Crude futures are in the green today as traders look forward to today’s EIA inventory numbers. Yesterday’s API report showed a drawdown of around 1.3 million barrels, slightly better than expectations.
Among the stocks trending today on their latest earnings reports are Kate Spade & Co (NYSE:KATE), Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP), Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY), Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL), and Avista Corp (NYSE:AVA). Let’s find out why each stock has investors buzzing and see how the world’s most successful hedge funds are positioned in each stock.
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Weak Guidance At Kate Spade
Kate Spade & Co (NYSE:KATE) shares are off by 18% today after the luxury fashion company reported earnings of $0.11 per share on revenue of $319.69 million for the second quarter, missing the bottom-line consensus estimate by $0.03 per share and marginally beating the top-line consensus, by $1.14 million. Due to soft demand, the company’s gross margin fell by 130 basis points to 59.7% and the company also issued disappointing guidance. For the full year, management expects EPS of $0.63-to-$0.70 on revenue of $1.37 billion-to-$1.40 billion, beneath the previous guidance ranges of $0.70-to-$0.80 in EPS and $1.385 billion-to-$1.410 billion in revenue. Of the 766 active hedge funds that Insider Monkey tracks, the number of them with long positions in Kate Spade & Co (NYSE:KATE) fell by four quarter-over-quarter to 32 as of the end of March.
Office Depot’s Results Miss the Mark
Traders are watching Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP) today after the office supply company missed analysts’ target profit estimate by $0.03 per share with second quarter EPS of $0.03. Revenue came in $20 million higher than estimates at $3.22 billion but was nonetheless down by 6.4% year-over-year. North American same-store sales fell again, this time by 1% during the quarter, while Office Depot’s international division revenue retreated by 4% year-over-year. Office Depot’s management is in turn-around mode, as they are committed to focusing on the OfficeMax merger integration (which should yield annual synergies of $750 million by the end of 2017), and implementing a new $250 million cost savings program which should be realized by the end of 2018. Given the company’s strong liquidity, Office Depot’s Board initiated a $0.025 quarterly dividend payment. In terms of guidance, management expects free cash flow to be in excess of $200 million for 2016 and over $300 million for 2017. 58 funds in our database owned shares of Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP) on March 31, up by 12 funds from the end of 2015.
On the next page we’ll run through the results issued by Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Noble Energy, and Avista Corp.