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Herman Miller Reports Solid Earnings
Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR) earned $0.56 per share on revenue of $582.6 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, beating the consensus estimates by $0.04 per share and $14.05 million, respectively. Guidance is strong, with management expecting first quarter EPS of $0.60 to $0.64 on revenue of $600 to $620 million, versus analysts’ estimates of $0.60 per share and $589.3 million, respectively. Due to the solid results, the company has increased its quarterly dividend to $0.17 per share from the previous $0.1475 per share. A total of 17 funds from our database owned shares of Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR) at the end of the first quarter, down by two funds from the previous quarter.
Bank of America Rises in Anticipation of ‘Bremain’, Settlement
Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) shares have surged by 2% following a Wall Street Journal article and on the back of hopes that Britain will remain inside the EU. According to the article, Bank of America is close to settling an SEC case over alleged violations over not having enough proper safeguards over client accounts. The bank is purportedly considering paying $400 to $450 million to put the case to rest. A settlement could occur as early as Friday. Of the 766 elite funds we track, 110 funds owned $5.52 billion worth of Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)’s stock, which accounted for 4.00% of the float on March 31, versus 113 funds and $6.8 billion, respectively, a quarter earlier.
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