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March 5, 2015
06:08 EDTTGT, WMT, BBYWal-Mart CFO believes mobile payment is the future, WSJ says
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March 4, 2015
13:14 EDTEBAYPaypal President Dan Schulman says e-commerce is still in early stages
President Dan Schulman said Paypal is poised to become leader in emerging paradigm, as digitization of money is opening up tremendous and large addressable market for Paypal to play in. Believes e-commerce is still at earliest stages, accounting for only 10% of all of commerce. Says offline and online are blurring, and they're blurring through mobile. Says the company aims for the democratization of money across the world. Comments taken from Paypal President Dan Schulman at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.
12:58 EDTTGTWells Fargo sees Target results potentially beating expectations
After Target (TGT) yesterday afternoon announced that it would reduce its expenses by $2B over the next two years, Wells Fargo wrote that the company's results could beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. WHAT'S NEW: Calling Target's operating plan conservative, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer wrote in a note to investors today that "the stage is set" for the retailer's results to surpass expectations in 2015 and beyond. Several positive catalysts could enable Target's results to beat expectations, Nemer believes. Among these are "outsized digital growth" fueled by new initiatives, new product launches, and other projects on which the company may be working. Nemer continued to identify the stock as his favorite name in the large cap retail sector and kept an Outperform rating on Target shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also upbeat on Target following its analyst day was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. Target has shown that it is willing to "evaluate historical operating disciplines," Naughton stated in a note to investors earlier today. Meanwhile, the retailer's new earnings algorithm, consisting of 1% in-store comparative sales increases and 40% growth in digital sales growth annually and yielding overall annual EPS growth of 10%, is realistic, Naughton believes. The stock's risk/reward ratio remains attractive, added Naughton, who kept an $86 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Target was little changed near $78 per share.
10:01 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush... CVR Refining (CVRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Essent Group (ESNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... JD Wetherspoon (JDWPY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... T-Mobile (TMUS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... US Ecology (ECOL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $425 from $380 at RW Baird
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget results can beat expectations going forward, says Wells Fargo
After Target announced a cost cutting plan at its analyst meeting, Wells Fargo thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:45 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush
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07:08 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $50 from $45 at BB&T
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06:57 EDTTGTTarget shares offer attractive risk/reward, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. It believes the stock offers an attractive risk/reward and raised its price target for shares to $86 from $86 following the retail giant's analyst meeting. Piper keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
06:53 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush
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06:25 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $45 from $41 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Best Buy shares to $45 saying the company's strategic improvement initiatives are lifting fundamentals. The firm sees continued share upside following the retailer's Q4 results with margins positioned to expand in 2015. It keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
March 3, 2015
16:23 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as the major averages receded from record levels. The Dow and S&P 500 closed yesterday at all-time highs, though the market was unable to build upon those records. Auto sales for February included disappointments for several companies, but that was quickly blamed on the poor weather during the month. With the economic calendar light, investors began looking forward to end of the week, when the highly anticipated monthly nonfarm payrolls are released. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Automakers reported on their sales in the U.S. during February, with several falling short of expectations. Ford (F) reported sales fell about 2% last month compared to the prior year, and its stock fell 40c, or 2.41%, to $16.17 afterward. Shares of Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), which reported a 6% increase in U.S. sales last month, declined 52c, or 3.28%, to $15.31. General Motors (GM) reported its February U.S. sales rose a bit over 4%, but that was below the nearly 6% increase that had been forecast by analysts, and shares gained 19c, or 0.51%, to $37.80... Target (TGT) shares gained 32c, or 0.41%, to $78.00 as the company held its investor day meeting. During the meeting, the retailer guided for its fiscal 2015 EPS to be $4.45-$4.65, versus consensus $4.50, and projected that its sales will grow 2%-3% during the fiscal year. Target also said it is targeting $2B in share repurchases this year and said it expects 5%-10% annual dividend growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Orexigen (OREX), which surged $1.85, or 31.95%, to $7.64 after the company disclosed that its weight loss drug, Contrave, demonstrated a statistically significant benefit over placebo for cardiovascular events when announcing a method of treatment patent was issued by the USPTO. Also higher was Springleaf Holdings (LEAF), which gained $12.19, or 32.05%, to $50.23 after agreeing to acquire OneMain Financial from Citigroup (C) for $4.25B. Among the noteworthy losers was Primoris Services (PRIM), which fell $3.87, or 18.35%, to $17.22 after reporting fourth quarter results that fell short of consensus expectations and were below last yearís fourth quarter. Also lower were shares of Micron (MU), which fell $1.58, or 5.06%, to $29.66 after Nomura downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 85.26, or 0.47%, to 18,203.37, the Nasdaq lost 28.20, or 0.56%, to 4,979.90, and the S&P 500 declined 9.61, or 0.45%, to 2,107.78.
