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SEOUL/BANGALORE (Reuters) - South Korean flat screen maker Samsung Display plans to set up a factory in India with a $500 million investment as parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd seeks to expand smartphone production there, a regulatory filing showed. The move would be a boon for India which is vying with nearby rivals such as Vietnam to attract global smartphone firms under the government's "Make in India" drive. Under the plan, Samsung Electronics will provide 35 billion rupees ($492.31 million) in loans and transfer a parcel of land in Noida for 920 million rupees to its display unit, Samsung India Electronics Private Ltd said in a filing dated Jan. 3.
Samsung has named a new head of its smartphone operations as it tries to reinvigorate the business in the face of stiffer competition from lower cost rivals like Huawei. The South Korean group said on Monday it had appointed Roh Tae-moon as its smartphone chief, as well as promoting four young executives to company presidents. Mr Roh previously led the development of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone and a strategic shift to outsource more handset manufacturing to third parties in China and elsewhere.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Monday named its youngest president as its new smartphone chief as the firm seeks to defend its lead in the handset market from rising challenges from rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL]. The South Korean firm also promoted the head of its network equipment business, which analysts said got a lift from a U.S. campaign to convince allies to bar Huawei from their networks. Samsung took an early lead in smartphones running on quicker fifth-generation (5G) telecommunication networks, but Huawei is widely expected to boost sales of 5G-capable smartphones and equipment this year, leveraging its huge home market.
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock price had a stellar 2019, as it was up about 59%. In the first two weeks of the new year, QCOM stock has extended that run, up another 3%.Source: nikkimeel / Shutterstock.com San Diego-based Qualcomm is the world's largest maker of mobile chipsets and wireless modems. It's expected to release Q1 2020 earnings results on Feb. 5. Ultimately, investors should always base their decisions on individual risk/return profiles. Yet due to the impressive increase in the QCOM share price, investors with paper profits may now want to ring the cash register. Those who do not own Qualcomm stock may consider buying into the company at any upcoming dip. What to Expect from QCOM Stock's Next EarningsThe chip giant is best known for the Snapdragon suite of system-on-chip (SoC) semiconductor products, which underpin smartphones. In 2019, as the leading supplier of mobile SoCs, weak smartphones sales have been a major concern for the company. Nonetheless, the QCOM shareholders have looked past the soft sales and pushed the stock price to a recent 52-week $94.11 high.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWhen the company reports Q1 earnings, analysts will analyze three segments: * QCT (Qualcomm CDMA Technologies): semiconductor business, about 60% of revenue; * QTL (Qualcomm Technology Licensing): licensing business, about 19% of revenue; and, * QSI (Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives): makes strategic investments, about 1% of revenue.Although QCT provides Qualcomm with most of the revenue through sale of mobile chipsets, wireless patents provide most of the profits. Put another way, QCOM stock's higher-margin licensing unit supports the growth of its lower-margin chipmaking business.Many other companies, including tech giants such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Samsung (OTCMKTS:SSNLF), that manufacture or use chips, need to obtain a license from QCOM. According to the company, revenues from Samsung constitute more than 10% of consolidated revenues. Similarly, revenues from Hon Hai Precision Industry, which trades as Foxconn Technology Group, and other suppliers to Apple, also constitute more than 10% of consolidated revenues.And the owners of QCOM stock will likely benefit from the continued reliance of these companies on Qualcomm's intellectual property as the Southern California chipmaker is one of the leaders on the 5G front, propelling earnings growth. Major 5G Player2020 will be the year when 5G wireless technology moves to the fore. And the fifth-generation infrastructure market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% in the first half of this new decade. * 7 Stocks That Are Screaming Buys Right Now If experience and past results act