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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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October 15, 2014
13:09 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay to report Q3 earnings after PayPal spin-off announcement
eBay (EBAY) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. eBay is a technology company that enables commerce through Marketplaces, Payments, and GSI. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.37B. The consensus range is 65c-72c for EPS, and $4.33B-$4.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: eBay reported second quarter EPS of 69c against estimates of 68c on revenue of $4.37B against estimates of $4.38B. The company gave Q3 EPS guidance of 65c-67c and Q3 revenue guidance of $4.3B-$4.4B as well as FY14 EPS guidance of $2.95-$3.00. It narrowed FY14 revenue guidance to $18B-$18.3B from $18B-$18.5B. eBay said Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June. The company confirmed the Q3 guidance during a conference call in September. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: eBay announced in late September that it will separate eBay and PayPal into two independent publicly traded companies, set to be completed in the second half of 2015. eBay Marketplaces President Devin Wenig will be the CEO of the new eBay company and Dan Schulman will become CEO of the new PayPal company. The cost of the transaction has yet to be determined, and the split is not designed to position either business for sale. During its conference call to discuss the split, the company said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile payments this year and added that Apple (AAPL) could help speed NFC adoption and would be good for PayPal. eBay adds that it has "never been more bullish" on PayPal's prospects. Following the announcement, there were rumors that Google (GOOG) was looking to acquire eBay. Piper Jaffray said the press reports of the talks between the two companies are "largely unsubstantiated." The company was downgraded at JPMorgan, JMP Securities, Jeffries, and Wedbush after the announcement of a split due to increased uncertainty. Investors say the benefit of the spin-off plans are not as clear, unsure if a standalone PayPal is in a better position to compete in the quickly changing digital payments space. Wedbush analysts say a spin-off will not boost the payment processor's business and may have negative consequences for both companies. Investors were also split on how Apple's mobile payments platform will affect eBay and PayPal. RW Baird said Apple iWallet will pose a threat to PayPal, particularly to its opportunities at point-of-sale and Piper Jaffray said the new payments system will further weigh on eBay's multiple over the next six months. JPMorgan, however, said iWallet will be a net positive for payment networks and Citigroup believes the risks from Apple are likely overstated. PRICE ACTION: eBay shares have dropped more 2.21% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday midday trading ahead of its earnings report, eBay shares are trading down 2%.
10:02 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTNKENike upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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06:43 EDTSSNLFFacebook, Samsung could collaborate to develop mobile content, Korea Times says
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06:34 EDTSSNLFIHS: Apple, Samsung set to drive fingerprint sensor market, DigiTimes says
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06:32 EDTSSNLFTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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06:12 EDTNKENike's Converse sues rivals over 'copycat' design, NY Post reports
Converse, a unit of Nike (NKE), is suing rivals including Ralph Lauren (RL) and Tory Burch, alleging that shoemakers and retailers are copying its iconic design, the New York Post reports. Lawyers for Converse say "We welcome fair competition, but we do not believe companies have a right to copy the trademarked look." The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and injunctions that would bar the production of the rival shoe models. Reference Link
06:06 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 14, 2014
12:48 EDTEBAYeBay October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
eBay October call option implied volatility is at 52, November is at 30, January is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 15.
12:46 EDTEBAYSquare CEO Dorsey says not in talks with PayPal
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12:31 EDTEBAYeBay PayPal unit in talks to buy Square, Bank Innovations reports
PayPal, which is spinning off from eBay in 2015, is exploring several potential acquisitions, including the purchase of Square, according to Bank Innovation, citing sources close to both companies. The acquisition talks are in the “early stages,” but are described as "serious" and "intense" by the sources, the report stated. Bank Innovation said it had "no word yet" on an acquisition price, but assumes it would be above the $6B valuation ascribed to Square in a recent fundraising effort. Shares of eBay are up a bit over 1% in afternoon trading. Reference Link
12:26 EDTEBAYPayPal in 'early' but serious talks to buy Square, Bank Innovations says
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06:01 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 13, 2014
12:37 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Sector Perform at Portales
06:12 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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October 12, 2014
17:04 EDTSSNLFSamsung could climb 50%, Barron's says
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14:32 EDTSSNLFSamsung creates faster Wi-Fi technology, Bloomberg says
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October 10, 2014
10:04 EDTEBAYXoom could be a acquisition of target of PayPal, says Monness Crespi
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06:52 EDTSSNLFGoogle allowed to face Rockstar in California court, Reuters says
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06:00 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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