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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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October 17, 2014
14:23 EDTSNDKSanDisk shares attractive after pullback, says Argus
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11:51 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU DAL
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09:17 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:16 EDTMUMicron management to meet with MKM Partners
Meetings to be held in New York on October 23 and in the Mid-Atlantic area on October 24 hosted by MKM Partners.
07:32 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target lowered to $110 from $120 at UBS
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07:31 EDTMU, SNDKSamsung first to market with new multilayer NAND technology, Nikkei says
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05:42 EDTSNDKSanDisk pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says SanDisk's Q4 guidance missed expectations because the company is seeing more demand than it can fully supply, which it views as a good problem to have. Piper thinks the recent pullback in shares provides a buying opportunity. It lowered its price target for SanDisk shares to $106 from $110 and reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:48 EDTMU, SNDKMicron lower by over 1% to $28 after SanDisk Q3 results and guidance
17:35 EDTSNDKSanDisk trades lower after hours, levels to watch
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17:33 EDTSNDKSanDisk continues to trade lower, now down almost 7% after Q4 revenue guidance
17:24 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees Q4 revenue $1.8B-$1.85B, consensus $1.88B
Sees Q4 adjusted gross margin 47%-49%. Guidance from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
17:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk on track for Fusion- io to add to earnings in 2H15
Comment made on company Q3 earnings call.
16:23 EDTSNDKSanDisk lower by 1.5% to $83.75 after Q3 results
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16:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees demand for NAND flash continues strong
“Third quarter results reflect the strength of our diversified product portfolio, broad customer engagements and solid execution,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO. “Demand for NAND flash continues to be strong across mobile, client and enterprise, where SanDisk’s innovations are creating significant opportunities. As we focus on closing a record 2014, we also look forward to building upon our success in 2015.”
16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q3 adjusted gross margin 49%
16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q3 EPS $1.45, consensus $1.33
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15:26 EDTSNDKNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:47 EDTSNDK, MUEarnings Preview: Pacific Crest, RBC positive on SanDisk ahead of report
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14:36 EDTSNDKSanDisk October 86 straddle priced for 7.3% move into Q3
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