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February 14, 2014
06:30 EDTSSNLF, MUMicron makes gain in Q4 NAND flash market, DigiTimes reports
Micron (MU) makes a gain in the Q4 NAND flash market, rising to 15.5% global share, reports DigiTimes, citing DRAMeXchange. Micron moved past SK Hynix with Q4 revenue of $957M while Samsung (SSNLF) retains its top position in Q4 with a 39.8% share of the global market. Reference Link
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August 20, 2015
09:20 EDTMUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:28 EDTMUBaird downgraded Micron to Neutral on falling DRAM prices
Baird analyst Tristan Gerra downgraded Micron to Neutral from Outperform and lowered his price target to $15 from $36 on DRAM price concerns. Gerra believes blended DRAM pricing could fall 20%+ between now and next year, down to fully loaded costs before capacity cuts take place. The analyst said continued PC unit weakness, soft enterprise server, mobile DRAM weakness, and excess channel inventories are causing the current downturn. Gerra expects Micron's gross margin and earnings to bottom in the February quarter and sees little upside potential until then.
06:07 EDTSSNLFSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link
06:02 EDTSSNLFTop electric car makers largely choosing SDI, Panasonic for batteries, WSJ says
Large auto makers in the U.S., Europe and Asia are favoring Samsung's (SSNLF) SDI unit, Panasonic (PCRFY) and LG to supply advanced batteries for their electric cars following several years of failed technology bets among suppliers, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Lux Research battery expert Cosmin Laslau, five years from now, "We are looking at Panasonic, LG and Samsung SDI making up about 80% of the market." Reference Link
August 19, 2015
19:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung to ask Supreme Court to review Apple patent ruling
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed court documents indicating it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of its Apple (AAPL) patent fight. Reference Link
18:40 EDTSSNLFAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
06:03 EDTSSNLFSamsung begins to market Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+ in Taiwan, DigiTimes reports
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August 18, 2015
09:39 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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05:55 EDTMU, SSNLFDRAMeXchange: Global mobile DRAM revenue up 7.7% in Q2, DigiTimes reports
Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 7.7% sequentially to $3.85B while global sales of overall DRAM decreased 4.8% to $11.4B in Q2, reports DigiTimes, citing DRAMeXchange. Mobile DRAM prices were less affected by falling prices for PC DRAM chips when compared to other types of DRAM. Prices for PC DRAM chips, which fell 15% in July, are forecast to drop an overall 30% in the third quarter of 2015. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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11:11 EDTMUAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
10:09 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTMUFollow-up: Micron downgraded to Neutral on capex hike at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Micron to Neutral from Buy. The firm said the unexpected FY16 capex hike may reflect overconfidence by management for new chips and could cause execution and earnings misses.. Additionally, BofA/Merrill said Hynix's capex increase is likely to be material and could lead to capex increases by rivals. The firm lowered its price target on shares to $19 form $28.40.
09:38 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:30 EDTMUMicron weakness from concerns with investment returns, says Susquehanna
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07:01 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
07:00 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo
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06:38 EDTSSNLFApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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06:31 EDTMUMicron share downside limited from here, says Piper Jaffray
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