American Express Surpasses Estimates & Q1 Highlights

American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

American Express reported earnings of $1.86/share, up 38% from Q1 2017 and beating the estimates of $1.747. The company saw revenues rise 12%  due to higher cardmember spending as well as loan growth. Total revenues net of interest expense were reported at $9.7 billion compared to $8.7 billion in Q1 2017.

Net Income was up 31% at $1.6 billion, consolidated expenses rose 9% to $6.9 billion, and operating expenses rose 5% from quarter one last year. The consolidated effective tax rate dropped to 22%, down 10%  from a year ago.

“Our year is off to a good start with double-digit growth in billed business, revenues and earnings. Card Member spending grew 12 percent, and we acquired 3.5 million new cards across our global issuing business, reflecting in part the recent Hilton portfolio acquisition. Credit indicators are in line with our expectations, and the loan portfolio grew 16 percent.” -Stephen J. Squeri, chairman, and chief executive officer.

 

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Verizon Starts Year In Top Gear

Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) is a worldwide leader in delivering communications and technology solutions that improve the lives of its customers.

Verizon reported its Q1 earnings April 24, 2018, before the market open & beat estimates of $1.107/share with $1.17. The company also saw a 6.6% growth rate from Q1 2017 with total consolidated revenue totaling $31.8 billion.

Net income equaled $4.7 billion and the consolidated operating income margin was 23.1%. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) was nearly $11.7 billion. Overall, the adjusted EBITDA, minus the impact of the revenue recognition standard, saw an improvement of $.5 billion YOY.

Verizon’s cash flow from operations was $6.6 billion and the total capital expenditure in quarter one were $4.6 billion. The company also made a discretionary contribution of $1.0 billion to improve the funds status of its pension plans.

We began 2018 with strong momentum, and we expect it to continue throughout the year. We are positioning Verizon for long-term growth while executing our strategy today and leading the way for the next cycle of growth for the industry.”-said Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam.

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Vista Partners Publishes April’s FREE Macroeconomic & Investment Monthly Newsletter, “U.S. Economy Remains Strong, Anticipating Steady Growth With Rate Twist”

Vista Partners (“Vista”) has published April’s FREE Macroeconomic & Investment Monthly Newsletter, “U.S. Economy Remains Strong, Anticipating Steady Growth With Rate Twist.”

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Vista Partners centers its Coverage on the Dow 30 Components, Select Emerging Growth Companies & Vista’s Featured Companies, with exclusive, broad-based commentary from Managing Director, John F. Heerdink, Jr.

In April’s edition of the Macroeconomic & Investment Newsletter, Mr. Heerdink states, “Signs of inflation, including rising commodity prices including oil, coupled with ….” Read full newsletter.

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Reviewing Caterpillar’s Q1 Earnings Beat & Highlights

Dow 30 Component Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) is the world’s chief manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, construction and mining equipment, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar, Inc. also works to make sustainable progress possible and contributes to driving positive change on every continent.

Caterpillar Inc. announced its Q1 2018 results on April 24, 2018, before the market open.  It reported earnings of $2.82 per share, soundly beating the estimates of $2.169 per share.

The Deerfield, Illinois-based company saw sales and revenues of $12.9 billion, beating 2017 Q1 results of $9.8 billion, which was a 31% increase. The company saw a profit of $2.74 per share this quarter, more than doubling the $0.32 profit per share last year.

Machinery, Energy & Transportation operating cash flow was $948M and $500M of Caterpillar common stock was repurchased. The enterprise cash balance at the end of the first quarter 2018 was $7.9 billion.

I’d like to thank our global Caterpillar team for outstanding results. The combination of strength in many of our end markets and our team’s continued focus on operational excellence – including strong cost control – helped us deliver improved margins and a record first-quarter profit.” – Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby.

