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June 24, 2014
11:52 EDTSNDK, MUMicron 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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April 16, 2015
06:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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April 15, 2015
18:56 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:39 EDTSNDKSanDisk anticipates cost reductions of 15%-20% in 2015
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17:36 EDTMU, SNDKMicron shares trade lower by 1% after SanDisk Q1 results
17:33 EDTSNDKSanDisk down over 5% after Q1 financial results and guidance
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17:28 EDTSNDKSanDisk lowers FY15 revenue view to $5.4B-$5.7B from $6.5B-$6.8B
Consensus for FY15 revenue is $6.15B.
17:22 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees Q2 revenue $1.15B-$1.23B, consensus $1.45B
17:21 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees sequential decline in revenue in Q2
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17:16 EDTSNDKSanDisk says problems with embedded component product impacted Q1
The company says qualification delays for embedded component effected revenue in Q1 and will impact Q2.
17:12 EDTSNDKSanDisk no longer sees $1B in Enterprise sales for FY15
17:09 EDTSNDKSanDisk says reducing FY15 estimates for SAS product
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17:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk says financial performance over last two quarters 'unacceptable'
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16:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk says 'taking aggressive measures' to regain excellence
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16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q1 adjusted gross margin 43%
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16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q1 EPS 62c, consensus 66c
Reports Q1 revenue $1.33B, consensus $1.31B.
15:05 EDTSNDK, MUEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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14:05 EDTSNDKSanDisk technical notes before earnings
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April 14, 2015
09:19 EDTMUMicron management to meet with Brean Capital
Meeting to be held in Chicago on April 21 hosted by Brean Capital.
08:39 EDTSNDKSanDisk volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 13, 2015
06:01 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LL SNDK
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