Wednesday, July 28, 2010

“I’m Not Dead Yet”: Name This Company!

It’s earnings season on Wall Street, and that means plenty of conference calls for we here at NotMakingThisUp.

And while plenty of calls have focused on the fact that business seems to be 'not dead yet'—despite the stock market’s recent attempt to send the economy off to the undertaker—the most remarkable piece of news came from the place the average investor would least expect to hear it.

Now, we all know the news from FedEx, UPS, railroads and truckers—anyone who moves, to use the technical term, stuff, around the country—has been gangbusters.

Closer to the consumer, it gets a little more variable, depending on whether the company sells something everybody seems to want (Apple) or not (Gap).

But there is a sector of the economy long left for dead that seems to be reviving, and quickly. Last night one of the larger traffickers in this particular sector reported strong earnings and delivered the kind of commentary lately reserved for iPads:

“Our financial performance continued to strengthen across most business lines globally, and we have good momentum entering the year’s second half,” said -----, chief executive officer of -----. “In the U.S., we saw a very strong pick up in ----- and -----, reflecting recovering market conditions. Europe produced robust growth, fueled by the recovery of the ----- market in the larger economies, such as the U.K., Germany and France. Asia Pacific also sustained the strong top-line growth that first became evident there late last year.”

Name the company and the line of business: you’ll win nothing more than your name in virtual lights here at NotMakingThisUp.

Jeff Matthews
I Am Not Making This Up

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Andrew Meyer said...

Commercial Real Estate - CB Richard Ellis?

Though living in Southern California, this sounds more like whistling in the wind than an actual change in the wind direction...


yannick said...

Jeff, that would be CB Richard Ellis. Do you think they represent more a leading or lagging indicator? Commercial real estate, by the time it gets reported in an earnings report, would seem to me to be more reflective of conditions 6 months ago, don't you think?

Jeff Matthews said...

Andrew Meyer nailed it. We have a winner. As for the direction of the actual wind, time will tell. It certainly isn't BAD news.


Kieran McCarthy said...

With a P/E ratio of nearly 80, they'd better hope that business is good.

V. said...

FYI if you google the quote CBRE pops right up...