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July 16, 2014
13:44 EDTSNDK, MU, FIOEarnings Preview: Stifel sees SanDisk results, guidance topping expectations
SanDisk (SNDK) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, July 16, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. SanDisk manufactures data storage solutions, including removable and embedded Flash memory and solid-state drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.39 on revenue of $1.6B. The consensus range is $1.31-$1.50 for EPS on revenue of $1.58B-$1.64B, according to First Call. With its last report, the company forecast Q2 revenue of $1.55B-$1.63B and Q2 gross margins of 47%-49%. For FY14, the company expects revenue of $6.4B-6.8B, versus consensus of $6.73B. Last quarter, SanDisk raised its FY14 adjusted gross margin outlook to 47%-49% from 45%-48%. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, SanDisk reported first quarter 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. NEWS: On June 16, SanDisk announced a definitive agreement to acquire Fusion-io (FIO), a developer of flash-based PCIe hardware and software solutions that enhance application performance in enterprise and hyperscale datacenters. The acquisition will be an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.1B, net of cash assumed. Earlier today, SanDisk announced that the waiting period for U.S. antitrust review of its proposed acquisition of Fusion-io expired last night. The expiration of the HSR waiting period, together with the determination that no pre-merger notifications are required to be filed in Germany, satisfies one of the conditions to close the tender offer, though other conditions remain to be satisfied, the company noted. PEER REPORT: SanDisk peer Micron Technology (MU) reported earnings per share and revenue for its third quarter that surpassed analysts' expectations after the market close on June 23. 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. STREET RESEARCH: The day after SanDisk announced its deal to buy Fusion-io, Sterne Agee increased its price target on SanDisk to $125 from $105. The firm said it thought that Fusion-io can conservatively increase SanDisk's FY15 EPS to about $7 and it kept a Buy rating on SanDisk. More recently, Stifel raised its price target on SanDisk to $114 from $95, 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 and believes that demand is shifting towards SanDisk's high valued products. Stifel kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of SanDisk have advanced about 41%. Ahead of tonight's report, SanDisk was up about 1.59% to $107.24 in afternoon trading.
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February 3, 2016
09:41 EDTMUMicron has further downside risk, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said the imbalance in DRAM supply/demand is expected to worsen in Q1 as demand slows seasonally and additional supply comes online, and is expected to exceed demand throughout the year. Analyst Kevin Rottinghaus expects further pricing pressure through the first half of 2016, which will further impact Micron's margins. NAND is also expected to remain oversupplied for the first half of 2016 and pricing is to remain aggressive. Rottinghause does not believe Micron can compete in NAND on a cost basis and expects DRAM to be the bulk of the company's profits.
February 2, 2016
10:12 EDTSNDKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:52 EDTMUTsinghua rumored to build DRAM fab, invite Micron to invest, DigiTimes reports
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February 1, 2016
10:52 EDTMUActive puts; AAPL SPY TWTR MU UVXY
Active puts @ CBOE: SPY 2/19/16 192, TWTR 2/12/16 15, UVXY 3/18/16 33, AAPL 2/19/16 91, MU 2/5/16 9.50
10:15 EDTSNDKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
05:54 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:44 EDTSNDKAutodesk, Akamai among top tech picks after January selloff, Barron's says
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January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
07:36 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
07:12 EDTSNDKWestern Digital upside incredibly substantial, says Brean Capital
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January 28, 2016
17:12 EDTSNDKWestern Digital says 'pleased with progress' on SanDisk acquisition
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16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
15:19 EDTSNDKEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report with analysts upbeat on SanDisk deal
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10:04 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amdocs (DOX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded on Q4 results, valuation at JMP Securities... Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... EMC (EMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded at Stifel... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PayPal (PYPL) upgraded to Outperform on core market share gains at Wedbush... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Stillwater Mining (SWC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
08:33 EDTSNDKOptions expected to be active
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07:52 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
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07:27 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
06:18 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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