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June 26, 2014
12:53 EDTNKE, EBAY, 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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July 15, 2014
06:11 EDTSSNLFSamsung, HiSilicon to sell more handset solutions to vendors, DigiTimes says
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06:06 EDTEBAYElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
06:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Nest, ARM team up for Thread wireless networking protocol
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July 14, 2014
11:24 EDTEBAYeBay July volatility elevated into Q2 and PayPal outlook
eBay July call option implied volatility is at 49, August is at 25, October is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 16.
10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
08:07 EDTEBAYeBay Sotheby's confirm partnership plans
eBay (EBAY) and Sotheby’s (BID) announced a partnership to develop an innovative online platform that will make it easier for millions of people worldwide to discover, browse and acquire exceptional works of art, antiques and collectibles. eBay and Sotheby’s will start by offering a number of live auctions that are taking place at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York. To accomplish this, eBay in the near future will be launching a newly-designed experience on its site, tailored for collectors of rare, unique and premium art and collectibles as well as first-time buyers. Sotheby’s will be the preeminent anchor tenant in the revamped marketplace, which will include a new live auction feature and real-time bidding from anywhere around the world. The Sotheby’s auctions will present 18 collecting categories. Going forward, the partnership will explore themed and time-based sales, as well as live auctions from Sotheby’s other global salesrooms. Evening Sales will not be included.
08:01 EDTNKEManchester United reaches agreement with Adidas
Manchester United (MANU) has reached a ten year agreement with Adidas (ADDYY) for a global technical sponsorship and dual branded licensing deal for a minimum guarantee of GBP750M, subject to certain adjustments, beginning with the 2015-2016 campaign. For the 2014-2015 season, Nike (NKE) will continue in its role of technical sponsor and trademark licensee.
06:54 EDTSSNLFSamsung ceases business with China supplier, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTEBAYSotheby's, eBay to stream auctions, NY Times reports
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06:06 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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July 12, 2014
18:33 EDTSSNLFIntel looks to Chinese unbranded makers to boost tablet presence, WSJ says
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July 11, 2014
10:49 EDTEBAYeBay breaks out of downtrend, levels to watch
There has been a distinct downtrend in the name from the highs of March down to the lows of June. After a brief period of basing the shares are breaking out from that downtrend resistance line. At the current price of $51.59, next resistance is at $52.33 which was a recent pivot high on a closing basis. Support is at $50.94.
06:23 EDTEBAYChannelAdvisor reports Amazon June SSS up 34.4%, eBay up 12.3%
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05:57 EDTSSNLFSamsung revamping app store for phones and tablets, Re/code reports
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July 10, 2014
08:10 EDTNKEMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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07:36 EDTSSNLFSamsung facing new child labor claims at Chinese supplier, FT says
A week after Samsung Electronics assured that there was no underage labor involved in making its products, China Labor Watch has made a new claim to have found evidence of five child workers at a Samsung supplier in southern China, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:42 EDTNKENike ends deal with Manchester United, NY Times reports
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06:26 EDTSSNLFTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:00 EDTEBAYeBay repatriated cash likely to be used for M&A, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes a large part of the $9B in cash eBay expects to repatriate to the U.S. will be used for acquisitions in the payments space. The cash, equating to $6B net of taxes, could help eBay take advantage of the shift to mobile payments, the firm says. Piper lists Square, VeriFone (PAY), iZettle and Corduro as companies in the payment space that are within acquisition range for eBay. The firm has an Overweight rating on eBay with a $63 price target.
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