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June 23, 2014
14:27 EDTMU, SNDKEarnings Preview: Analysts bullish on Micron results, outlook
Micron (MU) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on Monday, June 23, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally Dynamic Random Access Memory, or DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 70c on revenue of $3.89B. The consensus range is 58c-79c for EPS on revenue of $3.75B-$4.29B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Micron reported second quarter EPS, excluding certain gains, of 85c, compared to the 76c consensus estimate of analysts. Micron's quarterly revenue of $4.11B beat expectations for $3.99B. Revenues from sales of Trade NAND Flash products were 11% higher sequentially, primarily due to a 35% increase in sales volume offset by an 18% decrease in average selling prices. Revenues from sales of DRAM products were essentially unchanged in Q2 compared to the prior quarter, as both sales volumes and average selling prices remained stable. The company's overall consolidated gross margin was 34% in the quarter, compared to 32% in the prior quarter, as a result of a higher DRAM gross margin. STREET RESEARCH: The supply/demand dynamics for Micron and SanDisk (SNDK) are more favorable than Bank of America Merrill Lynch had previously believed, analyst Simon Dong-je Woo wrote in a note to investors on June 11. 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 "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 at the time and upgraded the stocks two notches to Buy from Underperform. In a note sent two day's later, Sterne Agee said it expected the results for Micron's May quarter to be strong and predicted that the company's guidance for its August quarter will be stronger. The firm, which expects the company's August quarter results to be boosted by a turnaround in key NAND-DRAM margins, raised its price target on the stock to $38 from $32 and kept a Buy rating on the name. Most recently, RBC Capital said it thinks that Micron benefited from healthy demand trends and gross margin expansion in Q3. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $38 from $34 on June 20 and kept its Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Micron have advanced about 30%. Ahead of tonight's report, Micron was down about 0.5% to $31.69 in afternoon trading.
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September 16, 2014
09:36 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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September 15, 2014
11:56 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU GILD
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07:19 EDTSNDKSNIA to hold a conference
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September 14, 2014
18:10 EDTMUMicron looks to expand to autos and wearables, WSJ says
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September 10, 2014
10:44 EDTMUMicron mentioned positively at Raymond James
September 9, 2014
07:22 EDTMURaymond James to hold a conference
North American Equities Conference to be held in London, England on September 9.
05:22 EDTSNDKToshiba, SanDisk start construction of Fab 2 facility at Yokkaichi, Japan
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September 8, 2014
10:06 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
Target $120.
September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk acquisition positive, says Bernstein
After SanDisk bought Fusion-io, Bernstein thinks the deal plugs the gap in the company's Enterprise SSD market and will accelerate its growth in this new market. The firm expects the deal to be dilutive to SanDisk until 3Q15. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded SanDisk to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and a solid NAND supply/demand balance for 2015-2016.
05:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
September 4, 2014
12:50 EDTMUMicron's Adams says market different now due to consolidation, diversification
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06:55 EDTSNDKSanDisk reinstated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank reinstated shares of SanDisk with a Buy rating citing limited NAND supply risk in the next 12 months and the demand pickup from SSDs and smartphones. The firm has a $110 price target for shares.
06:53 EDTMUMicron reinstated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank reinstated shares of Micron with a Buy rating saying the company's improved profitability and free cash flow generation are sustainable. The firm has a $40 price target for shares.

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