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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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August 31, 2015
12:09 EDTSNDKSanDisk jumps as buyout rumors resurface
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11:38 EDTEMCVMware CEO says 'federation' structure best for company
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10:58 EDTSNDKSanDisk September weekly calls active on takeover speculation
SanDisk September 54 and 55.5 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 9K contracts (1K puts) on takeover speculation. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 62, September is at 50, October is at 47; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 61. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:54 EDTSNDKOptions with decreasing implied volatility: UVXY VIX SVXY VXX SQQQ SRPT TQQQ ME
10:53 EDTSNDKSanDisk off lows amid takeover speculation
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09:07 EDTSNDKB. Riley to hold a tour
Silicon Valley Tech Tour travels throughout the Silicon Valley visiting various local tech companies on August 31-September 3.
08:07 EDTSNDKSanDisk unveils data service for VMware vSphere with FlashSoft
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August 26, 2015
16:26 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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15:27 EDTEMCVMware falls after report EMC board weighing downstream merger proposal
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12:47 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:08 EDTEMCEMC Federation departures suggest changes coming, says Raymond James
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11:50 EDTEMCEMC-VMware report shows board knows status quo 'not an option,' says Wells Fargo
After Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl reported that EMC's (EMC) board is "actively considering" a downstream merger proposal under which it would be acquired by VMware (VMW), Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um said he views the most important takeaway to be that the board views maintaining the status quo as "not an option" amid the rapid shift in the industry. Um thinks an EMC buy-in of VMware, which the report contends is the preferred option of EMC CEO Joe Tucci, presents a cleaner path with less variables but says that in either case it "seems clear that something will happen," which he views as a positive.
09:25 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 15.1%... Express (EXPR), up 9.8%... Frontline (FRO), up 10.4%... Chico's FAS (CHS), up 9.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Oshkosh (OSK), up 11.9% after being awarded a $6.7B contract by the U.S. Army... EMC Corporation (EMC), up 5.8% after Re/code reported that the board is considering a VMware (VMW) downstream merger proposal... Google (GOOG), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ford (F), up 2.4% after Bloomberg reported that the company is considering returning production of Bronco and Ranger to the U.S. NOTABLE: Cameron International (CAM), up 45.4% after announcing that it will be acquired by Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger is down 1.9%. LOWER: WisdomTree (WETF), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi... Transocean (RIG), down 3.4% after proposing to cancel Q3 and Q4 dividends.
08:23 EDTEMCEMC board 'considering' VMware downstream merger proposal, Re/code reports
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07:52 EDTSNDKUBS to hold a tour
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07:01 EDTEMC, NTAPNimble Storage reported another 'solid' quarter, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury called Nimble Storage's (NMBL) quarterly results "solid," highlighting the company's report of strong demand, higher deal sizes and addition of an all-time high 690 new customers. The firm, which said it expects Nimble to gain share from both EMC (EMC) and NetApp (NTAP) "in short order," reiterates its Buy rating and $40 price target on Nimble shares.
August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTHILLMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:06 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems revises manufacturing pact with Foxconn
On August 1 , the company restated and revised the Manufacturing and Purchase Agreement originally entered into with Hon Hai Precision Industry, and its parents, subsidiaries and affiliate companies, Foxconn, in September 2008 and previously amended with Amendments No. 1 through 7 in 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Restated and Revised Amendment extends the agreement with Foxconn for a three year period to September 1, 2018.
16:01 EDTEMCOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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12:13 EDTNTAPBrocade soars after Q3 results top estimates
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