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May 29, 2014
07:50 EDTAVGO, STXSeagate to acquire LSI's flash businesses from Avago for $450M in cash
Seagate Technology (STX) and Avago Technologies Limited (AVGO) announced that they have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which Seagate will acquire the assets of LSIís Accelerated Solutions Division and Flash Components Division from Avago for $450M in cash. In fiscal 2015, Seagate would expect the combination of its enterprise SSD product line and these SSD Controller families to generate revenues of at least $150M and be slightly accretive to the company gross margin with operating margin headwind of $30M-$40M. As Seagate drives operational synergies and leverages its SSD technology into its product portfolio, the company would expect the operating margin contribution from its SSD business to be neutral to positive in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar year 2014, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the receipt of certain regulatory approvals, including those required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
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December 17, 2014
10:14 EDTSTXHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
06:25 EDTSTXWestern Digital price target raised to $125 from $110 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Western Digital (WDC) shares to $125 on expectations PCs will return to positive growth in 2016-2017. Citi believes Western Digital will benefit if its thesis on PCs proves correct. It also raised its price target for Seagate (STX) shares to $74 from $70. Citi keeps a Buy rating on both stocks.
December 16, 2014
07:41 EDTAVGOSome semconductor names to benefit from LTE, auto strength, says Oppenheimer
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December 9, 2014
08:06 EDTAVGOAvago announces 35c per share interim dividend
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07:41 EDTSTXBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
December 8, 2014
07:28 EDTSTXFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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