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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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January 27, 2016
16:10 EDTSNDKSanDisk trades up after earnings
In the extended session the shares are up 1% after an earnings beat. At that price next resistance is at $66.45. Support is at $64.21, the regular session closing price.
16:07 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q4 EPS $1.26, consensus 89c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.54B, consensus $1.44B. "I am pleased to report an excellent fourth quarter finish to 2015 driven by strong performance in enterprise and retail. We made substantial progress in the second half of 2015 in reinvigorating our portfolio, improving our product execution and expanding our customer engagements. We also achieved an important milestone in beginning our multi-year conversion to 3D NAND, with first retail product shipments and initial OEM customer sampling in the fourth quarter," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO.
15:10 EDTSNDKEarnings Watch: Western Digital deal update focus of SanDisk report
SanDisk (SNDK) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, January 27. SanDisk will not hold a conference call to discuss its financial results in light of the pending acquisition by Western Digital (WDC). SanDisk manufactures data storage solutions, including removable and embedded Flash memory and solid-state drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 89c on revenue of $1.44B. The consensus range is 83c-$1.00 for EPS on revenue of $1.4B-$1.47B, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, SanDisk guided to Q4 revenue of $1.4B-$1.475B and a non-GAAP gross margin 40%-43%. LAST QUARTER: On October 21, SanDisk reported third quarter earnings per share of $1.09 and revenue of $1.45B, compared to expectations of 80c and $1.4B, respectively. NEWS: Along with releasing its earnings report, SanDisk announced a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock that values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $19B. If the investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The companies said at the time that the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016. STREET RESEARCH: On December 28, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah said the combined Western Digital-SanDisk company, post an expected merger close in September of this year, can generate FY17 earnings per share of $13-$15. He kept a $150 standalone Western Digital target price and believes that the combined company's shares should trade in a range of $154-$256 post close. On January 6, Pacific Crest analyst Monika Garg called Western Digital her best idea for 2016, stating that the company's pending acquisition of SanDisk "would create a formidable company" and bring significant earnings and cash flow generation. On January 25, CLSA analyst Mark Heller downgraded SanDisk to Underperform due to weakening NAND fundamentals and higher deal risk. The analyst does not believe Western Digital can walk away from the deal due to weakening fundamentals, but is more cautious on Unisplenour's investment in Western Digital. Heller lowered his price target to $70 from $86 on SanDisk shares. The same day, Jefferies analyst James Kisner lowered his estimates for Western Digital and Seagate (STX), citing the weak results and guidance from Nidec and a more conservative approach following the recent selloff in the shares. Western Digital's current valuation fully prices in an "extreme bear case" for the combined Western Digital and SanDisk, Kisner told investors in his research note. The analyst cut his price target for Western Digital to $82 from $95 but kept a Buy rating on the stock. Noting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States would not grant regulatory clearance for Philips (PHG) to sell an 80.1% interest in Lumileds to China's GO Scale Capital, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said on January 26 that he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate. However, he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk should still go through. This morning, Citi analyst Stanley Kovler initiated coverage of Western Digital with a Buy rating, as the firm is relatively bullish on the company's acquisition of SanDisk. Conversely, Citi started coverage of Seagate (STX) with a Sell rating, saying that actions it has taken to cope with the decline of the sector "may only help so much." Kovler set an $82 price target on SanDisk, a $53 price target on Western Digital and a $23 price target on Seagate. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, SanDisk rose 0.75% to $64.57 per share. Since October 21, shares of SanDisk have declined about 14%. Since that same day, Western Digital shares are down over 41%.
14:34 EDTSNDKNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
11:13 EDTSNDKCiti mixed on hard disk drive makers, says sell Seagate, buy Western Digital
Citi initiated coverage of hard disk drive, or HDD, maker Western Digital (WDC) with a Buy rating, as the firm is relatively bullish on the company's acquisition of flash memory developer SanDisk (SNDK). Conversely, Citi started coverage of the other major hard disk drive maker, Seagate (STX), with a Sell rating, saying that actions it has taken to cope with the decline of the sector "may only help so much." Stating that the sector has begun a decline that should last for quite some time, the firm believes that Western Digital's actions to cope with this situation are more effective than those taken by its competitor. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital's pending acquisition of SanDisk makes the company more stable, and will raise its margins and profits, according to Citi analyst Stanley Kovler. The deal will increase Western Digital's earnings per share by a greater amount than if the company had continued its shares buybacks, the analyst added. Conversely, Seagate is trying to lower its costs and improve its products and execution, Kovler noted. The company also entered the solid state drive market, he stated. Given Seagate's limited exposure to markets other than HDD and the "malaise" in that market, the company may seek to make a "potentially transformative" acquisition, the analyst stated. But in light of its "limited financial flexibility," such a deal could limit its ability to return cash to shareholders, Kovler warned. Moreover, any acquisition made by the company may not be large enough to "fully transform" Seagate, according to Kovler, who set a $53 price target on Western Digital and a $23 price target on Seagate. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Western Digital fell 1% to $44.83 and Seagate lost 1.6% to $27.29.
10:36 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility: SNDK GMCR
10:23 EDTMUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:41 EDTSNDKSeagate initiated with a Sell at Citi
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06:38 EDTSNDKWestern Digital initiated with a Buy at Citi
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06:37 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at Citi
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January 26, 2016
15:59 EDTSNDKUnisplendour has financing for Western Digital-SanDisk deal, dealReporter says
11:42 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing call volume; TEX MTW MTG SEE KBH SNDK WDC VALE VIAB PII
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10:52 EDTSNDKStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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09:30 EDTSNDKWestern Digital, SanDisk deal should go through, Summit Research says
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital (WDC) is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate, but he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk (SNDK) should still go through. Additionally, Sundararajan said he believes CFIUS stepping in to block Philips' (PHG) sale of its Lumileds LED and automotive lighting unit to GO Scale Capital is a positive development for Cree (CREE), which should be pleased that a "flood the market" Chinese competitor has not been given the green light.
January 25, 2016
11:02 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; TWTR MU
Twitter (TWTR) June 20 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 69, Micron (MU) April 12 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 64 according to iVolatility.
10:27 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility: CLDX INSY SNDK
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
07:37 EDTSNDK, SNDKSanDisk downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
CLSA analyst Mark Heller downgraded SanDisk (SNDK) to Underperform due to weakening NAND fundamentals and higher deal risk. The analyst does not believe Western Digical (WD) can walk away from the deal due to weakening fundamentals, but is more cautious on Unisplenour's investment in Western Digital and the share pullback. Heller said Western Digital's shareholders would decide on SandDisk if Unisplendour were to step away. Heller lowered his price target to $70 from $86 on SanDisk shares.
07:10 EDTSNDKWestern Digital pricing in 'extreme bear case,' says Jefferies
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