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January 17, 2014
12:12 EDTUPS, CNW, FDX, JBHT, ABFSUPS, Con-way warnings weigh on transportation stocks
Shares of a number of transportation companies are dropping after two of the companies in the sector, UPS (UPS) and Con-way (CNW), pre-announced weaker than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: UPS and Con-way - which provide transportation and supply chain management services - both said that they faced challenges over the last several weeks of the fourth quarter. UPS, which pre-announced its results this morning, stated that it was hurt by the compressed holiday shopping season. The company said the "unprecedented" level of online shopping featured a surge of orders at the very end of the season. As a result of these last minute orders, UPS stated that it had to take "extraordinary measures" that included the deployment of additional equipment and people. UPS estimated that its fourth quarter earnings per share would be $1.25, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.43. The company predicted that its fiscal 2013 earnings per share, excluding certain items, would be $4.57, versus the consensus estimate of $4.75. Meanwhile, Con-way said that its expenses generated by employee benefits and cargo claims were higher than expected in the fourth quarter, particularly during December. In addition, its operating efficiencies were lower than anticipated, primarily due to poor weather late in the quarter, the company stated. Con-way estimated that its fourth quarter earnings per share would "approximate" 21c, versus the consensus estimate of 39c. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, UPS fell 1.9% to $98.50 and FedEx (FDX) lost 0.5% to $141. Meanwhile, Con-way shares fell 3% to $40, trucker J.B. Hunt (JBHT) dropped 1.15% to $77.60, and another trucking company, Arkansas Best (ABFS), sank 3.5% to $34.10.
News For UPS;CNW;FDX;JBHT;ABFS From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
08:54 EDTUPSUPS declines to comment on Amazon, but says adapting to an evolving market
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08:51 EDTUPSUPS expects higher demand in Q4, ready for increased volume
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08:45 EDTUPSUPS says current market trends creates favorable environment for growth
Expects e-commerce market likely will triple in the next few years. By the end of 2015, expects to increase 12K to 20K locations. Says the investments in 30 new technology solutions will have benefits "far beyond" the 2014 peak season. Expects to have 47 new or expanded facilities in the US by 2014 peak season. Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
08:30 EDTCNWCon-way announces fall general rate increase
Con-way Freight, the nationwide less-than-truckload carrier of Con-way, announced that it will implement a general rate increase averaging 4.7%, applicable to non-contractual business, effective October 27. The rate increase will apply to customers on the company's CNWY 599 tariff. It will affect general LTL rates, minimum charges, accessorial and other supplemental fees involved in the provision of service for LTL shipments moving within the United States and Canada, cross-border shipments moving between the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, and the domestic U.S. portion of shipments into Mexico.
07:48 EDTUPSUPS reports Q3 global shipments up 6.9% to 1.1B
Daily packages in the U.S. were 6.9% higher as demand from both B2C and B2B customers improved. International Export shipments increased 9.4% with strong growth in both Asia and Europe. UPS delivered 1.1 billion packages around the world, up 6.9% over the third quarter 2013. “The solid performance we delivered this quarter establishes our ability to stay ahead of market growth and generate positive operating leverage,” said David Abney, UPS CEO. “We continue making investments in technology and expanding our capabilities around the world to ensure we provide the long-term solutions customers demand.” U.S. Domestic revenue increased to $8.7B. International revenue increased 5.5% to $3.2B. Supply Chain and Freight revenue was up 7.4% to $2.4B.
07:46 EDTUPSUPS reiterates FY14 adjusted EPS view $4.90-$5.00, consensus $4.95
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07:45 EDTUPSUPS reports Q3 EPS $1.32, consensus $1.29
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07:29 EDTFDX, UPSUPS, FedEx up efforts to handle holiday season package buildup, Reuters says
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October 23, 2014
15:39 EDTUPSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:08 EDTUPSEarnings Preview: UPS sentiment mixed ahead of Q3 report
United Parcel Service (UPS) is expected to report third quarter earnings on Friday, October 24, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. UPS is a package delivery company and provider of global supply chain management solutions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.29 on revenue of $14.2B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.24-$1.35 on revenue of $14.01B-$14.41B. LAST QUARTER: UPS reported second quarter adjusted EPS of $1.21 against estimates for $1.25, on revenue of $14.27B against estimates for $14.1B. On its Q2 report, the company lowered its fiscal 2014 adjusted EPS view to $4.90-$5.00 from the "low end" of the $5.05-$5.30 range, compared to consensus of $5.09. The company announced plans to increase 2014 operating expense for capacity and peak related projects to a total of $175M. CFO Kurt Kuehn said, "These initiatives will increase operating expense this year, but will provide financial benefits for years to come." On its Q2 conference call, management said it would treat Black Friday as a full operating day this year. They expect a "very strong" peak season and said "all options are on the table" going forward after they evaluate their peak season performance, including consideration of a surcharge. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to UPS’s Q3 earnings report. On July 30 Bernstein said weakness in UPS shares was overdone following its Q2 report. Bernstein remained encouraged by the company's U.S. margins and volume growth. It viewed the stock as undervalued and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. On July 31, Atlantic Equities downgraded UPS to Neutral from Overweight. On September 26, Argus said UPS weakness created a buying opportunity. Argus noted that UPS had already begun hiring temporary workers and building remote villages ahead of the 2014 holiday shopping season. The firm thought the company will benefit from these extra workers into 2015, and it expects the company to benefit from a number of positive trends. It said the stock has a fair value of $115 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: UPS shares have traded modestly higher since Q2 results were released. The stock has gained over 7% over the past twelve months. In afternoon trading ahead of Friday's Q3 report, UPS shares are up more than 1.8%.
October 22, 2014
10:24 EDTUPSUPS October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:03 EDTFDXFedEx sees December 15 as busiest day in company's history
09:03 EDTFDXFedEx expects to move over 290M shipments between Black Friday-Christmas Eve
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October 21, 2014
07:14 EDTFDXFedEx management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Sydney, Australia on October 21 hosted by UBS.
October 20, 2014
16:39 EDTUPSUPS 2015 rates for ground, air, international,freight, air freight to be up 4.9%
UPS released new published rates for 2015. UPS Ground, Air, International, UPS Freight, and UPS air freight rates within and between the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico will increase an average of 4.9%. The increase is effective Dec. 29.
08:25 EDTFDXFedEx management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Melbourne, Australia on October 20 hosted by UBS.
October 14, 2014
08:36 EDTJBHTJ.B. Hunt reports Q3 dedicated contract services revenue $361M
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08:34 EDTJBHTJ.B. Hunt reports Q3 EPS 87c, consensus 84c
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October 13, 2014
15:08 EDTJBHTJ.B. Hunt technical comments before earnings
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06:02 EDTFDXFedEx sued by EEOC for disability discrimination
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