FedEx Stock Slumps on Q1 Pre-announcement, Impacting Transportation Competitor Stocks
In Fridays pre-market trade, FedEx stock decreased 19.86%.
Many of its rivals are seeing declines as a result of a bearish FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) on Thursday evening. The Memphis-based transportation behemoths initial results fell far short of expert predictions, and management decided to remove the 2023 forecast. The first quarter adjusted EPS estimate of $3.44 is far less than the $5.10 Wall Street consensus estimate, illustrative of the size of the loss.
Global volumes decreased, according to CEO Raj Subramaniam, as macroeconomic trends notably deteriorated later in the quarter, both internationally and in the US. We are acting quickly to address these obstacles, but given how quickly conditions changed, our first quarter performance fell short of our expectations.
In Fridays pre-market trade, shares of FedEx (FDX) fell 19.86%. Given the prospect of similar headwinds, the macroeconomic issues discussed in the commentary caused drops in several of its peers. The stocks seeing the largest pre-market drops included shares of United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) (-7.01%) and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) (-11.24%). In the meantime, trade in Europe saw shares of Deutsche Post AG (OTCPK:DPSTF), which are listed in Frankfurt, decline 5.38 percent.
Prior to Fridays opening, JB Hunt Transportation Services (JBHT), C.H. Robinson (CRH), GXO Logistics (GXO), Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (KNX), and Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD) were among the other logistics companies to experience declines.
For the balance of fiscal 2023, the company anticipates that cost-cutting measures will help to lessen the impact of declining demand.
These projections rely on the current economic outlook and fuel price expectations of the company, the absence of new COVID-19-related business restrictions, the successful conclusion of the planned stock repurchases during the second quarter, and the absence of new unfavorable geopolitical developments. FedEx forecasts its earnings per share based on current laws, relevant regulations, and advice.
During its future earnings call, set for 5:30 p.m. EDT on September 22, 2022, FedEx plans to go into more detail about its cost initiatives and the updated outlook.
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