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June 26, 2014
12:53 EDTEBAY, NKE, SSNLFEarnings 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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December 10, 2014
11:50 EDTEBAYeBay says no decision made on new company boards, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a comment from the company, which follows an earlier Re/code report that said eBay CEO John Donahoe could leave the parent company's board and join PayPal's board when the companies separate.
10:35 EDTEBAYeBay CEO could join PayPal's board following spinoff, Re/code reports
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09:15 EDTNKENike price target raised to $105 from $100 at Credit Suisse
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07:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung combining U.S. electronics, mobile units, WSJ reports
Samsung Electronics is merging Samsung Electronics America, its subsidiary that oversees consumer electronics distribution in the U.S., and Samsung Telecommunications America, which focuses on mobile devices, into one unit, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from the company. Reference Link
07:25 EDTNKENike sues employees who left for Adidas for stealing trade secrets, ESPN reports
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06:22 EDTSSNLFChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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December 9, 2014
17:03 EDTNKENike appoints Tom Peddie as VP and GM of the Emerging Markets
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08:35 EDTSSNLFCorning Gorilla Glass 4 chosen for Samsung Galaxy ALPHA
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06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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05:34 EDTEBAYChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
13:52 EDTEBAYeBay advances slightly in down tape after Stifel upgrades shares
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: The risk/reward ratio on eBay appears to be favorable, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to investors today. In the most likely scenario for the company, the shares could increase as high as about $65 from their current level of around $55, but are unlikely to drop much below $50, Devitt believes. In a possible bullish scenario, the shares could go up to $75, the analyst stated. The spin off of eBay's PayPal business, expected to occur within nine months, should be a significant catalyst for the stock, while the gross merchandise volume generated by the company's marketplaces business should accelerate in the second half of next year, wrote Devitt. Marketplaces comparisons become easier starting in the second half of the year, the analyst explained. Additionally, eBay will begin to emphasize that the percentage of e-commerce transactions processed by PayPal is increasing, Devitt stated. Meanwhile, eBay's valuation is "compelling," and the upcoming spin-off reminds Devitt of the separation of Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which proved to be a positive catalyst, he wrote. Devitt set a $65 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, eBay gained 17c, or 0.3%, to $54.97.
10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
06:38 EDTNKENike downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory
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06:15 EDTSSNLFLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
06:10 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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December 5, 2014
06:21 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: DRAM spot prices hit 7-month low, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ Mobile (NQ) 144, eBay (EBAY) 20 according to iVolatility.
December 4, 2014
13:15 EDTNKENike, Adidas open stores for women in China, WantChinaTimes says
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07:17 EDTEBAYFBR Capital to hold a bus tour
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