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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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November 29, 2015
12:57 EDTWDCHigh-yield tech stocks could offer significant returns, Barron's says
Growth-focused investors have piled into Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Salesforce (CRM), and others, but if the "current situation" changes, high-yield stocks with compelling valuations could grab some of the spotlight, Barron's contends in a feature story. The publication names Seagate (STX), Garmin (GRMN), Qualcomm (QCOM), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM (IBM), and Western Digital (WDC) as attractive plays, noting that their dividends -- ranging 3.2% to 7.3% -- look secure and offer nice rewards for those willing to wait for potential turnarounds or strategic transactions. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
11:10 EDTWDCMicron the most likely target for Tsinghua stake, says Macquarie
Macquarie analyst Deepon Nag highlighted yesterday that Tsinghua Unigroup Chairman Zhao Weiguo told Reuters in an interview that his company was in talks with a U.S. semiconductor company, and that a deal could be announced as early as the end of the month. Zhao stated that a majority stake was unlikely due to regulatory concerns. Given recent moves by China in the memory market, Micron (MU) is the most likely target for Tsinghua, Nag wrote in a note to investors. Tsinghua recently announced a 15% stake in Western Digital (WDC) at a 33% premium to the company's prior closing price. A similar premium for Micron would lead to a 15% stake in Micron for $20 per share, which would equal $3.4B, the analyst points out. Shares of Micron are up 46c, or 3%, to $15.35 in late morning trading. Nag has an Outperform rating on Micron with a $30 price target.

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