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June 4, 2014
06:29 EDTTSM, MUTSMC may partner with Micron to develop 3D ICs, DigiTimes reports
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSM) is planning to team up with Micron (MU) to develop 3D ICs that would integrate Micron's hybrid DRAM chips with TSMC's logic chips, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, a successful development of the technology would enable TSMC to extend it to integrate mobile application processors and DRAM chips. Reference Link
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September 25, 2014
15:48 EDTMUMicron technical comments ahead of results
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15:34 EDTMUMicron September weekly 31 straddle priced for 6.8% move into Q4
15:29 EDTMUNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:29 EDTMUEarnings Preview: Several analysts positive on Micron ahead of Q4 report
Micron (MU) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, September 25, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 81c on revenue of $4.15B. The consensus range is 66c-$1.03 for EPS on revenue of $4.05B-$4.3B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On June 23, Micron reported third quarter EPS of 79c, compared to the 70c consensus estimate of analysts. Micron's quarterly revenue of $3.98B beat expectations for $3.89B. Revenues for both DRAM and NAND Flash products were down slightly for the quarter compared to the prior quarter. The company’s overall consolidated gross margin of 34% for the third quarter was consistent with the second quarter, as mix-related decreases in average selling prices were essentially offset by corresponding decreases in manufacturing costs. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last report, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy from Buy and raised its price target for the shares to $50 from $40. The firm said then that it expected NAND gross margins to improve in 2015 and recommended investors look past the company's Q4 margin guidance. On July 31, Goldman and Sterne Agee issued competing views on how comments from Samsung could impact Micron. On that day, Sterne Agee reported that Samsung said its DRAM bit growth in the second half of 2014 would be limited, while its 2015 bit growth will drop compared to this year. The firm saw the guidance as "a major positive" for Micron and SanDisk (SNDK) and kept Buy ratings on both. However, Goldman said Samsung's increased DRAM bit supply growth forecast was an incremental negative for Micron. Goldman continues to have a Neutral rating on shares of Micron. More recently, Sterne Agee said Micron's stock has lagged due to concerns about potentially weaker Q4 DRAM prices and worries about NAND seasonality. The firm thinks these concerns are misplaced and continues to view Micron as a beneficiary of industry consolidation over the long-term. The firm keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on Micron. Wedbush said it expects Micron's Q4 results to beat consensus expectations and for the company to provide upbeat commentary. The firm thinks that investor sentiment towards the stock has stalled on concerns about unfavorable DRAM supply/demand dynamics in 2015. However, Wedbush remains bullish on memory market dynamics heading into 2015 and keeps a $37 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. UBS believes DRAM and NAND average selling price trends continue to be favorable for Micron in the near to medium term and that the company should report Q4 EPS and revenue that are in line with consensus or better. The firm maintains its Buy rating on Micron and raised its price target on the stock to $36 from $35 ahead of tonight's Q4 report. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Micron have advanced about 1%. Ahead of tonight's report, Micron was down over 2% to $31.54 in afternoon trading.
09:06 EDTMUMicron volatility increases into Q4 an outlook
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07:46 EDTMUMicron Q4 results should be in line or better, says UBS
UBS believes DRAM and NAND average selling price trends continue to be favorable for Micron in the near to medium term and that the company should report Q4 EPS and revenue that are in line with consensus or better. The firm maintains its Buy rating on Micron and raised its price target on the stock to $36 from $35 ahead of tonight's Q4 report.
06:04 EDTTSMTSMC to hire 2,200 additional employees in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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September 24, 2014
15:26 EDTMUMicron September weekly 32 straddle priced for 6.6% move into Q4
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11:16 EDTMUMicron volatility increases into Q4 an outlook
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09:23 EDTMUMicron shares should be bought into earnings, says Sterne Agee
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06:23 EDTMUMicron in talks with PTI for IC packaging/testing firm, DigiTimes reports
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September 23, 2014
12:58 EDTTSMSamsung still supplying 40% of A8 chips for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Re/code says
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09:10 EDTMUMicron should deliver beat and raise results, says Wedbush
Wedbush expects Micron to report beat and raise Q4 results and provide upbeat commentary. The firm thinks that investor sentiment towards the name has stalled on concerns about unfavorable DRAM supply/demand dynamics in 2015. However, Wedbush remains bullish on the memory market supply/demand dynamics heading into 2015. It keeps a $37 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
September 22, 2014
09:03 EDTMUMicron margin poised to expand, says Stifel
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06:17 EDTTSMTSMC, UMC increases wafer production capacity in China, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) and United Microelectronics (UMC) are ramping up wafer production capacity of 8-inch fabs in China, reports DigiTimes, according to industry sources. In response to the rising demand, TSMC plans to ramp up capacity to 110,000 units a month and UMC plans to expand its production capacity to 60,000 units a month. Reference Link
September 19, 2014
14:09 EDTMUMicron volatility elevated into Q4 an outlook
Micron September weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, October weekly is at 54, October is at 41. November is at 39, January is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on September 25.
11:23 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; YHOO MU
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06:36 EDTTSMTSMC confident of keeping 80% market share for 28nm processes, DigiTimes says
TSMC's CFO Lora Ho is confident that the company will maintain a global market share of over 80% for 28nm processes in 2015, reports DigiTimes. Ho indicated that TSMC can still dominate the market even though competitors have hiked rakes by offering a full range of 28nm foundry technology solutions. Reference Link
September 18, 2014
06:45 EDTMUMobile DRAM bit growth to reach 37.5% in 2H14, DigiTimes Research reports
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September 17, 2014
06:23 EDTTSMTSMC sees follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6, DigiTimes reports
TSMC sees follow-up chip orders for iPhone 6 devices from foreign chipset suppliers, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the orders extends visibility of foundry houses to 1Q15. Reference Link
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