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December 23, 2013
07:43 EDTMUMicron downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Micron to Underperform from Neutral. The firm believes competitive threats, especially from Hynix, will limit earnings growth and result in DRAM spot price weakness. Price target lowered to $19.50.
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April 23, 2014
12:01 EDTMU Stocks with call strike movement; FB MU
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09:34 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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April 22, 2014
14:28 EDTMUSunEdison, Conn's rally after Greenlight discloses new stakes
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April 21, 2014
17:29 EDTMUMicron shares could double, Barron's says
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12:24 EDTMUMicron trades higher, levels to watch
The shares are up over 4.4% to $24.98 at time of writing. That price is just off the high of the session at $25.19. Major resistance is above that level at the 52-week high of $25.68. Support is at $24.56, the session low. Drexel Hamilton upped its price target on the shares earlier today to $50 from $30, on expectations of stable DRAM pricing and minimal industry-wide capacity expansion.
09:21 EDTMUOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
HIGHER: Sarepta (SRPT), up 54% after announcing plans to to submit NDA for Eteplirsen by year end 2014. Shares of Prosnesa (RNA), another drugmaker working on a competing DMD drug, are up more than 12%... AstraZeneca (AZN), up 6% after the Sunday Times says that Pfizer (PFE) is considering a takeover bid for the company. Pfizer is up 1.2% following the report... Newmont Mining (NEM), up 8% after WSJ says the company and Barrick Gold (ABX) could resume merger talks as soon as today... Cbeyond (CBEY), up 39% after agreeing to be acquired for about $323M by Birch Communications... Momenta Pharma (MNTA), up 10.5% after the Supreme Court rejected Teva's (TEVA) bid to delay generic Copaxone... Nu Skin (NUS), up 5% after saying its China division will resume corporate-hosted business meetings... Micron (MU), up 4% after price target raised at Drexel Hamilton... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Acacia Research (ACTG), down 6%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 5.6%.
08:29 EDTMUMicron price target raised to $50 from $30 at Drexel Hamilton
Drexel Hamilton raised Buy rated Micron estimates and increased its price target to $50 from $30 due to higher pricing and margin trends. The firm expects DRAM pricing to remain firm and for minimal industry capacity additions this year, resulting in rising earnings, an improving balance sheet and greater share upside potential.
April 17, 2014
18:27 EDTMUAMD rallies after results top expectations
Shares of global semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are advancing in the after-hours session after the company's first quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, AMD reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 2c and revenue of $1.4B, compared to expectations of 0c and $1.34B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 revenue flat to up 6%, compared to consensus of $1.36B. For fiscal 2014, the company expects to grow revenue on a year-over-year basis, and be profitable at the net income level. FY14 CapEx is expected to be approximately $120M. PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, AMD gained 23c, or about 6.2%, to $3.92. AMD's stock is up about 48% over the past twelve months, not including after-hours trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the semiconductor space space include Intel (INTC), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Micron Technology (MU).
12:53 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:40 EDTMUMicron management to meet with JMP Securities
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11:36 EDTMUSanDisk soars after results top expectations, margin forecast raised
Shares of SanDisk (SNDK), a leader in flash storage solutions, are rallying after the company's first quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. The company also raised its fiscal 2014 adjusted gross margin outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, SanDisk reported Q1 earnings per share of $1.44 and revenue of $1.51B, compared to expectations of $1.25 and $1.49B, respectively. Q1 gross profit as a percentage of revenue came in at 49.7% on a GAAP basis and 51.2% on a non-GAAP basis. The company forecast Q2 revenue of $1.55B-$1.63B, compared to consensus of $1.58B, and Q2 gross margins of 47%-49%. For FY14, the company expects revenue of $6.4B-6.8B, versus consensus of $6.66B. SanDisk raised its FY14 adjusted gross margin outlook to 47%-49% from 45%-48%. The company continues to expect overall healthy industry fundamentals in FY14. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Jefferies and Credit Suisse raised their respective price targets on SanDisk. Jefferies raised its price target to $95 from $90, saying the company's strong Q1 results show the relevance of the NAND spot market has diminished. The firm expects a higher level of price stability to move shares of SanDisk and peer Micron (MU) higher. It reiterated a Buy rating on SanDisk. Credit Suisse raised its price target on SanDisk shares to $125 from $85 following the company's better than expected Q1 results and guidance. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SanDisk soared $7.56, or about 10%, to $83.40 on heavy trading volume. The stock is approaching its 52-week high of $85.37. Meanwhile, Micron shares are up 4% to $23.41.
09:00 EDTMUMicron rises 3.4%
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07:48 EDTMUSanDisk price target raised to $95 from $90 at Jefferies
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April 15, 2014
12:15 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU NOK
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06:12 EDTMUMicron is expected to invest in Kingston Solutions, DigiTimes says
Micron (MU) plans to contribute equity investments into NAND device supplier Kingston Solutions, a joint venture between Toshiba (TOSBF) and Phison Electronics, reports DigiTimes. According to the sources, Kingston Solutions will be able to optimize NAND flash from Toshiba and mobile RAM from Micron following the investment. Reference Link
05:22 EDTMUMicron, Wave Systems collaborate to secure connected devices
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April 11, 2014
12:44 EDTMUHedge funds initiating shorts on Priceline, Amazon, Twitter, CNBC says
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12:42 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
06:08 EDTMUMemory suppliers look to bundle NAND flash sales with DRAM chips, DigiTimes says
Some memory device suppliers may be pushing sales of NAND flash chips with DRAM chips in an effort to easy the oversupply of NAND flash products, reports DigiTimes. According to market sources, the prices of NAND chips have continued to decline this year due to the capacity ramps from major companies. Reference Link

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