Stocks in the News — week of May 5, 2014 (May 9th update)


News Corp. Surprises Wall Street with Third Quarter Earnings

(NWSA, $17.74, up $0.63 midday)

News Corp. reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.11 vs. $0.13 a year ago; much higher than the consensus estimate of $0.03.  Revenue fell 5%, hampered by Australia newspaper ad revenue and foreign exchange.  Highlights for the quarter includes sales in Digital Real Estate and Harper Collins (book publishing); and strong free cash flow.

Both EPS and revenue came in higher than the market expected, and that’s why the stock is performing well today.

News Corp. (NWSA) separated from Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) on June 28, 2013.

News Corps.’ 2014 fiscal year ends in June.  Before today’s earnings report, EPS were expected to grow 2% and 16% in 2015 & ’16.  However, with today’s strong earnings beat, all of the earnings projections are going to have to be adjusted.

Based on previous estimates, the price-earnings ratio is very high at 40.3.  An upside adjustment to earnings expectations will not seriously lower the PE.

NWSA shares do not meet investment criteria at Goodfellow LLC because the earnings growth rate is too low, the PE is too high, and the chart is not bullish.  The stock is most likely to trade between $16.80-$18.50 in the near future.

The stock is too overvalued for investors to reasonably expect it to break through upside resistance this year.  If I owned the stock, I’d sell it right now, and reinvest my cash in a stock with strong earnings growth and a bullish chart.

Goodfellow LLC Rating: Volatile, Public.  (05-09-14)

NWSA Chart

NWSA data by YCharts

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Priceline Reports Upside First Quarter Earnings Surprise

(PCLN, $1,143.00, up $11.26 in early trading)

Online travel company The Priceline Group Inc. reported first quarter ’14 adjusted earnings this morning of $7.81 — vs. the consensus $6.92 — on a 26% revenue increase.  Hotel and car rental bookings led to the upside surprise.

The company guided Wall Street lower on second quarter expectations due to a decline in its “name-your-own-price” business, and advertising expenses which were pushed from the first quarter to the second.  But revenue expectations for the same period have been guided upwards.

I reported on PCLN shares yesterday.  Subscribe now to read additional comments about The Priceline Group Inc., and my buy/sell/hold recommendation.  (05-08-14)

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Reiterate Buy on Oilfield Services Stocks

Energy industry stocks continue to lead the market.

Read my most recent review of oilfield services stocks, published at StreetAuthority on April 18.

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Target CEO Resigns Amid Lingering Security Breach Drama 

(TGT, $60.23, down $1.78 midday)

Greg Steinhafel will resign as president, chairman, and CEO of Target Corp., in the aftermath of December’s security breach which exposed tens of millions of customers’ personal info to credit card hackers.  The company’s technology officer resigned in March.

The current problem haunting the company, in addition to the security breach, is the number of weeks it took Target to aggressively and publicly respond to the problem.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) commented today, “Although TGT is searching for a permanent replacement, we believe the elevation of the chief financial officer as interim president and CEO, and Mr. Steinhafel’s advising during the transition will allow business continuity. Also, the recent hiring of a Chief Information Officer, with information technology, data security and business operations experience, should aid TGT as it strives to recover customer confidence.”

So how does Target’s stock look right now?  Subscribe now to read additional comments about Target Corp., and my buy/sell/hold recommendation.  (05-05-14)

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