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Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading.
Tesla— Shares of Elon Musk’s automaker roared 13.7% higher, continuing a surge begun on Monday after major shareholder Ron Baron called for the company’s revenue to top $1 trillion within a decade. Tesla’s stock climbed past the $900 level a day after it surpassed $700 a share, while investors who bet against the stock scrambled to catch up. Roth Capital analyst Craig Irwin told CNBC, “I just can’t believe this freaking stock. It’s insane.”
Alphabet— Shares of Google’s parent company Alphabet dropped 2.5% after the tech giant reported a quarterly revenue miss. Its fourth-quarter sales came in at $46.08 billion, compared to the estimates of $46.94 billion, per Refinitiv. Alphabet’s earnings beat expectations, however.
Clorox— Shares of Clorox rose 5% after the company topped expectations for its fiscal second quarter. The company reported $1.46 in earnings per share on $1.449 billion in revenue. Wall Street analysts were expecting $1.31 in earnings per share and $1.43 billion in revenue, according to Refinitiv. The company said it expects that its gross margin will continue to widen this year.
Ralph Lauren — Shares of Ralph Lauren surged 9.1% after the apparel company beat market expectations for the holiday-quarter profit, as higher prices for its winterwear boosted margins. Net revenue rose to $1.75 billion, beating Refinitiv estimate of $1.72 billion. Ralph Lauren said it continued to expect fiscal 2020 revenue to rise 2% to 3%.
Nike— Shares of Nike climbed 2.1% as the sports apparel giant continued to claw back some of its losses from a sell-off late last month. The stock slipped about 8% in the final 10 days of January as the coronavirus outbreak worsened and lead to concerns about Nike’s demand and supply chains in Asia. The stock also rose about 3% on Monday.
Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line— Cruise line stocks bounced back from coronavirus-related weakness despite a quarterly report from a major company that missed expectations. Royal Caribbean and Carnival both rose more than 1.3%, while Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings gained 1%. Royal Caribbean reported earnings per share that were in line with analyst estimates for the fourth quarter but missed revenue expectations. The company said the coronavirus outbreak lowered its expected earnings per share for the first quarter by 25 cents.
Ferrari— Shares of the luxury car maker dropped 1.2% on weaker-than-expected quarterly results. Ferrari reported a profit of 90 euro cents per share on revenue of €927 million. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected earnings per share of €1.07 on revenue of €944.6 million. The company said shipments declined slightly to 2,376 from 2,398 in the year-earlier period.
McKesson— Shares of McKesson rose 3.8% after the healthcare company topped Wall Street’s earnings estimates for the third quarter. McKesson posted earnings per share of $3.81, well above the expected $3.56 per share, according to Refinitiv.
Centene— Shares of Centene dropped 1.5% after the health insurance company posted a 13% fall in fourth-quarter profit, “driven by higher than expected medical costs,” the firm said. Centene’s earnings per share were in line with estimates at 73 cents per share.
Zimmer Biomet— Shares of Zimmer Biomet jumped 5.5% after beating on the top and bottom lines of its fourth quarter earnings. The medical device company reported earnings per share of $2.30 on revenue of $2.126 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $2.27 per share on revenue of $2.107 billion, according to Refinitiv.
— with reporting from CNBC’s Yun Li, Michael Sheetz, Jesse Pound and Fred Imbert.
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