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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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August 27, 2015
07:19 EDTAZOAutoZone added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill added AutoZone to the US 1 List and maintained its Buy rating and $865 price target on shares. Analyst Denise Chai said AutoZone is a domestic, secular domestic growth story which will continue to benefit from accelerating miles driven, a record old fleet, and distribution initiatives that support faster growth.
August 25, 2015
08:05 EDTAZOAutoZone identified as defensive name at Citi
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August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTAZOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
08:56 EDTAZOAutoZone upgraded to Buy on comp outlook, strong industry trends at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded AutoZone to Buy from Neutral with an $865 price target. The firm raised estimates on a higher comp outlook, saying it expects strength in miles driven due to lower fuel prices and increased employment. BofA/Merrill expects distribution initiatives to increase parts availability, especially in commercial, where the company is under-penetrated. The firm sees strong industry trends ahead and comp growth of 3.3% over the next few years, which should narrow the valuation gap versus peers.
07:25 EDTAZOAutoZone upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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August 18, 2015
10:00 EDTAAPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:36 EDTAAPAdvance Auto Parts upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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