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The company may not make its goal of adding 7 million domestic customers this year.

By Kim Peterson Jul 25, 2012 12:17PM
Updated 6 p.m. ET

Netflix
(NFLX) got hammered in trading Wednesday, with shares falling 25% after the company said it may not meet its 2012 subscriber goals.

In his quarterly letter to investors, CEO Reed Hastings said the company's goal of adding 7 million U.S. customers will be "challenging" if the company can't nail the upper end of its growth estimates in the current quarter. Wall Street already thought that number would be tough to hit, especially after Netflix gained only about 2.25 million U.S. subscribers in the first half of the year. 
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When the iPhone maker can't keep up with earnings expectations, it's clear that debt crisis is taking a toll on corporate profits.

By The Fiscal Times Jul 25, 2012 11:55AM
Image: Apple logo copyright Beck Diefenbach/ReutersBy Suzanne McGeeThe Fiscal Times

There's no place to hide. When even Apple (AAPL) -- which for years delivered better-than-expected earnings quarter after quarter --disappoints investors, it's clear that the European sovereign debt crisis and the sluggish pace of growth at home are taking a hefty toll on corporate profits.

Apple's misstep was perhaps the most dramatic, as it announced earnings of only $9.32 a share, well below the consensus of $10.36, but it wasn't the only one. UPS (UPS) also announced earnings that fell short of analysts' predictions, as did Whirlpool (WHR). And while Netflix (NFLX) announced earnings that came in ahead of expectations, they were still 91% below year-earlier levels, and the company cautioned that it will be "back into the red" as it ventures into new geographic markets later in the year. 

These companies have no fear of a strengthening dollar.

By InvestorPlace Jul 25, 2012 11:22AM
Image: American Eagle (© Steve Allen/Brandx Pictures/Photolibrary)By Chris Johnson

The earnings season has gone fairly well so far -- at least we haven't seen an implosion of bottom-line growth that many analysts were suggesting would happen. Looking at the data, bottom-line results have been better than analysts' expectations as 70% of S&P 500 companies that have reported have bested earnings estimates.

The same can't be said for the top line, though, as only 41% of those companies have been able to report revenue results that were better than analysts' expectations. The difference between the top- and bottom-line results tells the story of our economy and where investment opportunities might lie in the current market.

 

Intuitive Surgical is upgraded to 'buy,' and ConAgra is initiated with a 'buy.'

By MSN Money Partner Jul 25, 2012 11:11AM
Information provided by Theflyonthewall.com

Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:  
  • Amgen (AMGN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
  • Domino's Pizza (DPZ) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
  • Group 1 Automotive (GPI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
 

This retailer is a new addition to a portfolio that focuses on stocks showing buyback activity.

By TheStockAdvisors Jul 25, 2012 10:53AM

By David Fried, The Buyback Letter

 

Clothing giant The Gap (GPS), a new addition to our Buyback Portfolio, is one of the world's largest specialty retailers, with some 3,200 stores in 39 countries.

 

Founded in 1969 and based in San Francisco, Calif., the company has five of the most recognized apparel brands in the world -- Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta. The company is focusing on growing internationally and gaining market share at home by offering items at lower prices and improving its merchandise selection.

 
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New moves aimed at making money are fine, but not when you anger users along the way.

By Kim Peterson Jul 25, 2012 10:43AM
Facebook (FB) raised $16 billion in its initial public offering in May, but it wants more. Since the social networking site went public, it's been trying out a number of ways to boost its numbers.

Some of the moves have been downright infuriating, such as switching everyone's email address to a facebook.com address. Others have been just annoying, such as the new "sponsored stories" that now appear in feeds.

Nearly every move appears designed to make Facebook more money by increasing traffic, showing users more ads or persuading them to pay more. 

The soft drink and snacks giant posts better than expected results.

By Jonathan Berr Jul 25, 2012 10:40AM

Shares of PepsiCo (PEP) rose some 1.2% in early trading Wednesday after the drinks and snacks company posted quarterly results that were less awful than Wall Street expected.

 

Net income at the Purchase, New York company fell to $1.49 billion, or 94 cents per share, versus $1.89 billion, or $1.17, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, profit was $1.12 a share, beating the $1.09 average estimate of Wall Street analysts. Revenue fell 2.2% to $16.5 billion.

 
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We have some winners over losers and some cyclical trends that only some companies are playing in.

By Jim Cramer Jul 25, 2012 10:35AM

Whom do you trust?


Do you trust Norfolk Southern (NSC) with great volumes in chemicals, oil, wood and automotive, with some possible turn in coal? Or do you trust UPS (UPS), which talked about business falling off a cliff. Do you trust Riverbed (RVBD), Broadcom (BRCM) andAltera (ALTR), all talking about increased telecom and wireless spending, or do you fret about Apple (AAPL)? Do you buy into Buffalo Wild Wings' (BWLD) sudden decline in growth or do you bank with Panera (PNRA) Wednesday and Domino's (DPZ) Tuesday?

