For many years, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) has relied on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) to manufacture the graphics chips it designs. Today, most of NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture-based graphics processors — from the GeForce GTX 1060, designed for mainstream PC gamers, all the way through its cutting edge Tesla P100 datacenter accelerators — are manufactured by TSMC.
What’s interesting, though, is that the company’s entry-level gaming processor — a chip known as GP107, and sold as the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti — isn’t built by TSMC. Instead, it’s built by Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) on that company’s 14-nanometer LPP technology.
Image source: NVIDIA.
However, whileNVIDIA is sourcing mass-market graphics chips from a rival, it appears that its relationship withTaiwan Semiconductoris deepening rather than degrading. Here are some reasons to think so.
stock dividend: Kona Grill Inc.(KONA)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Kona Grill Inc (NASDAQ: KONA) was down, falling around 25 percent to $2.00 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
stock dividend: Endocyte, Inc.(ECYT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) were down 31 percent to $1.89 after the company issued clinical updates for EC1456 and EC1169, and announced plans to reduce workforce by 40 percent via restructuring. Endocyte said that it is continuing EC1169 program in taxane-exposed patients, but ending clinical development of EC1456 and EC1169 in taxane-na茂ve patients.
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Carl Icahn has big plans for the US auto-parts sector — and big retailers like AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) aren’t going to like them: Link
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stock dividend: SL Green Realty Corporation(SLG)
- [By Nelson Hem]
“Manhattan on Sale? That’s the Case With Two Cheap REITS” by Andrew Bary discusses whether Manhattan-focused real estate investment trusts Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) and SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE: SLG) could rally as the New York market firms. Both trade at a discount to the value of private-market property deals, says the article.
stock dividend: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
The acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI) has opened up multi-billion dollar connected devices market from smartphone to car to home, for Qualcomm. It seems prepared to cater to the massive connected devices market in terms of OS preference with Android and Windows 10 mobile collaborations. Though Amazon and its AWS have different take on cloud and IoT devices with its Greengrass solution which revolves around the cloud and aggregation of sensors.
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
EvenCanaccords T. Michael Walkleyis also of a similar view and reiterated a buy rating on QCOM stock recently. Mr.Walkley opines that the litigation against the smartphone chipmaker is motivated by Apple’s(NASDAQ:AAPL) intention to lower its license payments. He has a price target of $76 on QCOM stock and still considers Qualcomm an attractive long-term investment. According to him, the growing royalty fees collection from ChineseOEMs and the impending NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ: NXPI) acquisition, which is on track as per him, are the long-term growth drivers for QCOM stock.
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
Qualcomm may be haunted by its legal woes but there are a lot of positive developments for the chipmaker as well. The demand for Qualcomm’s latest flagship offering Snapdragon 835 is exceeding supply. Though the difference is caused by supply and manufacturing limitations it bodes well for the San Diego chip giant as it suggests healthy demand for its high-end chips amid sluggish smartphone sales worldwide. The company is also expected to win more market share among Chines OEMs in 2H17 particularly withOppo and Vivo.Jun Zhang ofRosenblatt Securities states that “Qualcomms market share in China to grow from 50% in 2016 to 65% in 2017 with share gains in OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Meizu, with stable market share in Samsung. We also believe Chinese OEMs will adopt the Snapdragon 835 in late-Q2 or early Q3.” However, analysts are afraid that all these may not offset the losses caused by the legal face-off with Apple. The next major catalyst for QCOM would be the impending acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI).Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, reiterated that the acquisition is on track during the earnings call and spent considerable time discussinglarger growth opportunitiesthat will be unlocked by the conclusion of this acquisition.
stock dividend: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:
stock dividend: SPX Corporation(SPW)
- [By Damon Churchwell]
These companies manufacture processing products used by industries such as food and beverages, oil & gas, and wastewater treatment, among others. They serve a wide range of end markets that are mostly poised for increased earnings and are likely to spend on capital projects. While these positive trends persist, flow technology companies’ prospects ought to remain favorable. Let’shighlight several sector participants, starting with a top selection,SPX(NYSE: SPW),.