London mayor says firms must play by the rules as Uber faces license renewal

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said everyone must play by the rules when asked on Thursday about taxi app Uber’s (UBER.

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LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said everyone must play by the rules when asked on Thursday about taxi app Uber’s (UBER.N) London license, which is due to expire in less than a month’s time.

“It would be inappropriate for me during a time we’re considering the application from any operator to comment on it and give a running commentary,” Khan told LBC radio.

“You will know my track record which is standing up to the big boys, and they are boys, and make sure everyone plays by the rules whether you’re a big business or whether you’re a small business and I don’t care how many lawyers you employ or how big your PR budget.”

Regulator Transport for London decides on licenses and is chaired by Khan.

Reporting by Costas Pitas, Editing by Paul Sandle

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GlobalFoundries sues TSMC for patent infringement, seeks ban on its products

Globalfoundries, though it has been setting up manufacturing facilities of its own in China, said in its trade commission complaint that TSMC recently …

Globalfoundries, though it has been setting up manufacturing facilities of its own in China, said in its trade commission complaint that TSMC recently completed construction on an advanced chip plant in that country that rides “the shift in global supply chains out of the U.S. and Europe into Greater China”.

The lawsuits include a suit at the US International Trade Commission requesting a ban on imports of infringing TSMC products in the US.

GlobalFoundries is suing a Taiwan semiconductor manufacturer for patent infringement- a move that could impact smartphone sales in the United States. Samsung and Globalfoundries had a chipmaking technology partnership.

GlobalFoundries has not been having a good run of late: After predicting it would be producing 7nm parts by 2018, the company switched chief executives before putting its 7nm plans on indefinite hold – forcing former owner AMD to switch to TSMC for its 7nm CPU and GPU production.

Globalfoundries (GF) has filed lawsuits in Germany and the USA against TSMC and 19 companies that rely on ICs being manufactured there, among which tech giants such as Apple, Google, Qualcomm and Samsung. TSMC does most of its manufacturing in Taiwan, though it has some plants in mainland China.

In a statement, GF highlighted how the suits are created to support investments in the U.S. and Europe. Given these processes are used to make more than half of TSMC’s chips, the firm is seeking “significant damages” which reports claim could reach billions of dollars. “TSMC has always respected intellectual property and we have developed all our technologies by ourselves”, she said. If the courts do issue the injunction requested by GlobalFoundries, products like the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad, and Android devices using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets could be banned from entering the U.S. As of past year, TSMC said that it is “manufacturing 10,436 different products using 261 distinct technologies for 481 different customers”. ‘For years, while we have been devoting billions of dollars to domestic research and development, TSMC has been unlawfully reaping the benefits of our investments.

In a move to focus on its funding in America amid an intensifying USA trade war with China over Beijing’s alleged unfair practices involving technology transfers and intellectual property, GlobalFoundries additionally mentioned the lawsuits are aimed at defending its US investment.

TSMC shares gained 0.60 percent to close at NT$250.00 (US$7.96) on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE), with 50.21 million shares changing hands on the local main board, where the benchmark weighted index ended up 0.32 percent at 10,387.23 points. The ITC in Washington, which protects USA markets from unfair trade practices, also has a reputation for speed, with investigations completed in 15 to 18 months. That means there will be an adequate supply of smartphones and other consumer electronics, it said in the court filings.

The Fab 8 plant in Malta, where GlobalFoundries has invested an estimated $12 billion since ground was broken in the Luther Forest Technology Campus a decade ago, employs about 3,000 people, in a facility GlobalFoundries says is making state-of-the-art chips.

