Tesla and Groupon shares jump on earnings results
But Green Mountain Coffee falls as revenue misses. The stock market suffers a modest loss, due to worries about rising interest rates.
Stocks ended Wednesday lower, with the Dow Jones industrials ($INDU) suffering its third loss in a row.
But earnings reports from electric-car maker Tesla Motors (TSLA) and deal site Groupon (GRPN) after the close cheered investors. Shares of both companies were up sharply after hours -- and may give the market a boost on Thursday.
Tesla's Model S sedan, pictured, has won enormous praise for its design and features and sports a years-long waiting list to get one. The company earned 20 cents a share after one-time charges, far better than Wall Street had expected. The Street was looking for a loss of 17 cents. Revenue was $405 million, up from $26.7 million a year ago and 5% ahead of the Street estimate of $383 million.
Shares were up $18, or 13.4%, to $152.33 after hours. The regular close of $134.23 was down $7.92. Despite that decline, the shares are up 296% on the year.
Tesla was one of one of a number of high-profile companies reporting after Wednesday's close.
Groupon earned 2 cents a share, in line with estimates. Revenue was $609 million, up from $606 million a year ago. It announced a $300 million share-buyback program and named Eric Lefkofsky CEO.
Shares were up $1.66, or 19%, after hours to $10.38. The regular close of $8.72 was up 2 cents. Groupon has had a difficult time since going public in November 2011. The shares closed at $26.11 on the first day of trading, then fell to as low as $2.63 a year later. The shares are up 230%-plus since, based on Wednesday's closing price.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) reported 82 cents a share in adjusted earnings, up from 52 cents a year ago and ahead of the Street estimate of 77 cents. Revenue grew 11.3% to $967 million, but analysts had expected $981 million. The company blamed the miss on sales in Canada. The shares fell $2.06 to $79.26 in regular trading and an additional $4.50, or 5.8%, to $74.70 after hours.
The problem appears to be revenue guidance. The company projected "11% to 15%" revenue growth in the fiscal fourth quarter. It had suggested growth closer to 20% in earlier reports.
The reports came as the Dow fell 48 points to 15,471, its third straight loss. But the blue chips had been down as many 97 points around 10 a.m. ET.
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) was off 6 points to 1,691. The loss was the third straight for the index. The Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) was off 12 points to 3,654, its second loss in a row.
The market was weak in part because of Wall Street fears about the potential impact of the Federal Reserve's trimming its bond-buying program.
The 10-year Treasury yield was down to 2.6% from 2.642% on Tuesday. Crude oil (-CL) in New York dropped 93 cents to $104.37. Gold (-GC) was up $2.80 to $1,285.30 an ounce.
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