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February 26, 2013
12:46 EDTAAP, AZOAutoZone falls after CEO says sales remain inconsistent
Auto parts retailer AutoZone (AZO) is retreating after the company's CEO, Bill Rhodes, said during the company's earnings conference call this morning that its sales "have remained inconsistent and below our desires and expectations." The company's sales growth during the first two weeks of February, which are the last two weeks of its second quarter, were below normal historical levels, Rhodes added. Usually the company's sales during these two weeks increase significantly compared with prior weeks, the CEO explained. This year, however, its sales rose only modestly versus previous weeks, Rhodes said. Moreover, its U.S. same-store sales during this period tumbled 8% versus the same period in 2012, he reported. The weakness was caused by delays in the processing of tax refunds by the IRS, the CEO stated, adding that the company's outlook remains "cautious." AutoZone's domestic same-store sales dropped 1.8% during its entire second quarter. On a positive note, AutoZone's second quarter earnings per share of $4.78 and revenue of $1.9B were slightly ahead of analysts' consensus estimates. In early afternoon trading, AutoZone shares fell about $5, or 1.3%, to $373.56. Meanwhile, Advance Auto Parts (AAP), one of AutoZone's competitors, dropped 1.6% to $77.10.
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December 10, 2014
10:00 EDTAZOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... CSX (CSX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... CVS Health (CVS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Dollar General (DG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Dynagas LNG (DLNG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Energy Focus (EFOI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... GasLog (GLOG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Golar LNG (GLNG) initiated with a Sell at ABN Amro... HII Technologies (HIIT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kansas City Southern (KSU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kroger (KR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Lear (LEA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Lundin Mining (LUNMF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Norfolk Southern (NSC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PROS (PRO) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Qlik Technologies (QLIK)initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rentokil (RTOKY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Revolution Lighting (RVLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Suburban Propane (SPH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Teekay LNG (TGP) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Tessera (TSRA) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Walgreen (WAG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Werner (WERN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura.
06:38 EDTAZOAutoZone initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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December 9, 2014
09:21 EDTAZOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
07:11 EDTAZOAutoZone reports Q1 inventory up 11.3%
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07:02 EDTAZOAutoZone reports Q1 EPS $7.27, consensus $7.16
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December 8, 2014
15:20 EDTAZONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include AutoZone(AZO), consensus $7.16; HD Supply (HDS), consensus 53c; Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 12c; Science Applications International (SAIC), consensus 74c; UTi Worldwide (UTIW), consensus 6c; The Pantry (PTRY), consensus 46c; Pep Boys (PBY), consensus 12c.

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