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July 17, 2014
12:15 EDTNTAP, HILL, FIO, EMC, SNDKSanDisk plummets after Q3 revenue outlook disappoints
Shares of flash memory manufacturer SanDisk (SNDK) are sinking after the company’s third quarter revenue outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, SanDisk reported second quarter adjusted EPS of $1.41 and revenue of $1.63B, beating estimates of $1.39 and $1.6B, respectively. The company said Q2 adjusted gross margin came in at 48%. President and Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Mehrotra commented that SSD solutions comprised 29% of Q2 revenue, compared to 16% in the year ago quarter, "demonstrating strong progress in driving our strategic priorities." Mehrotra said the Q2 results positions the company to deliver a record year in 2014. WHAT’S NOTABLE: SanDisk forecast Q3 revenue of $1.675B-$1.725B, below consensus estimates of $1.74B. The comapny also guided Q3 adjusted gross margin at 47%-49%. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it expects the second half of 2014 to be "somewhat supply constrained." The company expects the Fusion-io (FIO) deal to close in Q3, and sees it being accretive to earnings in the second half of fiscal 2015, though initial synergies will be "modest." SanDisk sees fiscal year 2014 cash capital expenditures of approximately $600M and is still targeting returning 100% of free cash flow to shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mostly positive. Research firm Piper Jaffray said SanDisk’s post-earnings pull back represents a buying opportunity. The firm, which reiterated an Overweight rating with a $110 price target, believes favorable trends for 2015 remain intact. BofA/Merrill reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on the shares. Conversely, Summit Research said it believes SanDisk's valuation is stretched and priced to perfection. The firm believes margins have peaked and 3D NAND issues remain a concern. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, SanDisk fell $13.72 or about 12.64%, to $94.20 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s pull back, the stock has gained approximately 59% over the past twelve months, and 34% year to date. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that produce memory include NetApp (NTAP), EMC (EMC) and Dot Hill Systems (HILL).
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July 2, 2015
16:45 EDTHILLPatent suit could result in Crossroads not being able to conduct business
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July 1, 2015
06:01 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MU NTAP
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Micron (MU) 38, NetApp (NTAP) 23 according to iVolatility.
June 30, 2015
09:10 EDTSNDKSanDisk shares look oversold, says Argus
After SanDisk's (SNDK) stock dropped further in the wake of Micron's (MU) weak results, Argus says that NAND pricing appears to be stable to improving. The firm thinks that SanDisk's stock more than adequately reflects the challenges facing the company, and it reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
08:03 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems files patent infringment suit against Crossroads Systems
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06:04 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MU NTAP
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June 29, 2015
14:53 EDTNTAPBankers see suitors being cool to NetApp amid competition, dealReporter says
Two industry bankers said NetApp’s worsening performance and rising competition are leading to little or no strategic interest from potential suitors, reported dealReporter, according to contacts.
10:02 EDTEMCHP deal for EMC 'more than a distinct possibility,' says Raymond James
Noting that shares of both HP (HPQ) and EMC (EMC) have been stagnant, Raymond James analyst Brian Alexander repeated that he believes shareholders of both would earn substantial returns from a deal between the two and that he thinks an HP acquisition of EMC is "more than a distinct possibility." Alexander previously said in a note to investors on June 4 that he believed HP will ultimately buy EMC, including VMware (VMW). Assuming EMC is acquired for $32-$34 at various combinations of debt/stock, accretion for HP ranges from 39%-52%, Alexander calculates. Raymond James has a Market Perform rating on HP, a Strong Buy rating on EMC and an Outperform rating on VMware.
08:26 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems extends OEM agreement with Wortman AG
Dot Hill Systems announced it has expanded its OEM agreement with Wortmann AG, a German-based IT solutions provider. Wortmann is increasing its market opportunities with TERRA SAN hybrid storage systems based on Dot Hill's AssuredSAN 4000 Series arrays and RealStor next-generation real-time storage operating system.
