78.08 -0.33 (-0.42%)
Pre-Market: 4:01AM EDT
|Bid||0.00 x 900|
|Ask||0.00 x 1400|
|Day's Range||78.38 - 79.53|
|52 Week Range||49.10 - 90.34|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.51|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||28.70|
|Earnings Date||Nov 6, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.48 (3.10%)|
|1y Target Est||78.99|
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) -- 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 email@example.com;Ian King in San Francisco at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Murray at email@example.com, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge called on Trump not to use Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei as leverage in broader trade negotiations with China, saying national security should be a “non-negotiable item.”
While Qualcomm (QCOM) is planning to develop cheap 5G chipsets for the masses, CenturyLink (CTL) aims to strengthen its position in the content delivery network with the acquisition of Steamroot.
Yesterday, President Trump tweeted that he would delay the upcoming hike on the China tariffs. US semiconductor companies are sensitive to trade wars.
The long-awaited Micron (NASDAQ:MU) recovery appears to have finally arrived. Micron stock and profits took a beating last year because of a combination of the decline in crypto and an emerging trade war.Source: Charles Knowles / Shutterstock.com However, new technology has begun to drive what looks like a permanent demand increase in memory chips.Moreover, both management sentiment and analyst estimates have shown beginning signs of a recovery. MU stock has recovered as a result. With this uptick, the question becomes when to buy Micron stock, not whether to buy.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Micron Will Head HigherAll of us make bad decisions on stocks from time to time. Unfortunately, my wrong call caused me to miss the uptick in MU stock.Three days after saying that the trade war would keep MU "suppressed in the short term," the company released a report that blew my short-term investment thesis out of the water. * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September Management gave a presentation at a technology investment forum on Aug. 12. There, they announced that while inventories remained high, cloud and graphics have meaningfully increased demand for memory chips.This news became the catalyst that took the Micron stock price from the low-$40s per share range to over $50 per share today. I have described MU stock as a different breed from chip stocks such as Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), AMD (NASDAQ:AMD), or Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). MU stock remains a proxy for memory prices, and the recent uptick again shows that. MU Stock and Long-Term ProspectsAdmittedly, even as the stock fell from the low-$60s per share range to below $30 per share, the long-term outlook has remained strong. Artificial intelligence (AI), self-driving cars, the Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G will drive a permanent increase in demand for memory chips.Moreover, bitcoin again sells for over $10,000. The decline of crypto played a significant role in the falling demand for memory. Hence, it stands to reason that a price recovery should lead to at least a partial revival in demand for memory as crypto mining again becomes more economical.Furthermore, valuations remain reasonable. MU currently supports a forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 19.8 and a trailing PE of around 5.9. Granted, with the rock-bottom PE ratio Micron has supported, the forward PE may appear pricey. The average PE ratio over the last five years has stood at only about 12.8.However, over the last month, Micron received something it had not seen in some time--rising earnings estimates. After falling for more than a year, earnings estimates for this year now stands at $6.23 per share. For fiscal 2020, they have risen to $2.56 per share. I expect the 2020 forecast will keep rising if the demand estimates hold. Watch out for the Short TermHence, I expect MU stock will keep moving higher from here over time. The question becomes what it will do in the short term. I made my wrong call early last month at around $41 per share.Now that MU has moved past $50, it has seen an increase of more than 20% in just over a month. I do not think it will return to the low $40s per share range anytime soon. However, this relatively quick rise could bring some profit-taking and a partial pullback.Moreover, investors should note that trade talks have resumed. Negotiations do not constitute an agreement. Admittedly, they could lead to one at any time. In that case, I think MU stock spikes higher from here.However, we have been on the cusp of an agreement more than once only to see negotiations fall apart. This sent MU and other stocks down before. It would likely do so again. I see such an action as the ideal time to buy Micron stock. The Bottom Line on Micron StockRising demand has helped to revive MU stock. Now, investors need to know when to buy. A management presentation pointing to increasing demand began a surge in MU that would take the equity more than 20% higher over the next month. Analyst revisions and better prospects for a trade deal almost helped Micron.However, the surge in MU stock could lead to some profit-taking. Also, it remains possible that trade talks will deteriorate. For these reasons, Micron stock could face a short-term pullback.Still, even if sentiment turns bearish for a time, the long-term prospects for MU stock have begun to bear fruit. This should only accelerate as consumers start to buy 5G-compatible smartphones.Investors who want to protect themselves from a short-term pullback should either buy in slowly or wait. However, the recovery in the chip sector has begun in earnest. This by itself makes MU stock a buy, if not now, then soon.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 * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September * 7 of the Worst IPO Stocks in 2019 * 7 Best Stocks That Crushed It This Earnings Season The post Micron Stock Is Poised to Surge, but Be Careful in the Short Term appeared first on InvestorPlace.
