UPS (UPS) beat third-quarter estimates early Wednesday as the e-commerce boom extends from the spring and summer and into an early holiday shopping season. Before the open, UPS stock held in a buy zone.
Estimates: Wall Street expected UPS earnings to fall 12% to $1.82 per share despite revenue growing 10% to $20.08 billion, according to Zacks Investment Research.
Results: UPS earnings rose 10% to $2.28 a share with sales up 16% to $21.24 billion. It was the third straight quarter of accelerating revenue growth.
Outlook: UPS is not providing revenue and EPS guidance due to the coronavirus.
Amazon (AMZN) helped get holiday shopping off to an early fourth-quarter with a delayed Prime Day event earlier this month
The rush to order online has only added to the e-commerce boom that started with the pandemic, giving UPS and other shippers increased pricing power.
Shares dipped 0.2% to 170.50 in premarket trading on the stock market today, erasing modest gains. UPS stock topped a 111.62 buy point in July. In late September to early October, shares topped a messy consolidation that included a three-weeks-tight with a 167.46 buy point.
Shares closed Tuesday in range from that tight pattern, while the package delivery giant also is rebounding from its 10-week line, according to MarketSmith chart analysis. That offers a buying opportunity as well, though market conditions have looked choppier recently.
Among other delivery stocks, FedEx (FDX) dipped 1.1% early Wednesday. XPO Logistics (XPO) was quiet. Amazon stock, which reports Thursday night, lost a fraction.
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Last month, FedEx blew away fiscal Q1 forecasts. Management credited volume growth in FedEx International Priority and U.S. domestic residential package services as well as yield improvement at FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight.
Meanwhile, UPS stock rose Tuesday, when UBS analyst Thomas Wadewitz forecast “significant pricing gains” for UPS and rival FedEx in Q4 and into 2021.
“For UPS, we also expect new cost takeout and efficiency programs in 2021 to support meaningful margin expansion in the large domestic package business,” Wadewitz added in a note to clients.
UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 seasonal workers for what it predicts will be a record peak holiday season. The workers will “support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in October 2020 and continue through January 2021,” UPS said last month.
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