BlackBerry Margins May Falter and 2 Other Heavily Traded Stocks

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): Current price $14.67

Analyst Kulbinder Garcha at Credit Suisse reiterated an Underperform on the shares of BlackBerry and a $10 price target, writing that the firm’s 10-K filing implies lower gross margin on the recently released Z10 handset than the Street imagines, according to Barron’s. BlackBerry’s fiscal fourth quarter report featured lower-than-anticipated revenue but higher-than-expected profit per share, which some analysts credited to higher average selling prices for the Z10 and thus a higher gross margin. Garcia thinks that the improvement from third to fourth quarter in gross margin was partly a result of a lowering in amortization by BlackBerry thanks to a change in accounting.

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