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Samsung insiders fear layoffs, say development of new phone slowed, Reuters says

Annual performance reviews within Samsung are fast approaching, and some employees are warning that heads may roll over the company's launch and subsequent recall of the overheating Note 7 smartphone, reports Reuters. "Everyone's afraid to be heard even breathing. There will be punitive measures; someone will have to take responsibility for this," one anonymous employee told the publication, with another Samsung insider adding, "There's a lot of talk there could be major turnover in the executive ranks on the hardware side. There's also a lot of concern among the working-level employees about a major restructuring." Separately, a person familiar with Samsung's next Galaxy S phone said the device's development process has now slowed to avoid another fiasco. "Depending on the cause [of the Note 7 overheating issue], certain configurations may need to be altered. So the specifics for the phone have not been finalised," that person told Reuters. Reference Link

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SSNLF Samsung

10/11/16
DRXL
10/11/16
NO CHANGE
Target $185
DRXL
Buy
Apple could gain 8M iPhone units from Note 7 troubles, says Drexel Hamilton
Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White estimates Apple (AAPL) has an opportunity to pick up "at least" 8 million incremental iPhone units in calendar year 2016 due to the Galaxy Note 7 being scrapped, noting that original market expectations were for Samsung (SSNLF) to ship about 10M-14M Galaxy Note 7 units in the second half of this year. The "fiasco" could permanently damage Samsung's smartphone brand, resulting in Apple market share gains, White added. The analyst keeps a Buy rating and $185 price target on Apple shares.
10/12/16
WELS
10/12/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Market Perform
Wells doesn't see Apple as biggest beneficiary from Samsung issues
Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um attributes the recent rally in shares of Apple (AAPL), at least in part, to Samsung's (SSNLF) issues with its Note 7 phones. Apple gained an incremental $14B in market capitalization at its intraday peak, which the analyst believes embeds more than 3M of incremental iPhone 7 Plus units. Samsung's production halt will help Apple, but other Android vendors with 5.7 inch phones could see a bigger benefit if Android users prefer to stick with Android, Um tells investors in a research note. He points out that LG, Kyocera, and Microsoft (MFST) have 5.7 inch Android phones at U.S. carriers. Um thinks expectations for Apple into earnings "have risen materially." He keeps a Market Perform rating on the iPhone maker. Apple closed yesterday up 25c to $116.30.
10/12/16
RHCO
10/12/16
NO CHANGE
RHCO
Best Buy, GameStop should be able to sidestep Note 7 impact, says SunTrust
SunTrust analyst David Magee, in two separate notes to investors, said that he believes Samsung's (SSNLF) troubles with the Galaxy Note 7 should not translate to shortfalls for either GameStop's (GME) mobile stores or for Best Buy (BBY), as in both cases most of their customers will simply pick different models. Sony's VR headset and other upcoming products in the category are "ideal for customers to try out in stores," added Magee, who keeps a Buy rating on both GameStop and Best Buy.
10/18/16
UBSW
10/18/16
NO CHANGE
Target $127
UBSW
Buy
Apple near-term outlook improved, says UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich believe Apple's (AAPL) Q4 guidance could have upside due to an extra week in the quarter and checks that show iPhone 7 demand is a bit better than the iPhone 6s. The analyst also noted the Samsung (SSNLF) Note 7 problem remains a wild card, but believes it should help Apple's retention rate. Milunovich said the current Apple share price reflects a gradual erosion of its installed base and the amount people are willing to spend with Apple, which he believes is conservative. Milunovich reiterated his Buy rating and $127 price target on Apple shares.

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