The South China Morning Post reported June 14 that Qualcomm's acquisition agreement with Dutch company NXP Semiconductors had gotten the approval it had been waiting for from the Chinese government.

But the news agency Reuters later that day issued a report saying the opposite - that the deal had not been given the green light, citing "three people close to the talks."

The SCMP attributed its information to "people with knowledge of the matter."

The $44 billion acquisition proposal has been in limbo in recent months as trade tensions between the U.S. and China have intensified.

Qualcomm and NXP have been waiting for Chinese regulators to weigh in on the deal after receiving approval from eight other nations in prior months.

Both companies' stock rose in after-hours trading following the publication of the SCMP report, but gains were later pared after Reuters reported regulators had yet to rule.

Reach reporter Sarah de Crescenzo at sarahd@sdbj.com.