Why Seagate Shares Dropped Temporarily

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What: Shares of Seagate (NASDAQ: STX  ) dropped 10% this morning after the company reported earnings, but the stock has since recovered most of those losses.

So what: Revenue in the fiscal fourth quarter added up to $3.4 billion, which led to $1.20 per share in adjusted profits by the time you reach the bottom line. Investors were expecting just $1.18 per share in non-GAAP net income. Seagate's board also authorized a $2.5 billion share repurchase program.

Now what: Seagate's guidance left a little to be desired, though. The company expects next quarter's revenue to be in the range of $3.5 billion to $3.6 billion, which didn't suggest a lot of upside to Seagate's cloud business. Shares have rallied significantly year-to-date, so investors had high expectations heading into the results. As computing shifts to the cloud, Seagate will need to transition its storage business accordingly.

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  • Report this Comment On July 24, 2013, at 4:27 PM, gargabe wrote:

    STX actually gained during regular trading hours. In pre market trading the stock was down #2.09 on 74K shares traded at 9:30 AM EST.

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