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July 16, 2014
13:44 EDTSNDK, FIO, MUEarnings 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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August 31, 2014
13:20 EDTMUCitigroup to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in New York on September 2-4.
August 30, 2014
10:08 EDTMURF Micro Devices, Micron better play on Apple suppliers, Barron's says
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August 29, 2014
08:24 EDTMUMicron should be bought at current levels, says Jefferies
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August 28, 2014
07:15 EDTMUMicron, Hynix to respond to Samsung DRAM capacity ramp, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SanDisk (SNDK) 22, Walgreen (WAG) 19 according to iVolatility.
August 27, 2014
07:43 EDTSNDKJefferies to hold a summit
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06:07 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK WAG
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August 26, 2014
06:09 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK WAG
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August 25, 2014
06:15 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK WAG
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August 22, 2014
05:44 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SanDisk (SNDK) 23, Walgreen (WAG) 20 according to iVolatility.
August 21, 2014
10:17 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU HTZ
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08:49 EDTSNDKSanDisk gross margins to get boost from FIO, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk's gross margins to be boosted from the integration of the FIO Enterprise SSD unit, whose acquisition closed on July 23. The firm adds that the company's new Malaysia factory should drive its tax rate lower over time. Sterne Agee keeps a $125 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:12 EDTSNDK, MUDRAM prices making downward correction with oversupply concerns, DigiTimes says
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05:50 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM SNDK
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