15:57 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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15:50 EDTTGTTarget to cut several thousand jobs as part of $2B cost saving plan
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15:21 EDTTGTTarget falls, rebounds, levels to watch
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15:16 EDTTGTTarget sees 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond
15:15 EDTTGTTarget sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, consensus $4.50
15:14 EDTTGTTarget sees FY15 sales growth 2%-3%
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15:11 EDTTGTTarget sees $2B in share repurchases this year
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15:10 EDTTGTTarget shares down 2.9% as investor day meeting continues
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15:10 EDTTGTTarget sees 5%-10% annual dividend growth
15:09 EDTTGTTarget sees expected capex between $2B-$2.5B over next five years
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15:08 EDTTGTTarget sees FY15 capex of $2.1B, $1B of that in technology and supply chain
15:06 EDTTGTTarget sees 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over next five years
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15:05 EDTTGTTarget sees SG&A expense rate of 19.5%-20% over next five years
15:00 EDTTGTTarget sees gross margin rate of 29.5% as achievable, appropriate
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14:54 EDTTGTTarget to continue to support dividend, repurchase 'billions'
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14:53 EDTTGTTarget sees $2B savings on expenses, cost of goods over next two years
14:43 EDTTGTTarget says while Food is not 'key' category, it plays a key role in Wellness
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14:43 EDTTGTTarget says focusing on Style, Baby, Kids, Wellness categories
Comment made at Target's 2015 Financial Community Meeting.
09:26 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:36 EDTBBYBest Buy says Phase 2 of Renew Blue will be backloaded to 2H16
The newer investments will be "much more structural and will come incrementally." Over the next three years, the company expects to see the cost line and the top line.
08:34 EDTBBYBest Buy sees 1H16 comparable sales to be flat to negative low single digits
The comparable sales outlook is driven by a materials decline in tablet category and 2014 holiday momentum not continuing in the new year. Sees non-GAAP operating income down 30 to 50 basis points in 1H16. Reflects economic and growth pressures, 2016 investments into the growth initiatives, and anticipated SG&A inflation. Sees Q1 online growth in mid single digit range. Expects financial impact of economic pressures to begin in Q1 and continue throughout the year. It is optmistic of new product launches, but limited visibility keeps BestBuy "cautious" for the overall industry. Sees 1H16 income tax rate of 39%-40%.
08:21 EDTBBYBest Buy sees FY16 CapEx $650M-$700M in 'year of investment'
The company expects to accelerate the expansion of growing categories like large appliances and mobile phones. It expects to transform traditional offerings for customer needs and integrate Geek Squad into BestBuy.com. It expects to improve delivery and the installation experience with $100M-$120M incremental investments in 2016. Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
07:49 EDTTGTTarget to revamp grocery unit, WSJ says
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07:48 EDTBBYBest Buy up 4.5% after Q4 earnings beat, dividend hike
07:44 EDTBBYBest Buy targeting $400M in annualized savings from phase 2 of 'Renew Blue'
Since the 3Q15 earnings release, Renew Blue annualized cost reductions have increased an additional $55M, bringing the total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions to $1.02B, Best Buy stated. In FY16, the company is launching Phase Two of its Renew Blue cost reduction and gross profit optimization program with a target of approximately $400Min annualized operating income improvement over three years, including the remaining benefit of approximately $250M from the companyís previously discussed returns, replacements and damages opportunity. These savings will be structural in nature and will be driven by streamlined processes and operational efficiencies that will be primarily enabled through investments in systems.
