Posts Tagged ‘Technology Stocks’

Response Genetics, Inc. (RGDX) wins new assignment, stock soars

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Response Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RGDX) shares hiked 10.6% to $2.40, on word of a new contract. Volume for the stock was a mere 500 shares, in contrast to a daily average of 12,000.

A news release out August 31 declared that XIFIN Inc., the company revolutionizing revenue cycle management for diagnostic service providers, announced today that Response Genetics had implemented XIFIN’s revenue cycle management system to optimize billing and claims management and help manage cash collections.

The release quoted David O’Toole, Vice President and CFO at Response Genetics as saying, “We believe XIFIN’s expertise in molecular diagnostic billing best positioned us to effectively manage RGI’s cash flow while bringing billing and collections in-house during a period of tremendous company growth and also to meet the stringent regulatory requirements for public companies.”

The Los Angeles-based Response Genetics, Inc., a leading developer of molecular diagnostic tests for cancer including ResponseDX: Lung(TM), ResponseDX: Colon(TM) and ResponseDX: Gastric(TM), has implemented XIFIN’s revenue cycle management system to optimize billing and claims management and help manage cash collections.

Avago Technologies Limited (AVGO) posts strong Q3 results, stock spikes

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Avago Technologies Limited (Nasdaq : AVGO) shares raced ahead 8.9% to $31.87 Wednesday, a day after announcing strong third-quarter results. Volume for the stock topped 3.3 million, already surpassing its daily average of 2.7 million.

A news release issued August 23 pointed to net revenue of $603 million, an increase of 10% from the same quarter last year.

Gross margin was $297 million, or 49.3% of net revenue. This compares with gross margin of $263 million, or 47.8% of net revenue in the same quarter last year.

Third quarter net income was $144 million, or $0.57 per diluted share. This compares with net income of $123 million, or $0.50 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.

The same release quoted Avago CEO Hock Tan as saying, “During the third quarter of fiscal 2011, our four target markets performed as we expected and we outperformed these markets as our revenue growth for the quarter came in at the high end of guidance.

“While uncertainties prevail in the global economy today, we continue to believe revenue will grow for the balance of the fiscal year due to share gains with certain wireless and wired OEMs.”

Avago Technologies Limited, based in San Jose, California, is a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog semiconductor devices with a focus on III-V based products.

Demand Media Inc. (DMD) OKs share buyback, share prices hike

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Demand Media Inc. (NYSE: DMD) rose 8.5% to $7.80 after the online content provider said its board had approved the repurchase of as much as $25 million of its shares. Volume for the stock was 424,000 shares, surpassing its all-day average of around 410,000.

A press release issued August 22 quoted CEO Richard Rosenblatt as saying, “this share repurchase program reflects confidence in our business and our commitment to maximize shareholder value.”

Under the program, Demand Media is authorized to repurchase up to $25 million of its outstanding shares from time to time on the open market or in negotiated transactions. The timing and amounts of any purchases will be based on share price, market conditions and other factors. The program does not require the Company to purchase any specific number of shares and may be suspended or discontinued at management’s discretion at any time without prior notice.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Demand Media, Inc. is a content and social media company that serves consumers, advertisers, publishers and creative professionals with a diverse portfolio of properties, products and services.

Zagg Inc. (ZAGG) zooms higher on bottom line

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Zagg Inc. (Nasdaq: ZAGG) shares climbed 6.6% to $15.70, on Monday after the maker of cellphones and accessories related to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) products hiked its 2011 revenue forecast and came out with second-quarter figures. Volume for the stock surpassed 5.4 million shares, compared to a daily average of 2.2 million.

A news release out August 15, declared that revenue for the second quarter was $38.8 million, a 158% increase from $15.1 million in the second quarter of 2010 and a 44% sequential increase as compared to $27.0 million in the first quarter of 2011. These results include nine days of iFrogz revenue of $2.4 million, having been acquired during the quarter on June 21, 2011. Revenue by channel was 72% indirect and 22% from the website.

Gross profit for the second quarter was $17.8 million, versus $7.5 million in Q2 2010 and $13.6 million from the previous quarter, which translates into gross margin for the quarter of 46%, versus 50% for Q2 2010 and 51% in the previous quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was in line with ZAGG’s guidance, but down year over year due to the required write up of iFrogz inventory, a product mix shift for iFrogz, additional shipping charges to meet higher than expected demand for iFrogz product, and an increase in obsolescence charges for ZAGG inventory.

The same release quoted CEO Robert Pedersen as saying, “ZAGG’s operational performance in the quarter was extremely strong. During the second quarter we saw revenue growth due to our expanding retail channel, and the increase in product we are putting into the channel. The market for smartphones and tablets continues to rapidly expand, and we are well positioned as a leading accessories provider, especially since our acquisition of iFrogz, which broadens our product offering, expands our distribution to new channels and brings the youth demographic into our mix.

“We are excited about the roll out of iFrogz product on our website, as well as the expansion of our tablet keyboard offerings with the ZAGGfolio™ and the new ZAGGkeys™ SOLO™. We feel that these additions will have an immediate impact to our online sales.”

The Company is raising its 2011 guidance for revenues to $160 million – $170 million, from a previous range of $105 million – $110 million, to reflect an improved outlook for the sale of its products as a result of expanding distribution and increased product offerings, and the acquisition of iFrogz.

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) gets Googled, leaps in price

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (NYSE: MMI) shares remain skyward 55% today over Friday’s close after Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) said it would buy the cellphone business for about $12.5 billion, or $40 a share. Monday after the deal was announced, volume for Motorola ballooned to 54.4 million shares from a daily average of 4.3 million.

A release published August 15 noted that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, was quoted in the release as saying, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”

In the same release, Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, “This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world.

“We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses.”

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Its portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices