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June 24, 2014
11:52 EDTMU, SNDKMicron climbs, upgraded after results beat expectations
Shares of computer memory maker Micron Technology (MU) are climbing after the company's third quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Micron's Q3 EPS of 79c was 9c higher than expectations, while its Q3 revenue of $3.98B beat analysts' consensus forecast of $3.89B. Revenues for both DRAM and NAND Flash products were down slightly for the quarter compared to last year's results. The company’s overall consolidated gross margin of 34% for Q3 was consistent with last quarter's results, as mix-related decreases in average selling prices were essentially offset by corresponding decreases in manufacturing costs. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's earnings conference call, Micron guided Q4 total revenue to be in the range of $4B-$4.2B on a consolidated basis. Micron said Q4 trade NAND gross margins are expected to be down a couple of points compared to Q3 based on bit production expected to be up low-to mid-teens, average selling price down low to mid-single digits, and cost per bit flat compared to Q3. Q4 DRAM gross margin is anticipated to be flat to up slightly compared to Q3. Q4 gross margins are expected to be adversely affected in the $30M range by a last-time sale of end-of-life legacy architecture products not included in the company's DRAM and NAND guidance. In terms of expenditures for property, plant and equipment, Micron said that it is on track to be within its guided range for FY14 of between $2.8B-$3.2B, with over $1B of expenditures planned for Q4. Micron added that it has no plans to expand wafer production in FY15 and that it expects long-term NAND demand/supply to be in balance. ANALYST OPINION: Following its report and guidance, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy from Buy and raised its price target for shares to $50 from $40. Analysts at Roth Capital, Jefferies, and JPMorgan also raised their price targets on the shares this morning. Goldman Sachs Analyst Mark Delaney said the firm is maintaining its Neutral rating on Micron as the firm is worried that DRAM fundamentals could be close to peak and attract incremental supply. However, he feels that investors will perceive Micron's plan to not add new wafer capacity next year positively. Goldman Sachs' price target on Micron remains at $29. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of Micron rose $1.59 or 5.07%, to $32.85. Shares of SanDisk (SNDK), which also offers data storage solutions in a range of form factors, are up 1% to $103.26.
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March 26, 2015
07:15 EDTSNDKNetlist comments on jury verdict from Northern District Court of California
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07:00 EDTSNDK, MUSanDisk drops 14% after cutting Q1, 2015 revenue outlook
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05:57 EDTMUMicron checks show challenges for 20nm DRAM, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its recent checks with supply chain participants in Asia suggest Micron may be experiencing typical node-migration yield challenges for 20nm DRAM. Piper believes this could drive the company's FY15 bit growth below current management guidance, but it expects a recovery in FY16. Piper lowered its estimates for Micron, but continues to view the stock as undervalued. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the name with a $41 price target.
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.
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