Poor Revenue and Guidance Sour Honeywell
Shares of Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) have slipped by about 3.3% in Friday trading following a revenue miss reported by the company this morning. While second quarter EPS of $1.66 beat the Street’s consensus mark by $0.02, revenue of $9.99 billion, up by 2.1% year-over-year, missed expectations by $140 million. Moreover, management decided to trim its full year revenue guidance by $300 million, citing a sluggish economy and reduced demand for energy-related products and services. The company now anticipates sales of between $40.00 billion and $40.60 billion. The lower end of the earnings guidance was also cut by $0.05, to $6.60, while the high-end remained unchanged at $6.70.
55 funds among those we keep track of were long Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) at the end of the first quarter. The largest stake was that of Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, which owned 2.46 million shares on March 31.
Moody’s Call Seems Lukewarm
Back to gainers, there’s Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO), which is up by a mere 0.2% following the announcement of its second quarter financial results. EPS of $1.30 came in $0.02 ahead of estimates, while revenue of $928.9 million beat the Street’s consensus mark by $19.82 million. Management reiterated its full year outlook, with revenue anticipated to rise by low-single digits and earnings expected to come in at the lower-end of the previous guidance range of $4.55-to-$4.65.
By the end of March, 36 funds in our database were bullish on Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO). Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway was particularly optimistic about the company’s prospects, owning 24.66 million shares of the company.
SunTrust Inspires No Trust Today
Finally, we’ve got SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI), which has lost more than 2% since the bell rang this morning, despite its second quarter earnings and revenue coming in ahead of expectations this morning. EPS of $0.89 and revenue of $2.22 billion beat the Street’s consensus guesstimates by $0.01 and $80 million, respectively. “Despite the impact of the continued low interest rate environment, we remain committed to helping our clients and communities improve their financial confidence, thereby helping our shareholders continue to outperform,” Chairman and CEO William H. Rogers, Jr. said in a statement.
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) counted the support of 33 funds in our database as of March 31. Noteworthy was the stake held by Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, which comprised more than 4.00 million shares or $145 million in stock.
Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no interest in any of the securities or entities mentioned in this article.