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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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July 2, 2015
16:45 EDTHILLPatent suit could result in Crossroads not being able to conduct business
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July 1, 2015
06:01 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MU NTAP
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Micron (MU) 38, NetApp (NTAP) 23 according to iVolatility.
June 30, 2015
08:03 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems files patent infringment suit against Crossroads Systems
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06:04 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MU NTAP
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June 29, 2015
14:53 EDTNTAPBankers see suitors being cool to NetApp amid competition, dealReporter says
Two industry bankers said NetApp’s worsening performance and rising competition are leading to little or no strategic interest from potential suitors, reported dealReporter, according to contacts.
10:02 EDTEMCHP deal for EMC 'more than a distinct possibility,' says Raymond James
Noting that shares of both HP (HPQ) and EMC (EMC) have been stagnant, Raymond James analyst Brian Alexander repeated that he believes shareholders of both would earn substantial returns from a deal between the two and that he thinks an HP acquisition of EMC is "more than a distinct possibility." Alexander previously said in a note to investors on June 4 that he believed HP will ultimately buy EMC, including VMware (VMW). Assuming EMC is acquired for $32-$34 at various combinations of debt/stock, accretion for HP ranges from 39%-52%, Alexander calculates. Raymond James has a Market Perform rating on HP, a Strong Buy rating on EMC and an Outperform rating on VMware.
08:26 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems extends OEM agreement with Wortman AG
Dot Hill Systems announced it has expanded its OEM agreement with Wortmann AG, a German-based IT solutions provider. Wortmann is increasing its market opportunities with TERRA SAN hybrid storage systems based on Dot Hill's AssuredSAN 4000 Series arrays and RealStor next-generation real-time storage operating system.
June 25, 2015
07:03 EDTNTAPNetApp did little to alleviate investor concerns, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says NetApp's tech talk with new CEO George Kurian did little to alleviate investor concerns since no new initiatives were revealed. New management is continuing to execute the "failed strategy" that prior management initiated, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. He views shares as fairly valued and keeps a Neutral rating on NetApp.
June 20, 2015
16:10 EDTNTAPNetApp participates in a conference call with UBS
UBS IT Hardware Analyst Steve Milunovich hosts CEO George Kurian, who will discuss NetApp's technology, strategy and direction on a conference call to be held on June 24 at 1 pm. Webcast Link

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