as a guide for the future, Qualcomm's success in earlier 3G and 4G mobile networks will help the stock increase its bottom line.The evolution means handsets must have new chipsets that are 5G-compatible. With the smartphone upgrade cycle that is underway, many users will be purchasing a 5G-compatible device. Qualcomm management is estimating that about 200 million of those will be shipped this year.In April 2019, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) announced that it would be leaving the market for 5G chips for mobile phones. Intel's departure leaves Qualcomm to lead this segment. When Apple debuts three 5G compatible phones later in 2020, they will all run on QCOM modems. So, too, will the new Yoga 5G personal computer from Lenovo Group (OTCMKTS:LNVGY), recently unveiled with its QCOM chips.In other words, Qualcomm is in a strong position to benefit from 5G development in the coming quarters. Autonomous Driving and QCOM StockTo be sure, 5G has not really entered our daily lives yet. When it does, it is expected to improve the network capacity and connection speed significantly. During 2019 various providers and cell phone producers that have contributed to this project have started rolling out their products and services.In addition, other emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) autonomous driving, will likely be affected in a very big way. Earlier in January, Qualcomm announced a computing system, dubbed Snapdragon Ride, for autonomous vehicles.Within the next three year, the company is getting ready offer a platform that will be able to handle a wide range of cloud-to-car activities related to autonomous driving.In other words, 5G is likely to open up new venues for Qualcomm as the company expands its portfolio to reach out to a wide range of customers. Should You BUY QCOM Stock Now?I have been a firm believer in Qualcomm stock for over a year, now. And fundamental reasons are likely to drive QCOM shares to higher levels in the coming months, too. The company will provide a significant part of the intellectual property that will be used to develop 5G communications standards.However, given the recent increase in the QCOM share price, I do not regard it as a value proposition at this point. I'd rather wait to see the various metrics to be released in the next earnings report before buying into the stock.Yet, if you are a long-term investors whose portfolio can weather daily swings in the market, you may want to sit through any potential volatility during the earnings season. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 Alternatively, you may also consider hedging your position with covered calls. For example, Feb. 21 expiry ATM calls would offer investors some downside protection as well as enable them to participate in a potential up move following the earnings release.Finally, those investors who buy into QCOM share price now would also benefit from the current dividend yield of 2.7%. Income investors know that they can compound their returns through reinvesting dividends from high-yielding stocks. Qualcomm has a history of increasing dividends and it may not ba a surprise to hear that the board increases the dividend in 2020.Longer-term, I'd expect QCOM stock price to reach $125 in two to three years.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Up-and-Coming Small-Cap Stocks to Watch * 7 Energy Stocks to Buy on the Resurgence of the Oil Boom * 3 Standout Oil Services Stocks to Buy The post After a 62% Run-Up, Does it Make Sense to Buy Qualcomm Stock Now? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The Bank of Korea, in its first such announcement this year, said that the "sluggishness" in the domestic economy has eased. The United States and the People's Republic of China agreement on phase one of their trade deal is set to bring further recovery to the semiconductor business, the bank said. The move is in line with wider expectations, as all but one of the 22 analysts polled earlier by Bloomberg had anticipated no rate cut from the bank.
The current demographic trend calls for development in technology associated to healthcare. Here are three stocks that can make the most from the health technology boom.
IFI Claims, a company that tracks patent activity in the US, released its annual tally of IP work today underscoring that theme: it noted that 2019 saw a new high-watermark of 333,530 patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Indeed, the fact that one of the oldest tech companies, IBM, is also the biggest patent filer almost seems ironic in that regard.
Capex trends, chip demand and IT spending commentary are among the things to watch as dozens of tech companies report this earnings season.