June 26, 2015
10:09 EDTSNDKStreet Check: Bearish analysts made right call on Micron ahead of Q3 miss
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09:36 EDTSNDKActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Finish Line (FINL), up 6.5%... Nike (NKE), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: GigaMedia (GIGM), up 14.6% after agreeing to acquire 70% equity interest in Strawberry Cosmetics. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Micron Technology (MU), down 14.8%. ALSO LOWER: Celladon (CLDN), down 42.7% after planning to suspend further R&D of MYDICAR program... Real Goods Solar (RGSE), down 18.4% after raising $5M in a common stock and warrant offering... SanDisk (SNDK), down 3.3% after Micron Technology reports quarterly results... Alder Biopharmaceuticals (ALDR), down 2.6% after 4.49M share Secondary priced at $44.50... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO), down 2% after 3M share Secondary priced at $7.11.
June 25, 2015
19:04 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:56 EDTSNDKMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman 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. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
12:54 EDTSNDKEarnings Watch: Micron reports after multiple analysts recommend selling shares
Micron Technology (MU) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, June 25, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm EDT. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally Dynamic Random Access Memory, or DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $3.9B. The consensus range is 49c-65c for EPS on revenue of $3.73B-$4.03B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Micron guided for Q3 revenue of $3.85B-$4.05B. In terms of bit growth in Q3, the company said previously that it sees total DRAM up high single digits and Trade NAND down low single digits. In Q3 for ASP, the company forecast total DRAM down high single digits and Trade NAND up mid single digits. LAST QUARTER: On April 1, Micron reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 81c, against a consensus of 73c, on revenue of $4.17B, against a consensus of $4.15B. The company said then that it was allocating less production to its PC segment and shifting to faster growing areas, but also said it foresaw PC DRAM demand to improve in the second half of 2015. PEER: On April 15, SanDisk (SNDK) lowered it FY15 revenue view to $5.4B-$5.7B from $6.5B-$6.8B. At that time, SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said the company was "disappointed" with its financial and operational performance and was taking "aggressive measures" to regain the type of execution it has delivered in the past, adding that its top priorities for 2015 are to strengthen its product roadmap and rebuild its momentum. NEWS: On May 5, Micron appointed Ernie Maddock as CFO and vice president, Finance, effective June 1. Maddock joined Micron after having served as EVP and CFO at Riverbed Technology (RVBD). STREET RESEARCH: On June 9, Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy wrote that after conducting checks in Taiwan he expects the prices of PC DRAM to continue to decline. However, mobile and server DRAM pricing remains stable, as demand for those products is rising, the analyst stated. Roy lowered his estimates for Micron and trimmed his price target on the shares to $34 from $35 but kept an Overweight rating on the name. The same day, research firm Drexel Hamilton cut its rating on Micron to Sell from Hold, citing its belief that DRAM price declines are likely to continue. Samsung appears to be willing to accept lower memory prices and mobile DRAM prices are weakening, while PC DRAM prices have remained weak, the firm stated. As a result, Drexel lowered its margins and earnings estimates for Micron and slashed its price target on the stock to $20 from $30. Less than a week later, Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore downgraded Micron to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating. Moore said that his checks in Taiwan indicate that the outlook for DRAM is "cautious versus expectations" for the third quarter. Previously, the analyst had expected DRAM to experience a seasonal boost in Q3, but he now expects this lift to be delayed until at least Q4. Moreover, DRAM prices will probably stay weak through Q3 as customers' inventories of DRAM are excessive, while sales of PC DRAM will probably remain weak in Q3 and could stay low in Q4, the analyst stated. Micron could have difficulty improving its earnings in 2016 from current levels, warned the analyst, who set a $21 price target on the shares. The same day, Moore downgraded peer SanDisk to Equal Weight from Overweight and lowered his price target on those shares to $75 from $80. On June 19, 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 added that it expects investor confidence in Micron's ability to sustain margins though cycles to increase over the next few quarters as Micron executes. Earlier this week, Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron to Sell from Neutral, 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 Micron shares to $19 from $27. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of Micron have fallen over 9%. Ahead of its earnings report, Micron fell fractionally to trade near $24 per share at midday.
07:03 EDTNTAPNetApp did little to alleviate investor concerns, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says NetApp's tech talk with new CEO George Kurian did little to alleviate investor concerns since no new initiatives were revealed. New management is continuing to execute the "failed strategy" that prior management initiated, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. He views shares as fairly valued and keeps a Neutral rating on NetApp.
June 22, 2015
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:34 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research
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