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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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November 23, 2014
17:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung files complaint aimed at blocking Nvidia chips, Bloomberg says
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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTNKEMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:23 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
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06:13 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
November 20, 2014
16:18 EDTNKENike raises quarterly dividend to 28c per share from 24c per share
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12:47 EDTNKENike opens first women only store in CA, Bloomberg reports
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07:47 EDTSSNLFSupply chains see FY15 TV shipments up 10%, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung introduces 'Milk Video' mobile video service, WSJ reports
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November 19, 2014
10:54 EDTSSNLFNVIDIA discloses Samsung files patent infringement suit
NVIDIA (NVDA) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on November 10, Samsung (SSNLF) filed a complaint against NVIDIA and Velocity Micro, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleges that NVIDIA infringed six patents and falsely advertised that the Tegra K1 processor is the world’s fastest mobile processor. Samsung seeks unspecified damages and an injunction prohibiting NVIDIA from any future violations. NVIDIA has not yet responded to the complaint.
November 18, 2014
15:05 EDTEBAYcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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08:54 EDTNKENike initiated with a Hold at BB&T
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08:54 EDTNKENike initiated with a Hold at BB&T
08:37 EDTEBAYeBay increasingly threatened by Alibaba, says Bernstein
After conducting research in China, Bernstein believes that Alibaba's (BABA) international expansion poses an increasing competitive threat to eBay (EBAY) Marketplaces. The firm says that 25% of eBay's gross merchandise volume is generated outside of the U.S., and it believes a significant amount of that comes from China. Bernstein believes it is possible but not likely that Alibaba will buy eBay Marketplaces after its spin off. The firm keeps a $60 price target and Outperform rating on eBay.
07:31 EDTNKESignet Jewelers names Daniel Shull as Chief Information Officer
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07:16 EDTSSNLFSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:19 EDTSSNLFSamsung to reduce number of smartphone models by 25%-30% in 2015, FT reports
Robert Yi, Samsung's head of investor relations, says that his company will reduce the number of handset types by 25%-30% in 2015 in a bid to cut costs and boost profits, the Financial Times reports. Reference Link
November 17, 2014
15:36 EDTEBAYSnapchat partners with Square on money messaging service, Re/code reports
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10:02 EDTEBAYAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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07:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushing supply chain to cut OLED panel component prices, DigiTimes says
Samsung Display (SSNLF), which is looking to be price competitive with its own smartphone and has also attracted new customers including Motorola Mobility, Dell and Lenovo (LNVGY) that are developing Samsung Display OLED technology either in smartphones or notebooks, is pushing supply chains, including backlight makers, to lower pricing for components by as much as 30% during Q4, said DigiTimes. Reference Link
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