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January 23, 2013
13:19 EDTWDCEarnings Preview: Western Digital shares higher despite weakening PC market
Western Digital (WDC) is set to report earnings after the market close on Wednesday, January 23, with a conference call scheduled for 6:00 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 EPS of $1.82 on revenue of $3.68B, according to First Call. Consensus range for EPS is $1.71-$2.03 on revenue of $3.6B-$3.94B... LAST QUARTER: Western Digital reported Q1 EPS of $2.36 against estimates for $2.30 on revenue of $4B against estimates for $3.98B. On its Q1 earnings call, Western Digital lowered its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to $1.65-$1.85, numbers lower than then-current estimates for $2.43. The company also guided lower on revenue, seeing $3.55B-$3.7B for Q2 against then-current estimates for $4.13B. On its Q1 call, the company said it is still targeting FY13 adjusted EPS of $10, though it said the PC industry is very weak and global macroeconomic weakness is impacting overall IT spending... STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed on Western Digital since its Q1 earnings report, with shares downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA the day after its Q1 report. Last week, shares of Western Digital were initiated with a Sector Perform rating at Pacific Crest and downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research... PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital have gained more than $11.50, or over 32%, since the first day of trading after its Q1 earnings report. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, shares of Western Digital are down 0.7%.
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December 17, 2014
10:14 EDTWDCHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
06:25 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $125 from $110 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Western Digital (WDC) shares to $125 on expectations PCs will return to positive growth in 2016-2017. Citi believes Western Digital will benefit if its thesis on PCs proves correct. It also raised its price target for Seagate (STX) shares to $74 from $70. Citi keeps a Buy rating on both stocks.
December 16, 2014
08:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital story remains under-appreciated, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes the enterprise value/free cash flow valuation for Western Digital remains under-appreciated. The firm sees an improving product mix and ongoing margin expansion and believes the company's acquisition of Skyera is a positive. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Western Digital shares.
December 15, 2014
08:56 EDTWDCWestern Digital announces HGST to acquire Skyera
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December 10, 2014
08:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $129 from $124 at Jefferies
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December 9, 2014
07:07 EDTWDCWestern Digital resolves two non-compliance matters with MOFCOM
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