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June 11, 2014
13:43 EDTSNDK, MUMicron, SanDisk climb after two notch upgrades at BofA/Merrill
Shares of memory technology developers Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) are rising after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded its rating on both stocks two notches to Buy from Underperform in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: The supply/demand dynamics for Micron and SanDisk are more favorable than BofA/Merrill had previously believed, an analyst at the firm, Simon Dong-je Woo, wrote. Among the reasons for the change in the firm's outlook are higher memory content in laptops and tablets made in China and more aggressive promotion of flash storage by data/network operators. Meanwhile, hurdles will prevent new memory supplies from causing a glut in the market, Woo believes. Both companies should report in-line Q2 results and "upbeat" results in the second half of 2014 and in 2015, the analyst forecast. He increased his price target on Micron to $40 from $22 and on SanDisk to $125 from $80. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also upbeat today on Micron was Credit Suisse analyst John Pitzer. The company should benefit from strong demand for its DRAM memory technology from companies and other organizations, driven by the proliferation of data tool, Pitzer contended in a note to investors earlier today. He raised his price target on the stock to $50 from $30 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Micron rose 5.5% to $31 and SanDisk gained 3% to $100.
News For MU;SNDK From The Last 14 Days
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February 12, 2016
11:10 EDTMUMicron targeting capital expenditures at about 30% of sales
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February 9, 2016
16:09 EDTMUOptions Update; February 9, 2016
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15:07 EDTMUOption volume leaders: FB AAPL BAC MSFT NFLX TWTR GE MU DIS TSLA CSCO C GM
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February 8, 2016
11:36 EDTMUMicron tumbles, levels to watch
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February 5, 2016
10:32 EDTMUMicron to host analyst meeting
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February 4, 2016
11:33 EDTSNDKSamsung postpones investment in Xi'an semi plant, BusinessKorea says
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08:43 EDTSNDKEuropean Commission clears acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of SanDisk (SNDK) by rival Western Digital (WDC) after concluding the takeover would not adversely affect competition in Europe. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, stated: "I am pleased that we have been able to ensure that this multi-billion dollar deal in a fast-developing industry can go ahead without delay. We have worked efficiently, in cooperation with our US counterparts, to scrutinise this takeover in the strategically important IT sector and concluded that there would be no adverse effects on either retail or commercial customers."
February 3, 2016
10:54 EDTSNDKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:41 EDTMUMicron has further downside risk, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said the imbalance in DRAM supply/demand is expected to worsen in Q1 as demand slows seasonally and additional supply comes online, and is expected to exceed demand throughout the year. Analyst Kevin Rottinghaus expects further pricing pressure through the first half of 2016, which will further impact Micron's margins. NAND is also expected to remain oversupplied for the first half of 2016 and pricing is to remain aggressive. Rottinghause does not believe Micron can compete in NAND on a cost basis and expects DRAM to be the bulk of the company's profits.
February 2, 2016
10:12 EDTSNDKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:52 EDTMUTsinghua rumored to build DRAM fab, invite Micron to invest, DigiTimes reports
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February 1, 2016
10:52 EDTMUActive puts; AAPL SPY TWTR MU UVXY
Active puts @ CBOE: SPY 2/19/16 192, TWTR 2/12/16 15, UVXY 3/18/16 33, AAPL 2/19/16 91, MU 2/5/16 9.50
10:15 EDTSNDKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
05:54 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:44 EDTSNDKAutodesk, Akamai among top tech picks after January selloff, Barron's says
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January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
07:36 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
07:12 EDTSNDKWestern Digital upside incredibly substantial, says Brean Capital
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