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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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March 26, 2015
14:17 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded SanDisk to Buy citing poor execution after the company cut its revenue outlook.
12:27 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk weakness likely company specific, says Piper Jaffray
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10:34 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded SanDisk to Neutral with a $85 price target due to the unexpected guidance cut.
10:04 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:49 EDTSNDKSanDisk tumbles after cutting outlook, bearish pattern active, levels to watch
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09:23 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:43 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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08:26 EDTSNDKSemi stocks less likely to rebound now than in 4Q14, says Goldman
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08:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk volatility elevated into lower forecast
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07:15 EDTSNDKNetlist comments on jury verdict from Northern District Court of California
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07:00 EDTSNDKSanDisk drops 14% after cutting Q1, 2015 revenue outlook
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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
08:54 EDTNTAP, EMCNetApp Arista among potential takeover targets for EMC, says RBC Capital
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March 23, 2015
15:36 EDTEMCEMC announces the Federation Business Data Lake.
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10:00 EDTEMC, NTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTNTAP, EMCEMC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded EMC (EMC) to Neutral to Neutral saying the company is facing increasing pressure from next-gen storage vendors and public cloud providers. Piper notes that it continues to hear Pure Storage and other vendors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL) are making inroads into the installed base of EMC. It cut its price target for shares to $27 from $30. The firm also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Neutral this morning for similar reasons, but says EMC has a more defensible position than NetApp.
06:37 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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March 19, 2015
08:18 EDTSNDKSanDisk to benefit from 3D NAND, says Morgan Stanley
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March 18, 2015
07:49 EDTEMCSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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