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January 4, 2013
09:27 EDTBBY, WMTBest Buy says Wal-Mart Promotions had measurable effect on profits, WSJ says
Due to a price-match guarantee that requires the retailer to match the price of competitor's ads, Best Buy (BBY) said it lost about $65,000 in profit the day Wal-Mart (WMT) announced the promotion. Best Buy felt compelled to match Wal-Mart's advertised $150 price for the iPhone 5 even though it concluded Wal-Mart did not have enough iPhones available. Reference Link
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTWMTMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
06:31 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility into Q2 and outlook
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August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTBBYRetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
09:42 EDTBBYBest Buy traffic and ticket trends improved in Q2, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Best Buy's traffic and ticket trends improve in Q2 versus Q1 driven by a mix shift towards big ticket items. The firm's Q2 domestic revenue estimates of $7.8B remains above consensus of $7.657B.
August 19, 2015
11:42 EDTWMTPlug Power calls Wal-Mart 'satisfied customer' in blog post
In a blog post titled "GenKey Success with Walmart," Plug Power wrote, "Since GenKey's inception in early 2014, its value proposition has been proven for many of our material handling customers, including Walmart. Plug Power's GenKey solution packages all elements of a high-performance hydrogen fuel cell implementation together in one bundle for easy adoption: GenDrive fuel cell units, GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure, and GenCare service...On paper, the solution is great. But it's really when we see a satisfied customer like Walmart make ongoing investments to convert its material handling fleets to GenKey hydrogen and fuel cells, at one distribution center after another, that we fully understand the successful impact our product is having on North America's leading retailer...We value our opportunity to provide Walmart warehouse facilities with viable hydrogen and fuel cell solutions that are helping to improve business operations, increase production efficiencies, and bring sustainable power to the industry. Walmart's continual GenKey adoption is not only a validation of our value proposition, but a validation of our technology." Reference Link
09:33 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB BA TWTR NFLX WMT BABA
August 18, 2015
18:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart looks like a value trap, Barron's reports
Shares of Wal-Mart have fallen 22% since January, and look cheap at about 14 times next year's earnings, but Wal-Mart still has a long road to travel, and the trip may take longer and cost more than anticipated, Barron's reports. Reference Link
16:49 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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15:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gilford Securities
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13:33 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Repeating yesterday's start, the market began the session in negative territory before recapturing those losses. Early weakness was attributed to a dip in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares after the company's earnings report as well as a selloff in the Chinese market overnight. Heading into the afternoon, the market has drifted back across the flat line, with all three indices negative despite July's housing starts showing the strongest reading in eight years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts edged up 0.2% in July to 1.206M, outpacing consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M from a revised 1.337M in June, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%. In Europe, Eurozone parliaments are set to vote on Greece's prospective bailout deal this week, with Reuters reporting earlier today that the Austrian parliament has approved the EUR86B agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of National Penn (NPBC) rose nearly 17% to $12.77 after BB&T (BBT) agreed to acquire the company in a $1.8B cash and stock deal. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, BB&T CEO Kelly King called the "very, very synergistic" deal a "compelling use of capital," adding that the company expects to consolidate about 25 branches to help drive annual cost savings of $65M... Wal-Mart (WMT) fell roughly 3.2% to near $69.50 after cutting its full year earnings outlook this morning, with CFO Charles Holley noting that operating profit will see continued pressure. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD) and Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) saw respective gains of about 2.3% and 1.8% after their pre-market earnings reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Omeros (OMER), surging more than 69% to $24.58 after releasing positive preliminary data on its Phase 2 trial of OMS721 for the treatment of organ blood clots. Also higher was Inteliquent (IQNT), rising about 19% to $21.24 after announcing a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS) to provide IP voice services for the carrier. Separately, Lumber Liquidators (LL) has gained almost 5.7% to nearly $15 in afternoon trading after announcing the appointment of Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), falling over 11% despite rising 5% in pre-market trading after reporting that the ETC-1002 Phase 3 program is on track, adding that the FDA will not require a cardiovascular outcomes trial prior to the drug's potential approval. Also lower was American Apparel (APP), slipping about 1.9% after disclosing "substantial doubt" about its ability to sustain operations during the coming year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.37, or 0.23%, to 17,504.81, the Nasdaq lost 26.86, or 0.53%, to 5,064.96, and the S&P 500 was lower by 6.02, or 0.29%, to 2,096.41.
10:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart weakness a buying opportunity, says BofA/Merrill
09:39 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:33 EDTWMTMarket moves lower at open
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09:23 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:12 EDTWMTWal-Mart trading short-term pain for long-term gain, says Baird
Baird said Wal-Mart's Q2 results fell below expectations due to higher SG&A and softer gross margins caused by investments made to sustain top-line momentum. The firm feels the company is trading short-term P&L pain for long-term profit gain. Baird maintained its Outperform rating and $86 price target on Wal-Mart shares.
07:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees forex impacting FY16 EPS by approx. 15c per share
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07:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart see Q3 Sam's Club SSS flat to up 2% ex-fuel
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07:21 EDTWMTFutures suggesting slightly lower open
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07:21 EDTWMTFutures suggesting slightly lower open
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