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$LLTC's 2Q16 R&D expense rose $4.8MM vs. 2Q15, helped by a $3MM increase in labor and fringe costs. In addition, there was a $1.4MM increase in stock compensation mainly as a result of one extra week in the quarter. Other R&D expenses increased $0.4MM in 2Q16, primarily due to higher legal fees.
Waiting with fingers crossed for $AAPL’s fourth quarter earnings.
Looking ahead to $AAPL earnings release later in the afternoon today? Gene Munster, analyst from Piper Jaffrey and the most respected authority for Apple, had this to say - "The second and slightly larger group of investors believe the tail of the iPhone 7 is irrelevant, and is betting that the iPhone 10th Anniversary will yield a jump in growth from flat to up ~15%."
Visa ($V) set to release it earning after market close today. With new CEO resigning so close to the earnings, should we expect to see any surprises? Visa has been making strong moves with Visa Europe acquisition, partnership with PayPal and a 15% increase if quarterly dividends.