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  • Volvo teams up with Nvidia to develop self-driving commercial and industrial trucks
    TechCrunch18 hours ago

    Volvo teams up with Nvidia to develop self-driving commercial and industrial trucks

    Volvo and Nvidia announced a new partnership today aimed at developing thenext-generation decision-making engine for Volvo Group's fully autonomouscommercial trucks and industrial service vehicles

  • Huawei’s Troubles Are a Big Opportunity for Ericsson and Nokia
    Bloomberg2 hours ago

    Huawei’s Troubles Are a Big Opportunity for Ericsson and Nokia

    (Bloomberg) -- Over the past two decades, China’s Huawei Technologies Co. has come to dominate the global telecom equipment market, winning contracts with a mix of sophisticated technology and attractive prices. Its rise squeezed Europe’s Nokia Oyj and Ericsson AB, which responded by cutting jobs and making acquisitions. Now, with Huawei at the center of a U.S.-China trade war, the tide is turning.Nokia and Ericsson—fierce rivals themselves—have recently wrested notable long-term deals from Huawei to build 5G wireless networks, to enable everything from autonomous cars to robot surgery. Analysts say more could come their way as Huawei grapples with a U.S. export ban and restrictions from other governments concerned that its equipment could enable Chinese espionage.“Huawei will, for the foreseeable future, face a broader cloud of suspicion,” said John Butler, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in New York. “Nokia and Ericsson are well positioned to benefit.”In May, the European companies both won 5G contracts from SoftBank Group Corp.’s Japanese telecom unit, replacing Huawei and Chinese peer ZTE Corp. Ericsson signed a similar pact in March with Denmark’s biggest phone company, TDC A/S, which had worked with Huawei since 2013 to modernize and manage its network.Other carriers, expecting government curbs on Huawei, have started removing its equipment from sensitive parts of their systems. BT Group Plc is taking Huawei out of its network core, and Vodafone Group Plc has suspended core equipment purchases from Huawei for its European networks. Deutsche Telekom AG, which has Huawei throughout its 4G system, is re-evaluating its purchasing strategy.Nokia and Ericsson are Europe’s final survivors of a merciless winnowing of more than a half-dozen telecom equipment providersAs dozens of phone companies—including those in Canada, Germany and France—plan to choose 5G suppliers in the coming months,Cisco Systems Inc. andSamsung Electronics Co. are also vying for deals. But the key beneficiaries of Huawei’s difficulties are likely to be the two Europeans, which compete directly with the Chinese company in supplying radio-access network equipment.Since last year, the Trump administration has pushed allies to bar Huawei from 5G, citing risks about state spying—allegations the company has denied. The move in May to block Huawei’s access to U.S. suppliers escalated the campaign. The company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, now predicts the U.S. sanctions will cut its revenue by $30 billion over the coming two years.Outside the U.S., security concerns have led Australia, Japan and Taiwan to bar Huawei from 5G systems. The Chinese company also risks losing meaningful work in Europe and emerging markets where countries could follow with their own limits, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.Publicly, executives from Nokia and Ericsson have been careful not to come off as critical of Huawei. Both manufacture in China and sell gear to Chinese phone carriers, and Nokia has a big research and development presence there. Nokia says it has already been forced to shift some of its supply chain away from China to reduce the impact of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.QuicktakeHow Huawei Became a Target for GovernmentsInstead of piling on Huawei, the European carriers have trumpeted their 5G successes, each using slightly different metrics. Ericsson claims it has the most publicly announced 5G contracts—21—while Nokia says it has raked in more commercial 5G deals than any other vendor (42). Huawei says it has signed 46 5G contracts. A spokesman for Huawei declined to comment further about its position relative to rivals.Ericsson is “first with 5G,” after building high-speed networks for companies such as AT&T Inc., Swisscom AG in Switzerland and Sweden’s Telstra Corp., said Chief Technology Officer Erik Ekudden. “You see that in some markets that we are attracting more customers.”Nokia is winning 5G deals “quite handsomely,” Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri told Bloomberg TV on June 10.While Suri said more carriers are likely to swap out Huawei gear in countries that have announced restrictions, the situation is less clear in Europe. “We don’t know yet the impact of specific operator plans,” he said in an interview. “We also don’t know where this geopolitical thing will end up.”Nokia and Ericsson are Europe’s final survivors of a merciless winnowing of more than a half-dozen telecom equipment providers. Bloated costs, a cyclical marketplace, cash-strapped customers, and the relentless rise of Huawei—aided by access to generous Chinese state financing—helped push the likes of Canada’s Nortel Networks Corp. and Germany’s Siemens AG out of the industry.Nokia paid some $2 billion in 2013 to buy Siemens out of a joint venture established to compete against Ericsson and Huawei. Then in 2015, it spent another almost $18 billion acquiring Alcatel-Lucent to broaden its product offering after pushing through more than 25,000 job cuts in the preceding three years. Still, Huawei’s share of the $33 billion of sales in the global mobile infrastructure market surged to 31% in 2018 from 13% in 2010, IHS Markit data show.Huawei, despite its troubles, remains a potent rival. Many phone companies in Europe deem its base stations, switches and routers technologically superior. Fully excluding Huawei and ZTE from 5G would raise radio-access network costs for European phone companies by 40%, or 55 billion euros ($62 billion), the GSMA industry group predicts in an unpublished report seen by Bloomberg.Quicktake5G and EspionageBengt Nordstrom, CEO of telecom consultancy Northstream AB, says the situation is perilous for everyone in the industry, as vendors’ budgets could be hit if Huawei faces greater restrictions. “Many component suppliers are already in a tough situation,” Nordstrom said. “They need to spend a lot of money on research, and that means they need access to the entire global market.”For carriers, swapping vendors isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. It takes about two years to plan and implement such a technology shift and install the new equipment, Nordstrom said.Both Nokia and Ericsson are working to make it easier for carriers to switch. Nokia has developed what it calls a “thin layer” of its 4G technology to connect to a new 5G system, allowing a carrier to avoid a wholesale swap of another supplier’s equipment. Ericsson also has a solution to allow a carrier to swap out only a portion of existing infrastructure, and says it can make some areas work side-by-side with Ericsson’s 5G gear.Nokia and Ericsson can agree on one thing: Claims of Huawei’s technological superiority are overblown. They note that they’re involved in the latest networks in the U.S., where carriers are rolling out 5G faster than the Europeans.“We compete quite favorably with Huawei,” Suri said, “with or without the current security concerns.”\--With assistance from Caroline Hyde, Kati Pohjanpalo and Angelina Rascouet.To contact the authors of this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.netNiclas Rolander in Stockholm at nrolander@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at rpenty@bloomberg.net, David RocksFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • TheStreet.com4 hours ago