(Bloomberg) -- With tech earnings looming this month, investor attention is zeroing in on some of Asia’s largest chipmakers. And there’s reason for it: the sector’s influence on the region’s stocks has kept on growing.Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is set to report fourth-quarter results Thursday, potentially hitting record revenue of more than $10.2 billion and its highest quarterly gross margins since 2018, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Charles Shum said in a Jan. 7 preview. TSMC shares are up more than 4% this month and touched an intraday high Tuesday.“Many of TSMC’s customers such as Huawei, Qualcomm and Mediatek are quickening their pace of adopting cutting-edge processes to prepare for the launch of 5G mobile devices,” Shum said in the report.Rival Samsung Electronics Co. releases its final results Jan. 30. Preliminary figures announced earlier this month showed quarterly earnings beat estimates as global chip prices have shown signs of escaping a protracted slump.The two chipmaking behemoths are the No. 3 and 4 largest stocks in the MSCI Asia Pacific Index and also key contributors to the growing influence of technology names in the gauge. The industry now accounts for almost 15% of the regional gauge, up from 12% at the start of 2019. Internet giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. have the highest weightings in the index.Managers of emerging-market stocks have increased their exposure to semiconductor shares to a record 7.3%, making of it the largest overweight by sector, according to Steven Holden, an analyst at Smartkarma Holdings Pte. Taiwan and South Korean equity overweights also hit a peak, with TSMC among the most favorite companies, it said.Despite all the positives, one potential question mark for TSMC remains Huawei Technologies Co. Tighter export restrictions on the Chinese company by the U.S. would make some of TSMC’s technologies unshippable to Huawei, analysts led by Mark Li at Sanford C. Bernstein wrote in a Jan. 8 note. While the actual impact on revenue is expected to be in the low single digits and TSMC will be able to pivot to other customers, a short-term impact is “inevitable as share shifts and supply-chain realignment take time.”But overall, the outlook for the semiconductor industry is positive on growth drivers including new 5G technology adoption, internet of things momentum, robust data center demand and even new game console launches, Credit Suisse analysts Randy Abrams and Haas Liu said in a Jan. 13 report.“Stocks are recovering from the prior decade’s de-rating and returning to pre-crisis valuations that can sustain,” the analysts said. The main risk? With higher valuations after a strong 2019 rally, any disappointment from product cycle ramps or macro shocks could lead to potential short-term pullbacks, they added.Stock-Market SummaryMSCI Asia Pacific Index up 0.2%Japan's Topix index up 0.3%; Nikkei 225 up 0.7%Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index down 0.3%; Hang Seng China Enterprises down 0.4%; Shanghai Composite down 0.1%; CSI 300 down 0.2%Taiwan's Taiex index up 0.5%South Korea's Kospi index up 0.3%; Kospi 200 up 0.4%Australia's S&P/ASX 200 up 0.8%; New Zealand’s S&P/NZX 50 up 0.7%India's S&P BSE Sensex Index little changed; NSE Nifty 50 little changedSingapore's Straits Times Index up 0.5%; Malaysia’s KLCI down 0.7%; Philippine Stock Exchange Index down 0.5%; Jakarta Composite up 0.2%; Thailand's SET little changed; Vietnam's VN Index up 0.2%S&P 500 e-mini futures little changed after index closed up 0.7% in last session(Adds Smartkarma comments in sixth paragraph, stock-summary section)\--With assistance from Cormac Mullen, Abhishek Vishnoi and Moxy Ying.To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Lam in Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at email@example.com, Lianting Tu, Cecile VannucciFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Chip suppliers and others are benefiting as smartphone camera counts rise and camera penetration rates grow in other markets.
South Korea’s leading business dynasties built wealth and power as they drove the country from postwar ruin to among the world’s biggest economies. “Compared with 20 years ago when my parents set up the company, the value of our shares has gone up so much there is no way I can pay the huge inheritance tax without bending the rules,” said the middle-aged chief executive of one industrial group. Thanks to a 50 per cent rate that rises to 65 per cent if the beneficiary becomes the biggest shareholder of the family business, the heirs to the country’s top 25 companies face a combined bill of $21bn, according to data from research group CEO Score.
Sonatrach has awarded an EPC&PM contract for a grassroots refinery to a joint venture of Samsung Engineering and Tecnicas Reunidas. PHOTO SOURCE: Samsung Engineering
The XCover Pro, which is officially launching today, is a mid-range $499 phone for first-line workers like flight attendants, construction workers or nurses. While Samsung is aiming this phone at the enterprise market, the company tells us that it will also sell it to individual customers. As Samsung stressed during our briefing, the phone is meant for all-day use in the field, with a 4,050 mAh replaceable battery (yes, you read that right, you can replace the battery just like on phones from a few years ago).
