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June 18, 2014
11:42 EDTUPS, FDXFedEx 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.
News For FDX;UPS From The Last 14 Days
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May 19, 2015
10:44 EDTUPSUPS to settle alleged civil false claims act violations for $25M
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07:22 EDTUPS, FDXUPS having success with pickup points, WSJ says
Driven by the increase in e-commerce deliveries, UPS (UPS) has been combatting failed deliveries by using package pickup points, called UPS Access Points, like local drug stores, reports the Wall Street Journal. As a result UPS, FedEx (FDX), and DHL are investing in new systems aimed at having e-commerce customers collect orders from these pickup points, the Journal adds. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
12:13 EDTFDXThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
12:07 EDTFDXThird Point reports new stakes in Yum! Brands, FedEx, McKesson
10:01 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aspen Technology (AZPN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Connecticut Water (CTWS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hanesbrands (HBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Impala Platinum (IMPUY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Inovalon (INOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
06:33 EDTFDXJudge denies FedEx motion on drug charges, Reuters says
A judge denied FedEx's motion to dismiss charges that it was involved in distributing controlled substances, according to Reuters. The company is accused by the Justice Department of shipping packages from illegal online pharmacies, the news service stated. Reference Link
05:46 EDTUPSUPS upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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May 14, 2015
13:28 EDTUPSIncreasing equity options volume
Increasing equity options volume: FCX UPS KSS CHK CSCO AVP YOKU CALM KORS
10:23 EDTUPSUPS May calls active
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May 13, 2015
05:35 EDTFDXFedEx provides update on offer to acquire TNT Express
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May 12, 2015
08:27 EDTUPSU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a summit
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07:37 EDTFDXOppenheimer to hold a conference
10th Annual Industrial Growth Conference is being held in New York on May 12-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 12 at 8:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:56 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with William Blair
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