    Nvidia and Intel's Mobileye Both Continue Racking Up Autonomous Driving Deals

    Volvo provided the latest evidence on Tuesday, when it announced that it plans to use Nvidia's Drive autonomous driving hardware/software platform within commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses and construction vehicles. The Swedish automaker says it will use Nvidia's powerful Drive AGX Pegasus computing board, declare to be capable of handling 320 trillion deep learning operations per second, as well as its Drive AV software stack and Drive Constellation driving simulation system.

  • Anadarko to begin construction of Mozambique LNG project, selects contractors
    American City Business Journals7 hours ago

    Anadarko to begin construction of Mozambique LNG project, selects contractors

    However, if Occidental Petroleum's acquisition of Anadarko closes, the Mozambique assets are among those that will be sold to Paris-based Total.

  • Chipmakers QCOM and AVGO Bounce-Back After Rough Week
    Zacks8 hours ago

    Chipmakers QCOM and AVGO Bounce-Back After Rough Week

    Recently, there has been significant turmoil surrounding the electronics component sector, specifically in wireless equipment and semiconductors. This was mostly due to the US blacklist of Huawei in May, coupled with increased US-China trade war tensions.

  • HP Enterprise to Move Toward Subscription Model, Chasing Amazon
    Bloomberg8 hours ago