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Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ:AVGO) Stock Position Reduced by Mn Services Vermogensbeheer BV

Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. lessened its holdings in Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ:AVGO) by 4.5% during the 2nd quarter, according to the …

Broadcom logoMn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. lessened its holdings in Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ:AVGO) by 4.5% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,922 shares of the semiconductor manufacturer’s stock after selling 3,200 shares during the quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V.’s holdings in Broadcom were worth $19,552,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors have also modified their holdings of AVGO. Pinnacle Bank lifted its holdings in Broadcom by 128.2% in the 2nd quarter. Pinnacle Bank now owns 89 shares of the semiconductor manufacturer’s stock valued at $26,000 after purchasing an additional 50 shares in the last quarter. First Financial Corp IN purchased a new position in Broadcom in the 1st quarter valued at $30,000. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. purchased a new position in Broadcom in the 1st quarter valued at $30,000. Destination Wealth Management purchased a new position in Broadcom in the 1st quarter valued at $41,000. Finally, Lenox Wealth Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Broadcom in the 1st quarter worth $44,000. Institutional investors own 83.13% of the company’s stock.

AVGO opened at $276.06 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $108.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.66, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 0.92. The company has a quick ratio of 1.13, a current ratio of 1.26 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53. The business’s 50 day moving average is $283.20 and its two-hundred day moving average is $286.23. Broadcom Inc has a 52 week low of $208.23 and a 52 week high of $323.20.

Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, June 13th. The semiconductor manufacturer reported $5.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $5.18 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $5.52 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.70 billion. Broadcom had a return on equity of 32.81% and a net margin of 15.92%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $4.88 earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that Broadcom Inc will post 17.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Broadcom news, SVP Bryan Ingram sold 11,922 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $278.58, for a total transaction of $3,321,230.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Hock E. Tan sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $264.00, for a total value of $5,280,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 65,388 shares of company stock worth $18,198,482 in the last ninety days. 3.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. ValuEngine downgraded Broadcom from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st. Royal Bank of Canada assumed coverage on Broadcom in a research note on Tuesday, July 23rd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $320.00 target price for the company. UBS Group cut their target price on Broadcom from $325.00 to $310.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, June 14th. Summit Redstone raised Broadcom to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 14th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group cut their price objective on Broadcom from $370.00 to $324.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, June 14th. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $304.32.

Broadcom Company Profile

Broadcom Inc designs, develops, and supplies a range of semiconductor devices with a focus on complex digital and mixed signal complementary metal oxide semiconductor based devices and analog III-V based products worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Wired Infrastructure, Wireless Communications, Enterprise Storage, and Industrial & Other.

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Hall Laurie J Trustee Lowers Position in QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)

Hall Laurie J Trustee lessened its holdings in shares of QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) by 3.9% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent …

QUALCOMM logoHall Laurie J Trustee lessened its holdings in shares of QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) by 3.9% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 5,676 shares of the wireless technology company’s stock after selling 229 shares during the period. Hall Laurie J Trustee’s holdings in QUALCOMM were worth $432,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Weaver Consulting Group acquired a new position in shares of QUALCOMM in the 1st quarter valued at $25,000. Ibex Wealth Advisors bought a new position in QUALCOMM during the 2nd quarter worth about $28,000. Hexavest Inc. bought a new position in QUALCOMM during the 2nd quarter worth about $33,000. Lenox Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new position in QUALCOMM during the 2nd quarter worth about $34,000. Finally, Meridian Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in QUALCOMM during the 1st quarter worth about $26,000. 79.55% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other news, SVP Erin L. Polek sold 1,478 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.36, for a total transaction of $103,992.08. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 1,386 shares in the company, valued at approximately $97,518.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 0.11% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms have issued reports on QCOM. Deutsche Bank lowered their target price on QUALCOMM from $80.00 to $75.00 and set an “in-line” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, August 1st. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective (up previously from $96.00) on shares of QUALCOMM in a report on Thursday, May 2nd. Cowen reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $80.00 price target (down previously from $100.00) on shares of QUALCOMM in a report on Thursday, May 23rd. Citigroup lifted their price target on QUALCOMM from $55.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, May 2nd. Finally, DZ Bank restated a “sell” rating on shares of QUALCOMM in a research report on Friday, August 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.69.

