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NETAPP, INC. (NTAP) News

The Netapp, Inc. (NTAP) Shares Gap Up On Strong Earings

January 2, 2018

NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) gapped up prior to trading on Thursday following a stronger than expected earnings report. The stock had previously closed at $37.06, but opened at $38.93. NetApp shares last traded at $40.56, with a volume of 8,172,890 shares traded.

The data storage provider reported $0.82 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.08. NetApp had a return on equity of 15.66% and a net margin of 5.89%. The firm earned $1.40 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.39 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.70 EPS.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.19 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, April 5th. This represents a $0.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.87%. NetApp’s payout ratio is currently 69.09%.

NTAP has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price objective on NetApp to $39.00 in a research note on Thursday, November 17th. Barclays PLC restated an “underweight” rating on shares of NetApp in a research report on Tuesday, November 8th. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc restated a “positive” rating and set a $46.00 target price on shares of NetApp in a research report on Tuesday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded NetApp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday. Finally, Drexel Hamilton restated a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 target price on shares of NetApp in a research report on Tuesday. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.77.

In related news, CEO George Kurian sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.84, for a total transaction of $143,360.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 36,396 shares in the company, valued at $1,304,432.64. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Gerald Held sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.45, for a total transaction of $729,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 5,259 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $191,690.55. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 28,393 shares of company stock valued at $1,040,524. Insiders own 0.49% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD increased its position in shares of NetApp by 2.0% in the second quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD now owns 22,560 shares of the data storage provider’s stock worth $554,000 after buying an additional 450 shares during the last quarter. FTB Advisors Inc. increased its position in shares of NetApp by 14.3% in the second quarter. FTB Advisors Inc. now owns 5,154 shares of the data storage provider’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 646 shares during the last quarter. Fort Pitt Capital Group LLC increased its position in shares of NetApp by 525.0% in the second quarter. Fort Pitt Capital Group LLC now owns 472,421 shares of the data storage provider’s stock worth $11,617,000 after buying an additional 396,837 shares during the last quarter. DUPONT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Corp increased its position in shares of NetApp by 96.5% in the second quarter. DUPONT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Corp now owns 196,419 shares of the data storage provider’s stock worth $4,830,000 after buying an additional 96,442 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Evanston Investments Inc. dba Evanston Advisors increased its position in shares of NetApp by 5.4% in the second quarter. Evanston Investments Inc. dba Evanston Advisors now owns 240,627 shares of the data storage provider’s stock worth $5,917,000 after buying an additional 12,406 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.52% of the company’s stock.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $37.09 and a 200 day moving average price of $34.81. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.17 billion, a PE ratio of 36.81 and a beta of 1.50.

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