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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.
News For SNDK;FIO;MU From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
11:38 EDTMUMicron pullback a buying opportunity, says JPMorgan
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10:43 EDTMUMicron drop on Apple speculation presents buying opportunity, says Stifel
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09:46 EDTMUMicron falls sharply, levels to watch
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09:46 EDTMUMicron's May guidance looks increasingly challenged, says Cleveland Research
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February 23, 2015
10:38 EDTMUMicron management to meet with Pacific Crest
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February 18, 2015
09:59 EDTSNDKSanDisk calls active on renewed takeover chatter
SanDisk February 81 and 83 calls are active on total call volume of 1500 contracts (600 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. February call option implied volatility is at 41, March and April is at 29, July is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
09:42 EDTSNDKRumor: SanDisk moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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08:19 EDTMUMicron profitability can improve meaningfully, says Bernstein
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February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTMUPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTMUMicron rises, levels to watch
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07:41 EDTMUMicron price target raised to $45 from $42 at Jefferies
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07:22 EDTSNDKMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:10 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Micron to Outperform with a $40 price target based on expectations memory medium-term pricing trends will remain stable given structural supply constraints, which could result in $5B in free-cash-flow in CY16.
February 13, 2015
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ametek (AME) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Ascena Retail (ASNA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Cabela's (CAB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... CoreSite Realty (COR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Cytokinetics (CYTK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... DTS, Inc. (DTSI) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... EnLink Midstream (ENLC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) upgraded to Buy from Sell at UBS... Great-West Lifeco (GWLIF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Himax (HIMX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Medical Properties upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Microchip (MCHP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SkyWest (SKYW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stage Stores (SSI) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Watsco (WSO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
08:47 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy on connectivity demand at Drexel Hamilton
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07:53 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton
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February 12, 2015
19:03 EDTMUMicron and Seagate partner to leverage storage solution technologies
Micron (MU) and Seagate (STX) announced a strategic agreement to deliver storage solutions. While initially focusing on next-generation SAS SSDs and strategic NAND supply, Micron and Seagate anticipate that this multi-year agreement will extend into future collaboration on enterprise storage solutions featuring Micron NAND flash memory.
15:17 EDTMUMicron to host analyst meeting
Analyst meeting to be held on February 13 at 10 am. Webcast Link
12:08 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; TSLA MU
Tesla (TSLA) June 240 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 41, Micron (MU) July 35 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 39 according to IVolatility.
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