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January 28, 2014
12:02 EDTSTX, WDCSeagate plunge after results weighs on peer Western Digital
Hard disk drive maker Seagate Technology (STX) is one of today's losers after the company's second quarter results and third quarter guidance fell below expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Seagate reported second quarter earnings per share of $1.32 and revenue of $3.53B, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $1.38 and $3.56B, respectively. The company forecast Q3 revenue of at least $3.4B compared to expectations of $3.46B. The company said it expects its Q3 adjusted gross margins to be essentially flat sequentially. ANALYST REACTION: Despite Seagate's poor results, analyst commentary was decidedly upbeat. Research firm Pacific Crest said Seagate's shares were still attractive despite its weaker than expected results. The firm thought that the company's Xyratex unit could help it increase its enterprise share. Pacific Crest kept a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Two other firms, Brean Capital and Needham, both said weakness in Seagate represented a buying opportunity. Conversely, JP Morgan said Seagate was likely to see pressure in the near-term. The firm recommended taking advantage of the weakness, but kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Seagate tumbled $6.50, or about 11% to $51.57 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Over the past twelve months, the stock has gained approximately 37% and made a 52-week high of $62.76 earlier this month. OTHERS TO WATCH: Seagate's main competitor, Western Digital (WDC), is down about 1% on the session. In its own quarterly report, issued about a week ago, Western Digital beat expectations on both the top and bottom line but gave an earnings outlook for the current quarter that missed the consensus expectation at the time.
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January 27, 2015
18:17 EDTWDCWestern Digital sees Q3 adjusted EPS $1.90-$2.00, consensus $1.99
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18:11 EDTWDCWestern Digital reports Q2 adjusted gross margin 30.5%
Comment from company's Q2 earnings conference call.
16:18 EDTWDCWestern Digital generates $243M in cash from operations in Q2
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16:18 EDTWDCWestern Digital repuchased 3.2M shares during Q2
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16:16 EDTWDCWestern Digital reports Q2 adjusted EPS $2.26, consensus $2.10
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15:35 EDTWDCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
14:41 EDTWDCWestern Digital technical notes ahead of earnings
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06:26 EDTWDC, STXSeagate likely lost share to Western Digital, says Citigroup
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05:12 EDTSTXSeagate may aggressively buy back shares below $60, says Brean Capital
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January 26, 2015
16:39 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:23 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and hit their session lows a short time after the opening bell rang. In addition to some jitters about a vote in Greece, investors were focused on the massive impending winter storm set to hit the Northeast. With weather pundits expecting the snowfall in feet rather than inches, a number of companies have already rescheduled their earnings announcements. The market was mixed at midday, with the Dow and Nasdaq a bit lower and the S&P up fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing index fell 8.5 points to -4.4 in January, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 4.0. In Europe, Greece's far-left Syriza party swept to power, renewing concerns about the country's future as a member of the Eurozone. COMPANY NEWS: Today was a "merger Monday," with at least four deals worth more than $1B announced. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced plans to acquire Regency Energy Partners (RGP) in an $18B unit-for-unit transaction that includes assuming $6.8B of net debt and other liabilities. Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) agreed to merge to create a consumer and corrugated packaging company with a combined equity value of $16B. Under the terms of the deal, the resulting ownership of the new company will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders. AXIS Capital (AXS) and PartnerRe (PRE) announced a "merger of equals" that will create a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with total capital of more than $14B and cash and invested assets of more than $33B. Additionally, cereal maker Post Holdings (POST) agreed to pay $1.15B in cash and stock to buy privately-held MOM Brands, which makes Malt-O-Meal and other breakfast products. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Universal Display (OLED), which gained 11% after the company announced the signing of a new OLED technology license agreement and material purchase pact with LG Display (LPL). Also higher was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which rose 17% after the California Department of Business Oversight announced a $2.5M settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing on Friday evening over the firmís failure for more than a year to provide loan information needed by the DBO to assess compliance with state mortgage lending laws. Also of note, Ocwen denied any basis for default under trust agreements that had been alleged by certain hedge funds and other RMBS investors to trustees and master servicers in connection with 119 RMBS trusts, which are serviced by Ocwen. Among the noteworthy losers was Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), which dropped 8% after the company lowered its forecast for FY15 Cash From Facility Operations, citing a combination of lower than expected occupancy and certain higher-than-anticipated insurance reserve adjustments. Also lower following its earnings reports was hard disk-drive maker Seagate (STX), which fell about 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 1.41, or 0.01%, to 17,671.19, the Nasdaq was down 4.02, or 0.08%, to 4,753.86, and the S&P 500 was up 2.34, or 0.11%, to 2,054.16.
11:18 EDTWDC, STXSeagate, Western Digital pullback a buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
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09:49 EDTSTXActive equity options trading
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09:47 EDTSTXSeagate says will be opportunistic with share buybacks
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09:19 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTSTXSeagate sees cloud market exhibiting relative strength in CY15
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08:05 EDTSTXSeagate reports Q2 EPS ex-items $1.35, consensus $1.35
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January 23, 2015
14:57 EDTSTXSeagate technical notes before earnings
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January 22, 2015
08:01 EDTSTXSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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07:56 EDTWDC, STXBullish stance continues for Western Digital, Seagate, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said it maintains its bullish stance on hard disk-drive makers Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX), citing continued growth, margin expansion and ongoing multiple expansion. Brean Capital reiterates its Buy rating on both Western Digital and Seagate shares.
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