    HP Enterprise to Move Toward Subscription Model, Chasing Amazon

    (Bloomberg) -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. will make all its products available through subscriptions, Chief Executive Officer Antonio Neri’s biggest move yet to shield the server maker from growing cloud-computing competition.HPE’s computer servers, storage hardware, networking gear and software will be available through a pay-per-use or subscription model by 2022, the San Jose, California-based company said Tuesday in a statement.Neri took over the company in February 2018, and has focused on keeping HPE relevant in a changing market for information technology. Cloud vendors such as Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have seen booming sales while global server demand has stagnated. First, Neri downplayed the threat from the public cloud companies, investing $4 billion in edge computing, which lets clients process information on hardware far away from data centers and he touted as the next wave of computing. Recently, HPE has taken a more pragmatic approach, forming a partnership with Google that will help clients adopt a hybrid model -- to move information between their own corporate data centers and large public clouds.HPE made the subscription announcement at its annual Discover conference in Las Vegas. This is the company’s most significant effort to generate more recurring revenue, which can help boost overall sales. HPE’s revenue has shrunk in the last two quarters compared with a year earlier.“We will reshape HPE and transform the market, with a new and better way to deliver as a service,” Neri said in a statement.To contact the reporter on this story: Nico Grant in San Francisco at ngrant20@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Andrew Pollack, Alistair BarrFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Barrons.com9 hours ago

    Lagging Dell Stock Looks Like a Bargain

    After badly lagging the rest of the sector, Dell is one of the cheapest large-cap tech stocks. One analyst says shares, trading at $51, could be worth $90 a share.

  • GuruFocus.com10 hours ago

    The Gabelli Asset Fund 1st Quarter Shareholder Commentary

    Discussion of markets and holdings

  • Nasdaq Today: Chip Stocks Surge on Improving Trade-War Rhetoric
    InvestorPlace10 hours ago

    Nasdaq Today: Chip Stocks Surge on Improving Trade-War Rhetoric

    At one point on Tuesday, the Nasdaq was up about 2% on the day. Although the index eased off those gains going into afternoon trading, investors didn't completely take their foot off the gas.Source: Shutterstock Thanks to positive comments from President Donald Trump, the Nasdaq jumped 1.39% on the day, outperforming both the Dow Jones and S&P 500, which climbed 1.35% and 0.97%, respectively.So what did Trump say to cause such a rally? Well, the very opposite of what he said to derail the stock market rally last month. As trade-war worries flood Wall Street and wreak havoc on conference calls, the President tweeted that he, "Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan. Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our meeting."InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThis sent tech stocks, and in particular, chip stocks soaring on the day. In tech, the trade war has impacted everything from customer demand to declining margins thanks to increased tariffs. Some of the industry has been able to shake off the woes -- like Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) -- but not everyone has been so lucky. Biggest Winners in the Nasdaq TodayChipmakers stole the show Tuesday, as Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) -- here's how to trade AVGO stock -- all scorched higher on the day. * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less AMD raced higher by 4.3%, while Nvidia jumped 5.4% and Broadcom rallied 4.5%. The mere idea that the trade war talks could improve was enough to send these stocks skyward. It has got many on Wall Street wondering just how compressed this group is thanks to the friction between China and the White House. If the trade-war rhetoric remains positive ahead of the G-20 summit, it's possible for this group to continue higher.That said, investors also have to be aware of the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday. There's only a 24% chance of a rate cut announcement at this meeting, so most investors aren't expecting one yet. But they will be looking for a more dovish stance from the Fed, particularly following the European Central Bank's accommodative stance this week, and given the fact that the futures market is pricing in a 98% chance for at least one rate cut by December.So that's something to be aware of.NAND and DRAM players were also in the spotlight. Micron (NASDAQ:MU) jumped 5.7%, while equipment makers like Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) and Applied Material (NASDAQ:AMAT) rallied 4.6% and 4.5%, respectively. Click to Enlarge Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) is on investors' radar too, as it gears up to report second-quarter earnings after the close. Consensus expectations call for earnings of $1.78 per share on revenue of $2.7 billion. Those estimates suggest year-over-year growth of 18.5% and 23.2%, respectively.Finally, Microsoft is shaking off any worries about the trade war as shares hit new all-time highs. MSFT closed at $135.16, up 1.74%, while rallying almost 10% so far this month. Bottom Line on the Nasdaq TodayThe trade war is what dragged the Nasdaq from its all-time highs in early May. But a resolution is likely what will vault the index back up to them. The markets came into June in an oversold condition, but the bounce was most telling. After the Nasdaq, S&P 500 and Dow all rallied to start the month, the bears weren't able to push it back down.That action is important, suggesting that a larger rally was brewing after some consolidation. That extension could be taking place now, but we still have the Fed to get through.Fed Chair Powell has not been the smoothest talker when it comes to FOMC events, so it will be interesting to see how the market reacts tomorrow. A dovish Fed could ignite stocks even higher, while a hawkish Fed could undo many of today's nice gains. The same rally/puke potential exists with the President's Twitter account.All said, it was a very strong day for the Nasdaq today, although Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) was a noteworthy laggard.The social media giant finally announced its Libra cryptocurrency. While this was anything but a secret, it was interesting to see FB give up all of its Tuesday gains. Ending slightly lower on the day, down 29 basis points, is not what many investors had in mind given the strength in tech.The bottom line: Watch the Fed on Wednesday.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long AMD, NVDA and AVGO. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Red-Hot IPO Stocks to Buy for the Long Run * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less * 4 Dow Jones Stocks Ready to Rise Compare Brokers The post Nasdaq Today: Chip Stocks Surge on Improving Trade-War Rhetoric appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Dow Jones Today: Why the Best Stocks in the DJIA Are Rallying
    InvestorPlace10 hours ago

