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March 10, 2014
10:01 EDTATHN, GIS, DRI, O, DFT, CTG, TMHC, MTH, DTEGY, BWLD, SPLS, KBHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Meritage Homes (MTH) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Staples (SPLS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... D.R. Horton (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak... Computer Task Group (CTG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA.
News For ATHN;DTEGY;DFT;KBH;MTH;O;SPLS;TMHC;DRI;BWLD;CTG;GIS From The Last 14 Days
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May 20, 2015
06:03 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q1 North American Commercial sales growth of 3%
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06:01 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q1 non-GAAP EPS 17c, consensus 17c
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May 19, 2015
15:00 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:47 EDTGISEarnings Watch: Target sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, 2%-3% sales growth
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, 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 $1.03 on revenue of $17.09B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.98B-$17.25B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $21.75B, beating analysts' estimates for $1.46 and $21.63B, respectively. The company said comparable sales increased 3.8% in Q4, reflecting a 3.2% increase in comparable transactions. Target said digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to SSS growth. Target forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, SSS up about 2% and said its top priority is to drive digital sales growth. The company said it could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year and noted that its workers' wages are "competitive." NEWS: At its Financial Community Meeting on March 3, Target forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, against estimates at that time for $4.50, on sales growth of 2%-3% for the fiscal year. The company also forecast 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond, as well as 5%-10% annual dividend growth. Target forecast $2B in savings in expenses and cost of goods over the next two years and 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over the next five years. As for share repurchases, Target sees $2B this year, and said it continues to support the dividend and repurchase "billions." Looking to FY15, Target forecast FY15 capital expenditures of $2.1B and sees expected CapEx of $2B-$2.5B over the next five years. Target said its gross margin rate of 29.5% is "achievable." Target said it would focus on categories including style, baby, kids and wellness. As part of its $2B cost savings plan, Target said it will cut "several thousand jobs." Target said in a filing that on March 10, the company notified approximately 1,700 employees whose employment will be terminated as part of an overall plan to transform Targetís business. The company said it expects to incur severance costs of $10M. During the quarter, Target said it planned to raise its minimum pay for all workers to at least $9 an hour starting in April, according to The Wall Street Journal, and agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, Reuters reported. Target reached a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailerís 2013 data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19M in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe. Target Canada said it would close the last 133 retail stores by April 12. Target also announced plans to sell its Target Commercial Interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace. The retailer launched the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection in April, which rendered its website inaccessible for short time after it was overwhelmed by customer traffic, The WSJ said. The WSJ also reported that, according to sources, Target gave notice to Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and others that it will reduce their presence in Target circulars and in-store advertisements. STREET RESEARCH: Following Target's analyst meeting, Wells Fargo said it 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. 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. BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral in April and increased its price target to $92 from $86. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. The firm said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 1.6% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.51% to $77.96.
08:56 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom acquires remaining 49% stake in Slovak Telekom
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07:34 EDTMTH, KBH, TMHCJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTSPLSStaples May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:13 EDTGISBarclays to hold a conference
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05:41 EDTDTEGYBT seeks fast track for probe of EE deal
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05:38 EDTGISGeneral Mills backs FY15 adjusted EPS to grow at low single-digits
FY15 EPS consensus of $2.83. Backs FY15 net sales to grow at low single-digit rate, consensus $17.86B.
May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTGISTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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May 15, 2015
10:01 EDTKBHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:46 EDTDTEGYMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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08:32 EDTKBHKB Home downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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08:09 EDTSPLSStaples June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:52 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS SPLS
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May 14, 2015
16:14 EDTBWLDDiversified Restaurant to acquire 18 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants for $54M
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May 13, 2015
07:10 EDTCTGB. Riley to hold a conference
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05:25 EDTSPLSStaples announces partnerships with Bidvest Waltons, Dacris
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May 11, 2015
08:48 EDTDRIPanera Bread appoints Drew Madsen President effective May 11
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