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Earnings Preview: Under Armour And MGM Resorts Get Ready To Report

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Even though earnings might be a little overshadowed by the big tax reform announcement planned for today, that won’t likely  detract from the mostly positive first-quarter results across sectors. Dow components Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE: PG), and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) all reported earnings this morning that beat expectations. UTX’s revenue also beat expectations, but revenue for PG and BA came in slightly below forecasts. Next up, Under Armour Inc (NYSE: UA) (NYSE: UAA) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) report before market open tomorrow, April 27.   

Under Armour: What Might Be in Store After Tough Q4?

It’s been a tough environment for brick-and-mortar retailers in general, but it’s been particularly tough for sporting goods retailers. There’s been a string of bankruptcies as ecommerce disrupted the industry, the largest being Sports Authority when it liquidated in 2016 and shuttered all its locations. That can put pressure on companies’ such as UA and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) wholesale business, but it also can pressure profit margins as full-price products struggle to compete with cheaper merchandise being liquidated in store closings—two impacts commonly cited over the past year on sporting apparel companies’ earnings calls.

UA is expected to post a loss of $0.04 per share—its first projected loss in the past 8 quarters—on revenue of $1.1 billion, according to consensus third-party analyst estimates. Up until last quarter, the company had 26 consecutive quarters of revenue growth over 20%. UA and UAA, the two classes of the company’s stock, lost about half their value over the past year.

The options market has priced in about a 8.4% potential stock move in either direction around UA’s earnings release, according to the Market Maker Move indicator on the thinkorswim platform. In short-term options trading at the April 28 weekly expiration, calls were active at the 19 and 20 strike prices while puts were active at the 17 and 17.5 strikes. The implied volatility sits at the 56th percentile.

Note: Call options represent the right, but not the obligation, to buy the underlying security at a predetermined price over a set period of time. Put options represent the right, but not the obligation to sell the underlying security at a predetermined price over a set period of time.

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Gambling and Casinos with MGM Earnings

Vegas might be the thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of casinos, but attention has been increasingly shifting to Macau—Asia’s gambling mecca. Macau gaming revenue, a metric widely followed by casino analysts, jumped 13% in the first three months this year. Many analysts think that increase could potentially translate into higher profits for casinos with operations there.

Instinet analyst Harry Curtis recently pointed out MGM has been heavily investing in new projects, including its new $3 billion MGM Cotai in Macau. Curtis expects free cash flow to increase significantly once those projects end, allowing it to potentially increase dividends or buy back shares. 

For the first quarter, MGM is expected to report earnings of $0.26 per share--up $0.13 from Q1 2016—on revenue of $2.6 billion, according to consensus third-party analyst estimates. The company missed analyst earnings estimates by a wide margin in the last quarter, causing the stock to tumble 9.3% in trading that day.

The options market has priced in about a 4% potential stock move in either direction around MGM’s earnings release, according to the Market Maker Move indicator. In short-term options trading at the April 28 weekly expiration, calls were active at the 28.5 and 29 strike prices while puts were active at the 28 strike. The implied volatility sits at the 51st percentile. 

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If you haven’t had a chance, check out what might be expected when Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) report earnings this week.

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