Texas Instruments ( TXN) slashed its first-quarter guidance, saying it still sees a reduction in demand for its wireless products. The Dallas-based chipmaker lowered its first-quarter earnings outlook to 15 cents to 19 cents a share on revenue of between $2.99 billion to $3.11 billion. It had previously expected earnings of 16 cents to 24 cents a share on revenue of $3.02 billion to $3.28 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters forecast Texas Instruments to report first-quarter earnings of 31 cents a share on revenue of $3.16 billion. Shares of Texas Instruments were down 1.1% to $32.25.
United Parcel Service ( UPS) is close to an agreement to buy TNT Express ( TNT), Europe's second largest package delivery company, according to several news sources. UPS's initial $6.5 billion offer was rejected until it upped its bid to €9 a share last month. According to Bloomberg, which cited an anonymous source, an announcement may come next week. The deal would give UPS a leg against its competitor FedEx. UPS currently has a 7.7% share of the European market while FedEx has 3.3%. TNT and Deutsche Post have the most market share, with 9.6% and 17.6%, respectively.
Boston Scientific ( BSX) will buy privately held Cameron Health in a deal worth $150 million. Boston Scientific will potentially pay an additional $150 million after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approves Cameron's S-ICD wireless system, a subcutaneous implantable defibrillator. As part of the deal, the buyer will pay $1.05 billion in revenue-based milestone payments over a six-year period. Shares of Boston Scientific were up 0.3% to $5.95 before the bell.
Molycorp ( MCP) agreed to buy Canada's Neo Material Technologies for $1.3 billion. As owner of the largest rare-earth deposit outside of China, Molycorp seeks to increase sales in China. Its offer for represents a 40% from Neo's closing price on Thursday Molycorp's stock has fallen in the past 10 months as prices for rare earth materials have declined. China is expected to target the same export quotas in 2012 after only 60% of the quotas from 2011 were used. Molycorp stock was up 3.7% to $26.95 in Friday's premarket session.
Altera ( ALTR), the programmable chipmaker, said first-quarter revenue would be down 7% to 9% sequentially, implying revenue of about $421 million. Analysts polled By Thomson Reuters forecast revenue of $427 million. The company previously said first-quarter revenue would fall 5% to 9% from the fourth quarter. Altera cited soft demand in its wireless and military businesses for the revenue shortfall. Shares were up 0.2% to $37.50.
More than 200,000 financially strapped households will have a chance to reduce their mortgage balances under a side deal negotiated by Bank of America ( BAC) that could allow the bank to avoid as much as $850 million in penalties, The Wall Street Journal reported. Under the arrangement -- part of the $25 billion settlement of alleged foreclosure abuses between government officials and five large lenders -- Bank of America will make deeper and broader cuts in balances than other banks, according to the newspaper.
Carnival ( CCL), the cruise-ship company, is expected by analysts Friday to post a first-quarter loss of 7 cents a share on revenue of $3.57 billion.
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