Market Preview: Brussels Calling
On May 29, the company said it expects to report an operating loss for the first quarter, citing "lower volumes and highly competitive pricing dynamics in the marketplace" that it anticipates will results in a "challenging" financial performance over the next few quarters while it builds up to the planned launch of the BlackBerry 10 later this year.
Research In Motion has hired bankers to help it examine its strategic options but few investors seem to be betting on a buyout judging by the share price, which got whacked on Monday after Morgan Stanley lowering its rating on the stock to sell with a $7 price target.
UBS, which has a neutral rating and an $11.50 price target on the stock, is anticipating a loss of 23 cents a share from RIM on revenue of $2.4 billion. The firm sees the company's cash balance as an emerging risk ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch and it's not hopeful a white knight will gallop in and save the day.
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The other big name reporting on Thursday is Nike(NKE) . The average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is for a profit of $1.37 a share in the sneaker maker's fiscal fourth quarter on revenue of $6.51 billion.
Nike shares peaked in early May at $114.81 and have since pulled back to close Wednesday at $98.11. Even with that slide though, the shares are still up 10% over the past year and 2% so far in 2012. The sell side is mostly bullish with 14 of the 22 analysts covering Nike at either strong buy (9) or buy (5) and the 12-month median price target at $123.