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March 19, 2014
11:27 EDTFDX, UPSFedEx shares bounce back despite lowering outlook due to weather
Shares of delivery giant FedEx (FDX) were down in pre-market trading after the company reported lower than expected third quarter revenue and earnings per share and lowered its FY14 outlook. Shares have bounced back and are down just slightly in morning trading as investors appear to be attributing the earnings miss as due to the severe winter weather, as the company explained. WHAT'S NEW: FedEx said that the unusually severe winter storms throughout the third quarter disrupted operations, decreased shipping volume and increased costs and impacted year-over-year operating income by an estimated $125M. For this reason, the company reported lower than anticipated third quarter earnings per share of $1.23, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.46. Third quarter revenue of $11.3B missed analysts' expectation of $11.43B. FedEx lowered its fourth quarter and FY14 guidance also due to the weather. FedEx now sees FY14 EPS of $6.55 to $6.80, which compares to the consensus forecast of $6.90 prior to its report. Still, FedEx asserted that the $1.6B profit improvement plan at FedEx Express remains on track despite the near-term impact of weather and that its accelerated stock repurchase program reflects its confidence in achieving its goals. ANALYST OPINION: On March 7, Citigroup lowered its third quarter earnings estimate for FedEx to $1.45 from $1.55, which was below the consensus at that time, to reflect the impact from severe winter weather. Citi believed FedEx's underlying fundamentals held up well in the quarter, however, and it reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. On March 17, Stephens lowered its forecast for FedEx's third quarter earnings per share from $1.72 to $1.34, which was well below the Street consensus, and also cited the extreme winter weather as the culprit. However, Stephens said it would use any weakness in the shares following an earnings miss to add to or start positions and the firm maintained its Overweight rating and $169 price target on the stock. This morning following the report from FedEx, Wells Fargo calculated that management's estimate of the $125M impact of adverse weather equated to about 26c per FedEx share, making the company's adjusted EPS closer to $1.49 than the $1.23 GAAP figure it reported. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of FedEx were down slightly by 8c, or 0.06%, to $138.49. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of FedEx peer United Parcel Service (UPS) were virtually unchanged in morning trading.
News For FDX;UPS From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2014
16:06 EDTUPSUPS notifies customers of potential data compromise, incident resolution
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August 19, 2014
15:57 EDTFDXFedEx pushed to settle drug case as U.S. adds laundering charge, Bloomberg says
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10:28 EDTUPSUPS establishes freight forwarding services in Myanmar
UPS announced the expansion of inbound and outbound air and ocean freight services in Myanmar for the first time. Global customers trading to and from this emerging market will have access to UPS's supply chain technologies and services, which initially will include UPS Air Freight Direct, UPS Air Freight Consolidated, Full Container Load and Less-than Container Load services.
07:37 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with William Blair
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August 15, 2014
15:32 EDTFDXFedEx receives money-laundering charge in altered indictment, Bloomberg reports
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12:12 EDTFDXFedEx falls to session lows, levels to watch
Shares were last at $147.69, trading lower by 1.3% on the day. At that price next support is at $145.47, a pivot low on a closing basis. Resistance is at $148.83.
12:09 EDTFDXFedEx receives money-laundering charge in altered indictment, Bloomberg reports
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August 14, 2014
17:08 EDTFDXSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
12:01 EDTFDXThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Finisar (FNSR), Amgen (AMGN), Ally Financial (ALLY), and AstraZeneca (AZN). INCREASED STAKES: Dollar General (DG) and Dow Chemical (DOW). DECREASED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Hertz (HTZ), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Intrexon (XON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Verizon (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ).
06:23 EDTUPS, FDXFedEx, UPS brings express services to more China cities, Reuters says
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August 13, 2014
07:29 EDTUPS, FDXUPS, FedEx face new challenges, invest in technology to answer, FT says
Online retailing is driving up traffic volumes and the number of stops needed for both UPS (UPS) and FedEx (FDX), while also making flows harder to predict, and the shipping giants are making efficiency-boosting investments in technology to avoid a repeat of the type of issues that plagued UPS last Christmas, said Financial Times. Reference Link
August 7, 2014
06:17 EDTFDXFedEx added to Focus List at Citigroup
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