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January 23, 2013
13:00 EDTLMTEarnings Preview: Lockheed Martin shares near three-year high ahead of Q4 report
Lockheed Martin (LMT) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Thursday, January 24 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 3:00 pm ET. Lockheed Martin is a globally diversified security and aerospace company... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.82 on revenue of $11.16B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.73-$2.00 on revenue of $10.58B-$11.55B... LAST QUARTER: Lockheed Martin reported Q3 EPS of $2.21 against estimates for $1.85 on revenue of $11.87B against estimates for $11.17B. On its Q3 earnings report, the company raised its 2012 EPS and revenue views. FY12 EPS guidance was raised to $8.20-$8.40 from $7.90-$8.10, consensus $8.10. FY12 revenue was upped to $45.5B-$46.5B from $45B-$46B, consensus $45.68B. Lockheed also expected FY13 revenue to decline in the low single digit range. On November 9, the company announced a CEO transition with the appointment of Marilyn Newson as CEO and COO, replacing Christopher E. Kubasik who resigned after an ethics investigation... STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been positive in the weeks leading up to Lockheed's Q4 earnings report. On November 26, Bernstein upgraded the company to Outperform from Market Perform based on an improving outlook for the F-35 and growing international demand. They raised their price target to $111 from $105. On November 30, CRT Capital upgraded Lockheed to Fair Value from Sell, saying the company’s dividend yield would provide a floor for the shares in the near term... PRICE ACTION: Lockheed shares have traded in a choppy pattern following the company's Q3 report, but have recently advanced and currently sit near 52-week and three-year highs of $95.92. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q4 report, Lockheed’s shares are up slightly to $95.76.
News For LMT From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
06:26 EDTLMTLockheed comes to $4B agreement with Pentagon for more F-35s, Reuters says
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October 23, 2014
10:01 EDTLMTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:37 EDTLMTLockheed Martin upgraded at Argus
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08:13 EDTLMTLockheed Martin upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
October 22, 2014
17:28 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $110.52M government contract
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08:05 EDTLMTLockheed Martin provides operational support for US border protection
Lockheed Martin is providing operational support for a Persistent Threat Detection System aerostat system that is being evaluated by the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection along the Southern border of the United States. Currently protecting coalition forces overseas, the U.S. Army uses PTDS to help troops identify threats, track insurgents, and enhance overall readiness for the men and women in theater. With the troop drawdown, more of the systems are becoming available for other uses.
October 21, 2014
16:36 EDTLMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed existing homes sales hit their fastest pace in a year during September and Apple (AAPL) gave a better than expected sales forecast for its December quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales beat estimates in September, rising 2.4% from the prior month to a 5.17M rate. In China, GDP slowed to 7.3% year-over-year growth pace in Q3 from 7.5% in Q2, though that was slightly better than expected. Chinese industrial production expanded at a 8.0% rate in September, which was well above projections and up from 6.9% growth in August. China's retail sales grew 11.6% in September compared to the prior year, which was nearly in-line with expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple rose $2.71, or 2.72%, to $102.47 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results and gave a better than expected forecast for its sales during the holiday quarter. Following last night's report, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said the iPhone maker "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm, which believes investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company, raised its price target for shares to $143 from $123 and kept a Buy rating on the stock... Five of the Dow's 30 members reported on their quarterly results this morning and Coca-Cola (KO) was the clear loser in the bunch. The soda giant's shares dropped $2.61, or 6.03%, to $40.68 after its revenue missed expectations, it warned that it now expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target for 2014, and the company announced new cost-saving measures. Among the other four, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 0.63%, Verizon (VZ) added 0.43%, United Technologies (UTX) gained 0.49%, and Travelers (TRV) rose 1.12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were medical equipment manufacturer Waters (WAT), which rose $9.63, or 9.87%, to $107.17, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which advanced $4.27, or 7.31%, to $62.65. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which plunged $4.78, or 18.2%, to $21.48 after the company was called out by the New York Department of Financial Services for erroneously dated letters to borrowers. Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent for the NYDFS, stated in his letter to the company that if his department concludes it cannot trust Ocwen's systems and processes, "then it cannot trust Ocwen is complying with the law." Also lower following their earnings reports were Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle (CMG), which fell $45.48, or 6.96%, to $607.55, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), which slid $2.92, or 1.66%, to $172.61. INDEXES: The Dow gained 215.14, or 1.31%, to 16,614.81, the Nasdaq advanced 103.40, or 2.4%, to 4,419.48, and the S&P 500 rose 37.27, or 1.96%, to 1,941.28.
07:32 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q3 Aeronautics sales down 2% to $3.54B
Reports Q3 Information Systems & Global Solutions sales down 5% to $1.95B; Reports Q3 Missiles and Fire Control sales down 5% to $1.91B; Reports Q3 Mission Systems and Training sales down 1% to $1.68B; Reports Q3 Space Systems sales up 4% to $2.03B.
07:28 EDTLMTLockheed Martin expects FY15 sales to decline at low single digit rate
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07:27 EDTLMTLockheed Martin raises FY14 EPS to $11.15 from $10.85-$11.15, consensus $11.14
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07:26 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q3 cash from operations was $990M
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07:25 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q3 EPS cont ops $2.76, consensus $2.71
Reports Q3 revenue $11.11B, consensus $11.28B
October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTLMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 15, 2014
10:01 EDTLMTNorthrop Grumman awarded contract from Lockheed
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09:14 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $124.6M THAAD contract
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09:02 EDTLMTLockheed Martin working on new compact fusion reactor
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October 14, 2014
17:17 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $595.48M government contract modification
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07:11 EDTLMTAssociation of the U.S. Army to hold annual meeting
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October 13, 2014
10:58 EDTLMTLockheed Martin receives $90.6M foreign military sale contract from U.S. Army
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