The stock market continued its decline into the first hours of trading on Friday and with the earnings season still in progress, several companies have reported their latest financial results, including Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP), Tyco International PLC (NYSE:TYC), Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), and El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO). The results disappointed investors, with all stocks tanking in extended trading and opening in the red. Let’s take a closer look at their progress and see if the smart money sentiment toward these stocks suggests that the market might have overreacted to the news.
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Let’s start with Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), which has posted its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2016, including revenue of $12.7 billion, up by 3.6% on the year and GAAP EPS of $0.48, versus $0.37 reported a year earlier. In addition, the company’s non-GAAP EPS of $0.59, went up by an annual 9.3%, and managed to beat the Street’s estimates of $0.56. Additionally, the revenue came in marginally higher the $12.65 billion projected by analysts. However, for the current quarter, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) anticipates a revenue growth between flat and 2% on the year and non-GAAP EPS in the range of $0.53 to $0.55, which falls below the current analyst estimates. On the back of the guidance, Cisco’s stock At the end of June, 72 funds from our database held around 3% of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)’s outstanding stock. In the current round of 13F filings, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management reported holding 36.11 million shares of Cisco, down by 14% over the quarter.
J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP) delivered an almost 5% annual growth in net sales during the third quarter of fiscal 2015, reporting sales worth almost $2.90 billion, slightly above the estimates of $2.88 billion. The company also managed to post better-than-expected adjusted net loss of $0.47 per share, compared to a loss of $0.77 per share reported a year earlier and above the consensus estimate of a loss of $0.55. J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP) also reported a 6.4% same store sales growth during the quarter, while for the full fiscal 2015, it projects same store sales growth between 4% and 5%. The stock closed slightly higher yesterday as the company made some positive comments about its financial results, but opened over 8% in the red on Friday. In its latest 13F filing, billionaire quant Jim Simons’ reported ownership of 14.67 million shares of J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE:JCP) as of the end of September, up by 3.63 million shares over the quarter.
Read on to see more details about the earnings of the other three companies.