It’s the middle of earnings season, and not surprisingly, traders are buzzing about many of the companies that just reported earnings. In this article we’ll take a look at some of those companies that recently released their latest quarterly results, which are FNF Group of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI), Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FTI), and Hexcel Corporation (NYSE:HXL). We’ll also see what elite funds think of each company.
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Fidelity National Financial Beats Expectations
FNF Group of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) earned $0.74 per share on revenue of $2.1 billion for the second quarter, beating the consensus estimates by $0.08 per share and $20 million, respectively. Open orders per day rose to 9,016 from 8,750 in the year-ago comparable period, while the average fee per file inched up by 4% year-over-year to $2,116. Second quarter net cash flow from operations was $277 million and free cash flow was $165 million. The company also bought back 2.5 million shares for more than $84 million during the quarter. Of the 766 active funds that we track, 44 owned $1.6 billion in shares of FNF Group of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) at the end of March, which accounted for 13.60% of the float.
Valmont Reports Mixed Results
Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI) turned in mixed second quarter results of $1.85 in EPS on sales of $640.25 million. While earnings were ahead of expectations by $0.12 per share, sales missed by $8.29 million. Revenue fell by 6% year-over-year, largely due to lower irrigation and international utility demand and the strong dollar. In terms of guidance, the company reaffirmed its 2016 forecast of diluted EPS of between $6.31 and $6.49. Management is committed to cutting costs and improving efficiency. Cliff Asness‘ AQR Capital Management raised its stake by 11% to 158,297 shares of Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI) as of the end of March.
On the next page we’ll see how Mellanox Technologies, FMC Technologies, and Hexcel Corporation performed in their latest quarters.