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January 29, 2014
10:00 EDTIBKR, FSL, CAM, CVGI, CIT, DATA, ITW, EA, AAL, VMW, SWFT, SBH, IBKC, CRZO, ARO, MOD, PDCE, WMTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aeropostale (ARO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Electronic Arts (EA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Freescale (FSL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Tableau Software (DATA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Wal-Mart (WMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... CIT Group (CIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Commercial Vehicle Group (CVGI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at RW Baird... Modine Manufacturing (MOD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird.
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November 12, 2014
13:47 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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07:59 EDTCAMMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:36 EDTAALAmerican drops adding seats to small jets as pilot concession, Bloomberg says
American Airlines said in a letter to pilots that it will stick with planes carrying no more than 76 people, instead of increasing to the 81 seats the largest jets flown by its regional carriers, which means its commuter partners will be able to fly the planes, not American’s mainline pilots, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
06:46 EDTWMTWal-Mart reminds stores to display fresh grocery products, NY Times says
Wal-Mart last month issued a memo to managers around the U.S., telling them to discount older meat and baked goods to ensure that they sell before they reach their expiration dates, according to The New York Times. The memo also reminds managers to remove expired dairy products and eggs, as well as moldy or rotting produce, from shelves, and reduce inventory, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
05:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces 'New Black Friday' event, holiday pay for associates
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November 11, 2014
12:09 EDTVMWRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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10:00 EDTDATAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:42 EDTVMWEMC returns could be limited after potential spin off, says Bernstein
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07:49 EDTAROBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:20 EDTDATATableau initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:34 EDTAALAmerican Airlines issues statement on new U.S., China visa policy
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12:36 EDTWMTAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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08:10 EDTAALAmerican Airlines sees Q4 PRASM to be flat to up 2%
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08:09 EDTAALAmerican Airlines reports October total revenue passenger miles up 0.2% to 17.9B
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07:23 EDTFSLRBC Capital to hold a conference
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