Family Dollar (FDO) has been up as much as 6% in early trading after reporting earnings at 7am. The company says it made $1.05 a share, 2-cents above estimates. Revenue was right in line with expectations at $2.57 billion, rising 9% over last year. Family Dollar says its market share is increasing. The company did warn however that its customers are being forced to make spending choices. So, at this point, the chain is focusing on improving margins. Prior to this morning, Family Dollar stock was down fractionally since the start of 2013. It took a sharp drop in January on a downgrade and has been mounting a comeback ever since.
Yum! Brands (YUM) reports after the closing bell. The big story with Yum! remains performance of its stores in China, where the company has its biggest presence outside the U.S. The question is whether the company's KFC outlets have recovered from a series of setbacks. Analysts are expecting a considerable drop from last year with earnings per share of 54-cents down from 67-cents on revenue that's now south of the $3-billion mark. So far the stock is up 8% this year, and is sitting just pennies above its average price target.
Nu Skin (NUS) has been up 14% in early trading. Shares jumped after the company increased its outlook for the quarter, now estimating revenue will be $680 million, at least $100 million more than it said before. Earnings are also expected to be 1/3 higher than previously predicted. Even before the rise we're seeing now, shares of Nu Skin are up 79% since the start of 2013.
On-line reservation service Open Table (OPEN) has been down as much as 5% since yesterday's close. It actually rose 3% in the regular session, but then Citigroup initiated coverage of the company with a sell rating. The stock is up 32% so far this year, but is still far below its all time high of about $115 a share a little more than two years ago.
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