SanDisk downgraded at Needham As noted earlier, Needham downgraded SanDisk to Buy from Strong Buy. The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation, and the firm's belief that the company is less likely to beat gross margins expectations in 2014 than in 2013. Target lowered to $83 from $90.
SanDisk calls active on renewed takeover chatter SanDisk February 81 and 83 calls are active on total call volume of 1500 contracts (600 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. February call option implied volatility is at 41, March and April is at 29, July is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
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