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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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October 8, 2015
06:09 EDTEMCEMC volatility up into report of merger talks with Dell
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05:58 EDTEMCOptions expected to be active: EMC VMW IBM HPQ ORCL AA DB LL
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05:35 EDTEMCMesosphere and EMC announce collaboration to expand DCOS storage
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October 7, 2015
19:22 EDTEMCEMC in merger talks with Dell, WSJ says
Dell and EMC are engaged in merger discussions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. It is unclear if the companies are considering a partial or full takeover of EMC, the Journal adds. Reference Link
19:11 EDTEMCEMC jumps after hours, levels to watch
Shares were last at $28 on light volume, with next resistance at $28.70. The 52-week high is at $30.92. Support is at $27.64. Dow Jones reported that Dell is in merger talks with EMC.
18:59 EDTEMCDell in merger talks with EMC, Dow Jones reports
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11:37 EDTSNDKStocks with call strike movement; AMZN SNDK
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October 6, 2015
09:06 EDTHILLSeagate completes acquisition of Dot Hill Systems
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October 1, 2015
13:23 EDTEMCElliott plans to give EMC most of October to respond to demands, Reuters says
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11:42 EDTSNDKStocks with call strike movement; SNDK AA
SanDisk (SNDK) January 67.50 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 47, Alcoa (AA) January 11 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 47 according to IVolatility.
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMEC Foster Wheeler (AMFW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ares Capital (ARCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Celgene (CELG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded on valuation, catlysts at Bernstein... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Northland... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... (JD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Kirby (KEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Pernod Ricard (PDRDY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Steven Madden (SHOO) upgraded to Outperform ahead of earnings turn at Telsey Advisory... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at CL King... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded on transaction, valuation, momentum at Argus... Workday (WDAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
06:38 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley upgraded SanDisk and maintained its $75 price target. Analyst Joseph Moore expects fundamentals to remain challenged in the short-term but believes downside is limited given the sharp decline in shares and the increased degree of M&A in the group. Moore said Sandisk's assets could be highly valued by a number of industry players and strategic value will be in greater focus.
05:35 EDTSNDKSanDisk implied volatility of 68 at upper end of index mean range
05:12 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; SNDK TSO
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September 30, 2015
11:29 EDTEMCAnalyst says key tech trend positive for EMC, negative for IBM
The adoption of platform-as-a-service will accelerate, creating more positive opportunities for EMC (EMC) and posing challenges for IBM (IBM), research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: The growth of PaaS will accelerate because the technology enables faster and cheaper development of apps, while the proliferation of mobile apps and the increased digitization of businesses will lead to greater adoption, Jefferies analyst James Kisner stated. PaaS usage will "explode" as companies leverage apps, becoming software makers in some ways, predicted Kisner, who noted that tech research firm IDC expects the number of apps to jump 1000% in three years. EMC's Pivotal business, which enables enterprises to analyze data produced by cloud infrastructure, could be significant as app usage surges, according to Kisner. Conversely, 50% of IBM's profits are generated by middleware that "is likely to be somewhat cannibalized by PaaS," the analyst believes. The Street's revenue estimates for IBM, which call for a decline of 2% in 2016 and little change in 2017, are overly optimistic, according to Kisner, who kept a Buy rating on EMC and an Underperform rating on IBM. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, EMC rose 2.6% to $23.74 and IBM advanced 2% to $145.34.
10:49 EDTSNDKWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:25 EDTEMCJefferies more positive on EMC, more negative on IBM
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06:12 EDTEMCEMC's Goulden: Breaking off VMware 'wrong thing to do,' Re/code reports
EMC (EMC) president David Goulden said his firm will try to maintain its complex corporate structure amid pressure to spin off its stake in VMware (VMW), Re/code reports. "We believe strongly that breaking up is the wrong thing to do," Goulden said in an interview at Re/code's Code/Enterprise Series event. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:31 EDTEMCRe/code to hold a discussion
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