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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.
News For MU;SNDK From The Last 14 Days
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October 27, 2014
08:02 EDTMUMicron announces $1B stock repurchase authorization
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October 24, 2014
05:42 EDTMUMicron management to meet with JMP Securities
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on October 24 hosted by JMP Securities.
October 23, 2014
17:14 EDTMUMicron recommends shareholders reject TRC Capital's 'mini-tender' offer
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October 22, 2014
10:03 EDTMUThe Linley Group to hold a conference
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October 21, 2014
12:11 EDTMUEinhorn says bought some Micron back last week, trimmed at higher levels
David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital is speaking on CNBC.
10:42 EDTMUMicron recommended as long idea by Tilson, Bloomberg reports
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09:07 EDTSNDKFlextronics appoints Michael Mendenhall as Chief Marketing Officer
Flextronics (FLEX) announced that Michael Mendenhall has been appointed to lead the Company's worldwide marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Mendenhall most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Fusion-io. In this role, he was responsible for repositioning the Company's brand and products and played a key role in its successful acquisition by SanDisk (SNDK). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HP (HPQ) and directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally.
October 20, 2014
18:51 EDTMUOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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12:36 EDTSNDK, MUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:53 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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05:58 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTSNDKStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:17 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:23 EDTSNDKSanDisk shares attractive after pullback, says Argus
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11:51 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU DAL
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09:17 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:16 EDTMUMicron management to meet with MKM Partners
Meetings to be held in New York on October 23 and in the Mid-Atlantic area on October 24 hosted by MKM Partners.
07:32 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target lowered to $110 from $120 at UBS
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07:31 EDTSNDK, MUSamsung first to market with new multilayer NAND technology, Nikkei says
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05:42 EDTSNDKSanDisk pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says SanDisk's Q4 guidance missed expectations because the company is seeing more demand than it can fully supply, which it views as a good problem to have. Piper thinks the recent pullback in shares provides a buying opportunity. It lowered its price target for SanDisk shares to $106 from $110 and reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
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