Why These Companies’ Earnings Reports Have Investors Excited This Morning

Shares of Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN), eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY), Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) are all on the move in a good way this morning after each company released their latest quarterly financial results. Let’s dig into the details of the reports and see what has investors excited about the direction of these companies.

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Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) is up by 8.05% in pre-market trading after the company reported third quarter earnings of $0.76 per share on revenues of $3.43 billion, beating analyst estimates by $0.08 per share and $150 million, respectively. Gross margin declined by a modest 0.2 percentage points year-over-year to 58.2%, while operating expenses fell by 6% year-over-year. Guidance is strong, with management expecting EPS of $0.64-to-$0.74 and revenue of $3.07 billion-to-$3.33 billion for the fourth quarter, versus expectations of $0.62 in EPS and $3.12 billion in revenue respectively. Hedge funds are mixed on Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN). 33 of the 730 elite funds that we track reported stakes in the company as fo June 30 worth $532.51 million, which accounted for just 1.00% of the float, down from 38 funds with $634.92 million is shares a quarter earlier. Cliff Asness‘ AQR Capital Management owns 2.07 million shares.

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eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY)‘s have shares rallied by 7.19% in pre-market trading after the company’s third quarter results beat both top and bottom-line estimates. For the quarter, eBay earned $0.43 per share on revenues of $2.1 billion, beating expectations by $0.03 per share and $10 million, respectively. Although GMV fell by 2% year-over-year due to a strong dollar, eBay’s costs fell even further. GAAP operating expenses declined by 5% to $1.09 billion while its sales and marketing spend retreated by 9% year-over-year to $565 million. Guidance is a bit light, with management expecting EPS of $0.47-to-$0.49 and revenue of $2.275 billion-to-$2.325 billion, versus expectations of $0.49 in EPS and $2.33 billion in revenue. Given eBay’s big stock buybacks and its cheap forward P/E of 13, investors are willing to overlook the light guidance for now it seems.

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On the next page, we analyze why the shares of Las Vegas Sands and Southwest Airlines are moving northward this morning.