RF business and help it transition to 5G. The company ultimately paid $3.1 billion, which includes the remaining $1.15 billion interest it's bought from TDK."Qualcomm Technologies' second-generation RFFE solutions for its 5G portfolio will further enable OEM customers to design thin, high-performance, battery-efficient 5G multimode devices at scale and on time," the company stated in its press release. As InvestorPlace contributor Josh Enomoto and Faisal Humayun have argued in recent articles, Qualcomm is ready to benefit from the move to 5G in 2020. Faisal points out that the global 5G chipset market is expected to grow from $2.1 billion in 2020 to $23 billion in 2026, a compound annual growth rate of 61%. Enomoto wrote that Qualcomm's headstart when it comes to 5G gives it a front-row seat to the changes taking place in the telecom industry -- a position that will ultimately generate billions in profits for Qualcomm shareholders. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy * 7 Hot Penny Stocks to Consider Now * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now The post 3 Reasons QCOM Stock Is a Great Buy on the Recent Dip appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Qualcomm (QCOM): 3 Takeaways From Deutsche Bank Tech Conference
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    Qualcomm (QCOM): 3 Takeaways From Deutsche Bank Tech Conference

    The Wall Street conference calendar is heating up, and Deutsche Bank just completed its annual DB Tech Conference in Las Vegas.At the conference, 5-star Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Seymore met Qualcomm (QCOM) president Cristiano Amon to discuss the company’s ongoing legal woes, market dynamics, and most importantly, the company's vision for the future of 5G.Overall, Seymore remains sidelined on QCOM stock with a 'hold' rating and $75 price target, which implies a slight downside to Monday's $78.04 close.As always, we like to give credit where credit is due. According to TipRanks, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, Seymore has earned a yearly average return of 26.6% with an 82% success rate. Notably, Seymore is ranked 17 out of 5,551 analysts.Qualcomm has recently won a partial stay against the enforcement of a sweeping antitrust ruling in a lawsuit brought by the FTC. Oral arguments are scheduled for January, with potential resolution in the Ninth Circuit by mid 2020, though "Court timelines could change at anytime," Seymore noted. On the recent 5-year direct worldwide patent license agreement signed with LGE, Seymore says "the company pointed to the new royalty-bearing agreement as a proofpoint to the stability of its QTL business."Apart from the legal matters, Qualcomm stock has been hit by macro/trade headwinds, channel inventory reduction (especially in China), lengthening replacement cycles in a mature market, and consumer pause ahead of 5G device launches. Seymore points out that "Qualcomm expects the softness to remain through the rest of the calendar year, with both revenue and earnings to stay in a similar range in 2H CY19 (DBe F4Q19/F1Q20 revs of $4.70b/$4.69b, PF EPS of $0.71/$0.72 respectively)."Furthermore, by the first calendar quarter of 2020, the company anticipates reaching an inflection point with the launch of 5G technology. The company sees 5G as a significant opportunity for Qualcomm to grow its chip business amidst economic concerns and slowdown in sales. Seymore commented, "We continue to believe QCOM is well positioned for a leadership position in 5G on increasing dollar content opportunity (~1.5x 4G levels) and the co's early traction on 5G design wins (150+ launched or in development) with a high RF-attach rate."All in all, the Street largely seems to echo Seymore's neutral sentiment. Out of 16 analysts polled by TipRanks in the last 3 months, 6 are bullish on QCOM stock, 9 remain sidelined, and only one is bearish on the stock. The average target price among these analysts stands at $78.93, suggesting the stock price is fairly valued with limited upside ahead.

  • NVIDIA Stock: Are Analysts Losing Confidence?
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    NVIDIA Stock: Are Analysts Losing Confidence?

    NVIDIA (NVDA) stock had fallen over 1% in today's trading session as of 10:50 AM ET. The stock was also down in premarket trading.

  • Benzinga

    Qualcomm Completes $3B Deal For RF360 Holdings

    QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM ) said Monday it has completed the acquisition of the remaining interest in RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd., a joint venture with TDK Corporation. TDK Electronics' remaining ...

