Why NetApp (NTAP) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- NetApp (NTAP) was gaining 0.9% to $36.17 Tuesday following a positive analyst day outlook.

During tis 2014 analyst day NetApp said it expects EPS growth of "just under 10%" for full-year 2015 (ending April 2015), above analysts' consensus of 6.5% growth according to Seeking Alpha. The company forecasts mid-single digit annual growth in branded revenue from full-year 2015 to 2017, with gross marking between 63% and 64%.

NetApp said it plans to increase its dividend in full-year 2015 and increase its buyback authorization within 12 months. The company had $1.1 billion left on its authorization at the end of full-year 2014.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates NETAPP INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate NETAPP INC (NTAP) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow."

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