It said the most likely scenario pushing the outlook back to negative would be a slackening of banks’ credit standards. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Netflix shares sink on ‘Arrested Development’ reviews
The hoopla surrounding the return of “Arrested Development” on Netflix’s Internet video service has dissolved into a letdown on Wall Street.
Netflix’s stock fell more than 6 percent Tuesday as investors reacted to critics’ mixed reviews of the first new “Arrested Development” episodes since the Fox broadcast network canceled the series seven years ago.
Netflix Inc. released all 15 episodes of the resurrected “Arrested Development” at the same time early Sunday.
Analysts insist it’s still too early to tell whether “Arrested Development” will be a hit or a flop.
Netflix had 29.2 million U.S. subscribers in March. The Los Gatos, Calif., company is hoping positive buzz about “Arrested Development” will help add as many as 880,000 more customers by the end of June.
The stock closed at $214.19, down $14.55. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tiffany reports higher 1Q profit
Tiffany & Co. reported a 3 percent increase in first-quarter net income, fueled by solid sales improvement across the regions, particularly in Asia.
The results, announced Tuesday, beat Wall Street expectations, and its shares briefly rose to their highest level in almost two years in morning trading.
Tiffany is a barometer of luxury spending so the latest results show the resilience among affluent shoppers despite economic challenges around the globe.
The high-end jewelry company known for its blue boxes earned $83.6 million, or 65 cents per share, for the period ended April 30. That’s up from $81.5 million, or 64 cents per share, a year ago.
Excluding costs tied to staff and occupancy cuts, earnings were 70 cents per share. This easily beat the 53 cents per share analyst expected.
Revenue for the New York company rose 10 percent to $895.5 million from $819.2 million, topping Wall Street’s $855.7 million estimate.
Sales increased 9 percent globally to $895 million.