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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 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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October 9, 2014
14:28 EDTEBAYIcahn says Andreesen should be removed from eBay board
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13:40 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Cheetah Mobile to pre-install Clean Master, BrightWire says
Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) CEO Fu Sheng said that the company has finalized an agreement with Samsung (SSNLF) to pre-install Clean Master, its flagship mobile application, on its phones, according to BrightWire, citing comments from Sheng. The CEO said that the company is devoted to its overseas broadening strategy regardless of investor criticism. Reference Link
09:41 EDTNKEBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:38 EDTEBAYActive equity options trading on open
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06:29 EDTSSNLFIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTSSNLFMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:10 EDTNKEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NKE LULU
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October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:41 EDTEBAYeBay ChannelAdvisor data confirms company guidance, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted ChannelAdvisor reported eBay's same-store sales grew 8.9% in September, which confirms the company's reiterated guidance when it announced its planned PayPal spin-off. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on eBay.
11:41 EDTSSNLFJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
09:42 EDTEBAYeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
08:10 EDTEBAYeBay survey suggests upswing in growth, says RW Baird
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06:13 EDTSSNLFNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
12:50 EDTSSNLFSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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10:17 EDTSSNLFSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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06:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung executives concerned about earnings, chairman's health, WSJ reports
In addition to slumping earnings, the Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung executives are also concerned about the health of Chairman Lee Kun-hee, who has been hospitalized since May when he had a heart attack. According to sources, there are additionally increasing concerns within the company about a "major reshuffle" of executives later this year. Reference Link
06:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung may find difficulty competing with TSMC for Apple chips, DigiTimes says
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