EMC (EMC) Attack on NetApp (NTAP) Peters Out

January 4, 2013 9:50 AM EST
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Analysts at BMO Capital think EMC's (NYSE: EMC) embrace of the channel, combined with EMC's introduction of the VNX/VNXe family resulted in EMC taking share from NetApp, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) and the storage market more broadly last year. However, this trend appears to have ended.

"We think EMC will not be able to take material share from NTAP in 2013, as it did in 2012," said analyst Keith Bachman. "Recent feedback we have received from channel reps is that ONTAP 8 is more stable at present compared with early- and mid-2012, owing to a series of software upgrades. Moreover, we believe NTAP will offer ONTAP 8.2 in the May timeframe, which will include comparable feature sets between ONTAP version 7 and version 8."

BMO lowered its 2013 EPS estimate for EMC to $1.85 from $1.91. It also cut its price target to $29 from $30, though the firm maintained an Outperform rating.

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Shares of EMC closed at $24.37 yesterday.

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