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MarketWatch MarketPulseAug 05, 2020
Disney stock gets an upgrade at Guggenheim amid new streaming push
Walt Disney Co.'s plans to get more aggressive with streaming as the pandemic hammers other areas of the media conglomerate helped earn the stock an upgrade from Guggenheim analyst Michael Morris after the company's Tuesday afternoon earnings report. Morris raised his rating on Disney shares to buy from neutral and upped his price target to $140 from $123 after Disney said it would launch a new streaming service overseas under the "Star" brand and release live-action "Mulan" as a direct-to-consumer option on Sept. 4 given disruptions to the traditional theater model due to COVID-19. "Using Disney assets to accelerate a push into DTC will likely be well received by investors," Morris said in his Wednesday morning note to clients. "Bottom line, as we head toward an investor day (in the coming months), we expect the burden of proof to be on why Disney will not be a secular streaming winner rather than justifying the company's ability to deliver on investor expectations." He saw hints in the company's language that may have signaled "a broader willingness to pursue additional opportunities" in streaming down the road, in his view. Disney shares are up 6.6% in premarket trading Wednesday. They've lost 19% so far this year as the S&P 500 has risen 2%.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseAug 05, 2020
AmerisourceBergen's stock surges toward 5-year high after profit and revenue beats, raised outlook
Shares of AmerisourceBergen Corp. surged 4.8% toward a 5-year high in premarket trading Wednesday, as the pharmaceutical products supplier reported fiscal third-quarter earnings that beat expectations and raised its full-year outlook. Net income for the quarter to June 30 fell to $289.4 million, or $1.41 a share, from $302.0 million, or $1.43 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share came to $1.85, above the FactSet consensus of $1.58. Revenue rose 0.3% to $45.37 billion, beating the FactSet consensus of $44.64 billion, as pharmaceutical distribution services revenue rose 0.1% to $43.6 billion and other revenue grew 4.4% to $1.8 billion, boosted by growth in its ABCS and World Courier businesses. For fiscal 2020, the company raised its adjusted EPS guidance range to $7.80 to $7.95 from $7.35 to $7.65. Revenue is now expected to grow in the mid-single digit percentage range, compared with previous guidance of low- to mid-single digit growth. The FactSet revenue consensus of $187.5 billion implies 4.4% growth. The stock has soared 23.2% year to date through Tuesday, while the S&P 500 has gained 2.3%.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseAug 05, 2020
Wayfair's stock surges toward a record after swinging to big profit beat, as orders delivered more than doubled
Shares of Wayfair Inc. shot up 3.0% toward a record high in premarket trading Wednesday, after the online seller of home furnishings and housewares swung to a big profit beat in the second quarter, as orders delivered more than doubled. Net income was $273.9 million, or $2.54 a share, after a loss of $181.9 million, or $!.98 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, Wayfair swung to adjusted earnings per share of $3.13 from a per-share loss of $1.35, well above the FactSet consensus for EPS of 97 cents. Revenue soared 83.7% to $4.30 billion, beating the FactSet consensus of $4.07 billion. Orders delivered increased 106.2% to 18.9 million, while the average order value declined to $227 from $255. The number of active customers in the Direct Retail business grew 46.0% to 26.0 million. "We experienced unprecedented demand in Q2 and saw record numbers of new and repeat customers choose Wayfair," said Chief Executive Niraj Shah. The stock has more than tripled (up 221.8%) year to date through Tuesday, while the S&P 500 has gained 2.3%.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseAug 05, 2020
CVS shares jump premarket after earnings trounce estimates, company raises full-year guidance
CVS Health Corp. shares soared 3.8% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the drugstore chain trounced estimates for the second quarter and raised its full-year guidance despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its operations. The company had net income of $2.986 billion, or $2.26 a share, in the quarter, up from $1.931 billion, or $1.49 a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to $2.64, well ahead of the $1.91 FactSet consensus. Revenue rose to $65,341 billion from $63.431 billion, also ahead of the $64.004 billion FactSet consensus. The company said the COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected revenue in the retail and pharmacy services segments, mostly due to fewer new therapy prescriptions due to lower provider visits. Front store revenue was hurt by shelter-in-place orders. CVS raised its full-year EPS guidance and now expects it to range from $5.59 to $5.72, up from a prior range of $5.47 to $5.60. It expects adjusted EPS to range from $7.14 to $7.27 versus a prior range of $7.04 to $7.17. Shares have fallen 13% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 2.3%.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseAug 05, 2020
Humana's stock set to rally after profit, revenue rise above expectations
Shares of Humana Inc. were indicated up nearly 3% in premarket trading Wednesday, after the health care services company reported second-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, while maintaining its adjusted earnings outlook. Net income rose to $2.59 billion, or $13.75 a share, from $1.07 billion, or $6.94 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share rose to $12.56 from $6.05, above the FactSet consensus of $10.27. Revenue grew 17.5% to $19.08 billion, topping the FactSet consensus of $18.64 billion. The company said as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, admissions and utilization were "significantly depressed" in April, then increased through May and June, and were "modestly below normal" at the end of the quarter. Humana affirmed its 2020 adjusted EPS guidance range of $18.25 to $18.75, but nudged up its full-year individual Medicare Advantage membership growth outlook to 330,000 to 360,000 members from 300,000 to 350,000 members. The stock has gained 6.7% year to date through Tuesday, while the SPDR Health Care Select Sector ETF has tacked on 4.2% and the S&P 500 has gained 2.3%.

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