07:11 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says FY16 to be year of investment
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07:10 EDTBBYBest Buy says Q4 strength in phones, large tvs offset tablet weakness
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07:09 EDTTGT, WMTBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTBBYBest Buy completes sale of its Five Star business in China
As previously announced on December 4, 2014, the company entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Five Star business in China. As a result of this agreement, Five Star was classified as held for sale at the end of FY15 and its results are included in discontinued operations for the current and prior-year periods. On February 13, Best Buy completed the sale of Five Star. The company has recast certain financial information for FY14 and FY15 to reflect the results from the Five Star business in China as discontinued operations.
07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy raises dividend 21%, declares special dividend, to resume share buyback
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07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy intends to buyback $1B in shares over three years
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy announces special dividend of 51c, raises regular dividend 21% to 23c
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q4 EPS $1.48, consensus $1.35
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March 2, 2015
16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
15:23 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:32 EDTBBYBest Buy March weekly 38.5 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q4
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14:28 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments before results
The stock has had a strong advance over the prior year, but that has stalled somewhat heading into earnings in the last few months. The shares have been in a trading range largely bound by $35 at the low, and $40 at the high. Those two levels can help up project where price may go following results. A breakout above the $40 area, at the 52-week high, would be bullish. Based on the size of the trading range, we could expect a move to the $45 area would then be in the cards, or possibly better depending on the degree of positive surprise. If the news is bearish and price breaks down below $35, the following support levels could become downside objectives: $33.17, $31.30.
13:07 EDTEBAYPayPal reveals new physical card reader, Venture Beat says
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12:38 EDTEBAYeBay CFO comments on the planned separation with PayPal
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11:18 EDTEBAYPayPal plans to acquire mobile payment startup for $280M, Re/code says
eBay's PayPal plans to acquire mobile payment startup Paydiant for roughly $280M, reports Re/code, citing multiple sources. The deal is expected to close in March or April. Reference Link
11:16 EDTTGTTarget to hold a meeting
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09:54 EDTTGTTarget March weekly volatility elevated into financial community meeting
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07:59 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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March 1, 2015
17:44 EDTBBYSprint, Best Buy announce 'Best Buy One Plan'
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February 27, 2015
09:46 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with JPMorgan
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:22 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch begins broadcasting online poker, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
12:04 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Best Buy March weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, March is at 42, April is at 35, June is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 41 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release Q4 results on March 3.
11:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hires Jay Carney for corporate affairs position, Politico says
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has accepted the position of SVP for Worldwide Corporate Affairs at Amazon, says Politico. Reference Link
10:04 EDTSCORcomScore management to meet with SunTrust
Meetings to be held in Boston on March 4-5 hosted by SunTrust.
10:03 EDTSCORcomScore management to meet with Brean Capital
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09:09 EDTTGTKohl's says some areas of U.S. 'reallly impacted by weather'
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08:09 EDTEBAYeBay price target raised to $65 from $61 at RW Baird
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08:06 EDTEBAYeBay files Form 10 related to planned PayPal spin-off
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February 25, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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12:31 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:18 EDTTGTTarget says worker wages 'competitive'
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11:10 EDTTGTTarget sees Q1 SSS up about 2%
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11:07 EDTTGTTarget says could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year
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10:58 EDTTGTTarget says top priority is to drive digital sales growth
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09:08 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget says seeing early momentum in efforts to transform company
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget sees Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, consensus $1.04
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.50, consensus $1.46
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08:00 EDTTGTTarget reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.50, consensus $1.46
08:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart still pressured by prominent shareholder over pay, Reuters says
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06:01 EDTAMZNGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTAMZNReport: Amazon reduces tablet orders to Compal, Quanta by 30%, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTTGTTarget implied volatility of 25 at upper end of index mean range
February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:47 EDTTGTTarget technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:53 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.43-$1.47, above prior view
