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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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August 22, 2014
05:44 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SanDisk (SNDK) 23, Walgreen (WAG) 20 according to iVolatility.
August 21, 2014
10:17 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU HTZ
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08:49 EDTSNDKSanDisk gross margins to get boost from FIO, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk's gross margins to be boosted from the integration of the FIO Enterprise SSD unit, whose acquisition closed on July 23. The firm adds that the company's new Malaysia factory should drive its tax rate lower over time. Sterne Agee keeps a $125 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:12 EDTSNDK, MUDRAM prices making downward correction with oversupply concerns, DigiTimes says
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05:50 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM SNDK
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August 14, 2014
10:13 EDTMUDRAM prices to see 'continuous reduction,' DRAMeXchange says
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August 13, 2014
10:12 EDTMUMicron management to meet with Needham
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06:02 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK KMP
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August 12, 2014
14:28 EDTMUPacific Crest remains on the sidelines of Micron
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August 11, 2014
07:50 EDTMUMicron pullback creates buying opportunity, says Jefferies
Jefferies attributes the recent pullback in shares of Micron to Samsung's DRAM bit growth commentary and Micron's guidance for higher capital expenditures in FY15. Jefferies expects favorable DRAM supply/demand balance to continue through 2015 and thinks Micron will continue to see near-term pricing power. The firm recommends buying the stock at current levels and keeps a Buy rating on Micron with a $38 price target.
06:09 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPRO SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GoPro (GPRO) 68, SanDisk (SNDK) 27 according to iVolatility.
August 8, 2014
09:10 EDTMUMicron shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
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06:02 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; XLNK SNDK
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