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May 27, 2014
12:06 EDTSTX, WDCSeagate rises after firm recommends buying shares
Shares of hard disk drive maker Seagate (STX) are climbing after RBC Capital recommended buying the stock following its recent decline. WHAT'S NEW: Investors should own Seagate during the second half of this year and beyond, as several positive catalysts could drive the stock higher, RBC analyst Amit Daryanani wrote in a note to investors disseminated earlier today. Stronger than expected sales to companies and other organizations could enable Seagate's results to surpass expectations in the second half of this year, the analyst stated. Moreover, the proliferation of data is likely to enable Seagate to sustain a compound annual growth rate of more than about 35%, making it attractive over the long-term, the analyst contended. Additional cost cutting going forward is also likely to boost the company, added Daryanani, who kept a $60 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Seagate rose 2% to $53, while Western Digital (WDC), another hard disk drive maker, climbed 2.2% to $86.66.
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July 29, 2015
15:59 EDTWDCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 47c... MetLife (MET), consensus $1.48... Williams (WMB), consensus 24c... Vertex (VRTX), consensus (58c)... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.26... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), consensus $1.37... Marriott (MAR), consensus 81c... Fiserv (FISV), consensus 94c... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.45... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 9c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 45c... Lincoln National (LNC), consensus $1.53... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.47... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus (2c)... Qorvo (QRVO), consensus $1.06... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 39c.
15:08 EDTWDCNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:12 EDTSTX, WDCEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
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 EDTWDC, STXOn 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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