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July 30, 2014
13:14 EDTWDC, STXEarnings Preview: Western Digital shares rise ahead of Q4 report
Western Digital (WDC) is set to report fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, July 30, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Western Digital provides digital content storage solutions, and is primarily engaged in the sale of hard drives for both personal and business use. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.74 on revenue of $3.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.66-$1.88 on revenue of $3.54B-$3.69B. On its third quarter earnings conference call, the company said it sees Q4 EPS of $1.65-$1.75, which was below then-consensus estimates for $1.89. Western Digital also guided to Q4 revenue of $3.5B-$3.6B, which was roughly in-line with then-estimates for $3.74B. The company’s Q4 outlook marked the third consecutive quarter that its guidance disappointed. LAST QUARTER: On Wednesday April 30, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.94 on revenue of $3.7B, which compared to estimates for earnings of $1.88 on revenue of $3.74B. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on Western Digital during the quarter. On May 14, Barclays upgraded Western Digital to Overweight from Equalweight citing the potential for increased buyback activity and cost synergies. The firm raised its price target for the shares to $98 from $95. On July 1, Brean Capital noted that it sees "material" earnings upside in the June quarter for Western Digital and Seagate (STX). The firm explained that it loves both stocks in regards to the short and long terms and it urged investors to get into the names at current levels. Brean had a $125 price target for Western Digital. Deutsche Bank increased its price target on Western Digital to $118 from $100 on July 14, citing expectations that PC market strength will continue and that enterprise will recover in 2H14. Deutsche said it expected Western Digital to report June quarter results above guidance due to market share gains and it maintained the stock with a Buy rating. On July 16, RW Baird upgraded Western Digital to Outperform from Neutral citing PC strength and renewed traction in Hyperscale Cloud and Enterprise. The firm upped its price target on the shares to $120 from $95. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital have increased 15.63% since last quarter's earnings report. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, Western Digital is up almost 1% to $101.50.
News For WDC;STX From The Last 14 Days
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October 29, 2014
06:37 EDTWDCWestern Digital pullback a buying opportunity, says Citigroup
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October 28, 2014
18:42 EDTWDC, STXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:13 EDTWDCWestern Digital expects Q2 adjusted EPS $2.00-$2.10, consensus $2.20
The company expects Q2 revenue $3.75B-$3.85B, consensus $3.90B. The company expects Q2 gross margin to be flat year over year at approximately 30%.
16:25 EDTWDCWestern Digital reports Q1 adjusted EPS $2.10, consensus $2.03
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12:41 EDTSTX, WDCEarnings Preview: Western Digital shares slump ahead of Q1 report
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07:40 EDTSTXSeagate valuation remains underappreciated, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said they remain extremely positive on Seagate following its better than expected Q1 report. The firm continues to like the set-up, including its gross margins dynamics, free cash flow and enterprise value. Brean Capital reiterates its Buy rating and $70 price target on Seagate shares.
06:29 EDTSTXSeagate guidance better than feared, says Citigroup
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October 27, 2014
09:02 EDTSTXSysorex unit announces reseller partner agreements with Seagate,Basho
Lilien Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sysorex Global (SYRX), announced new strategic reseller partner agreements with Seagate (STX) Technology’s Cloud Systems and Solutions and Basho Technologies to address the emerging and growing market of object storage solutions, which IDC Marketscape estimates to be a $21.7B market by 2017. The company said it believes the combination of technologies and services from Basho, Seagate and Lilien, respectively, form a synergistic foundation for delivering reliable, scalable object storage solutions and services to enterprise customers. Forthcoming object storage solutions resulting from the partnership will target on-premises or private cloud environments for medium to large enterprises.
08:07 EDTSTXSeagate reports Q1 EPS ex-items $1.34, consensus $1.25
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October 24, 2014
10:43 EDTSTXSeagate technical comments ahead of earnings
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October 23, 2014
12:43 EDTSTXSeagate weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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October 22, 2014
16:46 EDTSTXSeagate increases targeted annual dividend 26% to $2.16
Seagate Technology announced that its board of directors has approved a 26% increase in the company’s targeted regular cash dividend. The targeted annual dividend will increase from $1.72 to $2.16 per share and will continue to be paid quarterly. The first payment at the new quarterly rate of 54c per share is scheduled to be paid on November 25 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 11. The declaration and payment of any future quarterly dividends will continue to be at the discretion of the board of directors and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the board
October 19, 2014
12:14 EDTWDCWestern Digital looks like inexpensive big data play, Barron's says
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