(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Huawei Technologies Co., after having practically shut down its Washington operation, last month added a trio of well-connected lobbyists to a swelling corps of influencers.It has sent executives to schmooze journalists and even started using Twitter to persuade the Trump administration not to ruin its business.But it may be an unwinnable fight.“Huawei is mistrusted by intelligence community careerists, congressional Democrats and Republicans, and many (but not all) American tech companies,” Bruce Mehlman, former assistant secretary of commerce for technology policy, said in an email. “They have a much larger problem than just the Trump administration.”The White House has been pushing allies to cut ties with the Chinese company over allegations its networking gear poses an espionage risk. The campaign has had mixed success but Vice President Mike Pence last week urged Iceland not to use Huawei gear and recently signed a security agreement with Poland that could block the company from the Eastern European nation.At home, the Trump administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese technology giant. Lawmakers who last year blocked government agencies from buying Huawei gear are considering more legislation aimed at the company that Senator Ted Cruz called “a state spy agency masquerading as a technology company.”The company isn’t giving up trying to win friends and influence people in Washington. In March, it registered Washington lobbyists with Congress for the first time since 2012. Those hired include Samir Jain, a Jones Day partner who was a cybersecurity official under Democratic President Barack Obama.Huawei also has engaged the law firms Sidley Austin LLP and Steptoe & Johnson, and Michael Esposito, who on his firm’s website is described as part of the senior leadership of the Republican National Committee.On Aug. 30, three lobbyists from Squire Patton Boggs registered to work for Huawei. They include Edward Newberry, who once was deemed a “King of K Street” in a New York Times article, according to the law firm. Jack Deschauer, a former director of Senate affairs for the secretary of defense and Jeff Turner, an expert on U.S. scrutiny of foreign companies, also registered. None of the three returned a telephone call seeking comment.The company has also hired Boston-based Racepoint Global Inc. and WPP’s BCW LLC.Racepoint, with a two-year agreement signed in September 2018, is to provide “ongoing public relations support” including advice on strategy and social media, according to a foreign-agent disclosure filing with the Justice Department. Racepoint won’t have direct contact with government officials, the firm said in the filing.BCW in March registered its agreement to provide advice to Huawei, with a budget not to exceed $160,000 and work to include media outreach and opinion research “to be billed at crisis rates,” according to the filing. In an August filing, BCW said its relation with Huawei had ended. Catherine Sullivan, a BCW spokeswoman, declined to take questions about the relationship.Huawei has deployed Tim Danks, a vice president with the company since 2009, and Andy Purdy, its chief U.S. security officer in the U.S. Purdy joined Huawei in 2012. Earlier he helped establish the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity office and served as its leader for two years ending in 2006.“We’d like to engage,” Danks said in an interview with Bloomberg reporters and editors. “The U.S. government hasn’t been very forthcoming.”In a Bloomberg TV interview Aug. 29, Danks said, “We believe that there is a way forward. We’re hoping that with further engagement with the U.S. government that we’ll be able to find a solution to the current situation.”Days after Danks spoke, Trump renewed his criticism of Huawei, calling it “a big concern of our military, of our intelligence agencies.” Earlier his administration had moved to bar the gearmaker from American markets and deny it key U.S. parts. U.S. officials say Huawei gear could be used for spying by Beijing -- an allegation rejected by the company.“The administration has pretty much made is position clear,” said James Lewis, director of the technology policy program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington. “How are you going to to talk them out of that?”As the company has become a focal point for U.S.