FedEx Goes Looking for New Lows

By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

At a recent Federal Reserve meeting, the market was made clear that interest rates were going to rise, which means that the burden on business in the form of interest on borrowed funds will increase. The ‘cheap’ money has run out, and now overvalued companies will be heading to their real quotes. If you look at the market, the corrections are already beginning, and there is a decline in each sector. Under these conditions, stocks will be forming ranges, although in most cases they are already here. If the price is at the lower boundary, then we should expect an even greater decline, as new support levels will be formed lower.

The ‘weak link’ under these conditions will be the companies that have shown a significant decrease in profits in the current quarter relative to the previous quarter and to similar periods of the previous year.

Tips for trading here should be sought in technical analysis, since the fundamental one will not show negative trends in Q3, as reports will be provided for the previous period, and they will be compared with similar periods of last year, which in most cases will show a positive trend.

In this situation, it is possible to consider trading for lowering overpriced companies, but the trader needs to be aware of the risk they will be taken taking, as due to the gaps at the opening, losses can be fatal.

FedEx, a leading mailing operator, is among such companies that are set to decline in the near future. Quarterly reports show an increase in profits compared to the same period last year. With this in mind, it would seem, there is no reason for concern, as the fall in profits in Q3 this year was also observed last year.


Meanwhile, the short float is as low as 2.01%. The debt to capital ratio is less than 1, which also indicates the company is good to invest into.

On Oct 18, FedEx announced the acquisition of Manton Air-Sea Pty Ltd, a leading logistics service provider based in Australia. This will allow FedEx to increase its presence in the Australian market. The transaction is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

Analyzing other financial indicators, the negative details can only be found in the discrepancy between the Q3 earnings per share predicted values, since the EPS expectations were at $3.80, and in fact it turned out to be just $3.46, which resulted in the company ending its trading session with a 1.7% decline.

Without going into details, the company’s profit is growing, dividends are paid, and there is no reason to worry, especially when the index is being bought heavily during such falls. Let’s get back to the reports however, and we’ll see the profit in Q3 decreased by 42% compared to the previous quarter, although last year it was only by 16%.

In July, Amazon announced its new project, Delivery Service Partners (DSP), as mentioned earlier in one of our analytic reports. This led to the largest international postal operator’s decline. The project by Amazon enables starting your own shipping business under Amazon brand. This project is already working and the goods, despite the problems that arise, are being shipped. This means that FedEx and UPS are guaranteed to lose some of their income. In the long term, the development of DSP will create an even more serious competition against postal operators.

Amazon’s policy led to FedEx shares losing around 16%, after which the price tried to recover, but nothing came out of it, and now it’s trading around the year’s lows. Another negative fact is that the price went below the 200-day SMA, which last occurred in 2015. Last time, after the SMA breakout, the price fell by 36% from its highs. The last fall was accompanied with the largest trading volume over the last 2 years, which increases the likelihood of further price fall.

The nearest support is around $200. Further decline may be news-driven and come later, as it often happens. A short-term price increase to the resistance at $240 USD is possible, but after that, a rebound and a more serious price fall to $200 may follow. With larger volumes or a consolidation range, a reversal may occur.

To sum up

According to the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting minutes, rate hikes are going to happen both this year and next. This will increase the cost of borrowed funds, which will lead to consolidation of the stock market and a possible sharp decline when approaching the highs. Some investors will close their positions on highs, trying to lock in as much profit as possible, after which they can move to less risky instruments such as bonds, whose yields will only increase with rate hikes.

Yet another crisis coming is often a surprise for investors, because usually everything starts with a small correction, which then rapidly develops into a market collapse and leads to a massive fall in stock prices. For this reason, investing in companies at current prices is not a good idea.

In this situation, it is best to look for small and unknown companies to buy, or to focus on those that are just starting their IPO’s.


Any predictions contained herein are based on the authors’ particular opinion. This analysis shall not be treated as trading advice. RoboMarkets shall not be held liable for the results of the trades arising from relying upon trading recommendations and reviews contained herein.

Having majored in both Social Psychology and Economics, I went on to continue my education in post graduate. Later I worked as a team lead of a tech and fundamental analysis lab in the Applied System Analysis Research Institute. This helped me to acquire all necessary skills and experience to become a successful trader and analyst, as well as a portfolio manager in an investment company. I'm a pro in the financial field and the author of articles for various international media. I also hold the position of Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets.