The most important earnings to track this week are listed below from the universe of companies we track during the earnings season. Today we have got strong earnings in Europe from DSV, Novartis, and UBS Group all beating earnings estimates and DSV even raised their fiscal guidance. In the US, UPS posted stronger than expected Q3 earnings and lifted guidance on earnings, margins, and capex highlighting the favorable conditions for logistics companies. Tonight after the US market close, the three giant US companies Microsoft, Alphabet, and Visa will report earnings, which we expect will be strong across the board.
Tuesday: DSV, Nidec, Canon, Novartis, UBS Group, Microsoft, Alphabet (Google), Visa, Eli Lilly, Texas Instruments, UPS, AMD, General Electric, Raytheon Technologies, S&P Global, 3M, Twitter, Southern Copper
Wednesday: ANZ, Novozymes, Neste, BASF, Deutsche Bank, Ping An Insurance, Fanuc, Hitachi, GlaxoSmithKline, Heineken, Equinor, Iberdrola, Banco Santander, Assa Abloy, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s Service Now, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boeing, General Motors, Ford Motor, Twilio, eBay, Spotify, Yandex, Garmin
Thursday: Anheuser-Busch, Shopify, Suncor Energy, Sanofi, Dassault Systems, TotalEnergies, PetroChina, BYD, Agricultural Bank of China, UniCredit, Sony, Keyence, Royal Dutch Shell, Lloyds Banking Group, Hexagon, Apple, Amazon, Mastercard, Comcast, Merck & Co, Linde, Starbucks, Caterpillar, Atlassian, Newmont, Volkswagen
Friday: BNP Paribas, Daimler, Merck, China Construction Bank, Bank of China, Eni, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, AbbVie, Colgate-Palmolive
Tesla pulls S&P 500 to new record on Hertz deal and new Panasonic battery
Yesterday’s gains in US equities were driven in large part by the big move in Tesla up 12.7% surpassing the $1trn market value for the first time. The catalysts were news of an order of 100,000 EVs (Tesla is doing slightly less than 300,000 deliveries per quarter at this point) from the car rental company Hertz, and Panasonic revealing a new and more powerful Lithium-ion battery for Tesla’s above standard models. Panasonic says that the new 4680 cell battery will drive the needed cost reductions to further expand the penetration of EVs to the general population.
The new level of equity valuation for Tesla got many to compare Tesla to Berkshire Hathaway and the likes, but to be fair Tesla has a much better shot at creating the future than Berkshire Hathaway which is conglomerate of old businesses although very profitable. The way to think about Tesla is that at one point it will mean-revert to a free cash flow yield to that of the S&P 500 which is currently around 2.7%. This means that Tesla will have to generate around $28bn in free cash flow in the future to justify its valuation. Tesla has generated $4.1bn in free cash flow in the last 12 months which over 10 years amount to 21% annualized growth in free cash flow. It is possible but it will require Tesla to capture a large share of the future car market and become a significant player in grid energy storage. For now the optimists are winning over the pessimists.