    Dow Jones Today: Why the Best Stocks in the DJIA Are Rallying

    All it took was a little love on the trade front to send stocks surging on Tuesday. The Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 rallied 1.39% and 0.97%, respectively, with the latter closing in on another record in advance of the Federal Reserve meeting. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, meanwhile, added a respectable 1.35%.Source: Shutterstock Finally, a tweet from President Trump involving trade talks proved efficacious for stocks. In a tweet out earlier today, Trump said he and Chinese President X had a "very good" conversation via telephone and that the two are "extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan." Trump added that representatives from both sides will hold talks prior to the two leaders getting together.The stage is set for stocks to continue climbing, particularly if the Federal Reserve cooperates. The U.S. central bank commenced its two-day meeting today. While it appears unlikely that the Fed will announce an interest rate cut tomorrow, what will captivate investors' is language that could imply a rate cut is imminent, perhaps as soon as July.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThose are the types of headlines that riskier assets love. In late trading, more than two-thirds of the Dow's 30 components were in the green, but a few were sporting particularly robust gains. Let's look at a few here. Boeing (BA)Boeing (NYSE:BA), a frequent guest in this space and the Dow's largest component, surged 5.50% today, an encouraging sign because it is good to see the big kahuna rally in a price-weighted index like the Dow. Yesterday, it was noted that Boeing was making some bullish predictions at the Paris Airshow. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer That theme continued today when the company said that British airline group IAG inked a deal to buy 200 of Boeing's 737 max jets. Yes, that's the same 737 max passenger jet that has recently caused Boeing investors so much consternation. IAG owns British Airways, Aer Lingus and Spain's Iberia, among other European carriers. The deal could be worth up to $24 billion. 3M (MMM)Industrial conglomerate 3M Co. (NYSE:MMM) is the epitome of a cyclical stock that has been battered by the trade war. Shares of 3M are saddled with a second-quarter loss of 20% and the stock has been careening lower since late April.3M, which has a dividend yield of 3.45%, got some relief today, climbing 2.98%. As is the case with Boeing, 3M's rise is particularly good news for the price-weighted Dow because Minnesota-based 3M is the eighth-largest component in the price-weighted index."We believe the market has overreacted to two key variables: 1) 3M's latest guidance cut; and 2) 3M's potential PFAS litigation exposure," said Morningstar in a recent note."Since Mike Roman has been at the helm for nearly a year, 3M has been forced to cut guidance on five different occasions. That said, 3M consists of short-cycle businesses that are notoriously hard to predict. Most of the slowdown has come from three distinct end markets which make up over 30% of its revenue base, which include automotive, electronics, and China. And the company simply missed reacting to slowing demand." Intel (INTC)As has been widely documented, semiconductor stocks have been primary victims of the trade controversy. What was once one of the year's best-performing groups rapidly turned south in May, but the anti-semiconductor trade probably got too crowded too quickly, giving way to a snap-back rally.That rally may have started today and Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC) got in on the act. At one point Tuesday, eight of the 10 best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 on a percentage basis were chip stocks.After gaining 2.74%, Intel was the Dow's best-performing technology stock today. Nike (NKE)Athletic apparel and footwear giant NIKE Inc. (NYSEARCA:NKE) gained 2.82% today, probably due in large part to the encouraging news on the trade front. The company is heavily dependent on foreign labor and was previously warned the White House that tariffs on its exports to China would be "catastrophic" for its business. With those factors in mind, it probably was not surprising to see NIKE rank as the best-performing consumer discretionary stock in the Dow today.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Red-Hot IPO Stocks to Buy for the Long Run * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less * 4 Dow Jones Stocks Ready to Rise Compare Brokers The post Dow Jones Today: Why the Best Stocks in the DJIA Are Rallying appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • NVIDIA Teams With AB Volvo on Self-Driving Trucks
    Motley Fool11 hours ago

    NVIDIA Teams With AB Volvo on Self-Driving Trucks

    The GPU maker's stock is climbing on this new strategic partnership.

