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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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August 25, 2015
17:50 EDTSSNLFFormer TSMC employee may have leaked secrets to Samsung, China Post says
The Taiwanese Supreme Court has barred a former TSMC (TSM) employee from working for Samsung (SSNLF) following claims that he leaked trade secrets to the Korean firm, reports the China Post. According to evaluations of computer chips from the two companies, differences in chip technology between Samsung and TSMC have quickly decreased in recent years, the report noted. Reference Link
August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
08:11 EDTEBAYeBay Motors partners with Assurant to extend warranties on purchase
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06:22 EDTSSNLFTSMC pursuing 16nm chip orders, DigiTimes reports
According to market sources, DigiTimes reports that TSMC (TSM) has been "actively" seeking 16nm FinFET chip orders. In addition to securing a portion of Apple's (AAPL) A9 chip orders, TSMC has also received orders from AMD (AMD), Broadcom (BRCM), LG, Nvidia (NVDA) and Avago (AVGO), the sources say, noting that TSMC failed to maintain orders for Qualcomm's (QCOM) flagship mobile chips, as it has placed orders for the Snapdragon 820 series with Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
06:20 EDTNKENike upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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August 21, 2015
10:34 EDTSSNLFSamsung working on Android tablet with 18.4-inch display, Sam Mobile reports
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06:01 EDTSSNLFABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung TV production capacity reduced in 1H15, DigiTimes says
Samsung reduced TV production capacity globally by 10M units in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. Citing Korea media reports in Money Today, Samsung reduced capacity to 21.36M in 1H15. It also plans to decrease production capacity by another 10M units in 2H15 for a total of 42M units. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
06:07 EDTSSNLFSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link
06:02 EDTSSNLFTop electric car makers largely choosing SDI, Panasonic for batteries, WSJ says
Large auto makers in the U.S., Europe and Asia are favoring Samsung's (SSNLF) SDI unit, Panasonic (PCRFY) and LG to supply advanced batteries for their electric cars following several years of failed technology bets among suppliers, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Lux Research battery expert Cosmin Laslau, five years from now, "We are looking at Panasonic, LG and Samsung SDI making up about 80% of the market." Reference Link
August 19, 2015
19:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung to ask Supreme Court to review Apple patent ruling
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed court documents indicating it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of its Apple (AAPL) patent fight. Reference Link
18:40 EDTSSNLFAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
09:16 EDTEBAYNew Relic, Magneto announce expansion of partnership
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06:03 EDTSSNLFSamsung begins to market Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+ in Taiwan, DigiTimes reports
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August 18, 2015
06:08 EDTEBAYeBay expected to announce sale of some of Snapdeal stake, Re/code reports
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05:55 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: Global mobile DRAM revenue up 7.7% in Q2, DigiTimes reports
Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 7.7% sequentially to $3.85B while global sales of overall DRAM decreased 4.8% to $11.4B in Q2, reports DigiTimes, citing DRAMeXchange. Mobile DRAM prices were less affected by falling prices for PC DRAM chips when compared to other types of DRAM. Prices for PC DRAM chips, which fell 15% in July, are forecast to drop an overall 30% in the third quarter of 2015. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
13:05 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI (pre-open)
Pre-open, Evercore ISI initiated eBay with a Hold rating and $28 price target. The firm sees balanced potential catalysts against a fundamental story that remains challenged due to increased competitive pressures.
06:38 EDTSSNLFApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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August 14, 2015
07:37 EDTEBAYJANA reports new stakes in Allergan, TWC, sells Applied Materials
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06:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung makes enterprise push with new phones, improved security, WSJ says
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