The economy is showing signs of fumbling the recovery.
Even though a Federal Reserve official is suggesting that the central bank may be feeling comfortable enough to ease the bond-buying stimulus that the Fed has been providing as early as this summer, we’re not exactly out of the woods just yet.
The financial data issued this week hasn’t been very encouraging. CPI data came in weak, and after a hearty March, housing starts fell a sharp 16.5% in April.
The news isn’t just iffy on the macro level. There are also more than a few companies that aren’t pulling their own weight in this supposed economic recovery.
There are still plenty of names posting lower earnings than they did a year ago. Let’s go over a few of the companies that are expected to go the wrong way on the bottom line next week.
|Company||Latest Quarter EPS (estimated)||Year-Ago Quarter EPS|
|JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JASO)||($1.20)||($1.00)|
|Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY)||$0.25||$0.72|
|Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)||$0.81||$0.98|
|Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL)||$0.14||$0.23|
|Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU)||$0.14||$0.21|
Clearing the table
Let’s start at the top with JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JASO). There have been a few pleasant surprises out of the solar energy realm this earnings season, but JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JASO) isn’t likely to be one of them. Wall Street sees double-digit declines on both ends of the income statement for the Chinese provider of solar cells and modules.
Don’t be surprised if JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JASO)’s deficit is steeper than the $1.20 a share currently targeted. History hasn’t been kind to the prognosticators here, with JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JASO) falling woefully short of expectations every quarter over the past year.
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) may be one of this year’s hottest stocks — more than doubling so far in 2013 — but don’t mistake the chart for a turnaround. The registers are still ringing slowly at the consumer electronics chain, and analysts see Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) earning roughly a third of what it did during last year’s fiscal first quarter.
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) investors should be braced for a step back. The PC giant’s biggest rival posted a brutal 79% drop in reported profitability for its latest quarter last night. HP is in better shape. It has diversified into business services to offset the slide in desktop and laptop sales, but why didn’t HP make a bigger dent in smartphones and tablets when it could’ve made a difference?
HP is the world’s largest PC maker. It should’ve been able to see the trend toward mobile gadgetry coming soon enough to make the right decisions.
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL) is a maker of mobile communications equipment, but it’s failing the make the growth connection these days. Analysts see revenue and earnings per share sliding 9% and 39%, respectively, when it reports on Thursday. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL) may seem to be in the right place in serving the digital connected lifestyle, but where’s the growth? Earnings per share have declined in eight consecutive quarters. The pros see that streak stretching to nine.