Why Seagate Technology Plunged


Editor's note: A Foolish reader points out that Western Digital CEO's pricing comments deserve additional context and relate to long-term agreements; that context has been provided in the comments section following this article. However, we note that Seagate's plunge still appears related to pricing concerns. Please see Anders Bylund's take for a deeper read into Western Digital's earnings.

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What: Shares of Seagate Technology (NYS: STX) have plunged today by as much as 10% after chief rival Western Digital reported earnings that included a cautious outlook on the sector.

So what: Western Digital said it has recovered from the Thailand floods that crippled it last year, which had subsequently led to hard drive shortages throughout the industry. As the supply continues to recover, there could be some downward pressure on prices throughout the industry, which could also hurt Seagate.

Now what: Someone's story doesn't add up, though. Western Digital CEO said that "prices are lower in the June quarter than they were in the March quarter," while Seagate CEO Stephen Luczo had called pricing "fairly stable" just last week when it reported earnings. It didn't help much that Craig-Hallum downgraded Seagate from buy to hold this morning also.

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