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July 30, 2014
13:14 EDTSTX, WDCEarnings 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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July 2, 2015
07:29 EDTWDC, STXSeagate, Western Digital should be bought after earnings, says Citi
Citi sees near-term risk to shares of Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC) due a "high probability" of weaker than expected Q2 results with a "significant" guide-down for Q3. PC demand has continued to deteriorate, which will weigh on the results of hard-disk-drive companies, Citi tells investors. The firm, however, believes the shares of both companies should be bought on the post-earnings weakness. It believes Q3 outlooks could bring the last cut to earnings estimates. Citi lowered its price target for Seagate to $55 from $63 and for Western Digital to $100 from $115. It keeps a Buy rating on both names.
June 29, 2015
08:08 EDTSTX, WDCJefferies sees recent weakness as attractive entry point in PC names
Jefferies analyst James Kisner cut his PC unit expectations for 2015 and 2016, citing recent negative data points including Micron's (MU) commentary and guidance, but added that he believes PC names may be finding a bottom and that the pullback in Western Digital (WDC), Seagate (STX), and HP (HPQ) creates an attractive entry point in all three stocks. Kisner sees the most potential upside in Western Digital, but lowered his price target on its shares to $116, and said HP may have the least potential downside, cutting his price target on the computer maker to $40.50. The firm keeps Buy rating on both HDD makers and on HP.
June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTSTXMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
June 23, 2015
12:54 EDTSTX, WDCPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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10:00 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:25 EDTWDC, STXWestern Digital downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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