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, February 25, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.46 on revenue of $21.64B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.44-$1.49 on revenue of $21.42B-$21.94B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 54c on revenue of $17.73B, against estimates for 47c and $17.56B, respectively. The company said U.S. segment comparable store sales were up 1.2% in Q3, reflecting digital sales growth of over 30%, with Canadian segment SSS up 1.6%. In an interview with CNBC following the earnings report, Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell said that the company was "not happy" with Target Canada's performance and that the company has "upped our game" with respect to data security. Cornell said the company viewed Q4 as a "notable inflection point." NEWS: In January, Target announced that it plans to discontinue operating stores in Canada through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Target Canada. The company said it expects to report approximately $5.4B of pre-tax losses on discontinued operations in Q4, driven primarily by the write-down of the company's investment in Target Canada, along with costs associated with exit or disposal activities and quarter-to-date Canadian Segment operating losses prior to today. Target expects to report approximately $275M of pre-tax losses on discontinued operations in FY15. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in FY15 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal year 2016 and beyond. Based on performance through November and December, Target now expects to report Q4 U.S. comparable sales of approximately 3%, better than prior guidance of approximately 2%, driven primarily by increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales. The company raised its Q4 adjusted EPS view to $1.43-$1.47 from $1.13-$1.23. The company said GAAP results are expected to include losses related to liquidation of Target Canada,net of taxes, net expenses related to the 2013 data breach, which are not expected to be material, the impact of the reduction of the beneficial interest asset recognized in connection with the 2013 sale of the companyís credit card portfolio, which is expected to reduce GAAP EPS by approximately 2c. The company noted that the "vast majority" of exit costs from Canada are non-cash and said the exit will allow a quicker return to share repurchases. During the quarter, Target named Mike McNamara as executive VP and Chief Information Officer. Target said it is planning open 15 stores in FY15, including three distinct store formats: eight TargetExpress locations, one CityTarget and six general merchandise stores. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge by retailers including Target to the Federal Reserve's rules for debit card "swipe fees," meaning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision, which upheld the rules, will must be followed, said Reuters. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a letter to Target and other retailers for "allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels." The letters call for the retailers to "immediately stop the sale of certain popular products," including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. Johnís Wort, and others. Target recently announced that all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping. Target agreed to pay $3.9M to settle a lawsuit alleging the company used inaccurate price scanners, misrepresented product weight, and charged higher prices than advertised, The San Francisco Gate reported, citing prosecutor statements. Target announced on its website that it will shutter its online streaming service Target Ticket on March 7. STREET RESEARCH: BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Neutral from Underperform. The firm sees a more stable outlook for Target with the exit of the Canada division and expects the U.S. improvements to continue. RW Baird says that while Target's decision to exit Canada should help cash flows longer term, its view on the company's U.S. fundamentals remain unchanged. The firm says it's hard to call the company's above-plan Q4 comps "robust" given the easy compare. Wells Fargo believes that Target's decision to exit Canada came sooner than expected and removes a major ''weight off the shoulders'' of the company. The firm estimates Target's U.S. earnings can grow to as high as $5.50 in 2016. Stifel downgraded Target to Hold from Buy. The firm believes near-term tactical opportunities are play out and management commentary indicates investments will be necessary in order to modernize. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 6.5% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.5% to $76.27.
11:40 EDTEBAYStocks with call strike movement; MU EBAY
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07:37 EDTTGTTarget February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Target February weekly call option implied volatility is at 57, March is at 25, April is at 23, July is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 25.
07:14 EDTSCORCantor to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTEBAYVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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06:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico announces retirement of CFO Rafael Matute
Wal-Mart de Mexico announces that its board approved Rafael Matute's decision to retire from the company, after having served for 17 years as CFO, and the appointment of Pedro Farah as the new CFO. The changes will be effective June 1 and Matute will stay until July 31 to help with the transition. Farah is currently CFO of Walmart Latin America.
February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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11:35 EDTAMZNAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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10:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart to host 2015 Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting
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10:31 EDTAMZNEPIX announces extension to Prime Instant Video agreement
EPIX announced that it has extended its agreement with Amazon to license thousands of new releases, classic library titles and original programs for Prime Instant Video. Programming from the agreement includes movies from EPIX studio partners, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and delivers new releases such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, Selma and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, along with classic big film franchises including James Bond, Star Trek, Rocky and more.
08:32 EDTTGTTarget lowers online free shipping minimum to $25
Target announced that, effective immediately, all online orders of $25 or more now qualify for free shipping, with virtually no exclusions. The new minimum is decreased from $50.