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“Consumer-centric Total Beverage Company” Coca-Cola Beats Q1 Earnings Estimates

Dow 30 Component, The Coca-Cola Company (KO), is the largest total beverage company in the world. It offers 500 plus brands in over 200 countries and is committed to reducing sugar in its drinks and providing new and diverse drinks to people everywhere.

Coca-Cola started 2018 with solid operating results for Q1  and beat their earnings estimate of $0.464 with $0.47 per share.

Due to the refranchising of bottling territories, the company’s net revenues declined 16% to $7.6 billion, but organic revenues increased 5%.

Coca-Cola’s total unit case volume grew 3% seeing growth across all categories and geographic groups.
The operating margin saw growth of over 220 basis points, and cash from operations was reported at $613 million for the first quarter, down 20% also due to the refranchising of bottling territories.
Coca-Cola’s net share repurchases totaled $471 million.

We’re encouraged with our first quarter performance as we continue our evolution as a consumer-centric, total beverage company. We have the right strategies in place and remain confident in our ability to achieve our full-year guidance.” – said James Quincey, President, and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.

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The Coca-Cola Company Reports Solid Operating Results and a Positive Start to 2018

The Coca-Cola Company’s start to 2018 built on prior momentum, with strong financial performance in the first quarter. While reported net revenues continued to be impacted by refranchising, the company delivered organic revenue (non-GAAP) and volume growth across all geographic operating groups. The company gained value share globally, in addition to seeing improved trends across the beverage industry overall…

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Intel Works Towards Water Recycling With Construction of Oregon Plant

Intel Corporation (INTC) seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible while designing, manufacturing, and selling integrated digital technology globally.

Intel’s largest water recycling plant, located in Hillsboro, Oregon, is under construction. The goal of this three-year construction project will be to help meet Intel’s long-term water reduction and recycling goals. With the reconstruction, the company will be able to reduce its water use in its computer chip manufacturing, as well as recycle nearly 1 billion gallons of water each year. For perspective, that is equivalent to 90,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Upon completion, the plant will stand as the largest water recycling facility in the world.

The reconstruction project comes as part of Intel’s worldwide goal to return 100% of its water to communities and watersheds by the year 2025.

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The Dow 30 Beats, Meets, Misses & Scheduled Reports For Current Q1 Earnings Season (Updated 5-17-18)

The Dow 30 Companies have completed another round of earnings report and the vast majority surpassed/or met expectations while only four missed which were Nike (NKE), JPMorgan (JPM), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Home Depot (HD).

The rundown of the Dow 30 beats, meets and misses are in the list below:

