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January 28, 2013
12:28 EDTHOGEarnings Preview: Harley-Davidson pulls back ahead of Q4 earnings
Harley-Davidson (HOG) is scheduled to report Q4 before the market open on Tuesday, January 29, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Harley-Davidson is a motorcycle manufacturer that produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 32c on revenue of $976.71M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 25c-42c on revenue of $911.72M-$1.01B... LAST QUARTER: Harley-Davidson reported Q3 EPS of 59c against estimates for 58c on revenue of $1.09B against estimates for $1.12B. The company said it planned to ship 245,000-250,000 motorcycles in 2012 and 44,500-49,500 motorcycles in Q4, consistent with previously announced plans to lower shipments in Q4 related to the implementation of surge production at York in 1H13. On its Q3 earnings conference call, Harley said it was "largely finished" with manufacturing restructuring. The company also forecast downward pressure on gross margins over the next few quarters as a result of the devaluation it is experiencing in most key currencies. Harley said it expected retail credit losses to increase over time... STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup said its Harley-Davidson dealer channel checks indicate the company's Q4 U.S. retail sales rose 6%-8%. Citi said dealer inventories likely increased slightly given better availability. RBC Capital believes that Harley-Davidson's retail sales are likely beating Street expectations. However, the firm added that the better than expected sales likely won't "move the needle" because Q4 is a seasonally small quarter... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Harley-Davidson shares have advanced over 15%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 9%. Today, however, shares are down over 1%.
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July 31, 2014
10:02 EDTHOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:25 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
Argus downgraded Harley-Davidson to Hold to reflect the weaker 2014 sales outlook.
July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTHOGS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
July 23, 2014
08:32 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson weakness overdone, says BMO Capital
After Harley-Davidson reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but reduced its full year shipping guidance due to weak retail; sales, BMO Capital thinks the market has lost some faith in the company's ability to execute. Noting the stock has fallen 14% since April, the firm thinks the drop is excessive, as it believes that the brand remains strong, while dealers remain optimistic. The firm cut its price target on the shares to $73 from $80 but keeps an Outperform rating.
July 22, 2014
16:36 EDTHOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:29 EDTHOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:34 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson drops after results, levels to watch
Shares are down 4.7% to $63.94 at time of writing. At that price, next support is at $63.10. Resistance is at $64.78.
09:28 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson says underlying fundamentals 'intact'
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09:08 EDTHOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle (CMG), up 10.7%... Crocs (CROX), up 5%... Lockheed Martin (LMT), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: GreenHunter Resources (GRH), up 10.3% after announcing intent to form MLP... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 9.5% after reporting Q2 results, preclinical study results, price target on shares raised to $19 from $13 at Brean Capital... FuelCell (FCEL), up 5.4% after announcing German government support, EUR 4.9M in research awards... Apache (APA), up 5.2% after Bloomberg says activist investor JANA Partners disclosed $1B position in the stock. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Harley-Davidson (HOG), down 4.1%... Travelers (TRV), down 3.4%... McDonald's (MCD), down 2.3%... Coca-Cola (KO), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1% following downgrade to Neutral rating at Citigroup.
08:50 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson sees FY effective tax rate approximately 35.5%
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07:14 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson sees FY14 shipping increase 3.5%-5.5% over FY13
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07:12 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson reports 90,218 sold during Q2
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07:07 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson reports Q2 EPS $1.62, consensus $1.46
Reports Q2 revenue $2.00B, consensus $1.84B.
July 21, 2014
15:30 EDTHOGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
12:51 EDTHOGEarnings Preview: Harley-Davidson sees 92,000-97,000 motorcycles shipping in Q2
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July 18, 2014
15:37 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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