Three Buy List Earnings Reports

I’ve been traveling but I wanted to mention the three Buy List earnings reports that came after yesterday’s closing bell.

AFLAC ($AFL) had operating earnings of $1.51 per share. That was eight cents more than estimates. The currency exchange rate cost them four cents per share last quarter. As I’ve said, operationally, AFLAC is doing well.

AFLAC’s board raised the quarterly dividend from 37 to 39 cents per share. For Q4, AFL sees earnings ranging between $1.28 to $1.37 per share. That will give them full-year earnings between $6.14 to $6.23 per share. The stock broke $61 per share early today, but has pulled back.

Fiserv ($FISV) earned 86 cents per share which was two cents better than expectations. They now expect 2014 earnings per share between $3.34 and $3.38. That implies Q4 earnings between 86 and 90 cents per share. The Street had been expecting 89 cents per share. The shares got as high as $69.94 today.

Express Scripts
($ESRX) posted earnings of $1.29 per share which matched expectations. They also narrowed their full-year range to $4.86 to $4.90 per share. The previous view was $4.84 to $4.92 per share. The new full-year guidance means that the guidance for Q4 is $1.36 to $1.40 per share. The Street had been expecting $1.38 per share.

Posted by on October 29th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

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