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June 26, 2014
12:53 EDTNKE, SSNLF, EBAYEarnings 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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June 23, 2015
16:02 EDTSSNLFRed Hat, Samsung form strategic alliance
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14:53 EDTEBAYeBay bans Confederate flags listings, Reuters reports
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08:26 EDTNKENike June weekly volatility increases into Q4 and growth outlook
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07:11 EDTNKENike bar high into Thursday's Q4 results, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that with shares up 11% year-to-date and at all-time highs, the bar is high into Nike's Q4 results on Thursday. The firm raised its Q4 earnings estimate to 84c from 81c and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $115 price target.
06:05 EDTSSNLFIntel pushing into SSD market and hope to surpass Samsung in 2016, DigiTimes says
Intel (INTC) is looking to push into the SSD market with its newest 750 series SSDs with technology able to enhance the transmission speed, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the company is also offering price cuts on its existing products in order to narrow its gap with the largest vendor Samsung (SSNLF). Sources also expect Intel to draw near to Samsung in 2H15 and may even have a chance to surpass Samsung in 2016. Reference Link
06:05 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushing to release Galaxy S7 in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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06:05 EDTSSNLFNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
17:55 EDTSSNLFITC staff supports clearing Samsung, Qualcomm, in NVIDIA case, Bloomberg says
The U.S. International Trade Commission staff recommends that Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Qualcomm (QCOM) be absolved of patent-infringement accusations brought by Nvidia (NVDA), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
14:42 EDTSSNLFOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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June 21, 2015
14:44 EDTSSNLFFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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June 19, 2015
14:50 EDTNKENike June weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and growth outlook
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11:01 EDTEBAYeBay sells equity interest in craigslist back to craigslist
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07:15 EDTSSNLFCourt to rule July 1 on Elliottís bid to block Samsung deal, Reuters reports
A South Korean court said it will rule by July 1 on U.S. hedge fund Elliottís request to block a Samsung C&T Corp, a unit of Samsung, shareholder vote on an $8B buyout offer from Cheil Industries, Reuters reports. Elliott told the court that Cheilís offer was built to pave the way for a leadership succession in the Samsung conglomerate and did not serve the best interests of their shareholders, the report says. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
19:55 EDTSSNLFSamsung to release security update to fix Galaxy keyboard security issue
Samsung released the following statement on Samsung Tomorrow: "Samsung takes all security threats very seriously. There have been reports that there is vulnerability when keyboard updates are carried out on Galaxy devices. We are aware of this issue and are committed to providing the latest in security on all of our devices. So the likelihood of making a successful attack, exploiting this vulnerability is low. There have been no reported customer cases of Galaxy devices being compromised through these keyboard updates. But as the reports indicate, the risk does exist and Samsung will roll out a security policy update in the coming days." Reference Link
17:03 EDTNKENike boardmembers Douglas G. Houser and Orin C. Smith retiring in September
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06:17 EDTSSNLFElliot Associates says Samsung merger to cost investors $7B, Financial Times say
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June 17, 2015
10:01 EDTSSNLFSYNNEX signs Samsung Techwin to its VISUALSolv physical security line card
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June 16, 2015
18:08 EDTEBAYeBay to sell enterprise unit by July 1, Bloomberg says
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14:05 EDTEBAYeBay targeting sale of Enterprise unit before split, Bloomberg says
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06:13 EDTEBAYAlibaba, Foxconn could invest $500M in Snapdeal, WSJ reports
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