Western Digital upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill BofA/Merrill upgraded Western Digital to Buy and maintained its $117 price target. The firm believes fundamentals have bottomed and valuation is attractive at current levels. BofA/Merrill lowered estimates on further PC weakness but said pricing is holding up and the mix shift to capacity HDDs is driving ASP and margin improvement.
Western Digital calls active on SanDisk speculation. Western Digital (WDC) May 92 and 97 are active on 2,500 contracts versus 200 puts following a report by Susquehanna that speculates the company should consider an acquisition of SanDisk (SNDK). The firm believes Western Digital acquiring SanDisk's NAND supply and flash IP would be a transformational move for the company and a 35% premium, or $86 per share, purchase price for SanDisk would be accretive by year two.