After Longbow's Downgrade Of Seagate And Western Digital, How Are Other Data Storage Stocks Looking?
Although specialist Joe Wittine doesn’t think investors should get rid of these stocks, he does not see as much upside potential in them as he did 18 months ago.
“After the 20-30% share appreciation since mid-October and total 18 month returns of 85%+ for WDC and 61% for STX, we no longer see the required 20% upside in order to maintain our BUY ratings for putting new money to work,” Wittine explained.
But, how to other analysts feel about the industry?
Longbow’s downgrade was accompanied by a $67 price target, although the stock currently trades around $68.36. Unlike Wittine, Ananda Baruah of Brean Capital recently reiterated a Buy rating on Seagate, boosting his price target from $70 to $83 on the back of positive December-quarter projections.
Last week, Citigroup reiterated its Buy recommendation for the company, upping its price target from $70 to $74. Shares currently trade near $68.60.
Although Longbow set a price target of $110 on this stock (below the current stock price near $114), Brean Capital raised its target from $125 to $150. Citigroup, meanwhile, holds a $125 price target on the stock and maintains a Buy rating.
Jefferies issued a Buy rating on December 10 with a $129 price target.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC)
On December 10, JP Morgan initiated coverage with a Neutral rating and a price target of $31. The stock currently trades around $30.34, so upside potential is limited.
In mid-November, Maxim Group also assumed coverage with a Hold rating and a $30 price target.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK)
Since the start of November, the company received four Buy ratings at Goldman Sachs, BTIG Research, Summit Research Partners and Stifel Nicolaus.
One reason for the bullishness: As mentioned by Summit's Srini Sundararajan, "Weak Yen [helps]...more than any other factor," along with a strong market position and data growth.
Latest Ratings for STX
|Jan 2017||Guggenheim||Initiates Coverage On||Neutral|
|Oct 2016||Brean Capital||Maintains||Buy|
|Oct 2016||Morgan Stanley||Maintains||Equal-Weight|
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