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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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March 26, 2015
05:43 EDTSNDKSanDisk lowers Q1 revenue guidance to $1.3B from $1.4B-$1.45B, consensus $1.44B
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March 25, 2015
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:00 EDTMUMicron shares should be bought on weakness, says Argus
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06:44 EDTMUMicron initiated with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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March 24, 2015
17:11 EDTMUPhototronics enters into supply and license agreement with Micron
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07:07 EDTMUMicron volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Micron April weekly call option implied volatility is at 42, April is at 41, May is at 37, July is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 39 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on April 2.
March 20, 2015
14:20 EDTMUMicron volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
Micron April weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, April is at 38, May is at 37, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 39 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on April 2.
March 19, 2015
08:18 EDTSNDKSanDisk to benefit from 3D NAND, says Morgan Stanley
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March 18, 2015
11:25 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; SWKS MU
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09:36 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTMUSamsung postponed DRAM equipment orders, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says its research indicates Samsung has recently postponed a "meaningful" level of DRAM equipment orders by up to two quarters. The firm views the push outs as evidence of discipline in the DRAM supply chain and a positive for Micron (MU). It believes the DRAM pricing environment should stabilize starting in Q2 and recommends buying shares of Micron at current levels. It has an Overweight rating on the name with a $40 price target.
March 17, 2015
11:16 EDTMUMicron falls, levels to watch
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10:26 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:07 EDTSNDKNetlist announces positive ruling in patent battles in ULLtraDIMM case
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08:00 EDTMUMicron FY16 EPS estimate lowered at RBC Capital
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05:53 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; WLL SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whiting Petroleum (WLL) 86, SanDisk (SNDK) 36 according to iVolatility.
March 16, 2015
08:24 EDTMUMicron pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates on Micron to reflect near-term PC DRAM weakness, but the firm expects pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, driven by seasonal PC build, higher mobile content and a DDR4 upgrade cycle. The firm thinks the company will have a number of positive catalysts in 2016, and it keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
March 12, 2015
13:06 EDTMUHP rises fractionally despite Barclays downgrade, Intel guidance cut
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11:04 EDTMUIntel cut on PC weakness a slight negative for Micron, Marvell, says Ladenburg
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09:54 EDTMUPiper calls Intel warning 'disappointing,' keeps Overweight rating
Piper Jaffray calls Intel's (INTC) reduced Q1 outlook "disappointing" but says it continues to expect a modest consumer refresh cycle later this year to partially offset the declines in the corporate segment. It keeps an Overweight rating on Intel. Piper notes it still views Micron (MU) positively despite the weakness in PCs highlighted by Intel. It finds the stock attractively valued.
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