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Baird's Jayson Noland downgrades NetApp (NTAP -1.8%) to Underperform ahead of tomorrow's FQ4...
Baird's Jayson Noland downgrades NetApp (NTAP -1.8%) to Underperform ahead of tomorrow's FQ4 report, citing share losses to EMC and others. Noland: "We are not advocating a short position ... due to the possibility of a positive investor reaction to opex rationalization or shareholder friendly use of cash ... We do recommend investors take profits." EMC has "outperformed NetApp" in Baird's reseller checks since Q3 '11, something Nolan attributes to the launch of EMC's VNX mid-range systems, more innovative products, and "increased channel friendliness." He also notes NetApp has been slow to roll out all-flash storage systems.