By William Trent, CFA of Stock Market Beat
After FedEx (FDX) missed earnings yesterday, the responses ranged fairly widely. The bullish case is perhaps best presented by Motley Fool at FedEx Is Just Fine [Fool.com] December 21, 2006:
Looking forward, the firm noted that “package volumes are solid this holiday season, and we see continued global economic growth in 2007″ (which logically means continued strong shipping volumes). On top of the anticipated gains in volume, FedEx will be raising rates on its services (and surcharges) at the end of this month. The hikes, in the low single-digit percentages, should do little to decrease demand for the firm’s services, but will almost certainly help it grow its profits faster than its sales.
But if the holiday volumes are so solid, why is the company sending out e-mails like this one:
The e-mail included four coupons for various services. Not the kind of thing a company does when they are booked solid. As we have noted before, the economy is clearly slowing. And FedEx is more closely tied to economic growth than most companies.
Disclosure: Author holds put options on FedEx at the time of publication.
The author may hold a position in the securities discussed. The author’s current holdings are as follows: Long: Union Pacific (UNP) put options; Air Products (APD) put options; Nasdaq 100 (QQQQ) put options; FedEx (FDX) put options; Intuit (INTU) put options; Bookham (BKHM; Ballard Power (BLDP); Syntax Brillian (BRLC); CMGI (CMGI); Genentech (DNA); Ion Media Networks (ION); Three Five Systems (TFS); IShares Japan (EWJ); StreetTracks Gold (GLD); Starbucks (SBUX); U.S. Oil Fund (USO); Plantronics (PLT) call options; Short: Landstar (LSTR) put options; Ceradyne (CRDN) put options; Dell (DELL) put options; Plantronics (PLT) put options