  • IBM Notches Another Supercomputer Win
    Motley Fool11 hours ago

    IBM Notches Another Supercomputer Win

    A major oil and gas company will use the powerful new system to run data-heavy workloads.

  • Nvidia, Volvo join forces on driverless trucks
    MarketWatch12 hours ago

    Nvidia, Volvo join forces on driverless trucks

    Nvidia Corp. and Volvo Group team up to go against the likes of Tesla Inc., Alphabet Inc. and others developing the commercial vehicles of the future.

  • Benzinga12 hours ago

    Nvidia To Partner With Volvo On Self-Driving Trucks

    The Volvo Group and Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) have announced a joint partnership to develop artificial intelligence (AI) for self-driving trucks. Work will begin immediately in Gothenburg, Sweden and Santa Clara, California. The announcement comes a week after Volvo, the world's second-largest truck maker after Daimler, said its self-driving truck "Vera" would begin transporting goods from a logistics center to a port terminal in Gothenburg in collaboration with logistics firm DFDS.

  • TheStreet.com12 hours ago

    Nvidia's Self-Driving Strategy Picks Up Speed as It Lands Volvo Partnership

    is proving why it's one of the leaders in the autonomous driving movement. As Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang explained on a media conference call on Tuesday, the deal is the company's first end-to-end A.I. development, simulation and in-car partnership.

  • Here’s who America’s CEOs are backing in the Democratic presidential race
    MarketWatch12 hours ago

    Here’s who America’s CEOs are backing in the Democratic presidential race

    It’s still early days in the race to become the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nominee, but a few CEOs of S&P 500 companies already have been voting with their wallets.

  • AI News: Nvidia (NVDA), Volvo Team Up on Self-Driving Trucks Project
    InvestorPlace13 hours ago

    AI News: Nvidia (NVDA), Volvo Team Up on Self-Driving Trucks Project

    In the latest AI news, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) has partnered up with Volvo in order to develop the next generation in self-driving vehicles in the form of autonomous commercial trucks and industrial service vehicles.Source: Nvidia The partnership among the two companies will use Nvidia's Drive artificial intelligence platform, which combines processing data from sensors, perception systems, localization, mapping and path prediction, as well as planning. Volvo has already developed some freight vehicles with autonomous technology in early service, but these are only being deployed in very controlled environments and operate in a supervised manner at the Swedish port of Gothenburg.Nvidia and Volvo decided to team up in order to help test and deploy a number of autonomous vehicles with AI decision-making features on board, while also ensuring that these commercial vehicles are able to operate on their own on public roads and highways.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe two businesses are making the move for more than just transporting freight as they are hoping to build autonomous systems and vehicles capable of handling garbage and recycling pickup. Plus, they are aiming to create vehicles that can operate on construction sites, at mines, as well as in the forestry industry.Nvidia revealed on its blog that the solution will help to address increasing demand for global shipping, which has been driven by a higher demand for consumer package delivery.NVDA stock is up 5.7% on Tuesday. More From InvestorPlace * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less Compare Brokers The post AI News: Nvidia (NVDA), Volvo Team Up on Self-Driving Trucks Project appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • NXPI Stock Chasing Triple-Digit Territory as Bull Signals Flash
    Schaeffer's Investment Research13 hours ago

    NXPI Stock Chasing Triple-Digit Territory as Bull Signals Flash

    There's heavy open interest at NXPI's 100 strike

  • Top Analyst Reports for Broadcom, Amgen & NVIDIA
    Zacks13 hours ago

    Top Analyst Reports for Broadcom, Amgen & NVIDIA

    Top Analyst Reports for Broadcom, Amgen & NVIDIA

  • Oil & Gas Journal13 hours ago

    ConocoPhillips to acquire Nuna discovery acreage

    ConocoPhillips Alaska reported it will acquire 11 tracts covering 21,000 acres in the western Alaska North Slope, which includes the 2012 Nuna oil discovery, from Caelus Natural Resources Alaska. Nuna lies east of the Colville River and 5 miles southwest of Oooguruk oil field where, in January, Caelus agreed to sell a 70% interest to Eni.

