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News For STX;BTU From The Last 14 Days
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December 22, 2014
10:01 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:35 EDTSTXSeagate downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow
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December 17, 2014
11:29 EDTBTUJoy Global sees U.S coal market to be challenged in 2015
Joy Global says U.S. coal exports are likely to decline this year. Falling gas prices attributable to warmer weather will result in a switch to gas for electricity production. Publicly traded companies in the coal space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT).
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 9, 2014
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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07:26 EDTBTUPeabody still sees FY14 coal sales volumes 245M-255M tons
Peabody Energy Corporation said in a filing that it reaffirms its prior guidance regarding 2014 coal sales volumes, U.S. revenues per ton, operating costs and expenses per ton and capital spending. Specifically, Peabody continues to target full-year 2014 sales volumes of 245 to 255 million tons, including U.S. sales of 185 to 190 million tons and Australian sales of 36 to 38 million tons. Peabody's targeted 2014 Australian sales volumes include 16 to 17 million tons of metallurgical coal and 12 to 13 million tons of seaborne thermal coal. In the U.S., Peabody continues to project a 2% to 4% decrease in revenues per ton compared to the prior year. Peabody also continues to expect a 1% to 3% decrease in its U.S. operating costs and expenses per ton in 2014 compared to the prior year and 2014 Australian operating costs and expenses of approximately $70 per ton, in addition to 2014 capital spending levels of $200M-$220M.

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