Deutsche sees favorable setup for Western Digital, upgrades shares to Buy
Deutsche Bank analyst Sidney Ho last night upgraded Western Digital to Buy from Hold and raised his price target for the shares to $60 from $45. The analyst is starting to see favorable data points in both hard disk drive and NAND that will support a "solid" second half of the year recovery for Western Digital's earnings. While the company's near-term earnings have downside risk due to weaker than expected NAND pricing, supply cuts across the NAND industry, along with a reacceleration of HDD demand, will likely lead to a stronger recovery off a lower base in the first half of 2019, Ho told investors in a research note. He expects management to highlight improved visibility on the upcoming earnings call, which he believes will be a positive catalyst for the shares. As such, Ho sees a favorable for Western Digital into the earnings print.