) reiterates its comfort with $1.01 fourth quarter earnings per share and $3.19 2002 earnings per share estimates. S&P tied the weakness to a warning by important customer Home Depot that the fourth quarter hardware and power tool sales were less than expected. S&P reiterates hold.
) posted 21 cents vs. 18 cents first quarter earnings per share on 14% higher sales. The current quarter excludes a gain. Walgreen posted 8% higher December same store sales, and 14% higher total sales.
) reconfirmed the fourth quarter and fiscal 2003 sales and earnings per share estimates, saying its quarter-to-date comparison store sales are within the previous guidance of 2%-4%. Banc of America downgraded Lowe's to market perform from buy.
Home Depot (HD
) cut its $1.57 fiscal 2003 earnings per share guidance to $1.53-$1.55 due to slowing sales in December. Deutsche Bank and Bear Stearns reportedly downgraded the shares. Lehman cut estimates. S&P reaffirms hold.
) sees 30 cents to 32 cents fourth quarter earnings per share on $88 million in revenue, citing revenue at the high end of guidance, higher gross margins, and lower than expected operating expenses. S&P reiterates hold.
Continental Air (CAL
) estimates a 9%-11% increase in December systemwide mainline jet passenger revenue per available seat mile (RASM) vs. a year ago. Merrill narrowed its loss estimates.
In letter to employees posted on the company's website, PolyMedica's (PLMD
) CEO says the FBI will contact some employees regarding the investigation of the company's units, Liberty Medical Supply and Liberty Home Pharmacy.
Cadence Design (CDN
) sees two cents to four cents fourth quarter earnings per share from operations, and 32 cents to 34 cents (GAAP) earnings per share on $272 million to $278 million in revenue. The company sees 50 cents to 55 cents 2003 earnings per share (pro forma) earnings per share. Adams Harkness reportedly downgraded the shares.
Kenneth Cole (KCP
) believes it is likely to report fourth quarter revenues of about $117 million to $118 million, and earnings per share of at least 36 cents. The results would exceed prior guidance.
UBS Warburg reportedly downgraded Extended Stay (ESA
) to hold from buy.
) says revenue for the second quarter were slightly above the midpoint of $235 million to $255 million range previously provided.
Jones Lang (JLL
) will take a $12.5 million total fourth quarter pre-tax charge as the result of a 4% workforce reduction, and an impairment charge for discontinued land investment. Jones Lang continues to expect 2002 earnings per share from operations to be at the low end of the $1.00-$1.20 range.
Southwest Air (LUV
) says it flew 3.9 billion revenue passenger miles in Dec. 2002, a 9.7% increase from 2001, but says its year to date load factor was 65.9%, vs. 68.1%.
) recieved FDA approval for Zovirax cream, a topical medication used for the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older.
Forest Labs (FRX
) expects to exceed the third quarter consensus earnings per share estimate of 77 cents by at least 15%, citing strong net sales volume, primarily driven by the company's anti-depressant franchise. Deutsche Bank reportedly upgraded.
) says preliminary results of a trial comparing the paclitaxel-coated Achieve Drug Eluting Coronary Stent (made by Cook Inc.) to Guidant's Multi-Link Penta Stent indicate its objectives won't be met. S&P reiterates hold. CIBC World reiterates sector underperform.
) sees lower than expected 14 cents fourth quarter earnings per share on sales of $63.5 million.
CNA Surety (SUR
) reached a settlement with J.P. Morgan in litigation relating to surety bonds furnished on behalf of Enron and its subsidiaries. CNA will pay $40.7 million.
) sees 58 cents to 60 cents fourth quarter earnings per share vs. the 63 cents to 68 cents previously forecast. RadioShack notes below-plan sales, with gross margin trends aggravating the earnings per share picture.
) posted 7% higher December comparison store sales, and 22% higher total sales.