SanDisk: Stifel Sees Upside, Auriga Reiterates "Sell"

Strength in the NAND flash memory chip market, and from Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone in particular, should help SanDisk (SNDK) beat expectations when it reports Q2 earnings when it reports tomorrow, according to a note today from Stifel Nicolaus analyst Patrick Ho.

Ho doesn’t formally cover SanDisk: he’s more interested in the implications for some of his coverage companies, including Teradyne (TER) and Verigy (VRGY), both of which he rates “Buy.” Those two companies make chip test equipment.

“We believe the company (and the overall NAND flash market) has seen a pickup in handset demand, as well as continued strength in many Apple-based products (including the iPhone 3G S),” writes Ho.

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