  • TheStreet.com13 hours ago

    Chip Stocks Surge on News of Trump-Xi Meeting at G-20 Summit

    Chip stocks climbed higher on Tuesday on a surge of optimism over a possible trade deal between the U.S. and China. President Trump wrote in a tweet that he and China's President Xi Jinping will meet next week at the G20 summit in Japan, and that the two had "a very good telephone conversation" ahead of the summit, which begins on Jun.

  • A Company's First Profit Can Mean Big Profits for Investors
    Zacks14 hours ago

    A Company's First Profit Can Mean Big Profits for Investors

    A Company's First Profit Can Mean Big Profits for Investors

  • Here are the best-performing U.S. stocks as S&P 500 nears record level
    MarketWatch14 hours ago

    Here are the best-performing U.S. stocks as S&P 500 nears record level

    DEEP DIVE Semiconductor stocks led a broad U.S. rally on Tuesday, as investors cheered both the latest comments about economic stimulus from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and President Donald Trump’s tweet about his talks with China’s leader, and as the Federal Open Market Committee began its two-day policy meeting.

  • Micron and NVIDIA Lead Semiconductor Gains on June 18
    Market Realist15 hours ago

    Micron and NVIDIA Lead Semiconductor Gains on June 18

    Semiconductor stocks have spiraled upwards today. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) is up 4.6% currently, while the iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX) is up 4.9%. Though trade war concerns remain, some stocks like NVIDIA might be undervalued due to their recent declines.

  • Chipmakers Surge as Trade Optimism Offsets Analyst Caution
    Bloomberg15 hours ago

    Chipmakers Surge as Trade Optimism Offsets Analyst Caution

    (Bloomberg) -- Shares of semiconductor companies rallied on Tuesday as optimism that trade tensions between the U.S. and China could be easing pushed investors to look past a growing consensus that an industry rebound is unlikely to occur in the second half of the year.The Philadelphia semiconductor index advanced as much as 5%, compared with a 1.4% increase in the S&P 500 Index. Among notable gainers, Nvidia Corp. rose 6.8% while Micron Technology Inc. jumped 6.8% and Western Digital Corp. added 6.4%. Texas Instruments Inc. gained 4.2% while Intel Corp. rose 4%.The advance came after President Donald Trump said he had a “very good” phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that he would hold an “extended meeting” with him at the G-20 meeting. Trump had previously threatened to raise tariffs if Xi didn’t sit with him at next week’s meeting in Japan.Chipmakers have been highly correlated to the trade issue, as the companies derive a hefty percentage of their revenue from China. The country is also a key part of their supply chains. Recently, semiconductor volatility rose after the Trump administration blacklisted Huawei, a major consumer to a number of semiconductor companies. Last week, Broadcom Inc. cut its full-year sales forecast because of trade risks and its Huawei exposure.“Huawei casts a large shadow,” Stifel analysts wrote on Tuesday. “There is no getting around its significance.” Analyst Brian Chin lowered his estimates for a number of semiconductor companies for the second half of the year, saying that the industry’s “malaise” in May was “now too acute to ignore.”That view was echoed by analysts at KeyBanc Capital Markets in a report dated June 17. The firm wrote that “the recent U.S./China trade war escalation, including the Huawei ban, has dashed hopes for a 2H recovery for broad-based semiconductors.” Analyst Weston Twigg added that a trip to Asia “left us more cautious” on the industry, and that there was an “increased risk to forward estimates” as the trade dispute “has led to a meaningful decline in bookings.”Deutsche Bank analysts recently returned from an Asia trip of their own, emerging “more cautious on the semiconductor and semicap sectors” as a result, “especially given that the often promised H2 rebound is looking increasingly optimistic.”Analyst Rob Sanders wrote that trade tensions were “significantly elevating uncertainty surrounding near- and mid-term business conditions,” and that “in most instances, this uncertainty is acting as a headwind to demand.”The escalation in trade-related tensions came at a time when the industry has already been struggling with weak demand and high inventory levels. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association, total semiconductor sales sank 17.7% in April, its most recent month of data.To contact the reporter on this story: Ryan Vlastelica in New York at rvlastelica1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Catherine Larkin at clarkin4@bloomberg.net, Jennifer Bissell-Linsk, Richard RichtmyerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.