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June 18, 2014
11:42 EDTFDX, UPSFedEx hits 52-week high after results top expectations
Shares of package delivery company FedEx (FDX) hit a fresh 52-week high after the company's fourth quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, FedEx reported Q4 earnings per share of $2.46 and revenue of $11.8B, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $2.36 and $11.66B, respectively. The company posted Express segment revenue of $7B vs. $6.98B last year, Freight segment revenue of $1.55B-$1.39B last year and Ground segment revenue of $3.01B vs. $2.78B last year. The company said Ground average daily volume grew 8% in the quarter, primarily driven by growth in e-commerce. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast fiscal 2015 EPS of $8.50-$9.00, compared to consensus of $8.76. This outlook assumes continued moderate economic growth. Capital spending for the year is expected to be around $4.2B. CFO Alan B. Graf, Jr. expects FY15 results to benefit from "base performance improvement and ongoing execution of our profit improvement initiatives at FedEx Express, continued profitable growth at FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, and our share repurchase program. We remain committed to improving earnings, cash flows, returns on invested capital and returns to shareowners, with the most recent example of the latter being our announced 33% increase in the quarterly dividend." On its earnings conference call, FedEx said it anticipates revenue and earnings growth from ongoing improvements in all of the company's transportation segments with moderate global economic growth driving volume and yield increases. Its goal is to achieve annual double-digit operating margins for the total company in the near future. The company sees U.S. GDP growth for calendar year 2014 of 2.2%. FedEx expects to complete its share repurchase program this year and said it is "always" looking for acquisitions. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, FedEx rose $6.53, or about 4.7%, to $146.86 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $147.90. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 47% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: FedEx's main competitor, United Parcel Service (UPS), is up about 0.5% to $102.12.
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July 29, 2014
17:06 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:53 EDTFDXFedEx pleads not guilty to unlawful drug shipping charges, Bloomberg says
FedEx entered a plea of not guilty to U.S. federal charges that it delivered controlled substances and misbranded drugs for illegal internet pharmacies, according to Bloomberg. FedEx may face a fine alleged to be at least $820M if found guilty, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
12:13 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:58 EDTUPSUPS falls after earnings, levels to watch
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09:19 EDTUPSUPS says expects 'very strong' peak season
UPS says "all options are on the table" going forward after it evaluates its peak season performance, including consideration of a surcharge during peak season.
09:17 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTUPSUPS says treating 'Black Friday' as full operating day this year
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07:51 EDTUPSSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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07:48 EDTUPSUPS reports Q2 Domestic revenue up 5.2%, International package up 6.2%
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07:48 EDTUPSUPS cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $4.90-$5.00, consensus $5.09
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07:46 EDTUPSUPS reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.21, consensus $1.25
Reports Q2 revenue $14.27B, consensus $14.1B.
07:45 EDTUPSUPS reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.21, consensus $1.25
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTUPSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:05 EDTUPSEarnings Preview: UPS shares near 52-week high ahead of Q2 report
United Parcel Service (UPS) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Tuesday, July 29, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. UPS is a package delivery company and provider of global supply chain management solutions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.25 on revenue of $14.1B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.18-$1.28 on revenue of $13.91B-$14.29B. LAST QUARTER: UPS reported first quarter EPS of 98c against estimates for $1.08, on revenue of $13.78B against estimates for $13.91B. On its Q1 report, the company forecast FY14 EPS at the low end of the $5.05-$5.30 range, compared to consensus of $5.19. Kurt Kuehn, UPS CFO said, "During the quarter, the momentum of the underlying business was masked by the disruption of inclement weather. We are encouraged by the positive trends in our business and expect the remainder of the year to perform as we originally guided. However, due to the challenging start to 2014, we anticipate diluted earnings per share to be at the low end of our full-year guidance range of $5.05 to $5.30.Ē On its Q1 earnings conference call, management said it expects U.S. economic growth to pick up as 2014 progresses. They noted that the economy in Europe is showing signs of recovery and faster growth, though the pace may slow if situation in Ukraine deteriorates, while economic expansion in Asia has remained steady with mid-single digit growth. They expect FY14 CapEx of $2.5B with the pace of investments to accelerate during the year. They said emerging markets are the next step in the company's growth. On June 6, UPS named David Abney as its new CEO and appointed him to the board. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to UPSís Q2 earnings report. This morning in a note to investors, Bernstein analyst David Vernon said he expects an in-line quarter at UPS with improvement in underlying domestic margins. Shares were rated Outperform. On July 21, Barclays reiterated its Overweight rating on UPS and raised its price target on shares to $120. The firm expects UPS' Q2 results to demonstrate the company's favorable growth potential. PRICE ACTION: UPS shares have traded modestly higher since Q1 results were released and approached their 52-week high of $105.37 earlier this month. The stock has gained over 17% over the past twelve months. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, UPS shares are down almost 1.5%.
13:00 EDTUPSUPS technical commentary ahead of earnings
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July 18, 2014
16:20 EDTFDXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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11:35 EDTUPSUPS expands early morning delivery coverage
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09:32 EDTFDXFedEx slips in early trading, levels to watch
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06:33 EDTFDXFedEx says loss from DOJ suit 'could be material' if convicted
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06:30 EDTFDXFedEx says innocent of charges brought by Justice Department
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