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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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October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:48 EDTSNDK, MUMicron lower by over 1% to $28 after SanDisk Q3 results and guidance
17:35 EDTSNDKSanDisk trades lower after hours, levels to watch
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17:33 EDTSNDKSanDisk continues to trade lower, now down almost 7% after Q4 revenue guidance
17:24 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees Q4 revenue $1.8B-$1.85B, consensus $1.88B
Sees Q4 adjusted gross margin 47%-49%. Guidance from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
17:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk on track for Fusion- io to add to earnings in 2H15
Comment made on company Q3 earnings call.
16:23 EDTSNDKSanDisk lower by 1.5% to $83.75 after Q3 results
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16:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees demand for NAND flash continues strong
“Third quarter results reflect the strength of our diversified product portfolio, broad customer engagements and solid execution,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO. “Demand for NAND flash continues to be strong across mobile, client and enterprise, where SanDisk’s innovations are creating significant opportunities. As we focus on closing a record 2014, we also look forward to building upon our success in 2015.”
16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q3 adjusted gross margin 49%
16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q3 EPS $1.45, consensus $1.33
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15:26 EDTSNDKNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:47 EDTSNDK, MUEarnings Preview: Pacific Crest, RBC positive on SanDisk ahead of report
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14:36 EDTSNDKSanDisk October 86 straddle priced for 7.3% move into Q3
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October 15, 2014
15:00 EDTSNDKSanDisk October 84 straddle priced for 7.3% move into Q3
10:02 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:19 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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October 14, 2014
07:59 EDTSNDKSanDisk should be bought on weakness, says Pacific Crest
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07:47 EDTSNDKSanDisk October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
SanDisk October call option implied volatility is at 98, November is at 44, January is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 16.
October 13, 2014
06:03 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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October 12, 2014
17:58 EDTMUMicron shares look more attractive, Barron's says
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