-Chinese tensions, some have regarded it as bargaining chip in sensitive trade negotiations. China and the U.S. on Sept. 5 announced that face-to-face negotiations aimed at ending their tariff war will be held in Washington in the coming weeks, amid skepticism on both sides that progress can be made.Even as Danks and Purdy propose ways to end the standoff with the U.S., Huawei elsewhere has veered to defiance. The company in a tweet last week cast his visit as part of a political agenda that will disrupt Europe’s adoption of fast 5G mobile technology, and cited “U.S. pressure against China and Huawei.”Trump’s export restrictions stand to cut off vital supplies, from Qualcomm Inc. chipsets to Google’s Android operating software.The crisis may be deepening: Google confirmed the upcoming Huawei flagship smartphone won’t have licensed Google apps, a minus for consumers wanting access to the search giant’s proprietary maps and other features. Sales outside China could be slashed in half, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Charles Shum said in a Sept. 4 note. Huawei’s sales in China, where consumers have had no access to Google services since 2009, won’t be affected.Danks and Purdy, the Huawei executives, in the Aug. 28 interview suggested that security concerns could be met by applying uniform standards to all companies involved in telecommunications networks.Huawei executives reject the notion that the company may do the bidding of China’s spy agencies by relaying traffic that flows through its network gear. “We couldn’t comply. We don’t have access to that data,” Danks said.The Trump administration has delayed implementation of its Huawei restrictions. Purdy said that if Huawei reaches an agreement with the administration, “We’re hoping we can continue to serve our small rural carriers.”The company’s founder and chief executive officer, Ren Zhengfei, in an interview with the New York Times published Tuesday, proposed negotiations with the U.S.Ren’s daughter, Meng Wanzhou, is in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings after her arrest last year at the behest of the U.S. government, on charges related to trade sanctions.The Trump administration was right to move against Huawei, and shouldn’t ease restrictions as part of trade talks, billionaire investor George Soros said in a Sept. 9 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.While the largest U.S. carriers have spurned Huawei gear over security concerns, smaller operators have purchased it, citing low prices and good reliability. Some of them cite a lack of public evidence pinpointing the alleged security risk, and suspect the entire dispute is tied to leverage in the trade talks.“We’re kind of in the middle,” said Jim Kail, president of LHTC Broadband, which serves rural communities in Pennsylvania.“We’re not going to jeopardize our national security just for a buck. But there’s no proof of it,” Kail said. “We’re going to continue using it until somebody tells us differently.”The idea of a uniform standard echoes proposals from European countries that are loath to annoy China by singling out its leading technology company, said Lewis, of the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington.“It depends where you set the standards,” Lewis said in an interview. “If you set them high, it makes it hard to buy Huawei gear. If you set them low, it makes it easy to buy Huawei.”Equipment from the Shenzhen-based company is not secure, in part because equipment can take in software updates that create vulnerabilities, even after being judged to be benign when installed, Lewis said.The Huawei executives said it’s a “misconception” to think that complex networks can be manipulated remotely.\--With assistance from Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Todd Shields in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at email@example.com, Elizabeth WassermanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
This is what fundamentals and technicals say about buying Qualcomm stock now amid a truce with Apple, 5G leadership, and a Tencent pact.
It's that time of year—Apple (AAPL), the world’s largest handset maker by revenue, is launching its new iPhones. Apple chip supplier stocks have rallied.
