104.01 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 4:48PM EDT
|Bid||103.81 x 800|
|Ask||103.83 x 800|
|Day's Range||103.64 - 104.46|
|52 Week Range||89.89 - 125.09|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.42|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||19.85|
|Earnings Date||Jul 24, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.84 (3.72%)|
|1y Target Est||114.68|
As many know, USPS sets aside about $5.5 billion a year to pre-fund employee retiree health benefit obligations. In a column in the financial weekly Barron's, Allen Root writes that USPS must emphasize competitive parcel services with its first-class mail monopoly in secular decline.
UPS is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings results on July 24. Estimates suggest that things aren't looking good for it this quarter.
Despite headwinds like declining shipments, Q2 results of transportation stocks are likely to be aided by tailwinds like upbeat passenger revenues and e-commerce growth.
Kansas City Southern's (KSU) second-quarter 2019 results are aided by a better operational performance. The strong performance of its Chemical & Petroleum segment is also a positive.
Union Pacific's (UNP) second-quarter 2019 results benefits from lower costs. The decrease in freight revenues is, however, a negative.
Entry-level truck driver training services and state driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) will likely get two more years to comply with new federal training requirements originally scheduled for implementation in seven months. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed delaying two provisions in its Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule from February 7, 2020, to February 7, 2022, according to a Federal Register notice published on July 18. According to the notice, the extension would give training providers more time to upload driver-specific training certification information into the new Training Provider Registry (TPR) database and SDLAs more time to confirm CDL applicants have complied with training requirements before taking a knowledge or skills test.
A survey of 600 industrial buyers in three Asia-Pacific countries found that buyers rely as much on traditional forms of procurement channels as they do on e-commerce, and that so-called offline relationships are as valuable as ever. The survey of buyers in China, Japan and Thailand appears to support the age-old relevance in Asia of face-to-face interactions in cultivating successful and sustainable relationships. "What we see in Asia is that business relationships are not one-dimensional – online channels are popular, but so, too, are more traditional forms of buying," said Sylvie Van Den Kerkhof, vice president of marketing for UPS' Asia-Pacific region.
A UPS subsidiary purchased a trio of companies that bolster its logistics services to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries in Europe.
UPS (UPS) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
Dismal performance of the intermodal segment dampens CSX's Q2 results. However, higher merchandise revenues partly offset the adversity.
U.S. equities are continuing to push higher on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average extending its move above the 27,000 level. Better-than-expected results from big bank stocks like JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) are fueling ongoing buying interest as the latest earnings season rolls on.This comes despite the ongoing flow of uneven economic data. U.S. industrial production slowed in the second quarter for the first back-to-back decline since 2016. Freight shipments, according to the Cass Index, fell for the seventh straight month. Yet retail sales are strong.With the Federal Reserve expected to cut interest rates later this month, likely fueling another surge in buying interest, I've noticed a number of transportation stocks perking up. This could be an early sign that the market is pricing in an economic rebound, since these companies are on the front lines of the business cycle, moving the people and the goods that make the system work.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip Here are five transportation stocks that are worth a look: Transportation Stocks to Buy: Union Pacific (UNP)Shares of Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) are breaking up and out of a multi-month consolidation range to push back towards the highs seen in May. Shares were recently initiated with a buy rating at Goldman Sachs, with a $198 price target translating into a gain of roughly 13% from here.The company will next report results on July 18 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.14 per share on revenues of $5.6 billion. When the company last reported on April 18, earnings of $1.93 beat estimates by six cents on a 1.7% decline in revenues. CSX (CSX)Shares of CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), another railroad, are preparing to exit a four-month consolidation range with a push up and over resistance near the $80-a-share level. Analysts at Goldman Sachs recently initiated coverage with a neutral rating and a $86 price target, but Loop Capital recently downgraded from "buy" to "neutral." * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The company will next report results tonight after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.11 per share on revenues of $3.1 billion. When the company last reported on April 16, earnings of $1.02 per share beat estimates by 11 cents on a 4.8% rise in revenues. FedEx (FDX)FedEx (NYSE:FDX) stock is rising up and off of support going back to late December, perking up and over its 50-day moving average. Watch for a run at the 200-day moving average, which would be worth a gain of roughly 8% from here. Analysts at Goldman recently initiated coverage with a "buy" rating and added the stock to its conviction buy list.The company will next report results on Sept. 17 after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of $3.18 per share on revenues of $17.1 billion. When the company last reported on June 25, earnings of $5.01 beat estimates by 18 cents on a 2.8% rise in revenues. UPS (UPS)UPS (NYSE:UPS) shares have cleared above their 200-day moving average for the first time since April, and are now threatening to break out of a churning, two-year downtrend with a move back towards $118 -- which would be worth a gain of more than 11% from here. The stock also had coverage initiated by Goldman analysts this month, with a buy rating and a target of $123 assigned. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond The company will next report results on July 24 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.93 per share on revenues of $17.9 billion. When the company last reported on April 25, earnings of $1.39 missed estimates by four cents on a 0.3% rise in revenues. Delta Airlines (DAL)Shares of Delta Airlines (NYSE:DAL) are taking flight, going vertical after breaking up and over resistance from its November and April highs. This ends a two-year funk going back to early 2018 as the company -- which tops customer satisfaction surveys in a tough industry -- continues to execute well. The airline has been able to avoid the disruptions tied to the grounding of the Boeing (NYSE:BA) 737 MAX, since it didn't operate that model.The company will next report results on Oct. 10 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.26 per share on revenues of $12.7 billion. When the company last reported on July 11, earnings of $2.35 beat estimates by seven cents on a 6.5% rise in revenues.As of this writing, William Roth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post 5 Transportation Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Marken, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UPS Inc (NYSE: UPS), announced on July 15 that it had acquired three European companies headquartered in Austria, Hungary and Italy to expand its geographic footprint of delivering clinical trial shipments every month. UPS bought Marken in late 2016 to expand its strategic interests within the healthcare logistics sector.
