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August 14, 2014
11:45 EDTEMC, NMBL, NTAP, HILLNetApp rises after earnings beat, Needham upgrade
Shares of storage systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after the company posted better than expected first quarter results and received positive analyst commentary. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, NetApp reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 60c and revenue of $1.49B, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 57c and $1.47B, respectively. Q1 adjusted gross margin was 64.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NetApp forecast second quarter adjusted EPS of 66c-71c and revenue of $1.49B-$1.59B, compared to consensus of 69c and $1.53B, respectively. For fiscal 2015, the company sees EPS growth just under 10% and revenue growth in the mid-single digits. FY15 adjusted gross margin is seen at 63%-64%. On NetApp's Q1 conference call, management said it was seeing a rebound in enterprise spending in the U.S. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was overwhelmingly positive. Needham upgraded NetApp to Buy from Hold following its strong Q1 report, citing better enterprise spending. Their price target was $49. Two firms, Piper Jaffray and Brean Capital, raised their respective price targets on NetApp and Pacific Crest said NetApp is "'undervalued and underappreciated," noting that the company's Q1 results included 13% earnings growth year-over-year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, NetApp rose $1.47, or 3.7%, to $40.77 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's advance, the stock is down approximately 4% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the storage space include: EMC (EMC), Dot Hill Systems (HILL) and Nimble Storage (NMBL).
News For NTAP;EMC;HILL;NMBL From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
08:03 EDTEMCEMC downgraded at Pacific Crest
As noted earlier, Pacific Crest downgraded EMC to Sector Perform from Outperform. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited checks indicating weak Q1 enterprise storage demand, the company's desire to consolidate which could increase near-term execution risks, margin risks due to aggressive pricing, and changes in technology with which the company may not be able to cope.
05:56 EDTEMCEMC downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
March 25, 2015
08:54 EDTNTAP, EMCNetApp Arista among potential takeover targets for EMC, says RBC Capital
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March 23, 2015
15:36 EDTEMCEMC announces the Federation Business Data Lake.
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10:00 EDTEMC, NTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTEMC, NTAP, NMBLEMC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded EMC (EMC) to Neutral to Neutral saying the company is facing increasing pressure from next-gen storage vendors and public cloud providers. Piper notes that it continues to hear Pure Storage and other vendors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL) are making inroads into the installed base of EMC. It cut its price target for shares to $27 from $30. The firm also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Neutral this morning for similar reasons, but says EMC has a more defensible position than NetApp.
06:37 EDTNMBL, NTAPNetApp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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March 18, 2015
07:49 EDTEMCSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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March 17, 2015
11:12 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems management to meet with Maxim
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March 16, 2015
11:08 EDTNMBLNimble Storage management to meet with Needham
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