06:21 EDTEBAYFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 22, 2015
15:31 EDTWMTMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTWMTDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTAMZN, WMTOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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13:20 EDTWMTAnalysts divided on Wal-Mart after results, pay raise announcement
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) this morning after the world's largest retailer reported its quarterly results and gave forward looking guidance yesterday. However, research firm Janney Capital wrote in a note to investors that it believes shares of Wal-Mart will probably outperform going forward, as other retailers are likely to implement wage hikes similar to the one that the giant discounter announced. BACKGROUND: Yesterday Wal-Mart announced that it would raise the wages of all of its employees to at least $10 per hour by February 2016. The company also reported higher than expected fourth quarter profits, excluding certain items, but its Q4 revenue came in below expectations. Moreover, the retailer provided lower than expected profit guidance for its fiscal 2016 and lowered its fiscal 2016 sales growth guidance to 1%-2% from its previous outlook of 2%-4%. Wal-Mart's stock fell significantly yesterday after the quarterly report. ANALYST REACTION: Barclays lowered its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst David Strasser said Wal-Mart's stock dropped because of worries about the company's spending and the hit the company took from negative foreign exchange trends. However, other retailers are likely to implement similar wage hikes, causing the entire sector to come under pressure and enabling Wal-Mart's stock to outperform going forward, according to Strasser. Additionally, Wal-Mart is likely to continue to benefit from higher gas prices in Q1, wrote the analyst, who kept an $89 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Wal-Mart added 0.5% to $83.94.
10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTWMT, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart can outperform as peers follow suit on wages, says Janney Capital
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07:20 EDTWMT, TGTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
07:10 EDTAMZNBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon expands two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Re/code says
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05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. The stock closed yesterday down $2.77 to $83.52 after Wal-Mart reported Q4 results.
February 19, 2015
16:28 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:46 EDTSCORcomScore announces global integration with Flurry from Yahoo
comScore (SCOR announced an integration with Flurry through Yahoo's (YHOO) Flurry Pulse solution, which will enable Flurry clients to streamline application tagging required for unified measurement in comScore Mobile Metrix and Media Metrix Multi-Platform. The beta period for this integration is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.
12:45 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:57 EDTWMTWal-Mart initiatives should help competitive position, says RW Baird
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10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon advances after Munster says margin could jump
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09:35 EDTWMTOption volume leaders
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09:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart says near 70% of U.S. holiday e-commerce traffic from mobile
On its Q4 earnings call, Wal-Mart management said nearly 70% of walmart.com traffic in the U.S. came via mobile during the recent holiday period.
09:27 EDTWMTWal-Mart says U.S. store traffic positive for first time in 9 quarters in Q4
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08:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart down 1.2% to $85.25 after Q4 earnings beat, FY16 guidance miss
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08:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q1 Wal-Mart U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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08:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart says hourly associates to earn at least $10 per hour by Feb. 2016
Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores CEO, announced a new initiative on pay and training for U.S. associates. Approximately 500,000 full-time and part-time associates at Walmart U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs will receive pay raises in the first half of the current fiscal year. Current and future associates will benefit from this initiative, which ensures that Walmart hourly associates earn at least $1.75 above today's federal minimum wage, or $9.00 per hour, in April. The following year, by Feb. 1, 2016, current associates will earn at least $10.00 per hour. As part of today's announcement, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also committed $100M over five years to help increase the economic mobility for entry level workers by advancing their careers. This initiative will benefit the retail and service industries. The Walmart Foundation will work with other foundations, employers, community colleges and non-profit organizations to address a fundamental challenge in America -- how to better train and advance workers in the retail and adjacent sectors. Today, more than 15 million people, including 7 million women, work in retail.
08:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees FY16 operating income pressured by investments
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08:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY16 sales growth view to 1%-2% from 2%-4%
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08:36 EDTWMTWal-Mart raises annual dividend 2% to $1.96 per share
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08:34 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, consensus $1.14
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08:34 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees FY16 EPS $4.70-$5.05, consensus $5.19
08:33 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q4 underlying EPS $1.61, consensus $1.54
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07:17 EDTAMZNMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
05:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $475 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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05:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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