Buy transports at the bottom of the freight cycle, starting with the cheapest companies that have plausible self-help stories, Goldman Sachs' new transport equities analyst Jordan Alliger counseled in a recent note. UPS Inc (NYSE: UPS), FedEx Corp (NYSE: FDX) and J.B. Hunt (NASDAQ: JBHT) received ‘Buy' ratings.
J.B. Hunt's (JBHT) top line in second-quarter 2019 increase year over year, courtesy of the Dedicated Contract Services segment's impressive performance.
(Bloomberg) -- Amazon’s Prime Day gives shoppers an opportunity to flex their deal-spotting muscles ahead of Black Friday. It also gives package thieves their own chance to warm up.Although the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas see far more parcel deliveries—and therefore, more brazen from-the-stoop thefts, Prime Day’s limited 48-hour window creates a concentrated opening for “porch pirates” to make their move, said Brody Buhler, managing director of Accenture’s post and parcel industry group.It’s hard to pin down exactly how many cardboard boxes are pilfered from plain sight around the invented summer buying spree, since customers can report thefts to one of three sources—the local police department, the retailer or the mail carrier—and those reports aren’t tallied centrally. But according to research from video-doorbell company Ring, 19% of U.S. households had a package stolen at some point in 2017 with an average value of $140 per package. Nextdoor, a social-networking app for neighborhoods, says user comments about package theft spiked 85% between July 18 and 20 last year, the main delivery period for Prime Day packages.“Criminals know about Prime Day—everyone has access to the internet these days,” said James Crecco, a police captain in Jersey City, New Jersey.The police department in Jersey City partnered with Amazon in December to run a sting operation and track down package thieves after hearing from a swelling number of victims of porch piracy. Within just seven minutes of placing the first package, officers made an arrest and ultimately caught 23 robbers over an 11-day period. The department has been thinking about implementing a similar plan in the days following Prime Day, though Crecco said it was waiting to see if Amazon would partner again before renewing the program.Of course, on-the-porch delivery isn’t a new phenomenon in the U.S., with Montgomery Ward launching its dry goods mail-order business while Ulysses S. Grant was president and Sears, Roebuck and Co.’s iconic catalog serving as America’s consumer bible for a century. But the proliferation of e-commerce brought delivery of goods—and chances to pilfer them—to a whole new level. E-commerce accounted for more than 10% of all retail and food service sales in the first quarter, up from about 3% in 1999, according to the Commerce Department. Orders come in all year long, especially as grocery delivery expands, but they’re concentrated around big shopping events. During last year’s Prime Day, members bought more than 100 million products. Amazon has expanded this year’s extravaganza to 48 hours from 36 last year, with Coresight Research forecasting Amazon raking in $5.8 billion globally in sales, up from an estimated $3.9 billion in 2018.“Criminals know about Prime Day—everyone has access to the internet these days.”And that’s just the orders placed on Amazon itself. With rivals from Target Corp. to one-time mail-order king Sears itself leaning into the event, logistics providers will be extra busy in the coming days.The growth of porch piracy has led a number of states, including California, South Carolina, Michigan and New Jersey, to propose bills for stricter penalties for package thieves. In Texas, the problem became so prevalent that state representatives formed a mail theft task force in 2017 and have since passed legislation that makes certain degrees of package theft a felony. Related: Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike at Minnesota WarehouseWhen packages do go missing, most major mail carriers agree to be liable for about $100, leaving the retailer to refund the remaining dollar amount or send a new item. Accenture finds that 70% of consumers won’t return to an online store after a bad delivery experience, which has retailers putting more pressure on logistics companies to give customers what they want, including tracking and delivery flexibility to ensure their wares arrive unscathed.When online shopping first became popular, the “focus was on price, then it became on free shipping, then fast shipping and now consumer-controlled shipping that can be altered until 10 minutes before the package arrives,” Accenture’s Buhler said. The demand for control over delivery comes from concerns about theft combined with increased demand for convenience, he said.Theft's a pervasive problem, and retailers have tried a variety of deterrents but are still looking for the perfect solution. For instance, to attract grocery customers, Walmart Inc. is experimenting with staffers, sporting wearable cameras, arriving in company-owned cars to unpack food in customers’ kitchens. Others are trying to leave deliveries in shoppers’ garages or the trunks of their cars. But with each new test, questions linger about privacy and efficiency, plus one-off issues like escaping pets or malfunctioning apps that deny the employee entry.Amazon itself offers Amazon Lockers, keyless