Today’s Research Reports on Stocks to Watch: FedEx and UPS Parcel Service

It was not a good day for shipping stocks on Tuesday. FedEx shares drop on a dismal first quarter report with even a Morgan Stanley analyst calling it a “messy start.” Shares of United Parcel Service was also modestly down despite announcing a new national advertising campaign.

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FedEx Corporation

United Parcel Service, Inc.

FedEx Corporation shares were tumbling on Tuesday, closing the day down 5.53% on nearly 7 million shares traded. The shipping giant saw its shares fall after reporting a quarterly report that did not impress Wall Street. FedEx reported earning $3.46 per share in its fiscal first quarter vs. the $3.80 that analysts had expected. Analyst Ravi Shanker of Morgan Stanley remarked it was "another year, another messy start." CEO Fred Smith was positive on the earnings call and said, "FedEx delivered higher earnings driven by a solid execution of our business plan and a strong U.S. economy. We believe we will continue to increase revenue, cash flows, earnings and returns in fiscal 2019 and beyond. We’re very optimistic about our prospects for profitable growth and remain confident we’ll reach our goal to improve FedEx Express operating income by $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion in fiscal 2020 versus fiscal 2017. Our thanks go out to our more than 425,000 plus team members worldwide, their dedication to the Purple Promise that simply states, I will make every FedEx experience outstanding." The company did however raise its EPS guidance for fiscal-year 2019 as a whole to a range of $17.20-$17.80. Previously the guidance was only $17-$17.60.

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United Parcel Service, Inc. shares were down modestly in Tuesday trading on about 2.8 million shares traded. The UPS Store, Inc. announced that it is launching a new national advertising campaign this month to demonstrate the full range of products and services The UPS Store® locations offer beyond packing and shipping. Dubbed the “Beyond Shipping” campaign, it was inspired by a nationwide research effort that revealed small business owners know The UPS Store takes care of shipping, but were surprised to discover the extensive range of business services the locally owned and operated locations offer. 30 second television commercials will air during primetime programs on major networks and cable channels. Michelle Van Slyke, senior vice president of sales and marketing at UPS, commented, "When you own a business, you have a lot of responsibilities.  With our breadth of services, our locations save time for business owners by offering what they need in one place. We understand the challenges small business owners face and they are looking for a resource they can rely on. With our new campaign, we put it all out there, we are deliberately listing out the services offered to share that we provide so much more than just shipping."

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