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November 9, 2012
06:46 EDTUPS, TNTEY, HBC, BBY, MRGEOn The Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: UPS (UPS) is said to be working on possible remedies to address competition concerns over its EUR5.2B takeover of TNT Express (TNTEY), though it will argue it doesn't need to make concessions, reports the Wall Street Journal...FINANCIAL TIMES: HSBC (HBC) is probing claims by a whistleblower, which are being examined by HM Revenue & Customs, that some of its offshore accounts were being used by serious criminals, the Financial Times reports. REUTERS: A consortium led by former Best Buy (BBY) CEO Richard Schulze will bid below $8B for the company, and the bid won't be submitted until December at the earliest, according to Reuters...Merge Healthcare (MRGE), which announced in September that it was exploring strategic alternatives, is said be attracting interest from at least five private equity firms, according to a Reuters report that cites people familiar with the matter.
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October 29, 2014
07:08 EDTMRGEMerge Healthcare reports Q3 adjusted EPS 5c, consensus 3c
Reports Q3 revenue $53.98M, consensus $53.59M.
October 28, 2014
06:38 EDTBBYApple says Apple Pay in 220,000 locations already, Business Insider reports
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October 27, 2014
07:15 EDTBBYWal-Mart, Best Buy among companies rejecting Apple Pay, Business Insider says
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October 24, 2014
09:22 EDTUPSUPS expects to see steady improvement in Freight Group
09:09 EDTUPSUPS expects fcurrency headwinds in Q4
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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.
08:24 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill turning more positive on Best Buy
BofA/Merrill said it is turning more positive on Best Buy and raised estimates and its price target to $40 from $36 ahead of the Q3 report in November. The firm cites strong iPhone 6 sales and other new products for driving an increase in its Q3 comp forecast and expects the company to achieve its $1B cost savings target. BofA/Merrill expects steady margin expansion and shares repurchases to resume in 2015, which will add to earnings growth. Shares are Buy rated.
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 EDTUPSUPS, 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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10:12 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active, reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday’s at Barclays
Best Buy October weekly 32, November 34 calls are active on total call volume of 3K calls (1K puts). October weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, November is at 44, December is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term upside price movement after reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday season at Barclays.
09:50 EDTHBCCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
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08:36 EDTBBYBest Buy reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday season at Barclays
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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.
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