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June 26, 2014
12:53 EDTNKE, SSNLF, EBAYEarnings 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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January 21, 2015
16:20 EDTEBAYeBay enters standstill agreement with Carl Icahn
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16:18 EDTEBAYeBay to reduce workforce globally by approximately 7% in Q1
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16:17 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY15 adjusted EPS $3.05-$3.15, consensus $3.26
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16:16 EDTEBAYeBay sees Q1 adjusted EPS 68c-71c, consensus 76c
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16:15 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 89c
Reports Q4 revenue $4.9B, consensus $4.93B.
15:27 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
14:39 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 likely to have wireless charging, BGR says
Among the expected features for Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming new flagship Galaxy S6 phone, BGR said it expects the device to feature built-in wireless charging. The Fly notes that Integrated Device (IDTI) is a supplier for wireless charging components. Reference Link
14:00 EDTEBAYeBay technical comments ahead of earnings, levels to watch
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13:38 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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11:34 EDTEBAYAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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09:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung unlikely to switch from Qualcomm in all Galaxy S6, says Cowen
Cowen doubts that Samsung (SSNLF) is ready to switch away from Qualcomm (QCOM) components to a whole new chip system for its Galaxy S6 phone, as implied by a Bloomberg report, and believes instead that the phone maker will launch the Galaxy S6 in Korea with its own chips and slightly delay the phone elsewhere while Qualcomm works through its issues. The firm, which also thinks Qualcomm has already solved the reported heating problem with the Snapdragon 810, maintains its Outperform rating and $79 price target on Qualcomm.
08:13 EDTSSNLFQualcomm slides after reportedly being dropped from Galaxy phone
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), which is trying to become more self-sufficient and give a boost to its own processor-making unit, will reportedly drop Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon chip in favor of its own microprocessors in the next Galaxy S smartphone, according to a report from Bloomberg that cited people with direct knowledge of the matter. Shares of Qualcomm are down 2.7% to $70.50 in pre-market trading following the Bloomberg report.
05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung drops Qualcomm chip from next Galaxy smartphone, Bloomberg reports
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05:53 EDTSSNLFTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
13:56 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports 3.4% passive stake in SunEdison
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13:19 EDTEBAYeBay volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung considering stock split, WSJ says
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January 19, 2015
07:45 EDTSSNLFSamsung wants BlackBerry partnership, not takeover, WSJ reports
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January 18, 2015
17:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung shares could rise 30%, Barron's says
Samsung shares could rise 30% and investors who can acquire shares could be rewarded, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
13:45 EDTEBAYGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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