Shares of NASDAQ QCOM opened at $74.35 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.77, a quick ratio of 1.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.46. QUALCOMM, Inc. has a 1-year low of $49.10 and a 1-year high of $90.34. The firm has a market capitalization of $89.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.31, a P/E/G ratio of 2.03 and a beta of 1.62. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $73.68 and its 200-day moving average price is $68.65.

QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 31st. The wireless technology company reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.02. QUALCOMM had a net margin of 13.41% and a return on equity of 112.21%. The business had revenue of $4.89 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.12 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.01 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 12.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that QUALCOMM, Inc. will post 2.84 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 26th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 12th will be paid a $0.62 dividend. This represents a $2.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.34%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 11th. QUALCOMM’s dividend payout ratio is presently 77.74%.

About QUALCOMM

QUALCOMM Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital communication products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on code division multiple access (CDMA), orthogonal frequency division multiple access, and other technologies for use in wireless voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products.

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FNY Investment Advisers LLC Takes $51000 Position in Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ:AVGO)

FNY Investment Advisers LLC bought a new position in Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ:AVGO) in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with …

Broadcom logoFNY Investment Advisers LLC bought a new position in Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ:AVGO) in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund bought 179 shares of the semiconductor manufacturer’s stock, valued at approximately $51,000.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its stake in shares of Broadcom by 6.2% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,644,308 shares of the semiconductor manufacturer’s stock valued at $418,142,000 after purchasing an additional 96,233 shares during the period. Washington Trust Bank raised its stake in Broadcom by 119.7% during the 1st quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 323 shares of the semiconductor manufacturer’s stock worth $97,000 after buying an additional 176 shares during the period. Addenda Capital Inc. raised its stake in Broadcom by 6.1% during the 1st quarter. Addenda Capital Inc. now owns 38,207 shares of the semiconductor manufacturer’s stock worth $11,490,000 after buying an additional 2,203 shares during the period. Bank of Edwardsville acquired a new position in Broadcom during the 1st quarter worth approximately $409,000. Finally, Hexavest Inc. acquired a new position in Broadcom during the 1st quarter worth approximately $46,064,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 83.13% of the company’s stock.

In related news, SVP Bryan Ingram sold 11,922 shares of Broadcom stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $278.58, for a total transaction of $3,321,230.76. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Hock E. Tan sold 20,000 shares of Broadcom stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $264.00, for a total transaction of $5,280,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 65,388 shares of company stock valued at $18,198,482. Corporate insiders own 3.30% of the company’s stock.

AVGO opened at $276.06 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.13, a current ratio of 1.26 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $283.20 and its 200-day moving average is $286.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $108.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.66, a P/E/G ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 0.92. Broadcom Inc has a 52-week low of $208.23 and a 52-week high of $323.20.

Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 13th. The semiconductor manufacturer reported $5.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $5.18 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $5.52 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.70 billion. Broadcom had a net margin of 15.92% and a return on equity of 32.81%. The business’s revenue was up 10.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $4.88 earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that Broadcom Inc will post 17.23 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

AVGO has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Summit Redstone raised Broadcom to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 14th. KeyCorp boosted their price objective on Broadcom from $310.00 to $330.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, August 9th. Barclays decreased their price objective on Broadcom from $360.00 to $315.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, June 14th. Zacks Investment Research raised Broadcom from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $279.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, June 18th. Finally, Rosenblatt Securities reissued a “buy” rating and set a $350.00 price objective on shares of Broadcom in a report on Monday, June 10th. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $304.32.

Broadcom Company Profile

Broadcom Inc designs, develops, and supplies a range of semiconductor devices with a focus on complex digital and mixed signal complementary metal oxide semiconductor based devices and analog III-V based products worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Wired Infrastructure, Wireless Communications, Enterprise Storage, and Industrial & Other.

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