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January 28, 2014
12:02 EDTWDC, STXSeagate 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.
News For STX;WDC From The Last 14 Days
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March 23, 2015
08:03 EDTSTXSeagate Q2 visibility remains limited, says BofA/Merrill
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March 22, 2015
17:01 EDTWDCWestern Digital, PACCAR, two others look discounted, Barron's says
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March 19, 2015
09:16 EDTSTXPope Resources appoints John Lamb to VP and CFO effective April 20
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March 17, 2015
08:06 EDTSTXSeagate decline overdone, says RBC Capital
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08:04 EDTWDCWestern Digital decline overdone, says RBC Capital
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March 16, 2015
10:02 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Avago (AVGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Jabil Circuit (JBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... King Digital (KING) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... L.B. Foster (FSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Petrobras Argentina (PZE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Qorvo (QRVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Seagate (STX) upgraded at Needham... Standex (SXI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... West Corp. (WSTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
08:18 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded at Needham
As noted earlier, Needham upgraded Seagate to Strong Buy from Buy. Needham believes that improvements in Seagate's cloud and enterprise businesses have offset weak PC demand and negative currency fluctuations. The firm expects the company to report in-line or better than expected EPS. Target remains $65.
08:03 EDTSTXSeagate announces three-year partnership with CERN
Seagate Technology announced it has entered into a three-year partnership with CERN openlab to collaborate on the development of the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform. The partnership aims to help CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to better manage and store the 100 petabytes of data the Large Hadron Collider has generated to date, as well as the additional 2-3 petabytes of information it produces on a monthly basis. A second, future research project between Seagate and CERN will look at CERNís EOS storage system to determine whether there are opportunities to enhance and improve the system.
07:28 EDTSTX, WDCWestern Digital, Seagate estimates lowered on PC weakness at Jefferies
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06:18 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham
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