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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.
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February 9, 2016
12:50 EDTFDX, UPSAmazon working on global delivery business to challenge Alibaba, Bloomberg says
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07:45 EDTFDX, UPSUPS, FedEx face limited risk from Amazon initiative, says Bernstein
After Amazon (AMZN) launched a network of 23 sortation centers, Bernstein says that Amazon is carrying out postal injection operations, not building a ground delivery system. Moreover, Amazon's postal injection system is inferior to those of FedEx and UPS, and can only operate in the most dense areas, according to Bernstein, The firm keeps an Outperform rating on UPS and a Market Perform rating on FedEx.
February 3, 2016
07:09 EDTUPSUPS results strong, shares should advance further, says Bernstein
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February 2, 2016
09:28 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Michael Kors (KORS), up 17.3%... Mattel (MAT), up 6.9%... Mallinckrodt (MNK), up 4.3%... Alphabet (GOOGL), up 5%... Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3%... UPS (UPS), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Netflix (NFLX), up 1.1% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Hansen Medical (HNSN), up 18.8% after announcing FDA clearance of Magellan Robotic Catheter eKit. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 20%... BP (BP), down 8.5%... Royal Caribbean (RCL), down 7%... Waddell & Reed (WDR), down 5.5%... Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Twitter (TWTR), down after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... American Campus (ACC), down 1.1% after 15.6M share Spot Secondary priced at $41.25... Horsehead (ZINC), down 47.6% after filing for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware.
08:53 EDTUPSUPS sees FY16 CapEx 4.5% of revenue
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08:51 EDTUPSUPS reports business to consumer outpaced deliveries to business by 2:1
08:42 EDTUPSUPS says conditions remain uncertain in 2016
Says 1H16 continues the mixed and muted environment from the end of 2015. Sees slight improvements later this year in Europe, but challenges in emerging markets. Expects global economy to gain strength in 2H16.
08:40 EDTUPSUPS cites pricing controls as instrumental in keeping peak season smooth
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07:51 EDTUPSUPS rise 3% after better than expected Q4 earnings, FY16 guidance
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07:50 EDTUPSUPS sees FY16 EPS $5.70-$5.90, consensus $5.73
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07:49 EDTUPSUPS says focus on more-profitable accounts improved International base rates
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07:48 EDTUPSUPS reports Q4 Domestic revenue up 2.6% to $10.3B
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07:47 EDTUPSUPS reports Q4 package deliveries up 1.8% to 1.3B
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07:46 EDTUPSUPS reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.57, consensus $1.42
Reports Q4 revenue $16.1B, consensus $16.28B.
06:24 EDTUPSOptions expected to be active
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05:50 EDTFDXBrazil approves FedEx's proposed acquisition of TNT Express, Reuters says
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February 1, 2016
14:32 EDTUPSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus 64c... Pfizer (PFE), consensus 52c... United Parcel Service (UPS), consensus $1.42... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 70c... Emerson Electric (EMR), consensus 51c... Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), consensus 66c... Baxter (BAX), consensus 32c... Sirius XM (SIRI), consensus 3c... Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), consensus 92c... Ally Financial (ALLY), consensus 51c... Michael Kors (KORS), consensus $1.46... ADT Corp. (ADT), consensus 46c.
13:25 EDTUPSUPS February weekly 93 straddle priced for 3.9% movement into Q4
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11:38 EDTUPSEarnings Preview: UPS sees Q4 operating profit growing at double-digit pace
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11:05 EDTUPSUPS technical commentary ahead of earnings
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