Micron Downgraded to ‘Underweight’ Rating as PC, Mobile Demand Slows With Inflation

Micron Know-how’s inventory obtained a uncommon “underweight” score from a brokerage as a result of memory-chip maker’s heavy publicity to mobiles and PCs at a time when rising inflation forces shoppers to rein in spending.

Micron shares have been down about 6 % at $71.18 (roughly Rs. 5,530) in early buying and selling on Friday.

“With the worldwide economic system anticipated to face headwinds, we’re involved about Micron’s greater than 50 % publicity to consumer-like markets corresponding to PCs, cell, and different,” Piper Sandler wrote in a word to shoppers.

The brokerage additionally expects the corporate’s chip enterprise that caters to the auto trade to endure resulting from rising charges, a slowing economic system, and the opportunity of an extra stock construct.

Piper Sandler added that the Dynamic Random Entry Reminiscence (DRAM) market, which represents over 70 % of the corporate’s whole income, had already began to see worth declines for many configurations.

Micron’s DRAM chips are broadly utilized in knowledge facilities, private computer systems and different units.

Market analysis agency Counterpoint reported in April that international PC shipments have been down 4.3 % within the first quarter of 2022, because the battle in Ukraine and China’s lockdowns pressured already fragile provide chains and added to shortages of parts.

International smartphone shipments are anticipated to say no 3.5 % this yr, based on IDC.

“Whereas we do really feel the corporate has achieved an excellent job to cut back its price construction and stay financially disciplined, we proceed to view reminiscence as largely a commodity market in comparison with the remainder of our universe. Consequently, we do really feel Micron is prone to underperform,” Piper Sandler stated.

The brokerage, nonetheless, expressed confidence within the firm’s knowledge heart enterprise, which represents lower than 30 % of income.

It lower Micron’s worth goal by $20 (roughly Rs. 1,550) to $70 (roughly Rs. 5,440).

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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