Fresh off of a quarterly loss, transport tsar and Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation FedEx
According to new guidance released earlier this week, when FedEx releases fiscal Q1 results next week, it will report profits per diluted share of $1.23 -- far above its previous expectation of a buck per share, and fully 37% higher than the midpoint of its previous guidance range.
(No word yet on whether UPS
And just what is it that's helping FedEx? In a word: oil. As you may have heard, the price per barrel of the sticky black stuff is headed down, and that's good news for everybody who burns its various derivations. FedEx in particular credits "lower-than-expected fuel costs late in the quarter" for much of its greater-than-expected profit.
Good news, bad news
And yet, it's not all peaches and cream down in Memphis. (UPS, though, being based in Georgia, may be able to help out with the peaches.) Despite raising guidance for the first fiscal quarter, FedEx held its full-year guidance steady at $4.75 to $5.25 per diluted share, warning of a risk that "weaker macroeconomic conditions offset better-than-expected first quarter results."
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With the economy weak and recovery uncertain, kudos to FedEx for remembering to "curb our enthusiasm" over its short-term profits revival, and reminding investors that the long-term outlook remains murky. And as for the traders who jumped on the short-term outlook and ignored FedEx's cautious language about the future? They may rue the day.
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