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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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September 18, 2014
06:45 EDTMUMobile DRAM bit growth to reach 37.5% in 2H14, DigiTimes Research reports
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September 16, 2014
09:36 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX TSLA YHOO FB PBR MU AA TWTR WMT
September 15, 2014
11:56 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU GILD
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07:19 EDTSNDKSNIA to hold a conference
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September 14, 2014
18:10 EDTMUMicron looks to expand to autos and wearables, WSJ says
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September 10, 2014
10:44 EDTMUMicron mentioned positively at Raymond James
September 9, 2014
07:22 EDTMURaymond James to hold a conference
North American Equities Conference to be held in London, England on September 9.
05:22 EDTSNDKToshiba, SanDisk start construction of Fab 2 facility at Yokkaichi, Japan
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September 8, 2014
10:06 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
Target $120.
September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk acquisition positive, says Bernstein
After SanDisk bought Fusion-io, Bernstein thinks the deal plugs the gap in the company's Enterprise SSD market and will accelerate its growth in this new market. The firm expects the deal to be dilutive to SanDisk until 3Q15. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded SanDisk to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and a solid NAND supply/demand balance for 2015-2016.
05:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley

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