Investors who’ve waited patiently for shares of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) to get cheap have gotten their chance. Despite stronger-than-expected growth in the company’s commercial cloud business during its fiscal third quarter, Microsoft shares are down more than 4% in after-hour session Thursday.
Microsoft’s cloud-first strategy, implemented by under CEO Satya Nadella, has paid huge dividends for the company, whose shares were near all-time highs heading into Thursday’s results. But valuation concerns had crept in, suggesting that growth expectations were too high. Microsoft, at least for one quarter, couldn’t deliver. Let’s go through the numbers.
The Quarter that Was
For the quarter that ended March, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant earned a net income of $3.76 billion, or 47 cents a share, which declined from $4.99 billion, or 61 cents a share in the year-ago quarter. On an adjusted basis, when taking out one-time gains and costs, the company earned 62 cents a share, which was 2 cents shy of Street estimates.
Best Income Stocks To Invest In 2016: S&P GSCI(GD)
General Dynamics Corporation, an aerospace and defense company, provides business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions; military and commercial shipbuilding; and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. Its Aerospace group designs, manufactures, and outfits various large and mid-cabin business-jet aircraft; provides maintenance, repair work, fixed-based operations, and aircraft management services; and performs aircraft completions for aircraft. The company?s Combat Systems group offers tracked and wheeled military vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions. Its product lines include wheeled combat and tactical vehicles; battle tanks and infantry vehicles; munitions and propellant; rockets and gun systems; and axle and drivetrain components and aftermarket parts. This group also manufactures and supplies engineered axles, suspensions, and brakes for heavy-load vehicles for military and commercial customers. The company Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Deutsche Bank’s Myles Walton and Louis Raffetto explain why the cut General Dynamics (GD) to Hold from Buy:
[Gulfstream] G650 inventory and price trends quickly becoming a problem: With the bizjet malaise & the unique contribution that the G650 has to General Dynamics, weve kept a particular eye on that product as downside risk. Over the last five months, weve seen the available for sale G650s move from 9 to 22 currently (vs. 4 in Mar 15). Additionally, the continued downward asking price will start to impede on new G650 ordersif not cancellation activity (average ask ~$66M with negotiating flexibility of about $5M). With realized prices for new aircraft at $67M, we havent seen much cancellation activity and perhaps wont given sizable customer deposits; however, the inventory climb implies OEM production may be 20-30% above actual demand over the medium-term…
We remain positive onGeneral Dynamics’ defense biz (60% of ’16E seg EBIT) & while we’ve historically seen Gulfstream as a plus despite softening bizjet trends, the alarming G650 available-for-sale trends in the last few months has moved our opinion. While risks related to the G450/550 transition to the G500/600 are well known, it is the G650 that drives 2/3rds of the unit’s profit and with 2-3 G650/mo hitting the market for every 5/mo delivered, we struggle with sustainability and accordingly lower ourGeneral Dynamics EPS estimates 5% and 10% for 2017 & 2018, respectively. Downgrade to Hold on preference for select peers.
Of the 21 stocks Walton covers, he Buy ratings on eight, including Boeing (BA), Northrop Grumman (NOC), and Rockwell Collins (COL).
Shares of General Dynamics have dropped 4% to $129 at 2:34 p.m. today, while Boeing has fallen 1.1% to $131.43, Northrop Grumman has declined 0.6% to $193.89, and Rockwell Collins has 0.9% $90.83.
Best Income Stocks To Invest In 2016: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. produces and markets low carbon renewable fuels in the United States. It sells ethanol to gasoline refining and distribution companies; provides ethanol transportation, storage, and delivery services in the Western United States, primarily in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington; and markets ethanol co-products, including wet distiller grains and syrup to dairy operators and animal feed distributors. The company also provides operations, maintenance, and accounting services to a cellulosic integrated bio-refinery in Boardman, Oregon. Pacific Ethanol, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Sacramento, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
Top 5 Semiconductor Stocks For 2016: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)
Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Its bakery-cafes offer fresh baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, custom roasted coffees, and other complementary products, as well as provide catering services. The company also manufactures and supplies dough and other products to company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes. As of March 29, 2011, it owned and franchised 1,467 bakery-cafes under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co., and Paradise Bakery & Cafe names. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
- [By Matt Brownell]
Michael L Abramson/Getty Images For the next week, Ron Shaich will live well below his means: The Panera Bread (PNRA) CEO embarked on a quest Saturday to spend a week living on food stamps. “As part of Hunger Action Month, I decided to take the SNAP Challenge,” Shaich announced on LinkedIn last week. “For one week, beginning Saturday, September 14, 2013, I will live on just $4.50 a day, the average daily benefit per person provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as Food Stamps).” A number of liberal politicians, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker have taken the SNAP Challenge, publicly documenting their quest to eat on less than $5 a day (the weekly allowance is $31.50). The challenge has become a popular way to see how the other half lives, call attention to hunger issues and protest budget cuts.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We are lowering our price target to $285, from $300, as we believe that the Street still needs to adjust longer-term earnings growth expectations…We still recommend that investors seeking upside in the fast casual segment accumulate shares of Zoes Kitchen (ZOES) and Panera Bread (PNRA), as both names appear to be gaining incremental market share at the expense of Chipotle Mexican Grill.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Oppenheimer downgraded Verizon (NYSE: VZ) to Perform.
Stifel downgraded Disney (NYSE: DIS) to Hold.
Argus upgraded Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) to Buy.
Canaccord upgraded Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ: FANG) to Buy.
RBC initiated coverage on Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) at Outperform.
Argus started Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) at Buy.
- [By William White]
Ron Shaich, CEO of Panera Bread (PNRA), will live on a food-stamp budget of $4.50 a day for food for one week.
Shaich is living on the food-stamp budget as part of the SNAP challenge. SNAP is the system that replaced food stamps. Shaich started the challenge on Saturday and is documenting his challenge on LinkedIn (LNKD). Shaich took his $31.50, the average weekly budget for someone on SNAP, to a grocery store and boughtcereal, pasta, lentils, chickpeas and some vegetables. He noted that it was a barren shopping cart and that he didn’t know if he would be able to sustain himself on the budget. Shiach spent$25.95 on the food he bought that day, which leaves him with $5.55 to buy food with for the rest of the week, reports Daily Finance.