entry and click-and-collect “counters” to give buyers more ways to control how they receive their orders. Amazon Logistics also gives Prime members the opportunity to track the arrival of their packages in real time and to receive a photo of where the box was dropped, the company said. A spokeswoman declined to comment further or share company data on thefts. Rising fear about package theft has helped usher in a new industry altogether: porch security. Brad Ruffkess, a former Coca-Cola Co. employee, installed security cameras at his Atlanta home and watched two boxes get stolen off of his doorstep within weeks of each other in 2017. Frustrated by the limited protection options available, Ruffkess founded BoxLock Inc., a WiFi-connected lock that lets delivery drivers place packages in secure parcel boxes outside users’ homes.BoxLock launched on Prime Day last year and sold out within hours of being posted to the Amazon website, he said. Other innovations that seek to keep porch pirates from their loot include secure parcel mailboxes, in-home package drops, Nest and Ring cameras, and alternative delivery locations through programs like UPS My Choice.“There’s still a lot more innovation to come in package security as e-commerce continues to grow,” Buhler said. “When it gets up to 20% of total shopping and there are so many more packages on people’s doorsteps, we’ll see even more innovation in protecting deliveries.”Back in Jersey City, a booming waterfront metropolis just over the Hudson River from Manhattan, package theft is evenly distributed among high and lower-income neighborhoods, Captain Crecco said, calling it one of the “rare crimes that crosses every economic demographic.” The trick to stopping it is making sure it’s not so simple to pull off for minor criminals looking for a low-effort pull. “It’s easy and criminals aren’t looking for a lot of work,” he said.To contact the author of this story: Olivia Rockeman in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anne Riley Moffat at email@example.com, Lisa WolfsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
ATLANTA, July 15, 2019 -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) will announce its 2019 second-quarter results on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at approximately 7 a.m. Eastern Time. At 8:30 a.m. ET,.
For example, an automotive supplier, faced with the prospect of huge fines – as well as the possibility of lost business – in the event its customer's line goes down for want of critical parts, will spend thousands of dollars to ensure an air charter is available to whisk the needed parts to their destination as fast as possible. The story cited a report from Cambridge Property & Casualty that an unidentified auto company will levy a $500 per-minute penalty if a late delivery shuts down its assembly line.
Goldman Sachs (GS) initiated its coverage on FedEx (FDX) and UPS (UPS) with “buy” ratings. Goldman Sachs argued that the stocks are too cheap to ignore.
After trading ended on Wednesday afternoon (July 10), Deutsche Bank transports equities analyst Amit Mehrotra issued several investor notes reflecting his updated expectations for second quarter earnings. Mehrotra was pessimistic about intermodal growth and returns and Hunt's ongoing discussions with railroad BNSF, with which it has a long-standing and frequently litigated business relationship. Like many Wall Street analysts, Mehrotra was cheered by Knight-Swift (NYSE: KNX) management's ability to digest Swift after the mega-merger and wring impressive returns – including a sub-80 percent operating ratio – from its assets.
As the global freight market continues to grow more complex, Coyote Logistics, a leading global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, has released a new program and digital freight platform enhancements designed to better address the unique needs and challenges of shippers and carriers today. “While shippers’ service expectations are constantly evolving, Coyote’s commitment to delivering a superior experience to customers remains unchanged,” said Jonathan Sisler, CEO of Coyote.
The May 2019 report marks the 3rd time UPS Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) has been named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics, North America. UPS (UPS) today announced that, for the third time, its Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) unit has been named as a Leader in the May 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics, North America1. According to the report, “This Magic Quadrant evaluates 19 top North American 3PLs to demonstrate how they compare with each other across a variety of detailed criteria.
J. Scott Susich, the director of data analytics and advisory services at DTN, joined co-host John Kingston on SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking for a discussion on how the regulation designed to reduce the amount of sulfur in marine fuels can impact the petroleum supply chain so much that it could hit the price of diesel. Also on this week's show, FreightWaves managing editor of freight markets Mark Solomon brings his expertise to the latest news out of the Amazon/UPS/FedEx cage match. As Mark notes, FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) is banking on strong e-commerce growth outside of Amazon now that FedEx has ended their US air services contract.