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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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March 26, 2015
07:15 EDTSNDKNetlist comments on jury verdict from Northern District Court of California
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07:00 EDTSNDK, MUSanDisk drops 14% after cutting Q1, 2015 revenue outlook
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05:57 EDTMUMicron checks show challenges for 20nm DRAM, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its recent checks with supply chain participants in Asia suggest Micron may be experiencing typical node-migration yield challenges for 20nm DRAM. Piper believes this could drive the company's FY15 bit growth below current management guidance, but it expects a recovery in FY16. Piper lowered its estimates for Micron, but continues to view the stock as undervalued. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the name with a $41 price target.
05:43 EDTSNDKSanDisk lowers Q1 revenue guidance to $1.3B from $1.4B-$1.45B, consensus $1.44B
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March 25, 2015
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:00 EDTMUMicron shares should be bought on weakness, says Argus
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06:44 EDTMUMicron initiated with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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March 24, 2015
17:11 EDTMUPhototronics enters into supply and license agreement with Micron
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07:07 EDTMUMicron volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Micron April weekly call option implied volatility is at 42, April is at 41, May is at 37, July is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 39 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on April 2.
March 20, 2015
14:20 EDTMUMicron volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
Micron April weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, April is at 38, May is at 37, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 39 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on April 2.
March 19, 2015
08:18 EDTSNDKSanDisk to benefit from 3D NAND, says Morgan Stanley
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March 18, 2015
11:25 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; SWKS MU
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09:36 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTMUSamsung postponed DRAM equipment orders, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says its research indicates Samsung has recently postponed a "meaningful" level of DRAM equipment orders by up to two quarters. The firm views the push outs as evidence of discipline in the DRAM supply chain and a positive for Micron (MU). It believes the DRAM pricing environment should stabilize starting in Q2 and recommends buying shares of Micron at current levels. It has an Overweight rating on the name with a $40 price target.
March 17, 2015
11:16 EDTMUMicron falls, levels to watch
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10:26 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:07 EDTSNDKNetlist announces positive ruling in patent battles in ULLtraDIMM case
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08:00 EDTMUMicron FY16 EPS estimate lowered at RBC Capital
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05:53 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; WLL SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whiting Petroleum (WLL) 86, SanDisk (SNDK) 36 according to iVolatility.
March 16, 2015
08:24 EDTMUMicron pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates on Micron to reflect near-term PC DRAM weakness, but the firm expects pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, driven by seasonal PC build, higher mobile content and a DDR4 upgrade cycle. The firm thinks the company will have a number of positive catalysts in 2016, and it keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
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