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June 23, 2014
14:27 EDTSNDK, MUEarnings 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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May 27, 2015
16:03 EDTMUOptions Update; May 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 82c to 18.56 Option volume leaders: AAPL KORS BRCM MCD FB MNKD AAL YHOO BAC MU ANF S EOX
07:07 EDTMUJefferies recommends buying shares of Micron
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May 22, 2015
10:38 EDTMUMizuho says buy NXP, Micron, ON Semi
Mizuho Securities initiated coverage of a number of chip makers in a note to investors last night. Among its recommendation in the space, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Micron (MU), and ON Semiconductor (ON) were called out with Buy ratings. NXP: NXP Semiconductors dominates the mobile payment market with its NFC products, Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote. The company's NFC chips are used in Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and NXP has a strong mobile payment ecosystem in China, the analyst explained. NXP Semiconductors is also a leader in providing chips used to enhance credit card security, as its Chip+Pin system has a 75% share of the global market and is in the process of being deployed in the U.S, according to Rakesh. Going forward, NXP's growth should be driven by the automotive products of Freescale, which the company acquired earlier this year, the analyst stated, adding that NXP should derive strong synergies and cash flow from the deal. He set a $140 price target on the stock. MICRON: Sales of flash memory device maker Micron's DRAM products should be boosted by a PC rebound in the second half of this year, according to Rakesh. Additionally, the company's new CFO could make its actions more predictable, pleasing investors, the analyst stated. ON: ON Semiconductor should benefit from its acquisition of Aptina, which gave ON a significant presence in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, market, Rakesh believes. ADAS is likely to grow rapidly around the world, driven by mandates, the analyst predicted. A second positive catalyst for ON will be the proliferation of wireless charging, added the analyst, who set a $16 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NXP rose nearly 1% to trade nearly $108, Micron gained 2.6% to $27.61, and ON was fractionally higher. Other semiconductor makers initiated with Buy ratings by the firm include Skyworks (SWKS), Synaptics (SYNA), Avago (AVGO) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY).
09:58 EDTSNDK, MUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Allison Transmission (ALSN) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Blackstone (BX) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Esperion (ESPR) initiated with a Sell at Chardan... H&R Block (HRB) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Micron (MU) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Monster Worldwide (MWW) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... National Storage (NSA) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... ON Semiconductor (ON) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Sharps Compliance (SMED) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... StemCells (STEM) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Synaptics (SYNA) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... TriNet (TNET) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Vascular Biogenics (VBLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Verifone (PAY) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... uniQure (QURE) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer.
09:34 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA AMZN FB MU BIDU SDRL BAC INTC EXPE CHK FEYE
May 21, 2015
16:14 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Target $74.
16:08 EDTMUMicron initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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May 20, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
07:36 EDTMUMicron estimates, target lowered on PC weakness at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered estimates for Micron after its channel checks indicated DRAM price negotiations "remain challenging" in May given amid soft PC demand. The firm, however, believes PC demand will strengthen starting in July driven by seasonality and the launch of Windows 10. It thinks this will be the last cut to estimates and maintains a Buy rating on Micron. It lowered its price target for shares to $32 from $34.
May 19, 2015
11:16 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees completing headcount reductions by end of this quarter
11:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk says in Q2 to date repurchased $100M in shares
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10:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk targets 2016 for return to enterprise revenue growth
10:56 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees enterprise revenue contracting sequentially in Q2
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10:49 EDTSNDKSanDisk rallies while presenting at conference
Shares of SanDisk (SNDK) are moving higher while the company is presenting at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. During its presentation, SanDisk management said that 15 nanometer technology is ramping to plan and that it expects "strong" sequential revenue growth in the second half of the year. Shares of SanDisk are up 1.7% to $68.66 in morning trading.
10:46 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees strong sequential revenue growth in 2H
Sees successful completion of embedded qualifications.
10:43 EDTSNDKSanDisk says 15 nanometer technology ramping to plan
Comments from J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
May 18, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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10:57 EDTMUMicron May weekly calls active
Micron May weekly 26.5 and 27 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 35K contracts (3K puts). May weekly call option implied volatility is at 36, June is at 32, July is at 34; compared to its 90-day average of 35, active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:32 EDTMUMicron management to meet with JMP Securities
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10:02 EDTSNDKNAND pricing tracking ahead of expectations, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan said the NAND market is picking up and pricing is tracking ahead of expectations due to restocking momentum. The firm expects NAND market traction heading into 2H driven by new smartphone launches and a recovery in the PC market. Note SanDisk is leveraged to NAND.
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