Check out the companies making headlines before the bell:
Ulta Beauty (ULTA) – Ulta Beauty announced that CEO Mary Dillon will step down in June to be replaced by company President David Kimbell. Dillon will move to the role of executive chairman. Separately, the cosmetics retailer beat estimates on the top and bottom lines for its latest quarter, but did cut its fiscal 2021 comparable sales outlook. Ulta lost 8.2% in premarket trading.
Poshmark (POSH) – Poshmark reported better-than-expected sales for its latest quarter, but the online retailer of secondhand goods issued a current-quarter forecast that was short of analyst estimates. Its stock tumbled 12.3% in premarket action.
Novavax (NVAX) – Novavax shares soared 16.5% premarket after the drug maker said its Covid-19 vaccine was effective at high levels against both the original strain of the virus as well as the U.K. variant.
DocuSign (DOCU) – DocuSign beat estimates by 15 cents with an adjusted quarterly profit of 37 cents per share, and the electronic signature company’s revenue was also above analysts’ forecasts. It also issued a better-than-expected outlook, but shares fell 4% in premarket trading.
Sanofi (SNY), Translate Bio (TBIO) – The drug makers began a human trial for their second Covid-19 vaccine project, following a delay in their first vaccine last year. This vaccine is based on messenger RNA technology, and the two companies expect interim study results in the third quarter. Translate Bio shares rose 5.1% premarket.
Alibaba (BABA) – Alibaba is facing a possibly record fine from China antitrust regulators, according to people with knowledge of the matter who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. The paper said the fine could exceed the $975 million that chipmaker Qualcomm paid in 2015, as regulators push Alibaba to disassociate itself from founder Jack Ma and to align itself more closely with the Communist Party. The e-commerce giant’s shares fell 2.1% in premarket action.
Netflix (NFLX) – Netflix is testing a new feature to limit password sharing, with some users receiving a request to confirm that they live in the same household as the account holder. Research firm Magid has estimated that about one-third of Netflix users share their passwords. Netflix was down 1.2% premarket.
Verizon (VZ) – Verizon launched a $25 billion debt sale to help fund its $45 billion purchase of wireless spectrum that will be used to expand next-generation 5G mobile service. MarketWatch reports demand was extremely strong for the sale, more than four times oversubscribed at one point.
Aegion (AEGN) – Aegion is the subject of a bidding contest between New Mountain Capital (NMFC) and Apollo Global (APO). Apollo has made a bid for the pipeline services company between $26 and $30 per share, according to a Bloomberg report, topping the deal Aegion struck with New Mountain last month for $26 per share. Aegion jumped 11.5% premarket, while Apollo rose 2.4%.
Buckle (BKE) – The fashion accessories retailer reported quarterly earnings of $1.33 per share, 7 cents above estimates, with revenue matching Wall Street forecasts. Comparable store sales were up 18% compared to a year earlier, with online sales up 81.5%.
Coherent (COHR) – The bidding battle to buy the maker of lasers and laser technology continues with Coherent saying the latest bid by optoelectronic components maker II-VI (IIVI) is superior to the most recent bid from Lumentum (LITE). The bidders have gone back and forth several times, with II-VI’s latest offer consisting of $195 per share in cash and one Lumentum share for each Coherent share. Coherent rose 2.1% premarket, while II-VI fell 1.6%.
Vail Resorts (MTN) – The resort operator beat Wall Street forecasts on both the top and bottom lines in its latest earnings report, even though Vail was forced to operate at reduced capacity due to the pandemic. Vail did say visitation trends improved throughout the quarter, and shares surged 9.7% premarket.