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July 17, 2014
12:15 EDTEMC, SNDK, NTAP, HILL, FIOSanDisk 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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February 27, 2015
16:29 EDTEMCEMC decides against spinning off stake in VMware, Reuters reports
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15:57 EDTEMCEMC decides against spinning off stake in VMware, Reuters reports
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09:16 EDTEMCEMC to hold a conference call
VP-Product Management Josh Goldstein holds a conference call to discuss EMC XtremIO on February 27 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
08:00 EDTSNDKMorgan Stanley likes SanDisk shares here
Morgan Stanley's NAND checks indicate supplier inventories are low and 1H 2015 pricing is holding up better than expected. Furthermore, contacts indicate Samsung's Galaxy S6 launch on Sunday will likely have upgraded NAND content of 32/64/128GB vs. the S5's 16/32GB. The firm believes the S6's content would absorb more bits in 1H than previously expected and help support NAND prices. The analyst reiterates SanDisk's Overweight rating and likes shares at these levels.
February 26, 2015
05:47 EDTEMCAtos and EMC to further strengthen strategic alliance
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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.
09:45 EDTNTAPNetApp to participate in a conference call with Credit Suisse
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09:42 EDTSNDKRumor: SanDisk moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTEMCPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:22 EDTSNDK, NTAPMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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06:48 EDTNTAPNimble Storage winning at NetApp's expense, says Piper Jaffray
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