 

The former Googler has an impressive resume as one of Silicon Valley's foremost engineers and managers, but can she save the struggling company?

By TheWeek.com Jul 25, 2012 10:09AM

Yahoo's (YHOO) new CEO Marissa Mayer is not facing an easy road as she takes on an ailing company. But the 37-year-old former Google (GOOG) exec differs from predecessors like Scott Thompson and Carol Bartz in that she seems to have a large slice of the tech world rooting for her success.


Her hiring was praised as a "surprising coup" for Yahoo, since Mayer oversaw the development of some of Google's most popular products, including search, Gmail, Google News, Google Images, and Google Maps. Though Yahoo has seen revenue growth stall as more users migrate to other sites like Facebook, Mayer can take a number of incremental steps to improve the legendary web company. 

 

Stocks of both companies doubled this year on hope their drugs will be approved for sale in the US.

By Minyanville.com Jul 25, 2012 9:40AM

A pair of biotech companies -- Amarin (AMRN) and Horizon Pharma (HZNP) -- are expected to find out by Thursday whether key experimental drugs pass muster for U.S. approval. Stocks of both companies have roughly doubled this year on expectations that the drugs will be cleared for sale.

 

But that's where the similarities end. Amarin, which developed a heart medicine made of fish oil, has grown to a $2 billion market value company. Closing at $14.83 Tuesday, the stock can climb higher, some analysts say. (The Irish company's American shares trade on Nasdaq (NASDAQ).)

 
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The iPad maker reports disappointing quarterly results, while the heavy machinery maker surprises to the upside.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 25, 2012 9:01AM
By Joseph Woelfel, TheStreet.com

Apple (AAPL), the iPhone, iPad and iPod maker, missed Wall Street's expectations on the top and bottom lines in the third quarter and issued weak guidance after the markets closed Tuesday. Apple reported third-quarter earnings of $9.32 a share on revenue of $35.02 billion for the three months ended in June. Analysts expected a profit of $10.37 a share on revenue of $37.18 billion. Apple shares were down 4.6% in pre-market trading at last check.

During the earnings conference call, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer cited several reasons for the revenue and earnings miss, including economic weakness in Europe, Australia, Canada, and Brazil. He also said consumer speculation about new products was delaying some purchasing and that a delay with Intel's (INTC) Ivy Bridge chips hurt Mac sales in April and May. 

The company was particularly hurt by weakness and uncertainty in Europe.

By Benzinga Jul 24, 2012 5:58PM
By Viktor Puskorius

DuPont (DD) shares fell 2% Tuesday to close at $47.74 after the company beat Wall Street expectations on profit but missed on revenue. DuPont also revised its full-year outlook.


The company reported a profit of $1.18 billion, or $1.25 a share, a 3% decrease from a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, profit of $1.48 per share beat analyst estimates of $1.46 a share. Sales rose 7% to $11 billion, missing the average analyst estimate of $11.25 billion.

 

Analysts had high expectations, but a slowdown in iPhone sales hurt the quarter in a big way.

By Kim Peterson Jul 24, 2012 5:00PM
This is where you see the downside of all the iPhone hype.

Everyone knows a new iPhone is coming soon, and as a result, people are delaying iPhone purchases until the next version is out. So now Apple (AAPL) finds itself in a new boom-and-bust cycle for its most important product -- and the quarter reported Tuesday definitely fell into the bust side. 
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Normally, 1 or 2 of the company's top 10 markets might struggle. Now, for the first time, it's seeing trouble across the board.

By Jim J. Jubak Jul 24, 2012 4:28PM
That was one depressing conference call. Oh, not because the results McDonald's (MCD) announced Monday were so bad or because the company slashed guidance. McDonald's did miss Wall Street's earnings estimates by 6 cents a share, but that was the result of a strong dollar that took 7 cents a share out of earnings.

No, what was really depressing was that the results demonstrated that not even McDonald's can escape the effects of the global economic slowdown -- and that the company's assessment of the global economy was so negative. 
 
Tags: MCDYUM

With its favorable funding mix, improved core business performance, and expansion strategies, the commercial bank should continue to yield profitable earnings in the upcoming quarters.

By Zacks.com Jul 24, 2012 2:09PM

Image: Cash machine (© Compassionate Eye Foundation/Getty Images/Getty Images)By Zacks Equity Research
 

Regions Financial Corporation's (RF) second-quarter 2012 earnings from continuing operations came in at 20 cents per share, outshining the Zacks consensus estimate by 6 cents. Moreover, the results compare favorably with the 14 cents per share reported in the prior quarter.


Quarterly results benefited from improved net interest margin and better credit quality backed by lower loan loss provisions and reduced non-performing assets. Moreover, improved funding mix and decline in non-interest expenses were the positives for the quarter. Yet, lower top-line, aided by reduced non-interest income was a dampener.

 
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