Thursday, 2 Feb 2023

Okta Spikes On Q3 Revenue Growth

Elastic Stock Tanks 12% After Reporting Quarterly Results

Shares of California-based big-data analysis company Elastic N.V. (ESTC) are slipping over 12% on Thursday morning after reporting second-quarter results.

ESTC is currently trading at $53.33, down $7.86 or 12.85%, on the Nasdaq. The stock opened its trading at $58.31 after closing Wednesday’s trading at $61.19. The stock has traded between $50.33 and $130.68 in the 52-week period.

Looking forward to the third quarter, revenues is expected to be between $272 million and $274 million and adjusted earnings of $0.04 to $0.07 per share.

For the full year 2023, revenues are expected to be between $1,067 million and $1,073 million and adjusted earnings to be between a loss of $0.03 and earnings of $0.03 per share.

Previously, the company expected revenues to be between $1,080 million and $1,086 million and adjusted loss per share between $0.31 and $0.25.

Second-quarter revenues rose to $264.4 million from $206.0 million last year. Net loss for the second quarter was $47.3 million or $0.50 per share, compared to $47.0 million or $0.51 per share last year.

House Passes Bill To Avert Rail Shutdown With Bipartisan Support

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to implement a tentative agreement aimed at averting a national rail shut down with bipartisan support.

With 79 Republican Representatives joining Democrats in voting in support, the resolution was approved by a 290-137 vote.

Another resolution, to increase the number of paid sick leave in the contract from one to seven days, was passed by 221 to 207 votes.

Both the bills will head to the Senate for vote.

The passage of the bills has eased concerns of a potential rail strike. The unions had given a December 9 deadline to reach an agreement.

President Joe Biden has called on the Senate to act urgently. “Without the certainty of a final vote to avoid a shutdown this week, railroads will begin to halt the movement of critical materials like chemicals to clean our drinking water as soon as this weekend,” he warned in a statement.

“Without action this week, disruptions to our auto supply chains, our ability to move food to tables, and our ability to remove hazardous waste from gasoline refineries will begin. The Senate must move quickly and send a bill to my desk for my signature immediately,” he added.

Biden thanked House Speaker Pelosi, House Democrats and Republicans for taking urgent action to prevent a rail shutdown.

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Axon Enterprise Down 3%

Shares of aerospace products manufacturer Axon Enterprise, Inc. (AXON) are down 3 percent on Thursday’s trading continuing the negative trend since the past few days. The stock is in tandem with the U.S markets, which are in the red early on Thursday morning.

Currently at $178.10, the stock has traded between $82.79 and $193.75 during the past 52 weeks.

Designer Brands Down 20% On Lower Q3 Profit, Outlook

Designer Brands Inc. (DBI) shares are sliding more than 20 percent on Thursday morning trade after the company’s third-quarter earnings declined and adjusted earnings missed estimates.

Looking ahead to the full year 2022, the company reduced its earnings per share guidance to $1.75-$1.80, while its previous guidance was in a range of $2.05-$2.15.

Third-quarter earnings were $45.17 million or $0.65 per share, down from $80.18 million or $1.04 per share last year. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $0.67 per share, while analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to earn $0.72 per share.

Currently, shares are at $12.17, down 20.46 percent from the previous close of $15.30 on a volume of 3,139,832.

Salesforce Stock Slips 10% After Reporting Quarterly Results; Co-CEO Bret Taylore To Step Down

Shares of Salesforce, Inc. (CRM) are slipping over 10% on Thursday morning after the company reported its third quarter results and separately announced that Vice Chair and Co-CEO Bret Taylor will step down

CRM is currently trading at $143.08, down $17.17 or 10.71%, on the NYSE. The stock opened its trading at $147.55 after closing Wednesday’s trading at $160.25. The stock has traded between $136.04 and $270.57 in the past 52-week period.

The company’s earnings totaled $210 million or $0.21 per share, compared to $468 million or $0.47 per share last year. Adjusted earnings were $1.40 billion or $1.40 per share for the period. Analysts expected earnings of $1.21 per share.

The company’s revenue for the quarter rose to $7.23 billion from $6.86 billion last year.

Salesforce also revised its outlook for the full year 2023. Looking forward, the company now expects adjusted earnings of $4.92 – $4.94 per share and revenues of $30.9 billion – $31.0 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters currently estimate earnings of $4.73 per share and revenues of $30.99 billion.

Previously, Salesforce had expected earnings of $4.71 – $4.73 per share and revenues of $30.9 billion to $31.0 billion.

Separately, Salesforce announced that Bret Taylor will step down as Vice Chair and Co-CEO of Salesforce, effective January 31, 2023. At that point, Marc Benioff will be Chair and CEO of the company.

Okta Spikes On Q3 Revenue Growth

Shares of Okta, Inc. (OKTA) are surging more than 22 percent on Thursday morning trade after the company reported 37 percent growth in third-quarter revenue to $481.04 million from $350.68 million last year. Subscription revenue was up 38 percent.

Currently, shares are at $65.10, up 22.09 percent from the previous close of $53.32 on a volume of 6,804,516.

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