  • MarketWatch

    Qualcomm buys rest of JV RF360 from TDK, for total purchase price of $3.1 billion

    Qualcomm Inc. said Monday that it was buying the remaining interest in RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd., which makes RF frong-end filters. RF360 is a joint venture with Tokyo-based TDK Corp. , with TDK's remaining interest valued at $1.15 billion in August. Qualcomm's stock slipped 0.9% in premarket trading. Qualcomm said the total purchase price, including the initial investment, payments to TDK and development obligations will be about $3.1 billion. Qualcomm said the acquisition strengthens its RF business and helps support the transition to 5G. "Our goal in the formation of this joint venture was to enhance Qualcomm Technologies' front-end solutions to enable us to deliver a truly complete solution to the mobile device ecosystem, and we have done exactly that," said Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon. Qualcomm's stock has soared 37.8% year to date through Friday, while the S&P 500 has gained 20.0%.

  • Bloomberg

    Qualcomm Spends $1.15 Billion to Buy Joint Venture From TDK

    (Bloomberg) -- Qualcomm Inc. paid $1.15 billion to buy the rest of a partnership it had with Japan’s TDK Corp. The deal will help Qualcomm sell more chips for smartphones supporting the latest 5G wireless standard, the U.S. company said.The two firms set up their RF360 Holdings partnership in 2016 to design radio frequency components. Qualcomm contributed cash and TDK spun off its design and manufacturing assets into the endeavor, which was 51% owned by the San Diego-based company.Radio frequency components help convert radio waves into signals that semiconductors can turn into data. They are a crucial part of smartphones, and an important ingredient in a soup of chips and software that Qualcomm is concocting for makers of new 5G handsets.Qualcomm is already the biggest maker of modems for phones and also provides many of the processors that run software in handsets. It’s trying to combine all these elements into a single offering for smartphone makers. Taking control of the RF joint venture will make the company a bigger competitor to Skyworks Solutions Inc., Qorvo Inc., Broadcom Inc. and other industry players.Increasing mobile data speeds partly come from combining more bands of radio frequency. Modern smartphones access more than 50 bands, up from three in early data-capable phones more than a decade ago. That requires more complex RF components.To contact the reporter on this story: Ian King in San Francisco at ianking@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Alistair Barr, Anne VanderMeyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • PR Newswire

    Qualcomm Acquires Remaining Interest in RF360 Holdings

    -- Strengthens RF Business to Drive 5G Era and Paves Way for Future Growth -- SAN DIEGO , Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced a significant milestone in its 5G ...

  • Financial Times

    Jio jolt to India’s broadband market

    Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani changed India's mobile market forever when he launched the operator Reliance Jio three years ago. India’s fragmented broadband market seems ripe for the taking. Reliance Jio plans to compete with existing providers such as Bharti Airtel and sign up new users, with an initial target of 20m homes and 15m businesses.

  • Broadcom Stock: Why Is It Falling Today?
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    Broadcom Stock: Why Is It Falling Today?

    Broadcom stock hasn't been a great performer compared to its semiconductor peers this year. So far, the stock has fallen more than 4% today.

  • Here are 3 key players in Apple’s massive supply chain
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    Here are 3 key players in Apple’s massive supply chain

    Apple has very deep relationships with Hon Hai Precision, ON Semiconductor and Qualcomm.

  • 5 Stable Dividend Stocks to Buy as Fixed Income Vanishes
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    5 Stable Dividend Stocks to Buy as Fixed Income Vanishes

