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July 22, 2013
13:19 EDTUPSEarnings Preview: United Parcel Service sees Q2 EPS $1.13
United Parcel Service (UPS) is expected to report Q2 earnings on Tuesday, July 23 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 EPS of $1.13 on revenue of $13.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.13 on revenue of $13.2B-$13.93B. LAST QUARTER: UPS reported Q1 adjusted EPS of $1.04 against estimates for $1.01 on revenue of $13.43B against estimates for $13.47B. On July 12, UPS lowered its FY13 EPS view to $4.65-$4.85 from $4.80-$5.06, consensus $4.98. Q2 EPS was forecast at $1.13, consensus $1.20. UPS said, "Overcapacity in the global air freight market, increasing customer preference for lower-yielding shipping solutions, and a slowing U.S. industrial economy drove revenue and operating profit below expectations. In addition, UPS experienced some slowing in package volume growth as a result of labor negotiations. We expect the second quarter market trends to persist and UPS is adapting to meet these conditions. Despite downward revisions to economic forecasts for the second half of the year, we anticipate solid profit growth. However, we are reducing guidance for 2013 adjusted diluted EPS to a range of $4.65 to $4.85, a 3%-7% increase over last year." STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to UPSí Q2 earnings report. On July 11, UPS was initiated with a Buy at Buckingham, price target $115. On July 15, three firms, BB&T, Raymond James, and JP Morgan all downgraded UPS citing the slower pace of earnings growth. PRICE ACTION: UPSí shares have gained approximately 3% since Q1 results were released in late April, and reached a 52-week high of $91.78 earlier this month. In early afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, UPSí shares are down about 0.2%.
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December 18, 2014
07:07 EDTUPSUPS agrees to terms with ORTIE to acquire Poltraf, terms not disclosed
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December 17, 2014
11:37 EDTUPSFedEx falls after Q2 results, FY15 EPS outlook miss analysts' estimates
Shares of package delivery company FedEx (FDX) are sinking after the company's second quarter results and fiscal year 2015 profit outlook missed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, FedEx reported Q2 EPS of $2.14 and revenue of $11.9B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of $2.22 and $11.98B, respectively. Share repurchases benefited Q2 earnings by 16c per share, FedEx said. The company reported Q2 operating income of $1.01B, up 22% from $827M last year, and operating margin of 8.5%, up from 7.3% a year ago. FedEx said that operating income and margin increased primarily due to higher volumes and base yields in all three transportation segments. Results for the quarter also included benefits from the company's profit improvement programs, lower pension expense and a slightly positive net impact from fuel, and FedEx said these benefits were partially offset by higher aircraft maintenance expense due to the timing of aircraft maintenance events. FedEx said Express revenue increased 7% from a year ago to $7.02B, Ground revenue increased 8% from a year ago to $3.06B and Freight revenue up 11% from last year to $1.59B. Looking ahead, FedEx reaffirmed its FY15 EPS view of $8.50-$9.00, trailing analysts' estimates of $9.12. The company's outlook assumes continued moderate economic growth and a modest net benefit from fuel. The capital spending forecast for FY15 remains $4.2B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, FedEx lowered its 2015 global economic growth view to 3% from 3.1%, but said it still sees U.S. GDP growth of 3.1% in 2015. The company said some customer volume was limited during the West Coast port slowdown, and that it is a "bigger deal than people think." FedEx said fuel surcharge tables will be reviewed in February 2015, and that the company still intends to repurchase shares, but possibly at a slower pace. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, FedEx fell $8.74, or about 5%, to $165.52 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the shares have gained approximately 19% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: FedExís main competitor, United Parcel Service (UPS), is down about 2.4% on the session.
December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: UPS (UPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ford (F) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Itau Unitbanco (ITUB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... OGE Energy (OGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sempra Energy (SRE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CNA Financial (CNA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
06:04 EDTUPSUPS downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded UPS to Hold with a $116 price target citing a more balanced risk/reward profile following the recent rally in shares. The stock is up 12% over the past three months. Shares of the shipping giant closed Friday down 63c to $110.
December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:03 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
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06:18 EDTUPSUPS initiated with a Neutral at UBS
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December 10, 2014
08:14 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Seoul, South Korea on December 10 hosted by UBS.
December 9, 2014
07:46 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
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December 8, 2014
08:11 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
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December 5, 2014
07:12 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
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