“Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) lost $25.3 billion in market capitalization last month, more than the value of competitor Sony Corp., as sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone fell short of investor expectations,” Jungah Lee reports for Businessweek.
“Since the handset was released April 26, the company that sells nearly one of every three mobile phones has plunged 10.8 percent as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley lowered sales forecasts and cut profit estimates,” Lee reports. “Fifteen analysts cut second-quarter net income estimates for Samsung in June, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company declined to comment on its share price and S4 sales.”
Lee reports, “Samsung shares declined 12.7 percent last month, the most since May 2012. Apple placed orders with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for processing chips, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unidentified company official at TSMC. The move is part of Apple’s shift away from relying on Samsung, according to the newspaper.”
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