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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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July 16, 2014
13:52 EDTSNDKSanDisk July 107 straddle priced for 5.5% move into Q2
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13:44 EDTMU, SNDKEarnings Preview: Stifel sees SanDisk results, guidance topping expectations
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08:03 EDTSNDKSanDisk announces expiration of HSR waiting period for Fusion-io purchase
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06:56 EDTSNDKSanDisk volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
SanDisk July call option implied volatility is at 79, August is at 38, October is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 16.
06:20 EDTMUDRAM chip prices likely to increase 10% in July, DigiTimes reports
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06:16 EDTSNDKSanDisk partners with Rockchip for iNAND solutions, DigiTimes reports
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July 15, 2014
15:45 EDTSNDKSanDisk technical comments ahead of earnings
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11:07 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
09:05 EDTSNDKSanDisk to benefit from Amazon use of flash storage, says Pacific Crest
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July 14, 2014
15:38 EDTSNDKSanDisk July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
SanDisk July call option implied volatility is at 64, August is at 37, October is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 16.
13:29 EDTMUMicron conference call with management positive, says Sterne Agee
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07:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target raised to $114 from $95 at Stifel
Stifel raised its price target on SanDisk as the firm expects the company's June quarter results to beat consensus estimates. The firm predicts that SanDisk's guidance for its September quarter may also beat expectations. Stifel believes that demand is shifting towards SanDisk's high valued products, and it keeps a Buy rating.
July 11, 2014
09:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk mentioned cautiously at ITG Research
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09:25 EDTSNDKSanDisk remains a favorite idea at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research continues to see upside to consensus estimates for SanDisk through 2015. The firm said demand exceeds supply, allowing SanDisk to maximize balanced profitability. Shares are Buy rated.
09:14 EDTSNDKSanDisk has several positive catalysts, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk (SNDK) to benefit from several developments, including a strengthening high margin retail market and new Apple (AAPL) products that will include embedded MCP and SSDs. The firm expects SanDisk to report solid June quarter results and guide to a stronger September quarter. It keeps a Buy rating.
07:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk July volatility elevated at 58 into Q2 and outlook
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July 9, 2014
11:30 EDTMUMicron shares defended at Sterne Agee
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10:36 EDTMUMicron trades lower, levels to watch
The shares were last down over 3% to $32.13 as the stock edges away from its recent 52-week high at $34.50. The 10-day moving average has been broken to the downside, last at $32.88 and now resistance. That break is short-term bearish for price. Next support below current levels is at $31.26, and then at the 30-day moving average last at $30.81.
09:40 EDTMUSamsung raisiing DRAM capacity, says Morgan Stanley
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09:35 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA FB AMZN TSLA TWTR MU NFLX GG CELG
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