    Income in the bond market is rapidly disappearing, and that's a weird concept to try and wrap your head around.For decades -- centuries, even -- investors around the world have bought fixed-income instruments for relatively risk-free income. The concept is simple. You give money to a government or corporate entity who turns around and pays you interest for lending that money to compensate for risk and time.But this simple concept has been flipped on its head recently. Specifically, the "interest" part of the above fixed-income equation has gone out the window. Consider the following:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The 10-year Treasury yield is flirting with all-time lows around 1.8%. * The 30-year Treasury yield has plunged to all-time lows around 2.2%. * About one-third of tradeable bonds around the world now have negative yields, amounting to $17 trillion in negative-yielding debt. * The yield curves are entirely negative in countries like Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.In other words, across the world, the income part of the fixed-income equation is rapidly disappearing. Weird, right?Despite this, U.S. equities are still giving investors income. That is, the S&P 500's dividend yield presently hovers around 2% -- significantly above all-time low levels (roughly 1% in 2000) and also on the upper end of where the S&P 500 dividend yield has hovered over the past 20 years.Big picture, then, while the fixed income market is suffering from disappearing income, stocks are still paying good income. * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession The implication? Buy stable dividend stocks which pay more than any other relatively risk-free bond in the world will. As investors grow tired of not even beating inflation by buying a 10-year Treasury note, they will inevitably pile into stocks which: 1) have much higher yields, and 2) have a history of steady and consistent dividend hikes.Without further ado, let's take a look at five dividend stocks that fit this description. Dividend Stocks to Buy: AT&T (T)Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 5.3%Dividend History: The dividend has consistently increased over the past 34 years.At the top of this list, we have a stock which many consider the blue-chip dividend king: telecom giant AT&T (NYSE:T).AT&T has everything investors are looking for in a stable, income-paying stock. Big yield? Check. The stock yields 5.3%. History of dividend hikes? Check. AT&T has consistently hiked its dividend over the past three decades.Stable operations? Check. AT&T provides telecom services which U.S. consumers have become exceptionally dependent on -- indeed, the internet and wireless services which AT&T provides may be the most important utilities outside of water, food and electricity. Healthy catalysts on the horizon? Also, check. Next year, AT&T: 1) is launching new streaming services which should help offset cord-cutting weakness, and 2) will benefit from the mainstream and widespread deployment of 5G infrastructure and devices.AT&T stock is the quintessential stable dividend stock to buy at the current moment. American Electric Power (AEP)Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 2.9%Dividend History: The dividend has consistently increased over the past six years.Next up, we have a utility giant that is best known for its stability and resiliency: electricity services provider American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).Relative to other "big dividend stocks," AEP's yield isn't that big. It sits at just 2.9%. But, there are three things to note here. First, that 2.9% yield still smashes the 1.8% 10-year Treasury yield. Two, American Electric Power has a long track record of consistent dividend hikes that dates back at least six years, a stretch during which the dividend increased 100%. Three, American Electric Power has an equally long track record of consistent and stable revenue and profit growth, which has powered consistent gains in AEP stock over the past decade. * 10 Battered Tech Stocks to Buy Now As such, what AEP lacks in yield, it makes up for in operational consistency and stability. Consequently, the best way to look at AEP stock is as the best "stable" stock to buy. It just so happens to yield almost 3%, too, which is an added bonus. Qualcomm (QCOM)Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 3.1%Dividend History: The dividend has consistently increased over the past eight years.Third, we have a global chip giant that appears to be on the verge of finding its winning stride again -- Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM).Unlike AT&T and American Electric Power, Qualcomm is not traditionally seen as an icon of stability. Just look at a five-year chart of QCOM stock to see why. But, most of the turbulence in QCOM stock over the past five years has been driven by operational noise -- namely, a big legal battle with their largest customer, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). That legal battle is now over, and it ended in a favorable outcome for Qualcomm.Consequently, looking in the rear-view mirror here is the wrong way to look at QCOM stock. It's not about what has happened. It's about what will happen. What will happen is good stuff. Qualcomm has locked in Apple as a customer for the next several years. At the same time, 5G phones are launching next year, and it appears pretty much every smartphone provider is leaning into Qualcomm to provide the infrastructure for those 5G phones. As such, Qualcomm will find itself as a big beneficiary of the 5G tailwind. This tailwind should last for several years, meaning that Qualcomm should be in winning stride for the foreseeable future.Ahead of the company regaining its winning stride, the stock still yields an impressive 3.1%. Thus, not only does QCOM stock have a compelling multi-year bull thesis, but the stock is also paying investors to buy into that compelling bull thesis. It's a win-win situation that ultimately gives QCOM the nod as a stable dividend stock to buy here and now. CVS (CVS)Source: Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com Dividend Yield: 3.1%Dividend History: CVS last increased its dividend payout in 2017.Fourth, we have an undervalued, stable stock that is in the midst of a potentially huge breakout -- retail pharmacy giant CVS (NYSE:CVS).It's been a rough few years for CVS stock. On the retail pharmacy side, increased competition has simultaneously pressured current sales trends and depressed investor sentiment regarding future sales trends. On the pharmacy benefit manager side, legislation has similarly pressured sales and profits.Consequently, by mid-2019, CVS stock had dropped to $50 -- the stock's lowest level since early 2013 -- and was trading at under 8x forward earnings.Since then, retail sales trends have improved as CVS has refreshed stores and expanded omni-channel capabilities to overstep the competition. Such improvements should persist as the company expands a local healthcare program which has potential to dramatically improve core operational performance trends. At the same time, the White House has scrapped a bill which would've been disastrous for PBMs. And now the outlook on that side of the business is also improving significantly. * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September In response to these positive developments, CVS stock has rallied nearly 20% over the past three months. This rally is just getting started. The stock is still cheap, the yield is still big, the outlook is still improving and the upward momentum is very real. As such, CVS stock appears to be in the first few innings of a huge breakout. Target (TGT)Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com Yield: 2.4%Dividend History: The dividend has consistently increased over the past 51 years.Last, but not least, we have a blue-chip retail giant that is absolutely on fire today: Target (NYSE:TGT).The story at Target is pretty simple. A few years back, the mainstream emergence and adoption of e-commerce caused a traffic exodus out of Target stores. For a short period of time, Target struggled. Then, Target adapted. It built out a big e-commerce operation, refreshed stores to be more tech-savvy, built out omni-channel capabilities, expanded in-store and online offerings and much more.In a nutshell, Target became the quintessential, modern omni-channel retailer that leveraged technology to optimize customer convenience in every way possible.It worked. Over the past few years, Target has fired off its best numbers in a decade. We are talking decade-best sales growth, comparable sales growth, online sales growth and traffic growth. At the same time, margins have been largely stable, so profit growth has been equally robust. TGT stock has naturally rallied big in response to this operational excellence.This rally is far from over. Target has optimally positioned itself so that -- so long as the U.S. consumer remains healthy -- Target will continue to report impressive numbers. The stock isn't terribly expensive at all (17-times forward earnings), the yield remains big (2.4%) and TGT stock has very healthy upward momentum.TGT stock is a stable dividend stock which should stay in rally mode for the foreseeable future.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long T, QCOM, and CVS. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 7 Stocks to Buy Benefiting From Millennial Money The post 5 Stable Dividend Stocks to Buy as Fixed Income Vanishes appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Bloomberg

