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August 5, 2014
08:47 EDTSTX, NTAP, DTLK, NMBL, EMC, WDC, CVLTIT storage sector looks set to rebound in 2H14, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that positive supply chain commentary from a number of companies including Seagate (STX), Datalink (DTLK) and Western Digital (WDC), along with positive results from the firm's CIO survey, suggest that the storage sector will recover in the second half of 2014. The firm remains upbeat on EMC but sees more upside in NetApp (NTAP), CommVault (CVLT), and Nimble Storage (NMBL). The firm keeps Outperform ratings on EMC, NetApp, CommVault, and Nimble Storage.
News For EMC;NTAP;CVLT;NMBL;STX;WDC;DTLK From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
06:51 EDTNTAPNetApp product growth still a concern, says Piper Jaffray
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05:55 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NTAP ATML
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August 19, 2015
18:34 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:08 EDTNTAPNetApp advances after Q1 results and current quarter guidance top estimates
Share of computer data software and systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after reporting first quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations and provided better than expected guidance for the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: NetApp reported Q1 profit and revenue that surpassed analysts' average estimates. The company reported Q1 earnings per share of 29c on revenue of $1.34B. Analysts were expecting EPS of 23c on revenue of $1.32B. Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects to report EPS of 55c-60c on revenue of $1.4B-$1.5B. Consensus estimates for Q2 were 46c for EPS and $1.39B for revenue at the time of the report. NetApp CEO George Kurian said, "The IT industry as a whole is going through fundamental change as enterprises transform themselves with digital capabilities. Data is at the heart of these transformations and where NetApp has a profoundly important role to play with our differentiated vision for data management." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's Q1 earnings call, the CEO noted the transformation of IT environments. Customers are reducing their spend on traditional storage "which has put pressure on our ONTAP 7 mode business," Kurian noted. The CEO also pointed out that customers are slowing investment in the capacity expansion of their traditional storage environments. These dynamics put pressure on product revenue despite strong growth in other parts of the business, the CEO said. NetApp sees fiscal year 2016 revenue to be lower by 5% year-over-year as FX headwinds continue along with limited top line predictability. ANALYST TAKE: On August 17, Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded NetApp to Sell, saying dynamics in the storage industry as well as the company's Cluster ONTAP product transition will make revenue growth "elusive in the near-term." Weaker storage spending and continued problems with getting customers to upgrade to Cluster ONTAP could drive consensus estimates lower from current levels, Nandury told investors in a research note. PRICE ACTION: Shares of NetApp are up 6.75% in after-hours trading, but off their earlier after-hours high.
17:44 EDTNTAPNetApp sees FY16 revenue to down about 5%
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16:58 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
16:05 EDTNTAPNetApp spikes over 15% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
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16:03 EDTNTAPNetApp sees Q2 EPS 55c-60c, consensus 46c
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16:02 EDTNTAPNetApp reports Q1 EPS 29c, consensus 23c
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15:53 EDTNTAPNetApp August 29.5 straddle priced for 5.3% movement into Q1
14:48 EDTNTAPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include L Brands (LB), consensus 68c... NetApp (NTAP), consensus 23c... Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 59c... Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 44c... Semtech (SMTC), consensus 24c.
14:16 EDTNTAPNetApp technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:30 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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13:30 EDTNTAPOptions with increasing put volume;
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12:53 EDTNTAP, NMBLEarnings Watch: Analysts mostly bearish on NetApp ahead of Q1 earnings
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05:32 EDTSTXDot Hill Systems downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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August 18, 2015
18:31 EDTSTXDot Hill Systems up 82% to $9.45 after agreeing to be acquired by Seagate
18:04 EDTSTXSeagate to acquire Dot Hill Systems for $9.75 per share, or $694M
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18:01 EDTSTXSeagate to acquire Dot Hill Systems for $9.75 per share, or $694M
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13:36 EDTNTAPNetApp August volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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