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February 13, 2013
07:29 EDTASNA, MAT, WMTTween-focused Justice makes dolls to compete against Barbie, WSJ reports
To compete against the iconic Barbie (MAT), toy makers are looking to tween-focused Justice, a retailer that's a part of Ascena Retail (ASNA), that focuses on girls between the ages of 7 and 12, to launch their newest fashion dolls. For a number of years, Justice has partnered with several doll makers as part of a broader strategy to add non-apparel items to its stores. The company mostly signs exclusive partnerships with outside brands, which also includes personal-care items, electronics and candy makers. Reference Link
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July 24, 2014
08:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Greg Foran as president and CEO of Walmart U.S.
Walmart announced that Greg Foran has been promoted to President and CEO of Walmart U.S. Foran succeeds Bill Simon who has been in the role since June 2010 and will be transitioning out of the company. Foran will assume his responsibilities on August 9 and will report directly to Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. Simon will be available on a consulting basis for the next six months to ensure a seamless transition.
06:56 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart to show bribery probe documents, Reuters says
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart Stores must show a shareholder documentation that has to do with the firm's internal investigation of allegations it paid bribes in Mexico, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokeswoman. Reference Link
July 22, 2014
06:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart reduces prices more intensly for back-to-school, Bloomberg says
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July 21, 2014
10:19 EDTMATHasbro tumbles after lower games performance weighs on sales
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08:32 EDTASNAAscena Retail initiates search process for new CFO
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06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart adds over $102M to Indian wholesale unit, Reuters says
Wal-Mart added fresh funds worth $102.9M into its Indian wholesale division last month, according to Reuters, citing a filing made by its Indian business to the Registrar of Companies. The filing detailed that the funds were allotted as share application money. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
10:03 EDTMATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:11 EDTMATMattel outlook still positive despite disappointing results, says MKM Partners
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06:13 EDTMATMattel downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTMATOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:18 EDTMATOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:00 EDTMATHigh option volume stocks
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10:55 EDTMATMattel topples after Q2 earnings miss estimates
Shares of global toy product manufacturer Mattel (MAT), are toppling over after the company's second quarter earnings results fell below analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Mattel's reported Q2 earnings per share of 8c, which was not comparable to a consensus of 18c since the company said its EPS number included a tax benefit of 11c per share and a negative impact of 7c per share of MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs. Excluding both of these items, EPS was 3c per share. Mattel's Q2 revenue was $1.06B, which missed analysts' consensus estimates of $1.19B. For Q2, the company reported that its Girls and Boys Brands sales were down 13%, Fisher-Price Brands sales were down 17%, American Girl Bands revenue was up 6% and revenue from its Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands was $61.6M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its earnings conference conference call, Mattel said that it plans to increase advertising spending in the second half of the year to build momentum for key brands. It sees improving global trends in point-of-sale but says the company still has a lot of work to do to improve those trends. As Mattel looks to the third quarter, it sees continued challenges from current headwinds. With the MEGA brands deal now closed, the company aims to improve profitability of MEGA brands on a global basis and believes the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in fiscal year 2015. It expects lower international sales and is investing heavily in markets in Russia and China. Mattel is looking to maintain gross margins in the low to mid-50% range in near term. It noted that it aims to achieve a modest increase in SG&A due to severance and ongoing growth investments, excluding the MEGA Brands acquisition. Inventory fair value adjustment related to existing MEGA Brands-owned inventory should wind down in Q3, the company said. Amortization is expected to decrease to $17M in 2015 and $9M in 2016. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Mattel are down $2.31, or 5.92%, to $36.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Mattel peer Hasbro (HAS), which reports quarterly earnings on July 21, is relatively flat at $52.59. JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) is up almost 1.5% to $8.20 and and LeapFrog (LF) is up 3.02% to $7.66.
09:49 EDTMATMattel says gearing-up for holiday season sales in 2H14
Says investing heavily in Russia and China markets.
09:31 EDTMATMattel says 'Frozen' brand continuing to grow
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09:15 EDTMATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
09:08 EDTMATMattel to increase advertising spending in 2H14
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08:17 EDTMATMattel aims to maintain gross margins in low to mid-50% range in near term
Says its 2014 SG&A goal, excluding MEGA Brands, remains to achieve modest increase in Mattel SG&A, including severance and ongoing growth investments. Says inventory fair value adjustment, required by purchase accounting for opening balance sheet, related to existing MEGA Brands-owned inventory should wind down in Q3. Says amortization expected to decrease to $17M in 2015 and $9M in 2016. Comments taken from slides of the company's Q2 earnings conference call presentation.
06:18 EDTMATMattel reports Q2 Girls and Boys Brands sales down 13% to $389M
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06:18 EDTMATMattel reports Q2 EPS 8c, not comparable to consensus 18c
Q2 EPS of 8c includes tax benefit of 11c per share and negative impact of 7c per share of MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs. Reports Q2 revenue $1.06B, consensus $1.19B
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