South Korea's Samsung Group, whose leader faces trials over a bribery scandal involving former president Park Geun-hye, has appointed external experts to a new oversight panel to stamp out criminal conduct, the chief of the committee said on Thursday. The move came after a judge overseeing Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee's bribery case in October criticized the top conglomerate for its lack of an effective compliance system, saying one was needed to prevent wrongdoing by executives and its leader. "The timing Samsung chose to make these changes is not that great... and if this committee fails, I will end up hugely disgraced," said Kim Ji-hyung, a former supreme court judge named to head the compliance and oversight committee, told a news conference.
At CES, perhaps the most exciting glimpse of this smart future came from Samsung’s Ballie, a tennis ball-shaped robot akin to the rolling BB-8 droid in the newest Star Wars films. Unlike current assistants such as the Amazon Echo and Apple’s Siri, which wait passively for instructions, Ballie responds proactively to its owner’s mood, activity and specific needs. Hyun-Suk Kim, chief executive of Samsung’s consumer electronics division, said he wanted to begin the new decade with a vision of “personalised” robots, marking the end of “one-size-fits-all” tech.
Samsung plans to diversify earnings. Samsung’s spread of current businesses meant it still beat expectations. A $2,000 foldable phone and flagship Galaxy Note 10 will have boosted average sales prices.
CES is finally over, but there’s no time to rest if you’re a mega-corporation like Samsung. The company just revealed two new smartphones in Las Vegas (including a best of CES winner), but now we're getting details about devices that Samsung is expected to show off before our next big trade show, MWC. The Galaxy S20 should be Samsung's new flagship line, and they are also expected to announce a new foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip.
Leaked photos of Samsung's next flagship phone are causing a stir in the tech community. Yahoo Finance Tech Editor Dan Howley joins The Final Round to discuss the leak, what it reveals, and how the upcoming device could compete with rival brands.
This might be the biggest screen you have ever seen.... In this year's consumer technology expo in Las Vegas, tech companies are competing for new screen technology. Samsung revealed a 292-inch television calling it "The Wall". CNET's Editor-in-chief Connie Guglielmo says this product opens doors for giant TV screens with high resolution. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CNET EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CONNIE GUGLIELMO SAYING: "We're seeing massive television sets that you might not buy or I might not buy, I mean, talking about the size of walls, but what that tells us is that in the future, the ability to manufacture those things on a large scale is possible." Rotating screens are also on display in this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Then there is the Sero, Samsung's latest gizmo - a TV designed for the mobile generation. The screen automatically flips from a standard wide-screen TV into vertical portrait mode as you rotate your phone. Samsung's National Product Trainer Jason Baruck says consumers would be able to view videos on mobile apps. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JASON BARUCK, NATIONAL PRODUCT TRAINER, HOME ENTERTAINMENT, SAMSUNG, SAYING: "Now we're looking at having a product meant for a completely different user -- the Millennial, the heavy social media connoisseur, and the person who's very attached to their mobile device." Then there's the world's first foldable Windows machine. Lenovo pioneered the ThinkPad X1 - a desktop computer, laptop and a tablet - all in one. The company's Segment manager Mike Ripp explains how the gadget folds. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIKE RIPP, X1 SEGMENT MANAGER AT LENOVO, SAYING: "If I'm in other situations where it's a little bit tight for space or something like that, you know, I don't necessarily need the keyboard. I can fold it and now I have a smaller laptop that I can use on my lap. The foldable PC is expected to be on sale later this year and will retail for just under 2,500 US dollars. Chinese technology company Royole also turned heads, unveiling its 'AMOLED' ultra-thin flexible screen that can be attached to everything from handbags and top hats to a smartspeaker. Industry experts say these new screens are not ready for mainstream yet but companies are definitely trying to bring these prototypes into our homes.
Engadget Editor-in-Chief Dana Wollman joins Yahoo FInance’s Seana Smith to discuss some of the latest and greatest tech products at the Consumer Electronics Show.