(Bloomberg) -- Samsung Electronics Co. and Huawei Technologies Co. took turns announcing new mobile processors at the IFA technology show in Berlin last week, and the big thing the new chips have in common is an integrated 5G modem.In a market dominated by U.S. rival Qualcomm Inc., the world’s two biggest smartphone manufacturers asserted a lead in delivering one of the keys to unlocking widespread availability of 5G devices. A system-on-chip that integrates the applications processor and a fifth-generation wireless modem significantly reduces the space and power requirements compared to existing solutions that use two separate chips.Qualcomm has such models on its 2020 road map, but this past week Samsung announced it’s planning mass production for its alternative at the end of 2019 and Huawei is moving even faster, promising to release its most advanced processor with the Mate 30 Pro smartphone on Sept. 19.The Kirin 990 5G from Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon is built at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and packs more than 10.3 billion transistors into a space the size of a fingernail. It includes a graphics processor, an octa-core CPU, and the all-important 5G modem, along with dedicated neural processing units for accelerating artificial intelligence tasks.At Huawei’s Berlin launch event, consumer group Chief Executive Officer Richard Yu showed the high-end 990 5G achieving real-world download speeds on China Mobile’s network in excess of 1.7Gbps. That’s fast enough to download high-definition movies and demanding 3-D games in a matter of seconds.Samsung’s approach with its Exynos 980 is to target the mid-range. Along with 5G capabilities, this new chip integrates 802.11ax fast Wi-Fi along with Samsung’s own NPU. It won’t run apps and games quite as quickly as flagship chips, but should help the South Korean company garner a slice of the more mainstream market before Qualcomm brings out an armada of new 5G-capable chips next year.Samsung’s emphasis on this part of the mobile market was also signaled by its launch of the Galaxy A90 this month, one of the earliest examples of a mid-range device with 5G.Huawei’s Next Flagship Phone Set to Sink Without Google Apps (1)For its part, Qualcomm is promising to cover the entire range of price points and mobile device types with its 5G portfolio in 2020, however the world’s premier mobile chip designer is finding itself behind its faster-moving rivals.While Huawei is “pushing to show tech leadership,” the company has “made sacrifices in order to make an integrated SOC,” said Anshel Sag, mobile industry analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. He cited the chip’s lack of support for mmWave -- the high-frequency 5G favored by U.S. carriers AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. plus some European ones -- as an example. The Kirin 990 5G is fast by today’s standards and a great upgrade for Huawei’s upcoming devices in China, but Sag said it’ll find itself outpaced by rivals in 2020.The silver lining to the trade war for Qualcomm, however, is that Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro will struggle to sell in Europe so long as the Trump administration prevents it from offering Google services on new phones. Irrespective of how fast and advanced its Kirin 990 5G may be, the trade war will prevent Huawei from fully capitalizing on its capabilities and may, in fact, push the company to license the chip out to other smartphone vendors, such as Lenovo Group, which is not subject to the same sanctions.If the U.S. keeps Huawei on its blacklist, preventing it from buying American technology, the company faces further chip challenges. To develop successors to the Kirin 990, it needs to license the latest designs from SoftBank Group’s ARM, but that company discontinued work with Huawei because of the U.S. ban.(Updates with analyst comment in the third from last paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Vlad Savov in Tokyo at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at email@example.com, Nate Lanxon, Peter ElstromFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Qualcomm (QCOM) envisions a huge revenue-generating potential in low-priced 5G chipsets and aims to expand its product portfolio to cater to the various customer segments.
