Average hedge-fund +1.1% through March YTD
Median equity-focused hedge-fund lost more than 2% first two weeks of April
Viking, $28B hedge-fund PM: Andreas Halvorsen, –4.2% in March, –4% first two weeks of April
JAT, $2.2B hedge-fund PM: John Thaler, –9.3% in March, –4% in April so far, –10% YTD
Horseman, $1.7B, +10% March YTD
Discovery Global Macro, $15B, –6% April so far, –14%+ YTD
Caxton, $7B, –3.5% through April 15th, –6% YTD
-Digitimes is reporting Apple is looking to build their own baseband chips for the iPhone and is hiring an R&D team for that purpose.
Apple reportedly plans to form a R&D team to develop baseband processors for use in iPhones to be released in 2015 and will place the baseband chip orders with Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries, according to industry sources.
Apple currently purchases baseband chips from Qualcomm, which then produces the chips at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicated the sources, adding that Qualcomm and TSMC will be affected if Apple decides to develop baseband chips in house.
Why is it bad news for Qualcomm?
-Qualcomm dominates the baseband chip business with over 50% market-share and has Apple as one of its biggest customers. If Apple brings this in-house, it would be severely detrimental to Qualcomm’s financial performance. Remember Apple has done this before with the P.A. Semi acquisition to make ARM CPUs in-house.
-Digitimes says Qualcomm has over 50% market-share of the $16-19 billion annual baseband chip business ($8.75B of annual Qualcomm sales at mid-point using the 50%). Strategy Analytics says Qualcomm has 66% market-share of the baseband business. The consensus street estimate for Qualcomm revenue in FY2014 is $26.8B.
-AutoNation CEO went on CNBC and was extremely bullish on current sales trends and his confidence on auto sales for the rest of the year
”happy to declare the epic winter of 2013 officially over”
”business in the last 10 days of March was simply phenomenal..that follows 10 weeks of (low showroom traffic)”
”going forward..16 million will be achieved..confirmation consumer is coming out of hibernation..will probably have a very strong spring market”
”now say confidently the industry will break through 16 million for the year”
Why is it good news for AutoNation?
-Confidence in good business trends and a recent up-turn inflection point in the business is positive for AutoNation fundamentals