Top Tech Stocks
Technology stocks were outperforming the broader US market, with shares of tech companies in the S&P 500 Friday springing to a more than 1.5% gain while the Philadelphia semiconductor index was posting a more than 1.8% gain.
Among technology stocks moving on news:
- GoPro ( GPRO ) was unable to get off the ground on Friday, with shares of the wearable cameras company falling as much as 6% to a session low of $5.42 a share, following reports it is struggling to find a would-be buyer. No serious bidders have emerged since GoPro hired JPMorgan last year to assist with pursuing a sale, according to the New York Post. CEO Nick Woodman also has hinted about a potential sale as recently as February.
In other sector news:
Qualcomm ( QCOM ) was moderately higher during Friday trading after the chipmaker said it is extending its tender offer for outstanding NXP Semiconductors ( NXPI ) shares until March 16. The company - which also has been trying to fend off an unsolicited takeover bid by Broadcom ( AVGO ), said Jeffrey Henderson has been selected non-executive board chairman, replacing Paul Jacobs in the post. Jacobs will remain on the Qualcomm board and the company explained it was discontinuing the executive chairman position as part of a leadership transition plan. On the merger front, US Treasury Secretary reportedly said prospective technology mergers pose "significant" national security issues when he was asked asked about the proposed Qualcomm-Broadcom hookup.
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