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Cisco’s Russia and China Pain
Shares of Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) dropped 12.84% in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the technology company posted mixed financial earnings.
Financials: Cisco reported earnings per share of 87 cents, which was better than expected. However, the revenue of $12.8 billion was below estimates.
International Affairs: Revenue was impacted by the Covid lockdowns in China and especially the war in Europe. Cisco’s decision to stop business operations in Russia and Belarus resulted in a loss of $200 million in the quarter. Those two countries, along with Ukraine, typically represent 1% of Cisco’s total revenue.
Bad Outlook: Cisco anticipates a 1% to 5.5% drop in revenue in the current quarter, which was also below estimates.
Problem Areas: Revenue in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East plummeted 6%. Service revenue dropped 8%.
Glass Half Full: Demand was strong, with product order growth up 8%. Overall revenue in the Americas increased 5%.
Numbers: Cisco’s stock is down 23% so far this year. It’s a pain that most tech stocks have experienced in 2022.
Final Thoughts: Cisco is considered to be a value play in the tech sector. However, these international issues could weigh the stock down.
Notable Earnings Today: Kohl's (NYSE: KSS), Lightspeed Commerce (NYSE: LSPD), Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT), Palo Alto Networks (Nasdaq: PANW), BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings (NYSE: BJ), Ross Stores (Nasdaq: ROST), Golden Ocean Group (Nasdaq: GOGL), VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC), Canada Goose Holdings (NYSE: GOOS), Deckers Outdoor (NYSE: DECK), Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO), Eagle Materials (NYSE: EXP), Apollo Investment (Nasdaq: AINV), Nano-X Imaging (Nasdaq: NNOX), Globant (NYSE: GLOB), Monro (Nasdaq: MNRO), Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (NYSE: RDY), Vipshop Holdings (NYSE: VIPS).
Notable IPOs Today: N/A.
Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: N/A.
Notable Economic Events Today: Jobless Claims (8:30 a.m. ET), Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index (8:30 a.m. ET), Existing Home Sales (10:00 a.m. ET).
Under Armour Gets New Leadership
Under Armour (NYSE: UA) announced late Wednesday that Patrik Frisk is stepping down from the company as president and CEO on June 1.
Details: Colin Browne, the company’s chief operating officer, will serve as interim president and CEO while the board conducts a search process for a permanent successor. Frisk will stay with the company in an advisory role until September 1.
Background: Under Armour posted negative earnings in early May and lost money, which analysts were not expecting. Supply chain challenges have hurt the company.
Numbers: Shares of Under Armour dropped 3.42% on the news Wednesday. The stock is down 50% this year.
Final Thoughts: Bullish investors may see Under Armour as a ‘buy the dip’ opportunity, but the company clearly has some supply chain problems.
2 Dividend Utility Picks
Stocks in the utility sector offer steady growth and good dividends. Here are two excellent examples.
Dominant Choice: Up 10% in the past six months, electric and natural gas provider Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) offers a dividend yield of over 3%.
Next Choice: One of the largest electric utility companies in the country and a producer of renewable energy, NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) has a dividend yield of over 2%.
Final Thoughts: If you are looking for dividends, then look at the utility sector.
Trends to Watch
Love At First Ride: Peloton in person classes to return to NYC studio this summer (Seeking Alpha)
Hype: How a Trash-Talking Crypto Founder Caused a $40 Billion Crash (The New York Times)
Booted: Why Tesla was kicked out of the S&P 500′s ESG index (CNBC)
Interesting Proposal: Biden Administration Wants Crypto Exchanges to Separate Customer and Corporate Funds (CoinDesk)
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