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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 22, 2015
06:58 EDTEMCEMC cuts FY15 adjusted EPS view to $1.87 from $1.91
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06:56 EDTEMCEMC reports Q2 adjusted EPS 43c, consensus 41c
Reports Q2 revenue $6B, consensus $6.1B.
July 21, 2015
15:02 EDTEMCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
14:24 EDTEMC, NTAPEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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13:59 EDTEMCEMC technical notes ahead of earnings
The key feature on a long-term chart is a potential compound bearish head and shoulders pattern. Shares are directly on the neckline of that pattern ahead of earnings. A move below $24 would confirm that the pattern is active. Downside potential would be to the $16 area over time, presuming the pattern was not interrupted. If the news is a bullish surprise, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $26.17, $27.73, and $29.04. A move above $27.50 that sustained for several months would void the head and shoulders pattern.
09:00 EDTEMCEMC July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 20, 2015
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:13 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Neutral at Nomura
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06:11 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura
July 17, 2015
08:20 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems urges holders to vote in favor of Hill's nominees
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July 15, 2015
08:16 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems secures patent for RealStream software technology
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07:12 EDTNTAPNetApp upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at Pacific Crest
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July 14, 2015
12:37 EDTEMCOptions with increasing volume Micron
Options with increasing volume: GGP WMC KSU A WY TCK JKS EMC DHR AMJ CZR MU
10:52 EDTSNDKAnalysts say Micron could be sold, but not at price Tsinghua said to offer
Research firms have reacted to a Wall Street Journal report, published last night, that Chinese chip maker Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron (MU) for $23B, or $21 per share. Summit Research said that Tsinghua would probably raise its bid, while JMP Securities wrote that the deal would be logical from Tsinghua's perspective. However, Piper Jaffray contended that the reported buyout offer is illogical and Cowen agreed, saying that the deal makes no sense for shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted, adding that he expects Micron's stock to reach $21 soon. Sundarararjan kept a $34 price target and Buy rating on Micron. JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that the deal would be logical for Tsinghua, as it would allow the Chinese company to access leading edge process technology, enable it to deliver more complete system solutions, and give it access to 3D NAND technology. The analyst, who believes that other Chinese companies may make competing bids for Micron, finds it difficult to believe that Micron would accept an offer more than 5%-10% below its 52-week high of $36.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy countered that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector have received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Roy, who kept an Overweight rating on Micron. Similarly, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that the $21 per share price wouldn't make sense for Micron's shareholders, since it's barely above the estimated replacement cost of the company's capacity. The analyst indicated that he does not believe that Tsinghua would actually make the deal and he thinks that the U.S. Department of Justice would not approve the deal if it does get offered. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a separate note, Summit's Sundarararjan, noting that Intel (INTC) has a 20% stake in Tsinghua. contended that the U.S. chip giant probably "midwifed" Tsinghua's offer for Micron. The analyst says that Intel "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice and he believes that the DOJ could approve the deal. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Micron jumped 11% to $19.60. Several other semi chip related stocks were also rising, with SanDisk (SNDK) gaining 4%, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) advancing 3% and Atmel (ATML) adding 2%.
10:01 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:57 EDTEMCEMC downgraded to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global (pre-open)
09:20 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), up 16.2% following second quarter guidance... Transgenomic (TBIO), up 14% after launching genetic test for Leukodystrophy diagnosis... Biocept (BIOC), up 12.4% after launching diagnostic assay for BRAF mutations in melanoma patients... Micron (MU), up 13.1% after WSJ reports that Tsinghua made $23B acquisition offer... SanDisk (SNDK) and AMD (AMD) are up 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, following reports of Tsinghua offer to Micron... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.2% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1%... JPMorgan (JPM), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Vince Holding (VNCE), down 16.3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP), down 8.3% after 2.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $7.50... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), down 7.4% after pricing pressure leads to reduced fiscal 2015 margin view... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 2.8% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
07:28 EDTEMCEMC downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research
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July 13, 2015
09:07 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems sees Q2 EPS around 6c, consensus 6c
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09:02 EDTSNDKSanDisk ships two billionth microSD card
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