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January 15, 2015
10:00 EDTSCCOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:30 EDTSBUXEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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07:07 EDTFASTFastenal reports Q4 and FY14 sales trends
Fastenal's Q4 increase in net sales came primarily from higher unit sales. Net sales were impacted by slight inflationary price changes in non-fastener products and some price deflation in fastener products, but the net impact was a drag on growth. Growth in net sales was not meaningfully impacted by the introduction of new products or services, with one exception. The higher unit sales resulted primarily from increases in sales at older store locations and to a lesser degree the opening of new store locations in the last several years. Since May, stores opened greater than five years have enjoyed double digit growth in every month. The non-fastener business demonstrated greater relative resilience over the last several years vs. the fastener business and the distribution industry in general, due to the company's industrial vending program. However, this business was not immune to the impact of a weak industrial environment. During 2014, the company closed 52 stores in total. The company chose to close this group not because of unprofitability but because it felt this was a better approach to growing the business profitably. The company estimates a normal gross profit percentage for the business is around 51% and targets a range of 51% to 52%. During FY14 and Q4 of 2014, gross profit dropped below 51%, centered on transactional impacts driven by product and customer mix, its strong emphasis on growing average store sales and, in Q4, with seasonality.
06:52 EDTFASTFastenal reports Q4 EPS 40c, consensus 39c
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05:32 EDTSCCOSouthern Copper initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
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