Vetr Inc. Upgrades Seagate Technology PLC (STX) to “Strong-Buy”

Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, November 6th. The brokerage currently has a $41.39 price target on the data storage provider’s stock. Vetr‘s price objective indicates a potential upside of 10.40% from the company’s current price.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on STX. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Seagate Technology PLC from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $38.00 price objective (down from $45.00) on shares of Seagate Technology PLC in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $37.00 price objective (down from $40.00) on shares of Seagate Technology PLC in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. FBN Securities reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and set a $40.00 price objective (up from $32.00) on shares of Seagate Technology PLC in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Mizuho decreased their target price on Seagate Technology PLC from $41.00 to $36.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-two have given a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $41.29.

Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) opened at $37.49 on Monday. The company has a current ratio of 1.96, a quick ratio of 1.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.03. The company has a market capitalization of $10,895.74, a P/E ratio of 9.21, a P/E/G ratio of 0.50 and a beta of 1.68. Seagate Technology PLC has a 52-week low of $30.60 and a 52-week high of $50.96.

Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 23rd. The data storage provider reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.86 by $0.10. Seagate Technology PLC had a return on equity of 84.50% and a net margin of 7.41%. The firm had revenue of $2.63 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.54 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.99 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Seagate Technology PLC will post 3.98 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, insider Jeffrey D. Nygaard purchased 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 27th. The shares were bought at an average price of $37.38 per share, with a total value of $186,900.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Philip G. Brace sold 5,403 shares of Seagate Technology PLC stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.79, for a total transaction of $198,776.37. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 33,069 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,216,608.51. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 24,527 shares of company stock valued at $856,859 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 0.87% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. ValueAct Holdings L.P. raised its holdings in Seagate Technology PLC by 55.3% during the 3rd quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 21,458,600 shares of the data storage provider’s stock valued at $711,782,000 after acquiring an additional 7,642,835 shares during the period. Vident Investment Advisory LLC bought a new stake in Seagate Technology PLC during the 3rd quarter valued at $297,000. KSA Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in Seagate Technology PLC by 80.0% during the 3rd quarter. KSA Capital Management LLC now owns 18,000 shares of the data storage provider’s stock valued at $597,000 after acquiring an additional 8,000 shares during the period. Asset Management One Co. Ltd. raised its holdings in Seagate Technology PLC by 1,037.1% during the 3rd quarter. Asset Management One Co. Ltd. now owns 446,479 shares of the data storage provider’s stock valued at $14,810,000 after acquiring an additional 407,216 shares during the period. Finally, Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec raised its holdings in Seagate Technology PLC by 7.8% during the 3rd quarter. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec now owns 75,968 shares of the data storage provider’s stock valued at $2,530,000 after acquiring an additional 5,500 shares during the period. 90.30% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Seagate Technology PLC Company Profile

Seagate Technology public limited company is a provider of electronic data storage technology and solutions. The Company’s principal products are hard disk drives (HDDs). In addition to HDDs, it produces a range of electronic data storage products, including solid state hybrid drives, solid state drives, peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) cards and serial advanced technology architecture (SATA) controllers.

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