#SocialStocks: Shopify joins Libra Association, Facebook bans COVID-19 cure ads » 12:5102/2602/26/20
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Fly Intel: What to watch in Square earnings report » 10:3502/2602/26/20
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Square (SQ) is scheduled…
Square (SQ) is scheduled to report results of its fourth fiscal quarter after the market close on February 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm EDT. What to watch for: 1. OUTLOOK: During the company's last earnings call, Square said it sees Q4 earnings per share between 19c-21c, with consensus at 25c, and Q4 revenue of $585M-$595M, below the expected $621.24M. The company also narrowed its fiscal year 2019 earnings per share view to 76c-78c from 74c-78c, and its revenue view to $2.24B-$2.25B from $2.25B-$2.28B. 2. REVENUE BEAT POSSIBLE: Last month, Stephens analyst Brett Huff upgraded Square to Overweight from Equal Weight and raised his price target on the shares to $78 from $71, saying he expects the company to beat revenue estimates and meet EBITDA expectations when it reports Q4 results. The analyst also said he sees the company issuing in-line fiscal year 2020 guidance and believes margin expectations have already been reset while the market is underestimating pricing benefits. 3. INSTANT TRANSFERS FEES: In a post to its corporate blog back in January, Square announced that "the rate for instant and same-day transfers from your Square balance to your bank account is changing to 1.5% per transfer. We've recently launched a variety of fast and free transfer options, so we felt the timing was right for this change." 4. COLLABORATION: UPS (UPS) has announced a new collaboration with Square that offers turnkey UPS shipping options integrated into the Square Online Store, "a service that allows small and medium sized sellers to grow their business with a professional e-commerce website and integrated tools." Kevin Warren, UPS's Chief Marketing Officer, said that, "UPS understands that making shipping seamless for small businesses is an essential ingredient to success and to growth. This collaboration gives Square's customers simple and affordable access to UPS's top-tier shipping services within the same familiar platform they're already using." Commenting on the announcement, Keefe Bruyette analyst Steven Kwok told investors that he sees Square's online store customers benefiting from special UPS shipping rates and discounts. Square's online store services, which launched in early 2019, mirrors the business model used by Shopify (SHOP) by helping power online businesses for small merchants with tools such as website building and design, payments, Kwok pointed out, adding that the integration with UPS could enhance Square's positioning to better compete with peers such as Shopify.
Mining Equipment market view downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global » 09:3102/2602/26/20
OTR Global downgraded its…
Dougherty to hold company meetings at conference » 08:2502/2602/26/20
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Dougherty Company Hosted…
Two Juul execs step down in overseas pullback, WSJ reports » 12:4702/2502/25/20
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Two Juul executives will…
Two Juul executives will leave the company as it scales back its overseas activities, the Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Maloney reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Kenneth Bishop, president of Asia Pacific South, and Grant Winterton, president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, stepped down recently, and are expected to leave in the next several weeks, Maloney says. The e-cigarette company, which is partially owned by Altria, intends to cut over 20 employees at its regional headquarters in Singapore, where Bishop was based, Maloney notes, citing one of the people familiar with the matter. Other publicly traded companies in the space include British American Tobacco (BTI), Imperial Brands (IMBBY) and Philip Morris (PM). Reference Link
Mizuho to host company meetings at conference » 08:3502/2502/25/20
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Mizuho Hosted Company…
Mizuho Hosted Company Meetings at RSA Conference 2020 will be held in San Francisco on February 25.
SBA Communications price target raised to $330 from $255 at SunTrust » 09:4102/2402/24/20
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SunTrust analyst Greg…
SunTrust analyst Greg Miller raised his price target on SBA Communications (SBAC) to $330 and kept his Buy rating after its "solid" Q4 results and typically "conservative" FY20 guidance. The analyst notes that the merger of T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S) will also reverse the spectrum leasing activity slowdown seen in the quarter, while the "wave of additional spectrum" coming to market and elevated activity levels from other large operators should position the company for "multiple years of above average growth."
Fly Intel: Top five weekend stock stories » 19:3702/2302/23/20
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Catch up on the…
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Intuit (INTU) is nearing a deal to buy Credit Karma for about $7B in cash and stock, The Wall Street Journal's Cara Lombardo and Dana Cimilluca wrote, citing people familiar with the matter. The maker of TurboTax could announce a deal to buy privately held Credit Karma by Monday, assuming talks don't fall apart, the people said. Credit Karma was valued at roughly $4B in a private share sale about two years ago, the authors noted. 2. Boeing (BA) has confirmed it found debris that could pose potential safety risks in the fuel tanks of several 737 Max aircraft that are in storage and waiting to be delivered to airlines, according to Reuters. Boeing officials called the findings "absolutely unacceptable," the report noted. 3. Intelsat's stock (I) could again become a casualty in a 5G showdown among hedge-fund managers, satellite operators, and the federal government, Alexandra Scaggs wrote in this week's edition of Barron's. The company's satellites transmit television signals over the so-called C-band, which is considered to be prime for fifth-generation, or 5G, service, with regulators wanting to clear out 60% of it for use by wireless companies, the author noted. A consortium of satellite operators called the C-Band Alliance volunteered to sell the spectrum privately in a plan that could have brought Intelsat as much as $24B, but the problem is that a private sale would require the Federal Communications Commission to give satellite operators the ability to sell rights they do not currently have, in the regulator's view, the author added. 4. ViacomCBS (VIAC) subsidiary Paramount's "Sonic the Hedgehog" stayed at number one, grossing another $26.3M in its second weekend in theaters and bringing its total to $106.6M. Overseas, the movie earned $38.3M in 56 markets. "Sonic the Hedgehog" sports an A CinemaScore and a 63% Rotten Tomatoes rating. 5. Caterpillar (CAT) and Kroger (KR) saw positive mentions in this week's edition of Barron's, while Virgin Galactic (SPCE) was mentioned cautiously.
Caterpillar stock looks cheap, Barron's says » 07:3202/2202/22/20
Caterpillar stock has…
Caterpillar stock has dipped to $137 from $150 at the start of this year, while the broad U.S. market has nudged a few percent higher, Jack Hough writes in this week's edition of Barron's. While the author acknowledges that fewer than half of analysts who cover the stock recommend buying it, Hough tells investors to consider doing so just the same. This year's earnings could mark a near-term trough for Caterpillar, while the stock's current valuation implies that U.S. economy is about to slip into recession, which seems unlikely, he argues. Reference Link
Philip Morris CEO sells nearly 54,000 common shares » 16:2802/2102/21/20
In a regulatory filing,…
In a regulatory filing, Philip Morris CEO Andre Calantzopoulos disclosed the sale of 53,926 common shares of the company in two transactions both dated February 19. The first transaction of 3,926 shares was sold at a price of $87.425 per share, while the other transaction of 50,000 shares was sold at $87.50 per share.