MU is expected to report earnings tonight after the close. There is a conference call scheduled for 4:30PM. 

Q2 Capital IQ consensus calls for EPS of $0.86 (versus ($0.05) last year) on revenue of $4.651 bln (+58.5% YoY). 

  • The current consensus is within the company's guidance range of $4.6-4.7 billion. 
  • Micron's EPS guidance is at $0.86 +/- a few cents. The company raised its EPS guidance at a Morgan Stanley conference on March 2nd, and raised the midpoint of its revenue guidance.
  • 2015 and early 2016 proved to be a tumultuous year as a slowdown in demand, driven largely by the decline of the PC industry (Now less than 20% of MUs business), impacted the company as it was restructuring. 
  • Comments from MU surrounding demand in the company's newly targeted areas of server, mobile, automotive, and Industrial machine-to-machine areas bode well as does the pricing improvements seen industry wide.

DRAM and Margins

  • MU says it currently expects 2017 DRAM bit supply growth in the 15% to 20% range. Its long-term bit demand growth forecast of ~20% to 25%. 
  • The company's overall consolidated GAAP gross margin of 25 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was 7 percentage points higher compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 primarily due to manufacturing cost reductions and increases in DRAM average selling prices. 
  • Margin Guidance: Looking ahead to the second quarter, the company sees Q2 gross Margin in the range of 37-38%. CO's margins guidance was raised at the Morgan Stanley conference on March 2. 

Options Activity

Based on MU options, the current implied volatility stands at ~ 46%, which is 64% higher than historical volatility (over the past 30 days).The options market is currently pricing in a move of ~7% in either direction by weekly expiration (Friday).

Options activity has been aggressively bullish in the last few weeks with multiple strikes and calls bought. 

MU Options Activity


MU shares have outperformed the S&P so far this year with MU raising by 19% vs 5% gain in the index.  Resistance sits near the $26.50-26.75 area, while support hangs near $25.75-26.00.