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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.
News For STX;WDC From The Last 14 Days
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July 23, 2015
10:00 EDTWDC, STXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:29 EDTWDCWestern Digital downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:29 EDTSTXSeagate downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Seagate two notches to Underweight from Overweight and cut its view on the US IT Hardware Industry to Cautious from In-Line. The firm's June CIO survey indicates incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, and when combined with a downtick in cloud capex, results in a reduction in estimates and multiple compression. Morgan Stanley lowered its price target on shares to $34 from $49.
July 15, 2015
10:01 EDTSTX, WDCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Avis Budget (CAR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... CSX (CSX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Guess (GES) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory... Hertz (HTZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Liberty Global (LBTYA) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Lonmin (LNMIY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Navient (NAVI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at Pacific Crest... Omnicom (OMC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Primerica (PRI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sands China (SCHYY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:59 EDTWDCWestern Digital upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum
As previously reported, Craig-Hallum upgraded Western Digital to Buy from Hold and maintained its $89 price target. The firm believes PC data points will improve in 2H and management remains committed to remain committed to returning cash flow to investors.
08:56 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum
As previously reported, Craig-Hallum upgraded Seagate to Buy from Hold and maintained its $56 price target. The firm believes PC data points will improve in 2H and that Seagate remains committed to increasing its dividend in the fall and will continue to focus on returning cash flow to investors.
07:36 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
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07:36 EDTWDCWestern Digital upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum

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