Qualcomm Investors Await Earnings Report and 4 Chip and Big Data Stocks on the Move

Broadcom Corp. (NASDAQ:BRCM), Irvine, Calif., was assigned a patent (8,300,787) that was developed by Edward H. Frank, Irvine, Calif., for a “selective unblocking of caller ID based on security level.” The abstract of the patent that was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states, “A system for selectively blocking and unblocking the sending of outgoing caller ID information from a communication device comprises a communication device, a processor coupled to the communication device and a storage medium coupled to the processor containing a directory of information entries. The information entries include both telephone numbers and associated security levels. When a call is placed to a number using the communication device, the processor seeks the number in the directory of the storage medium. If an entry is found for the number by the processor, caller ID information is prevented from being sent to the number unless a security level associated with the number is at or above a predefined cut-off level.” This patent application was filed on April 19, 2010 (12/762,728).

QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) reported its Q4 earnings on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Analysts have begun to expect QUALCOMM to report earnings reaching 70 cents per share, which is a 2.9 percent rise from the previous year when it reported earnings of 68 cents per share. Over the past month, the consensus estimate fell, from 71 cents, but it continues to be the same as it was three months ago. For the fiscal year, analysts predict that earnings will be at $3.19 per share, and revenue is predicted to be $4.67 billion for the quarter, 13.4 percent higher than the previous year’s total of $4.12 billion. For the year, revenue should come in at $18.91 billion.

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ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ:ARMH): Earlier in the week, in relation to ARM Holdings plc’s announcement of the upcoming Cortex A53 and A57, full 64-bit CPU implementations based on the ARM V8 specification. Additionally, AMD announced that it would design and sell SOC (System On a Chip) products that are based on this technology in 2014, which practically coincides with the availability of 64-bit parts from ARM and other partners. AMD is much smaller than Intel, but it continues to be a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, and for the second largest vendor of x86 chips to also give way into the ARM ecosystem and possibly finish its own mainstream server and desktop CPU business is an aggressive move for AMD management, carrying some risk and possible advantage.

Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE:RAX) has prepared to report its Q3 results on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Analysts predict that the company will book a profit of 19 cents a share, which is a rise from 14 cents during the previous year. Although it hasn’t changed over the past month, the consensus estimate has dropped from the previous three months, when it was 20 cents. For the fiscal year, analysts predict that there will be earnings of 76 cents per share. Revenue is expected to greatly surpass the previous year’s total of $264.6 million by 26.9 percent, finishing at $335.9 million for the quarter. For the year, revenue will likely come in at $1.31 billion.

SanDisk Corp. (NASDAQ:SNDK): NAND flash contract prices are still rallying during the second half of October and saw an increase of nearly 10.6 percent during the period, reports DigiTimes. DRAMeXchange claims that major chipmakers’ production cutback efforts were effective and led to an undersupply as end-market demand continues to pick up.

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