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is on a tear. Resumption of trade talks between the U.S. and China helped the chip giant surge higher in Thursday trading. Intel stock has risen by more than 10% since the lows of Aug. 23.Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com However, tech stocks have traded on hopes for a trade deal before. In the recent past, this had brought disappointment and lower stock prices when trade talks experienced a setback.Although this changes nothing about the long-term case for Intel stock, shorter-term traders need to exercise caution.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips It's Intel's Turn to ShineAdmittedly, trade talks also help peers such as Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), and AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) as all semi stocks derive revenue from China. Still, this offers welcome relief to an Intel which has faced earnings disappointments, CEO scandals, and lagging product development in recent years. * 7 Deeply Discounted Energy Stocks to Buy Most of the former darlings of the PC era such as Nvidia and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have recovered by building market leadership in other areas of tech. However, Intel has lagged these giants. It currently trades at just 11.4 times forward earnings and has struggled with profit growth.Despite the setbacks, late last month I urged investors to buy Intel stock. The low multiple lags historic valuations by a wide margin. Moreover, Intel could return to prominence due to the potential for 5G-related growth. However, trade talks may serve as a compelling motivation for now. INTC Is a Buy, but Exercise CautionThe optimism over trade talks actually changes little about Intel, other than possibly when to buy. This news has undoubtedly sped up the growth in Intel. However, I would caution investors not to buy into the hype. Tech stocks, in general, have rallied on optimism about trade talks.However, investors need to remember that Intel has traded in a range between approximately $44 to $59 per share for almost two years. When I urged traders to buy last month, it sold near the bottom of the range. Now, the current Intel stock price stands at over $50 per share. This takes it to roughly the middle of the range.Moreover, we had also seen disappointments when the talks did not lead to a deal. Bottom line, we have seen this movie before, and INTC could face headwinds if this sequel turns out to be too much like the original.Hence, if buying for the short-term, investors should exercise caution. A deal could bring cause investors to "sell the news." Likewise, if talks fail, the deflated mood of investors could send Intel down in the near term. Long-term Investors and INTC StockStill, long-term investors can still prosper by buying now. For one, trade talks could finally lead to a deal, and the stock would probably rally further from the discussions. Moreover, the ever-widening adoption of 5G should make INTC more valuable again over time.However, this rally also shows signs that should raise the hopes of longer-term holders. As Tyler Craig mentions, Thursday's 4% rally indicates more institutional interest in Intel. He also pointed out that the number of calls significantly exceeded puts, and that INTC rose above its 50-day moving average. At least for longer-term investors, this makes Intel a buy despite the recent run-up. The Bottom Line on Intel StockAlthough the long-term case for buying Intel stock remains intact, shorter-term traders should consider turning cautious. Without question, a true end to the trade war would probably push INTC to new highs.However, optimism about trade talks has often given way to more tariff threats. Hence, in the short term, Intel could easily move in either direction.Still, if trade does not help INTC, 5G probably will. Moreover, the optimism has sent INTC stock to the middle of the two-year trading range. If it can reach and stay above the $60 per share level, we could soon witness the long-awaited Intel comeback.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 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 Intel Stock Still Has a Little Room for Growth Left appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) has been stuck in a trading range between $160 - $180 since July. Although Nvidia stock could easily break-out as its growth potential returns, China tariffs may pressure chip stocks in the weeks ahead.Source: Hairem / Shutterstock.com The investor who chooses to buy Nvidia stock, betting that the trade war tensions will end, risks macro headwinds. And those who wait it out may miss out on a rally if Nvidia reports strong quarterly results in November. What should investors do? Look Beyond Short-TermNvidia is perfectly positioned to embrace the long-term growth in AI, IoT, and autonomous capabilities. CEO Jen-Hsun describes AI as being thousands of different types of networks. These networks get more complex over time, and the data that gets processed gets bigger. As a result, AI software cannot predict what is going to get programmed. Nvidia's CUDA architecture is programmable, with its Tensor Cores are optimized for AI.