Research 17.10.2013

Today Movers

AMRN Amarin – Amarin shares are under pressure following an FDA statement that its Vascepa drug, which is designed to lower triglycerides, shouldn't be approved for a broader patient population yet. The agency said results from an additional study need to be analyzed. SCSS Select Comfort – Select Comfort fell seven cents short of estimates with third quarter profit of 36 cents per share, and its revenue was also well short of consensus. The mattress maker cut its full year outlook, citing the uncertain economy. Select Comfort's results are also impacting the stocks of rival mattress companies Tempur Sealy and Mattress Firm.

Earnings

UNH UnitedHealth – The health care provider reported third quarter profit of $1.53 per share, matching estimates. It also raised the bottom end of its full-year forecast, but it still falls below analyst estimates. VZ Verizon – The telecom giant earned 77 cents per share, excluding certain items, for the third quarter, topping estimates by three cents. Revenue also beat consensus, with the contribution from wireless services rising by 8.4 percent. GS Goldman Sachs – Goldman earned $2.88 per share for the third quarter, well above estimates of $2.43, and also raised its quarterly dividend by 10 percent. Revenue, however, was well below estimates, due largely to weak bond trading volumes. IBM IBM - The computing big reported quarterly profit of $3.99 per share, excluding certain items, beating estimates by three cents. However, its revenue of $23.73 billion was more than a billion dollars short of estimates. AXP American Express – The credit card giant reported third quarter profit of $1.25 per share, three cents above estimates, with revenue above consensus as well. Consumers spent more using Amex credit cards during the quarter, and fewer defaulted on payments. EBAY EBay – EBay earned 64 cents per share, excluding certain items, for the third quarter, beating estimates by one cent. However, the online auctioneer's current quarter guidance falls below current consensus, with eBay pointing to a weak U.S. economic environment. XLNX Xilinx – Xilinx earned 58 cents per share for its fiscal second quarter, excluding certain items, beating consensus by six cents. The chipmaker's revenue also beat analyst forecasts. However, Xilinx's current quarter forecast is below Street estimates, on more cautious spending by communications market customers. SNDK SanDisk – SanDisk earned $1.59 per share for the third quarter, excluding certain items, beating estimates by 27 cents. The memory chip maker's profits were more than triple year-earlier results, as prices rebound and SanDisk makes headway in the enterprise market.

Upgrades/Downgrades

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