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July 16, 2014
13:44 EDTMU, FIO, SNDKEarnings 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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June 24, 2015
07:43 EDTMUMicron June weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Micron June weekly option implied volatility is at 87, July is at 42, October is at 36; compared to its 52-range of 28 to 61, suggesting large near term price movement into its expected release of Q3 results on June 25.
07:30 EDTMUMicron fundamentals at inflection point, says UBS
UBS believes that Micron Technology fundamentals are at an inflection point and recommends buying the shares at current levels. The firm expects Q3 results and guidance can be better than feared and sees an earnings recovery, mostly influenced by smartphone fundamentals given significantly higher DRAM content. UBS maintained its $35 price target on Micron shares.
06:09 EDTMUOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: NFLX SYY MU MON NKE BBBY LEN NBG GREK
June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
11:39 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; TSLA MU
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09:36 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Akebia (AKBA) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Barracuda Networks (CUDA) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... BioLineRx (BLRX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Chemours (CC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... E.W. Scripps (SSP) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... EQT Corporation (EQT) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... EQT GP (EQGP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Ignyta (RXDX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Leju (LEJU) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Micron (MU) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... People's Utah Bancorp (PUB) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Turquoise Hill (TRQ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTMUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:02 EDTMUMicron price target lowered to $33 from $37 at JPMorgan
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06:15 EDTMUMicron initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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05:34 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research
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05:31 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. The semiconductor provider closed Friday at $24.47.
June 19, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Amedisys (AMED) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Consolidated Edison (ED) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI... Delta Air Lines (DAL) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Deutsche Bank (DB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... EP Energy (EPE) upgraded on better than expected well economics at SunTrust... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill... Erickson (EAC) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Fiserv (FISV) upgraded on growth opportunities, margin outlook at Oppenheimer... IPC Healthcare (IPCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Mack-Cali Realty (CLI) upgraded on valuation at Stifel... Micron (MU) upgraded to Buy on sustainable margins and capex at Topeka... NuStar Energy (NS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NuStar GP Holdings (NSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Ramco-Gershenson (RPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Retail Opportunity (ROIC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:03 EDTMUMicron volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:51 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Buy on sustainable margins and capex at Topeka
As previously reported, Topeka upgraded Micron to Buy from Hold and increased its price target to $34 from $30. The firm came away from an investor site visit incrementally more confident regarding PC demand and related DRAM pricing. Topeka's analyst believes Micron is at or ahead of plan on its 20nm DRAM ramp and will be able to keep DRAM capex flattish. In NAND, Micron is making steady TLC 3D NAND progress and expects gross margin improvement over the next several quarters. Topeka expects investor confidence in Micron's ability to sustain margins though cycles to increase over the next couple quarters as Micron executes.
07:16 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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