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Deeply Discounted Energy Stocks to Buy Software capabilities that combine IoT with AI will be the next phase of growth. Nvidia is well-positioned to lead the market when this phase begins. Within many sectors, automation is the future and is something that will happen.This transformation is still in the early phases, so the company will not realize its potential until later. To position itself for these markets, Nvidia is investing heavily in itself. In its second quarter, the company reported GAAP operating expenses of $970 million. It is on-track to grow operating expenses in the high single digits.NVDA singled out AI, graphics, and self-driving cars are the key platforms that will drive its long-term growth. Despite GAAP EPS falling 49% to $0.90, Nvidia is clear on its Q3 outlook. It forecast revenue of $2.9 billion and GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins at 62% and 62.5%, respectively. Capital expenditures will be in the range of $100 million to $120 million. Nvidia's Outlook for GamingSeasonal strength for Nintendo Switch will result in a production ramp-up in Q2 and in Q3, then likely falling in Q4. RTX (real-time tracing) is a differentiating solution to GPUs made by Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD). In the last few months, Nvidia announced six blockbuster games that adopted RTX.There are now over 40 ISV tools that announced ray tracing and video editing, in the creative tools software space. Some of the applications have AI capabilities that fully utilize RTX.Looking ahead, NVDA stock may potentially price in the pickup in demand for RTX-powered GPUS and notebooks offering this technology. Nvidia also benefits from the trend of gamers demanding light notebooks that have powerful graphics. Its customers need such systems for 3D content creation and high-definition video editing and image optimization.The company introduced a new line of computers, called RTX Studio, that appears to such power users. Considering that the SUPER line of GPUs will spur sales in the quarters ahead and chances are good that the stock etches higher. Trade War Risks and Nvidia StockChip stocks are vulnerable to the tariff showdown between the U.S. and China. Such taxes hurt trade and weaken demand for semiconductor products. Nvidia is not immune to the impact escalating trade wars will have on trade.The lack of a trade deal between the two countries may threaten the Nvidia-Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) merger. In March, Nvidia offered $6.9 billion, or $125 a share, for Mellanox and paid entirely in cash. MLNX stock topped $120 by May but fell to $107 recently. Markets are signaling a higher probability that the deal will fall through.Investors who held Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) after the former offered to buy the latter did poorly holding NXPI stock. China's regulators failed to approve the deal in a timely fashion, forcing Qualcomm to abandon the deal. Valuation and Your TakeawayWall Street analysts are bullish on Nvidia stock and have an average $189.96 price target. Investors who prefer to build their own model may assign a ~7% revenue 5-year CAGR. In a DCF EBITDA Exit model that assumes revenue growth of up to 20%, the fair value is $186:(USD in millions) Input Projections Fiscal Years Ending 19-Jan 20-Jan 21-Jan 22-Jan 23-Jan 24-Jan Revenue 11,716 10,776 12,929 14,654 15,753 16,304 % Growth 20.60% -8.00% 20.00% 13.30% 7.50% 3.50% EBITDA 4,066 3,064 4,251 5,366 5,926 6,134 % of Revenue 34.70% 28.40% 32.90% 36.60% 37.60% 37.60%Source: finbox.ioStill, investors may look at Nvidia's intrinsic value based on future cash flow. In this scenario, NVDA stock has a significant downside (per simplywall.st).Investors willing to hold Nvidia for a few years should accumulate the stock if it falls. The trade war is a short-term headwind that will eventually get resolved as both countries negotiate.Disclosure: The author holds NXPI stock. 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Qualcomm (QCOM) will expand its 5G chip technology next year. Qualcomm will soon power the mid-priced smartphones with its 5G wireless data networks.
SAN FRANCISCO/BERLIN, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc promised on Friday to bring 5G mobile phones to the masses with a high-end modem and said its chips would also power mid-price devices hitting the market next year. Fifth-generation chipsets from Qualcomm, the world's biggest supplier of mobile phone chips, now run on five devices from Samsung Electronics, including the $1,299 Galaxy S10 5G model and the new $2,000 Galaxy Fold. Samsung, the world's top smartphone seller, has also put Qualcomm chips in its lower-priced A90 5G model, which had used Samsung chips in an earlier version.
The mobile chip and patent giant unveiled two platforms meant to bring 5G to less costly phones, and a longer-range antenna module for fixed broadband devices.
SAN FRANCISCO/BERLIN (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc promised on Friday to bring 5G mobile phones to the masses with a high-end modem and said its chips would also power mid-price devices hitting the market next year. Fifth-generation chipsets from Qualcomm, the world's biggest supplier of mobile phone chips, now run on five devices from Samsung Electronics, including the $1,299 Galaxy S10 5G model and the new $2,000 Galaxy Fold. Samsung, the world's top smartphone seller, has also put Qualcomm chips in its lower-priced A90 5G model, which had used Samsung chips in an earlier version.
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