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Qualcomm slid more than 4 percent Thursday after the company announced layoffs and said it would be withdrawing and refiling a merger application with Chinese authorities regarding a tie-up with Dutch semiconductor company NXP.

Sources tell CNBC that Qualcomm is “very concerned” with the fate of the deal. A Commerce Ministry spokesman said Thursday that the chipmakers would have to do more to resolve competition concerns.

“This deal will have significant influence in the industry and might have a negative impact on competition,” the unnamed spokesman for the agency told Reuters. “Qualcomm’s plan could not easily solve the problems relating to market competition.”

Refiling extends the review period and the tender offer by three months to July 25.

The U.S. chipmaker has already received approval from eight of nine required global regulators to finalize the acquisition, with Chinese clearance the only one pending.

fixed income investments: Antares Pharma, Inc.(ATRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Antares Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: ATRS), down 38 percent, and Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) down 16 percent.

fixed income investments: Endologix, Inc.(ELGX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Endologix Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) dropped about 9.3% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.78 against a 52-week high of $14.50 and a Tuesday close of $5.27. Volume of about 6 million was more than 3 times the daily average of around 1.7 million. The company on Tuesday announced a temporary shipping hold on its best-selling heart device, saying there was a manufacturing issue.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) shares dropped 23 percent to $7.59 as the company issued an update on Nellix PMA process. Endologix disclosed that the FDA has requested the company to provide a two-year patient follow-up data from the EVAS-FORWARD IDE study of Nellix System.

fixed income investments: V.F. Corporation(VFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The North Face, in particular, seems like a cautionary tale. The outdoor gear and apparel maker had its IPO in 1996. By 1999 sales were falling and the company put up a $100 million loss. In 2000,VF Corporation(NYSE:VFC) acquired it for just $25.4 million, despite $238 million in sales and a once-popular brand. Today, under the guidance of VF Corp, The North Face now has more than $2 billion in annual sales.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    VF Corp. (NYSE:VFC) owns a massive portfolio of apparel companies, including The North Face, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee, and Vans. It’s raised its dividend annually for over four decades — making it an elite “dividend aristocrat” which has boosted its payout for at least 25 straight years. VF currently pays a forward yield of 3.1%, which is supported by a payout ratio of 55%. The stock trades at 21 times earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was V.F. Corp. (NYSE: VFC) which traded down about 11% at $74.64. The stocks 52-week range is $50.34 to $84.38. Volume was 10 million compared to the daily average volume of roughly 2.5 million.

fixed income investments: Applied Materials, Inc.(AMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    A final company income seekers would be wise to give a look is Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT). Applied Materials provides manufacturing equipment to semiconductor companies, meaning its business tends to be highly cyclical. If the economy is performing well, Applied Materials is probably excelling. But if semiconductor spending is down, Applied Materials is likely struggling.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) makes equipment that allows companies to manufacture semiconductors, displays, and other components for some of the most advanced technology on the planet. And just like other tech companies, Applied has to stay ahead of new trends so that it can provide the latest equipment to its customers.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) made investors very happy last year as the company’s stock price rose more than 74%. And that growth has continued into this year, with Applied Materials up more than 10% since the beginning of 2017.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) — “annihilated.”

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Shares of chip-equipment leader Applied Materials Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) have zoomed 80% since we brought them to you in May 2014.

    And they’ve jumped 8% since we re-recommended the stock back on Jan. 31.

fixed income investments: Prism Technologies Group, Inc.(PRZM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of TOWERVIEW LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=TOWERVIEW+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of TOWERVIEW LLCTejon Ranch Co (TRC) – 2,795,000 shares, 28.55% of the total portfolio. Saga Communications Inc (SGA) – 1,196,723 shares, 28.51% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.22%Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS) – 2,375,000 shares, 10.25% of the total portfolio. Corning Inc (GLW) – 600,000 shares, 7.56% of the total portfolio. Barnes & Noble Education Inc

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of TOWERVIEW LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=TOWERVIEW+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of TOWERVIEW LLCTejon Ranch Co (TRC) – 2,795,000 shares, 28.55% of the total portfolio. Saga Communications Inc (SGA) – 1,196,723 shares, 28.51% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.22%Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS) – 2,375,000 shares, 10.25% of the total portfolio. Corning Inc (GLW) – 600,000 shares, 7.56% of the total portfolio. Barnes & Noble Education Inc

fixed income investments: Caterpillar, Inc.(CAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) traded down 1.36% at $152.81. The stock’s 52-week range is $93.81 to $173.24. Volume was about half the daily average of around 6.1 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Thursday was Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) which traded up 1.66% at $95.80. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.05 to $93.98. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 5.3 million shares. The heavy equipment maker had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Of the three other stocks closest to Boeing’s yearly gain, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) added more than 2% to close the week up 51% for the year to date; Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) rose by about 0.8% to a gain of more than 48%; and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) tacked on 0.9% to bring its annual gain to 43.5%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) traded up 1.41% at $154.29 in a 52-week range of $90.34 to $155.18. Volume of about 3 million shares was around half the daily average. The company announced Monday that it will close plants and lay off about 880 workers.

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    Xi’s comments on a more open China sent shares of Boeing (BA) and Caterpillar (CAT) up 3.8% and 3.5% while Apple (AAPL) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, rose by 1.8%.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    It’s never good when your accounting is challenged–and Caterpillar (CAT) got around to issuing a statement regarding recent raids of its offices.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    The Fed’s, including the IRS,raided Caterpillar’s offices last week, and this week the New York Times wrote about a Dartmouth report that alleged accounting fraud. Today, the Associated Press conveys Caterpillar’s response:

    Caterpillar, a week after its headquarters and other facilities were raided by a number of federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, denied that it had broken any federal tax laws.

    The IRS has challenged Caterpillars taxes for years 2007 – 2012, the company said Friday. We disagree with the IRS position, have cooperated for requests for information, and believe that we are compliant with tax laws and stand by our financial reporting.

    Shares of Caterpillar have gained 0.9% to $92.23 at 3:25 p.m. today.

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