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November 27, 2012
12:16 EDTMMR, LVS, DDS, GLW, BF.B, CAG, THO, ACAD, BFA, RAHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after "core" durable goods orders and a reading on consumer confidence rose. Stock index futures were slightly lower in pre-market trading, even though the terms of a new debt deal for Greece had been outlined prior to the U.S. opening bell. The major averages spent the majority of the session in negative territory despite some better than expected domestic economic data, but managed to get back on the plus side of the ledger as the lunch hour arrived... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department said non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft rose 1.7% in October, versus expectations for a 0.5% decline. Total durable goods orders were unchanged for the month, versus expectations for them to decline 0.7%. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index gained 0.4% in September compared to the prior month and prices in the 20 cities rose 3.0% year over year, which were both roughly in line with forecasts. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November, beating expectations and hitting its highest level in almost five years. The Richmond Fed manufacturing survey for November registered +9, compared to expectations for it to slide to -9 from the prior -7 reading. In Europe, the region's finance ministers, the ECB and the IMF reached an aid deal on Greece, which is expected to help the nation reduce its debt-to-GDP ratio to 124% by 2020... COMPANY NEWS: ConAgra Foods (CAG) agreed to acquire Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) for $90.00 per share, or about $6.8B including the assumption of debt. Shares of Ralcorp shot up 26.4% to $88.76 following the deal announcement and ConAgra also advanced 4.7% after the news... In the continuation of a recent trend, several companies declared new special dividends, with Dillard's (DDS) to pay a one-time dividend of $5.00 per share, Brown-Forman (BFA, BF.B) declaring one at $4.00 per share, and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) approving its own $2.75 per share special dividend... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), up 140% following its report of positive results from a trial of its treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis, or PDP. Also higher were shares of Corning (GLW), up nearly 8% after the company said it now sees stronger than forecasted Q4 LCD glass volume and Topeka raised its rating on the shares to Buy. Among the noteworthy losers was McMoRan Exploration (MMR), which fell over 15% after being down yesterday as well after the company provided an update on its Gulf of Mexico exploration results and indicated ongoing well difficulties. Also lower were shares of Thor Industries (THO), down 10% after its disappointing quarterly report... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 3.22, or 0.02%, to 12,970.59; the Nasdaq was up 5.79, or 0.19%, to 2,982.57; and the S&P 500 was up 2.32, or 0.16%, to 1,408.61.
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January 27, 2016
16:24 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports Q4 Marina Bay Sands adjusted property EBITDA $338.2M
The impact of the stronger U.S. dollar negatively impacted the financial results and key performance indicators of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore in the current quarter. Low win percentage on table games play also negatively impacted our reported financial results. The property generated adjusted property EBITDA of $338.2M. On a hold-normalized basis, adjusted property EBITDA was $374.8M. On a constant-currency basis, hold-normalized adjusted property EBITDA decreased 10.1%. On a constant-currency basis, and excluding the property tax refund from the prior year quarter, hold-normalized adjusted property EBITDA increased 11.8%. Rolling Chip win percentage of 2.39% in Q4 of 2015 was below the expected range and considerably below the 3.58% achieved in Q4 of 2014. Rolling Chip volume was $10.12B for the quarter. Non-Rolling Chip drop was $976.4M during the quarter with a Non-Rolling Chip win percentage of 28.5%. Slot handle increased 6.3% to $3.32B for the quarter compared to the year-ago quarter. Total mass win-per-day during the quarter was $4.6M and was an all-time quarterly record for the property in local currency terms.
16:22 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports Sands Macao Q4 adjusted property EBITDA $51.3M
Sands Macao's adjusted property EBITDA was $51.3M. Non-Rolling Chip drop was $716.4M during the quarter, while slot handle was $661.5M. Rolling Chip volume was $2.7B for the quarter. The property realized 3.18% win on Rolling Chip volume during the quarter, below the 3.57% generated in the year-ago quarter.
16:21 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports Q4 Four Seasons Macao adjusted property EBITDA $65.8M
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16:20 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands raises quarterly dividend to 72c per share from 65c per share
Las Vegas Sands announced that its next recurring quarterly dividend of 72c per common share will be paid on March 31, to Las Vegas Sands shareholders of record on March 22.
