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July 17, 2014
12:15 EDTSNDK, FIO, NTAP, EMC, HILLSanDisk 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 10, 2014
10:01 EDTNTAP, EMCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
October 9, 2014
16:59 EDTEMC, NTAPJefferies initiates IT Hardware space, names Western Digital top pick
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16:26 EDTEMCEMC initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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16:22 EDTNTAPNetApp initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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13:39 EDTEMCCisco denies rumors that it will stop investing in VCE JV, The Register reports
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13:37 EDTEMCCisco may end further investment in VCE JV, CRN reports
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09:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects SanDisk to report stronger than expected results for its September quarter. The firm's estimates for SanDisk remain above those of the Street for the next few years because the firm is upbeat on the company's ability to move to higher margin markets. The firm keeps an $118 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk's NAND ASPs trending below consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research said SanDisk's NAND ASP's are trending below Q3 consensus of +.5% but sees bit consensus growth of +39% year-over-year as achievable.
08:40 EDTSNDKDiablo Technologies comments on Netlist injunction
Diablo Technologies commented on the announcement that Netlist (NLST) has filed a motion for preliminary injunction against the company and its technology partner SanDisk (SNDK), in an attempt to impede the manufacture and sale of the ULLtraDIMM product. Diablo stated, "Notably absent from Netlist's press release is the fact that their recent motion has abandoned much of their previous positioning. Netlist's recent amendments now limit their claims of lost sales to the NVvault. These changes can be attributed to Netlist's failure to substantiate claims in the so-called anonymous 'whistleblower' letter, on which they have based their case from the start. The request for a Preliminary Injunction will take months to resolve and Diablo will continue to deal with these baseless accusations in court. We view their latest move as a public relations stunt, which we will address in our existing claim against them." Diablo filed its defense and a counter claim against Netlist's unfair business practices on September 25.
06:55 EDTEMCAnalyst says PC company likely to get much of HP debt, Re/code reports
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October 8, 2014
14:46 EDTEMCEMC comments on letter issued by Elliott Management
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11:04 EDTEMCEMC advances after activist letter, report on HP merger talks
Shares of EMC (EMC) are rising slightly in a down market after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed that it wrote in a letter to the company's board that it had heard of "acquisition interest in EMC's assets on the part of several large companies." The firm called on EMC to pursue M&A opportunities and spin off its VMware (VMW) subsidiary. WHAT'S NEW: Since July, several large companies have expressed "acquisition interest" in EMC's assets, Eliiott wrote. Acquisitions of EMC's assets by these companies would be logical from a strategic perspective, the firm added. The parties that have expressed interest could afford to buy all of EMC or a number of its assets, according to Elliott. EMC should look to spin off VMware because owning VMware is holding down the value of EMC's stock and damaging its relationship with its customers, the investor stated. VMware is hurting EMC by competing with EMC's customers, Elliott explained. Elliott Management noted that is affiliates collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HP (HPQ) and EMC are still conducting due diligence on a potential merger, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning, citing sources. A deal is unlikely, but still possible, and would include a buy-in of VMware, Faber added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.3% to $28.20, VMware slid 0.9% to $90.59 and HP dropped 1.2% to $34.80.
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:53 EDTEMCHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTEMCHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTEMCHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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08:55 EDTEMCEMC rises after VMware separation urged by Elliott Management
Shares of EMC Corp. (EMC) are higher in pre-market trading after investor Elliott Management, affiliates of which collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC, sent a letter to the company's board detailing the firm's recommendations, including a separation of VMware (VMW) from Core EMC. Shares of EMC are up about 1% to $28.39 following Elliott's public disclosure of its letter to the company's board.
08:54 EDTEMCElliott Management urges separation of VMware from EMC
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08:31 EDTEMCElliott Management sends letter to EMC board
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07:43 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg
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