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January 16, 2013
12:37 EDTWDCWestern Digital downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
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July 6, 2015
18:22 EDTWDCAMD plummets after PC headwinds result in lower Q2 revenue view
Shares of semiconductor maker AMD (AMD) are sliding after the company reduced its second quarter revenue view. WHAT'S NEW: AMD lowered its Q2 revenue view to down 8% sequentially from a prior view of decreasing 3%, plus or minus 3% that the company gave with its first quarter earnings results back in April. The company attributed the decreased view for revenue to weaker than expected consumer PC demand. Along with its lower Q2 revenue view the chip maker lowered its Q2 non-GAAP gross margin view to approximately 28%, compared to the previous non-GAAP guidance of approximately 32% primarily due to a higher mix of Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment sales and lower than anticipated Computing and Graphics segment APU unit volumes due to weaker than expected OEM PC product demand. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Shares of PC related stocks have been struggling recently after several research firms issued cautious views on the group. On May 19, Morgan Stanley said it was more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team at the time said it continued to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. On June 23, JP Morgan issued a cautious note on hard disk drive makers Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate Technology (STX), citing continuing negative PC data. The firm said it saw little evidence that fundamentals in the PC space were improving, citing negative comments on PC demand from HP (HPQ), Avago (AVGO), and Micron (MU) over the last month. More recently, on June 25, chip maker Micron reported third quarter results and current quarter guidance below expectations, citing near term headwinds attributable to PC headwinds. PRICE ACTION: Shares of AMD are down over 14% in after-hours trading to $2.12. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that may be exposed to PC weakness include Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Intel Corporation (INTC), NVIDIA (NVDA), SanDisk (SNDK), and Apple (AAPL).
09:29 EDTWDCWestern Digital estimates lowered at Cleveland Research
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July 2, 2015
07:29 EDTWDCSeagate, 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 EDTWDCJefferies 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 23, 2015
12:54 EDTWDCPC 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 EDTWDCWestern Digital downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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