Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Restoration Hardware Holdings, Expedia, FedEx, Boeing and United Parcel Service

  Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Restoration Hardware Holdings,
               Expedia, FedEx, Boeing and United Parcel Service

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, June 5, 2013

CHICAGO, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks Equity Research highlights
Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RH) as the Bull of the Day and
Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq:EXPE) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity
Research provides analysis on FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX), The Boeing Company
(NYSE:BA) and United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS).


Full analysis of all these stocks is available at

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

With stocks and luxury housing prices in major cities around the globe hitting
new record highs, Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RH) is perfectly
situated to grow its luxury furniture brand. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy)
is expected to post double digit earnings growth both this year and next.

It operates 74 galleries and 13 outlets selling furniture, lighting, bathware,
outdoor and garden as well as baby & child products. If you've hung out in the
interior decoration section of your local bookstore, you might also have seen
some of its books. The company also operates a retail web site at

Restoration Hardware has had a topsy-turvy history as it nearly went under in
the early 2000s and was privately-owned for several years. It re-emerged as a
publicly traded company in late 2012.

Is it a coincidence that Restoration Hardware, which has long been associated
with luxury, went public just as the housing market was turning around? I
think not.

Restoration Hardware has beaten its first two quarters as a public company. It
is set to report fiscal first quarter on July 16 but the company has already
clued us in on how good 2013 has been. On May 10, it increased first quarter
fiscal 2013 guidance to $0.02 to $0.04 from a loss of 2 cents to breakeven.

Bear of the Day:

A big miss on the Zacks Consensus Estimate in Q1 has analysts scrambling to
cut 2013 estimates on Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq:EXPE). Growth is now expected to
decline on this Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) by 8.4% in 2013.

Expedia is a well known online travel company that operates several travel
sites in the United States and globally including,, and, in China, eLong.

Expedia is the majority holder in eLong which is a bright spot in the
business. It saw 71% year over year growth in room nights in China in the
first quarter.

On Apr 25, Expedia reported first quarter results and despite growing revenue
24% year over year due to strong growth in the Americas, Europe and
Asia-Pacific, it wasn't quite as good as the analysts had been hoping for.

It reported a loss of 24 cents, missing the Zacks Consensus by 35 cents, or
318%. It was the first earnings miss in 5 quarters.

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FedEx Raises Dividend

One of the largest package delivery companies, FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) has
raised its quarterly dividend by a penny per share to 15 cents. The increased
dividend is payable on Jul 1 to stockholders of record on Jun 17. We believe
that the company's focus on increasing investor return is backed by its strong
financial strength from operational efficiency. 

In an effort to lower cost, the company is concentrating on network
realignment to match the current demand level. In Jun 2012, the company
announced plans to purchase 19 more Boeing 767 aircraft. FedEx expects the
delivery of these aircraft from 2015 through 2019.

These new aircraft are expected to benefit cost structure by replacing the old
fleet of MD-10 and A31-200 as well as by exchanging equipment like spare
parts, tooling and flight simulators with the existing FedEx Boeing 757 Fleet.
Additionally, FedEx delayed the delivery of eleven 777-freighter aircraft that
were scheduled to be delivered between 2013 through 2018.

We believe the delayed deliveries would help in better utilization of the
MD-11 fleet on international flights and lower overall cost and investment.
Going forward, FedEx would buy 30 Boeing 757 passenger airplanes from United
Continental Holdings Inc. with deliveries between the latter half of 2013
through 2015.

The company aims to convert these narrow-body jets into its freighters fleet
and utilize them for cargo delivery. These twin-engine based airliners are not
only fuel efficient but are also capable of transporting 20% extra freight
than the three-engine Boeing 727s that would be replaced. However, this
conversion process is expected to take around three months at a cost of nearly
$5 million per plane.

Further, the company also announced the retirement of 86 aircraft and 308
related engines to improve the network efficiency at FedEx Express. The
company expects the complete retirement of The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA)
B727-200 fleet. The company expects to incur around $100 million in impairment
charges this year and a depreciation expense of $74 million in FY14.

We believe the investments in organic growth as well as acquisitions will lead
to greater operational efficiencies, generating significant long-term
synergies, supporting international business growth and driving higher
profitability. These will also provide a competitive advantage over peers like
United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS).

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