An upbeat note from Brean Capital's Ananda Baruah is leading Seagate (STX +3%) and Western...

|About: Seagate Technology (STX)|By:, SA News Editor

An upbeat note from Brean Capital's Ananda Baruah is leading Seagate (STX +3%) and Western Digital (WDC +2.9%) to rally. In spite of weak PC sales, Baruah expects industry hard drive shipments to total 130M-135M in calendar Q1, down just slightly from Q4's 136M and in-line with guidance. Moreover, he sees the potential for 5%-10% 2H shipment growth, and ASPs and margins are seen benefiting from a mixture of better capacity utilization, stronger retail revenue, rising hybrid drive shipments, and a mix shift to enterprise and 500GB single-platter notebook drives. LSI +1.4%. MRVL +0.8%.