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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 25, 2014
16:51 EDTMUMicron up almost 4% to $32.91 after Q4 results, guidance
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16:47 EDTMUMicron sees Q1 revenue $4.45B-$4.7B, consensus $4.36B
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16:19 EDTMUMicron says Q4 consolidated gross margin declined vs. Q3
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16:02 EDTMUMicron reports Q4 EPS 82c, consensus 81c
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15:48 EDTMUMicron technical comments ahead of results
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15:34 EDTMUMicron September weekly 31 straddle priced for 6.8% move into Q4
15:29 EDTMUNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:29 EDTMU, SNDKEarnings Preview: Several analysts positive on Micron ahead of Q4 report
Micron (MU) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, September 25, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 81c on revenue of $4.15B. The consensus range is 66c-$1.03 for EPS on revenue of $4.05B-$4.3B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On June 23, Micron reported third quarter EPS of 79c, compared to the 70c consensus estimate of analysts. Micron's quarterly revenue of $3.98B beat expectations for $3.89B. Revenues for both DRAM and NAND Flash products were down slightly for the quarter compared to the prior quarter. The company’s overall consolidated gross margin of 34% for the third quarter was consistent with the second quarter, as mix-related decreases in average selling prices were essentially offset by corresponding decreases in manufacturing costs. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last report, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy from Buy and raised its price target for the shares to $50 from $40. The firm said then that it expected NAND gross margins to improve in 2015 and recommended investors look past the company's Q4 margin guidance. On July 31, Goldman and Sterne Agee issued competing views on how comments from Samsung could impact Micron. On that day, Sterne Agee reported that Samsung said its DRAM bit growth in the second half of 2014 would be limited, while its 2015 bit growth will drop compared to this year. The firm saw the guidance as "a major positive" for Micron and SanDisk (SNDK) and kept Buy ratings on both. However, Goldman said Samsung's increased DRAM bit supply growth forecast was an incremental negative for Micron. Goldman continues to have a Neutral rating on shares of Micron. More recently, Sterne Agee said Micron's stock has lagged due to concerns about potentially weaker Q4 DRAM prices and worries about NAND seasonality. The firm thinks these concerns are misplaced and continues to view Micron as a beneficiary of industry consolidation over the long-term. The firm keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on Micron. Wedbush said it expects Micron's Q4 results to beat consensus expectations and for the company to provide upbeat commentary. The firm thinks that investor sentiment towards the stock has stalled on concerns about unfavorable DRAM supply/demand dynamics in 2015. However, Wedbush remains bullish on memory market dynamics heading into 2015 and keeps a $37 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. UBS believes DRAM and NAND average selling price trends continue to be favorable for Micron in the near to medium term and that the company should report Q4 EPS and revenue that are in line with consensus or better. The firm maintains its Buy rating on Micron and raised its price target on the stock to $36 from $35 ahead of tonight's Q4 report. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Micron have advanced about 1%. Ahead of tonight's report, Micron was down over 2% to $31.54 in afternoon trading.
09:06 EDTMUMicron volatility increases into Q4 an outlook
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07:46 EDTMUMicron Q4 results should be in line or better, says UBS
UBS believes DRAM and NAND average selling price trends continue to be favorable for Micron in the near to medium term and that the company should report Q4 EPS and revenue that are in line with consensus or better. The firm maintains its Buy rating on Micron and raised its price target on the stock to $36 from $35 ahead of tonight's Q4 report.
September 24, 2014
15:26 EDTMUMicron September weekly 32 straddle priced for 6.6% move into Q4
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11:16 EDTMUMicron volatility increases into Q4 an outlook
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09:23 EDTMUMicron shares should be bought into earnings, says Sterne Agee
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06:23 EDTMUMicron in talks with PTI for IC packaging/testing firm, DigiTimes reports
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September 23, 2014
09:10 EDTMUMicron should deliver beat and raise results, says Wedbush
Wedbush expects Micron to report beat and raise Q4 results and provide upbeat commentary. The firm thinks that investor sentiment towards the name has stalled on concerns about unfavorable DRAM supply/demand dynamics in 2015. However, Wedbush remains bullish on the memory market supply/demand dynamics heading into 2015. It keeps a $37 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
September 22, 2014
09:03 EDTMUMicron margin poised to expand, says Stifel
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September 19, 2014
14:09 EDTMUMicron volatility elevated into Q4 an outlook
Micron September weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, October weekly is at 54, October is at 41. November is at 39, January is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on September 25.
11:23 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; YHOO MU
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08:03 EDTSNDKInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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September 18, 2014
06:45 EDTMUMobile DRAM bit growth to reach 37.5% in 2H14, DigiTimes Research reports
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