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August 12, 2014
08:03 EDTAAP, BBY, WSM, ULTA, SPWH, DKS, WMTGoldman's Retail selections for Q2
Goldman is most above Q2 consensus for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Best Buy (BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM), sees best risk/reward in Ulta Salon (ULTA) and Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and low visibility in Dick's Sporting (DKS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
News For AAP;BBY;WSM;ULTA;SPWH;DKS;WMT From The Last 14 Days
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September 30, 2014
07:03 EDTAAPAdvance Auto Parts initiated with an Outperform at William Blair
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September 29, 2014
18:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart blames Tracy Morgan for his own injuries in car crash, USA Today says
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08:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom to board
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Systrom, an entrepreneur, software engineer and co-founder of photo-sharing service Instagram (FB), as a new member of the company's Board, effective September 26. Systrom became the 15th member of the Board and will also serve as a member of the company's Technology and eCommerce Committee and its Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee. Systrom is currently CEO of Instagram, where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations and has overseen its growth to more than 200 million monthly active accounts.
September 25, 2014
08:19 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:25 EDTDKSStephens to hold an investor trip
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September 24, 2014
12:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:00 EDTWSMBed Bath & Beyond climbs after Q2 earnings beat expectations
Shares of home decor retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) are rising after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 EPS was $1.17, which was 3c higher than analysts' consensus. The company's Q2 revenue of $2.95B topped analysts' consensus of $2.89B. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up approximately 3.4%. The retailer sees Q3 EPS in the range of $1.17-$1.21, compared with analysts' consensus view of $1.20. Bed Bath & Beyond expects fiscal year 2014 EPS to be between $5.00-$5.08, compared to analysts' view of $5.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Bed Bath & Beyond said that it was investing "significantly" in its business. It expects FY14 capital expenditures of approximately $350M. The retailer is opening a new distribution facility and is working on a new point of sale system. Bed Bath & Beyond said it is "cautiously optimistic" on its balance for the rest of the year. Next quarter, the company is expecting SSS growth of 2%-3%, and for Q4 it foresees 4%-5% of same-store growth. ANALYST REACTION: Yesterday morning, prior to the release of Bed Bath and Beyond's Q2 earnings report, William Blair analyst Daniel Hofkin downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Hofkin cited his continued worries regarding the retailer's above-average exposure to e-commerce competitors. He feels that Bed Bath & Beyond waited too long before developing a strong multichannel platform and that competition from other e-commerce rivals will continue accumulating. He noted that while the company's price premium relative to Amazon (AMZN) has gotten smaller in the past few years, it still is material. Today, UBS analyst Michael Lasser raised his price target on the stock to $68 from $62 after Bed Bath & Beyond reported sales that surpassed expectations. Still, he felt that the good sales numbers occurred at the expense of its margin. He expects the retailer's operating margin decrease to impact the company's PE multiple. Lasser believes that the retailer's Q3 and Q4 comp outlook could be "aggressive," but he noted that he won't have much of an idea about those numbers until early January. He keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR) and Restoration Hardware (RH). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.99, or 6.4%, to $66.68.
10:03 EDTBBYBest Buy confirms exclusive tech accessories from fashion designers
Best Buy confirmed that it will introduce exclusive tech accessories from fashion designers Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, and Isaac Mizrahi. All will reflect and be inspired by the designersí current collections and will be available only at Best Buy. All three collections will debut Sunday, Oct. 5 at BestBuy.com and in Best Buy stores.
09:49 EDTWMTGreen Dot's 2014 guidance incorporates Wal-Mart, says Piper Jaffray
Green Dot (GDOT) announced this morning that it will offer its GoBank product at Wal-Mart (WMT) stores nationwide by the end of October. Piper said GoBank has been piloted in a few stores in Texas and the launch has already been incorporated into Green Dot's 2014 guidance and accounts for relatively little in revenues. The firm views the news as a positive in total and said it shows continued traction within GoBank and its relationship with Wal-Mart. Shares of GoBank are Overweight rated with a $24 price target.
09:05 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:11 EDTBBYBest Buy hope designer accessories will bring more women to stores, Re/code says
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05:14 EDTWMTGreen Dot, Wal-Mart announce nationwide rollout of GoBank
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September 23, 2014
10:02 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Analog Devices (ADI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair... Cameco (CCJ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Clorox (CLX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Del Frisco's (DFRG) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Dick's Sporting (DKS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Equinix (EQIX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Fluor (FLR) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Gordmans Stores (GMAN) downgraded at Canaccord... Jacobs Engineering (JEC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Nanometrics (NANO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Viasystems (VIAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Watsco (WSO) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter.
07:13 EDTDKSDick's Sporting downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair
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06:21 EDTDKSDick's Sporting downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
September 19, 2014
10:06 EDTWSMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abtech Holdings (ABHD) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at ... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Emerge Energy (EMES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Iconix Brand (ICON) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Restoration Hardware (RH) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Sequential Brands (SQBG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Xcel Brands (XELB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
September 18, 2014
16:24 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital
Target $72.
10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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10:40 EDTWSMPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
10:27 EDTULTAOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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