Red Hat RHT beat Wall Street's first-quarter profit expectations but it posted weak billings and provided second-quarter guidance slightly below estimates. Billings, defined as revenue plus the change in deferred revenue, came in at $310 million. Wall Street was expecting $319 million, according to Mizuho Securities analyst Abhey Lamba, who has a buy rating on the stock. Red Hat shares dropped 10.48% to $50.58 in premarket trading Thursday. How to Best Invest $1,500: Go Cheap or Go Big?
Bed Bath & Beyond BBBY , the specialty retailer, gave a disappointing outlook on Wednesday for its fiscal second quarter. The company said it expects earnings of 97 cents to $1.03 a share in the three months ending in August, below analysts' expectations of a profit of $1.08 a share. Does 'Surface' Mean Another Poor Quarter for Dell and HP?
Johnson & Johnson JNJ and the Justice Department are close to settling an investigation into the company's alleged improper promotion of the antipsychotic Risperdal, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The two sides are discussing a payment of at least $1.5 billion, some of the people told the newspaper. The settlement would be one of the highest sums to date in a drug-marketing case, the Journal said.
ConAgra CAG , the branded foods company, is expected by analysts Thursday to post fourth-quarter earnings of 50 cents a share on revenue of $3.4 billion. Telecom Stocks Prove to Be Safe Harbor for Investors
Carmax KMX is scheduled to report fiscal first-quarter earnings Thursday and analysts expect the used-car retailer to earn 53 cents a share on revenue of $2.82 billion.
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