    U.S. Semiconductor Companies Urge Trump to Hurry Huawei Licenses

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. semiconductor industry urged President Donald Trump to make good on his promise to ease the ban on sales to China’s Huawei Technologies Co.“We encourage prompt action to issue approvals for sales that do not implicate national security concerns, particularly where there is foreign availability for competing products,” the Semiconductor Industry Association said in a letter dated Sept. 11 to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, which was seen by Bloomberg News. Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. and are among members of the association.China’s largest technology company has found itself at the center of a trade conflict between Beijing and Washington that’s weighing on the global economy.After meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in late June, Trump said he would loosen restrictions on Huawei export licenses and that Beijing had agreed to buy more U.S. farming goods. But neither side has followed through on those pledges, and the U.S. has since increased tariffs on Chinese goods, sparking retaliation by China.In July, Trump met with chief executives from major technology companies including Micron Technology Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google who asked for a timely decision on the resumption of sales to Huawei.Trade BlacklistAmerican businesses require a special license to supply goods to Huawei after the U.S. added the Chinese company to a trade blacklist in May over national-security concerns.Huawei is the third-largest buyer globally of U.S. semiconductors, the association said in the letter. Sales to Huawei of “non-sensitive” products ranging from mobile phones to smart-watches “do not implicate national security concerns,” the group said. The ban is making it more difficult for U.S. firms to compete against foreign rivals that don’t face the same restrictions, according to the letter.Delays in awarding the special licenses could weaken the U.S. semiconductor industry because it will lead to lower profits, forcing some companies to cut research and eroding their dominance in the global market, the association said.To contact the reporters on this story: Jenny Leonard in Washington at jleonard67@bloomberg.net;Ian King in San Francisco at ianking@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Murray at brmurray@bloomberg.net, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.