  • Nike (NKE) reported earnings on 3/22/2018, & missed estimates of $.555/share.
  • JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings on 4/13/2018 of $2.37, & missed estimates of $2.92/share.
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) reported earnings on 4/17/2018 of $6.95, & beat estimates of $5.75/share.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings on 4/17/2018 of $2.06, & beat estimates of $2.029/share.
  • UnitedHealth (UNH) reported earnings on 4/17/2018 of $3.04, & beat estimates of $2.968/share.
  • IBM (IBM) reported earnings on 4/17/2018 of $2.45, & beat estimates of 2.415/share.
  • American Express (AXP) reported earnings on 4/18/2018 of $1.86, & beat estimates of $1.747/share.
  • General Electric (GE) reported earnings on 4/20/2018 of $.16, & beat estimates of $.12/share.
  • Procter & Gamble (PG) reported earnings on 4/20/2018 of $1.00 on expectations of $1.002 per share.
  • Caterpillar (CAT) reported earnings on 4/24/2018 of $2.82, & beat estimates of $2.169/share.
  • Coca-Cola (KO) reported earnings on 4/24/2018 of $.47, & beat estimates of $.464/share.
  • 3M (MMM) reported earnings on 4/24/2018 of $2.50, & beat estimates of $2.525/share.
  • United Technologies (UTX) reported earnings on 4/24/2018 of $1.77, & beat estimates of $1.544/share.
  • Verizon (VZ) reported earnings on 4/24/2018 of $1.17, & beat estimates of $1.107/share.
  • Boeing (BA) reported earnings on 4/25/2018 of $3.64, & beat estimates calling for $2.637/share.
  • Visa (V) reported earnings on 4/25/2018 of $1.11, & beat estimates of $1.058/share.
  • Intel (INTC) reported earnings on 4/26/2018 of $.87, & beat estimates of $0.765/share.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) reported earnings on 4/26/2018 of $0.95, & beat estimates of $.892/share.
  • Chevron (CVX) reported earnings on 4/27/2018 of $1.90, & beat estimates of $1.423/share.
  • Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported earnings on 4/27/2018 of $1.09, & missed estimates of $1.179/share.
  • McDonald’s (MCD) reported earnings on 4/30/2018 of $1.72, & beat estimates of $1.706/share.
  • Merck (MRK) reported earnings on 5/1/2018 of $1.05, & beat estimates of $1.004/share.
  • Pfizer (PFE) reported earnings on 5/1/2018 of $0.77, & beat estimates of $0.757/share.
  • Apple (AAPL) reported earnings on 5/1/2018 of $2.73,  & beat estimates of $2.729/share.
  • Dow DuPont (DWDP) reported earnings on 5/3/2018 of $1.12/share, & beat estimates of $1.10/share.
  • Disney (DIS) reported earnings on 5/8/2018  of $1.84/share, & beat estimates of $1.73/share.
  • Home Depot (HD) reported earnings on 5/15/2018 of $2.08/share, & missed estimates of $2.10/share.
  • Cisco (CSCO) reported earnings on 5/16/2018 $.66,  meeting estimates of $.664/share.
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) reported earnings on 5/17/2018 of $1.14, meeting estimates of $1.142/share.

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Vista Partners Publishes March 2018 Macroeconomic & Investment Newsletter

Vista Partners (“Vista”) has published March’s FREE Macroeconomic & Investment Monthly Newsletter, “Strong Economic Growth Predicted Despite Volatile Stock Market.

Vista’s monthly newsletter contains investment considerations for Banks, Biotech, Cloud Services, Energy, Fintech, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Materials, Real Estate, SaaS, and Technology.

Vista Partners centers its Coverage on the Dow 30 Components, Select Emerging Growth Companies & Vista’s Featured Companies, with exclusive, broad-based commentary from Managing Director, John F. Heerdink, Jr.

In March’s edition of the Macroeconomic & Investment Newsletter, Mr. Heerdink states, “The bottom line is that the economy is in good shape. What’s not to like? Well, more immediate concerns….” Read full newsletter.

Companies Featured in March’s Newsletter:

Apple (AAPL), Atossa Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) | Boeing (BA) | Cisco (CSCO) | Disney (DIS) | Facebook (FB) | Fusion, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSNN) | Intel (INTC) | & | Nokia (NOK).

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5-Year Key Stats on Boeing’s Business To Consider

Dow 30 component Boeing (NYSE: BA)  is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.  A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

 

Boeing’s 5-Year Key Stats to consider:

  • Boeing delivered 3,644 commercial airplanes over the last 5 years
  • Boeing delivered 1,000 military aircraft & satellites over the last 5 years
  • Boeing executed 10 successful commercial production increases over the last 5 years
  • Boeing returned more than $40 Billion to shareholders over the last 5 years
Dennis A. Muilenburg Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing stated, “Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company with core strengths in innovation, productivity and disciplined execution. As we move into our second century in business, we have clear strategies in place, an order backlog worth nearly $500 billion and strong positions in the commercial, defense, space and services markets. With those competitive advantages and multiple production rate increases planned this decade, we are well positioned to deliver profitable growth, higher cash flow, and superior value to our customers, shareholders and other stakeholders, all the while continuing to shape and inspire the world through aerospace innovation.”
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