16:16 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports Sands China revenue down 21.7% to $1.66B
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16:15 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports Macao adjusted property EBITDA $575.3M
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16:12 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports hold-normalized adjusted EPS 64c, consensus 65c
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16:11 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 65c
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14:34 EDTLVSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
14:31 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands January weekly 42 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q4
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14:25 EDTLVSEarnings Watch: Analyst sees 'no surprises' in Las Vegas Sands report
Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, January 27, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Las Vegas Sands is a resort developer with principal operations in Macao, Singapore, and the U.S. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 65c on revenue of $2.92B. The consensus EPS range is 61c-72c, while revenue expectations range from $2.84B-$3.02B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On October 21, Sands reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share of 66c versus expectations for 64c, and Q3 revenue of $2.89B against a consensus estimate of $2.97B. Additionally, Las Vegas Sands reported Q3 adjusted property EBITDA of $1.05B, and Q3 Macao adjusted property EBITDA of $536.8M. CEO Sheldon Adelson said at the time, "While the operating environment in Macao, particularly in the high-end gaming segments, remained challenging during the quarter, our focus on the higher margin mass and non-gaming segments and the geographic diversification of our cash flows allowed us to again deliver in excess of $1B of adjusted property EBITDA during the quarter and weather this cyclical downturn better than the industry overall. We remain sharply focused on the consistent execution of our global growth strategy, which leverages the power of our unique convention-based Integrated Resort business model." STREET RESEARCH: Following the Q3 earnings report, on October 27, Las Vegas Sands was initiated with a Buy at Gabelli with a $60 price target. On the same day, the company was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays with its price target lowered to $45 from $55. Barclays analyst Felicia R. Hendrix said she believed the 2016 gross gaming revenue growth for Macau would be negative given continued VIP and premium mass revenue declines and slower than expected growth in the mass segment. On January 25, Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli said in his Q4 preview of Las Vegas Sands that he sees "no major surprises" in the report, adding, "while we believe Q4 earnings are more than likely a supportive to modestly positive catalyst for shares, we expect medium to longer term trading to be largely Macau market sentiment driven." Santarelli has a Hold rating and a $42 price target on Las Vegas Sands shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Las Vegas Sands shares have fallen about 12%. In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are higher by more than 2.5% to $41.95.
08:20 EDTGLWCorning reported strong results, says Bernstein
After Corning's Q4 results beat expectations, Bernstein says that the results were strong. The firm says that the company's guidance was "mixed," but indicates that its display glass business will be strong this year despite a weak start to Q1. Bernstein says that the company's decision to hedge its yen exposure is positive, and it keeps a $26 price target and Outperform rating.
January 26, 2016
13:50 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands technical notes ahead of earnings
The shares have been in a steady downtrend since the trend began in March 2013. At the current price of $40, the stock would need to take out the $45 area on the upside to break the current downtrend. This would be a technical positive and bullish for future price. Next resistance would be at $47.42. If the news continues to be bearish, the downtrend is likely to extend. First support below $40 is at $38.32. Thereafter support is at $36.77 and the 52-week low at $34.88.
09:57 EDTLVSJanuary weekly straddle priced for % movement.
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09:32 EDTGLWActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTGLWCorning sees gros margin percentages improving year-over-year in 2H16
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09:28 EDTGLWCorning sees Q1 global economic headwinds to continue in Q1
Corning's (GLW) management said that volume in Q1 will reflect the weaker retail market. Management said that Q1 will be the weakest quarter in the fiscal year. The company sees glass market volumes to be down mid-to-high single digits. The company expects glass market volume growth to begin in Q2. The company sees prices to decline moderately sequentially in Q1. The company sees its optical communications segment up low-to-mid single digits. The company sees environmental sales down approximately 10% in Q1. Corning expects its special materials segment sales down mid teens. The company expects its life sciences sales up low-single digits. Dow Corning, Corning's joint venture with Dow Chemical (DD), equity earnings are expected to be approximately $45M in Q1. Corning sees core gross margin approximately 41% of sales in Q1. Guidance provided during Q4 earnings conference call.
06:55 EDTGLWCorning expects Q1 to be weakest of 2016, growth to recover in Q2-Q4
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06:53 EDTGLWCorning reports Q4 Display Technologies core sales $903M
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06:52 EDTGLWCorning reports Q4 core EPS 34c, consensus 32c
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