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June 26, 2014
12:53 EDTSSNLF, EBAY, NKEEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Nike reporting better than expected Q4 EPS
Nike (NKE) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, June 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Nike sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 75c on revenue of $7.34B. The consensus range is 70c-80 for EPS and $7.23B-$7.44B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: The company reported third quarter EPS from continuing operations of 76c, beating the consensus expectation of 72c. Nike's revenue of $7B also beat the $6.69B consensus projection. Nike reported a Q3 gross margin of 44.5%, which was up 30 basis points. The company also reported worldwide futures orders were up 12% to $10.9B. Nike forecast Q4 revenue growth at a high single-digit to low double-digit rate, below the futures growth rate largely due to the timing of shipments at the beginning and end of Q4, as well as lower levels of at once and closeout sales. Nike also forecast fiscal year 2014 revenue at the top end of a high-single digit target range. NEWS: The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS growth "somewhat below" the mid-teens target range and sees currency neutral revenue growth at or slightly above the high-single digit target range. The consensus forecast is $3.37 for EPS and $30.09B for revenue. On its Q3 earnings conference call, Nike predicted Q4 forex headwinds would be stronger than Q3. During the quarter, Reenie Benzinger was named Vice President of global apparel and eBay (EBAY) Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe was named to Nike's board. CNet said Nike was preparing to end production of wearable-hardware devices and laid off most of its workers responsible for developing its FuelBand fitness tracker. A spokesperson confirmed a "small number" of layoffs. The Wall Street Journal noted that older versions of Nike's FuelBand were up for sale at steep discounts. Bloomberg said Nike, which forecast revenue to hit $36B by the end of FY17, is looking to make its activity-tracking software the go-to app for products manufactured by other firms like Samsung (SSNLF). STREET RESEARCH: Sterne Agee believes that Nike's Nike and Jordan footwear sales in the U.S. have continued to be strong. The firm expects Nike will report higher than expected EPS for Q4. Canaccord does not see any upward revisions to guidance and expects growth to be somewhat below the mid-teens range. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Nike shares are up almost 4%. Year-to-date, shares are up down over 3%. Ahead of this afternoon's earnings, shares are trading down 38c, or 0.5%, to $76.09.
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January 28, 2016
09:19 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), up 13.9%... Under Armour (UA), up 14.6%... MicroStrategy (MSTR), up 8.9%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 8%... Paypal (PYPL), up 6%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 7.9%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 6.2%... Alibaba (BABA), up 4.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Neos Therapeutics (NEOS), up 61.4% after the FDA approved Adzenys XR-ODT for the treatment of ADHD... Exelixis (EXEL), up 4.7% after the U.S. FDA determined the company's New Drug Application for cabozantinib is sufficiently complete... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 6.7% after being upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: OSI Systems (OSIS), down 21.3%... ServiceNow (NOW), down 22.3%... eBay (EBAY), down 11.5%... InvenSense (INVN), down 10.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 9.3%... Hologic (HOLX), down 4.4%... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), down 3.6%... Potash (POT), down 2.1%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3.6%.
08:33 EDTEBAYOptions expected to be active
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07:57 EDTEBAYeBay outlook better than headlines suggest, says Baird
Baird said eBay's results were in line with expectations and said although management's outlook looks weak on the surface, the guidance is unchanged from the outlook provided last year. Baird believes eBay shares are likely to be challenged near-term due to foreign exchange headwinds and so lowered its price target to $30 from $33. Baird maintained its Outperform rating on eBay shares.
07:33 EDTEBAYeBay share selloff 'feels overdone,' says JPMorgan
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05:55 EDTEBAYeBay price target lowered to $25 from $30 at Piper Jaffray
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January 27, 2016
19:30 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), up 11.4%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 6.4%... Paypal (PYPL), up 5%... Crown Castle (CCI), up 2.2%... Citrix (CTXS), up 2.4%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), up 1%... SanDisk (SNDK), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Radius Health (RDUS), up 1.2% after announcing a clinical collaboration with Novartis (NVS)... LinkedIn (LNKD) is up 2.4%, Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is up 2.2% and 2.6%, respectively, Netflix (NFLX) is up 1%, Amazon.com (AMZN) is up 2%, and Twitter (TWTR) is up marginally after Facebook reported quarterly results... MGM Resorts (MGM) is up 2.2% and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) is up 2.2%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: ServiceNow (NOW), down 16.5%... eBay (EBAY), down 12.8%... United Rentals (URI), down 9.7%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 9.6%... Silicon Graphics (SGI), down 9.1%... Discover Financial (DFS), down 7.4%... InvenSense (INVN), down 6.1%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 4.3%... Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), down 1.1%. ALSO LOWER: Incyte (INCY), down 12.8% after announcing that it will halt the Phase 2 sub-study of ruxolitinib or placebo in combination with regorafenib after a planned interim analysis of the high CRP subgroup demonstrated that ruxolitinib plus regorafenib did not show a sufficient level of efficacy to warrant continuation.
18:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung to repurchase 2.99T won of shares in second phase of buyback
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18:49 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports Q4 net profit 3.24T won, consensus 5.4T won, Bloomberg reports
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18:40 EDTEBAYeBay drops, PayPal climbs after quarterly results
Shares of eBay (EBAY) and PayPal (PYPL) diverged after the recently-split companies reported their respective fourth quarter results and gave guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2016. WHAT'S NEW: eBay reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 50c, compared to consensus estimates of 50c, and Q4 revenue of $2.32B, in-line with analyst expectations of $2.32B. eBay provided Q1 adjusted EPS guidance of 43c-45c, below analyst estimates of 48c, and Q1 revenue guidance of $2.05B-$2.1B, against analyst expectations of $2.16B. eBay also gave FY16 adjusted EPS guidance of $1.82-$1.87, below analyst estimates of $1.98, and FY16 revenue guidance of $8.5B-$8.8B, below consensus expectation of $8.99B. PayPal reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 36c, above analyst estimates of 35c, and Q4 revenue of $2.56B, above consensus expectations of $2.51. PayPal gave Q1 adjusted EPS guidance of 34c-36c, above analyst estimates of 35c, and Q1 revenue guidance of $2.47B-$2.52B, compared to consensus expectations of $2.48B. PayPal also gave FY16 adjusted EPS guidance of $1.45-$1.50, compared to analyst estimates of $1.49, and FY16 revenue guidance of $10.5B-$10.7B, against consensus expectations of $10.68B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: eBay reported that its Q4 active buyer base was up 5% to 162M. The company also reported Q4 gross merchandise volume of $21.9B, while Marketplace GMV was $20.7B, and StubHub GMV was $1.2B. PayPal reported that Q4 total payment volume was up 29% to $82B and the active account base increased by 6.6M to 179M in Q4. Its Venmo subsidiary processed $2.5B of TPV in Q4, an increase of 174% year-over-year. PayPal also announced a new $2B share repurchase program. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note following eBay's earnings announcement reiterating the firm's Neutral rating. Munster explained that eBay's disappointing guidance is consistent with his belief that the company will continue to struggle to return to eCommerce growth amid the structural shift away from eBay's intensive search model and towards automated, simplified online commerce platforms. Munster argued that repositioning eBay's brand in the consumer's mind will continue to be a challenge, though given the stock's valuation, those expectations appear to be priced in. PRICE ACTION: Shares of eBay are lower by 12.38% to $23.15 in after-hours trading, while shares of PayPal are up 5% to $33.18. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: At eBay's current price, the next support is at $22.11, the 52-week low, and resistance is at $24.51.
18:00 EDTSSNLFFacebook executives pleased with China growth, hazy on Oculus launch
Speaking on the company's fourth quarter earnings conference call, Facebook (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg highlighted the company's more than 2.5M active advertisers as well as the growth of its Messenger and WhatsApp services, which have expanded to 800M and nearly 1B monthly users, respectively. More services will be coming soon to Messenger, Zuckerberg promised, including airline integration. The CEO noted he is "pleased" with initial consumer reaction to Samsung's (SSNLF) Gear VR virtual reality headset, though commentary on pre-orders for Facebook's own Oculus Rift device was notably light, with Zuckerberg saying only that the Oculus launch is "shaping up to be a big moment for the gaming community." Meanwhile, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company is pleased with the growth its seeing in emerging markets, including China, where businesses are using Facebook to reach customers internationally. The commentary comes in contrast to the downbeat macro view voiced during Apple's (AAPL) conference call Tuesday night. Globally, 98 of the quarter's top 100 Facebook advertisers also chose to market on Instagram, Sandberg said, adding that as businesses realize they need to catch up to consumer shifts towards mobile, she foresees a "big" opportunity to continue growing advertiser count. ANALYST TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a post-earnings note on Facebook, reiterating his Overweight rating and $155 price target on the social network giant in the wake of its strong beat. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Facebook have surged 12.8% to $106.60 in after-hours trading. Other members of the FANG stock grouping are also moving higher, with Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Alphabet (GOOG) rising a respective 2.3%, 2.25% and 2.6%.
16:07 EDTEBAYeBay drops after results
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16:06 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY16 adjusted EPS $1.82-$1.87, consensus $1.98
Sees FY16 revenue $8.5B-$8.8B, consensus $8.99B.
16:06 EDTEBAYeBay sees Q1 adjusted EPS 43c-45c, consensus 48c
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16:05 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 active buyer base up 5% to 162M
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16:02 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 adjusted EPS 50c, consensus 50c
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14:44 EDTSSNLFEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after breakup decision, China licensing deals
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14:34 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
14:33 EDTEBAYeBay January weekly 27 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q4
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12:29 EDTEBAYEarnings Watch: eBay to report Q4 earnings following 2015 holiday season
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07:49 EDTEBAYEBay volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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