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March 19, 2014
04:55 EDTBDE, BDE, BOBE, BOBE, WEN, WEN, LL, LLJanny Capital to hold a summit
3rd Annual Consumer Executive Summit is being held in Park City, Utah on March 19-20.
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August 28, 2014
09:57 EDTBOBEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Brown Forman (BFA, BFB, BF.A, BF.B) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Visa (V) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bob Evans (BOBE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
09:46 EDTBOBEBob Evans downgraded to Underweight at Stephens
As previously reported, Stephens downgraded Bob Evans to Underweight from Equal Weight, citing valuation and unrealistic expectations for highly accretive sales of its real estate holdings. The firm lowered its price target on the stock to $40 from $46.
07:09 EDTBOBEBob Evans downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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August 27, 2014
10:32 EDTBOBEBob Evans sees 'modest' pressure on cost of sales in Q2
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07:02 EDTBOBEOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: TIVO TIF SWHC ARUN BOBE ADI
August 26, 2014
16:08 EDTBOBEBob Evans sees Q2 sow cost $90-$95 per hundredweight from $80-$90
Sees Q2 SSS flat to low single-digit.
16:07 EDTBOBEBob Evans reaffirms FY15 adj. EPS view $1.90-$2.20, consensus $1.90
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16:03 EDTBOBEBob Evans reports Q1 adj. EPS 10c, consensus 10c
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15:25 EDTBOBENotable companies reporting after market close
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11:56 EDTBOBEBob Evans says four Sandell nominees elected to board
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06:33 EDTWENBurger King wants merger despite problems with dining combos, NY Times says
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August 20, 2014
16:03 EDTBOBEBob Evans increases share repurchase authorization to $150M
Bob Evans Farms' board of directors approved an increase of the company's current $100M share repurchase authorization to up to $150M and extended the authorization's expiration date to the end of fiscal year 2016.
10:45 EDTBOBEBob Evans says nominees likely to constitute majority of board
Bob Evans Farms announced that the company's Annual Meeting of Stockholders has concluded and votes are being reviewed and tabulated by IVS Associates. It added, "While the proxies and ballots are still being tabulated, and the Inspector has not yet delivered a preliminary report, Bob Evans believes, based on the advice of its proxy solicitor, that the Company's nominees will constitute a majority of the Board. The Company will wait to receive the Inspector's preliminary report before making any further statements about the vote, and will file the results on Form 8-K when they become available."
09:56 EDTBOBESandell confirms at least five nominees voted to Bob Evans board
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09:25 EDTBOBESadell wins at least five board seats at Bob Evans, CNBC reports
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August 19, 2014
13:21 EDTLLEarnings Preview: Lowe's trading higher ahead of Q2 earnings report
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its second quarter before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.02 on revenue of $16.55B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 96c-$1.06 on revenue of $16.16B-$16.79B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 61c, beating analyst's estimates of 60c, on revenue of $13.4B against estimates for $13.86B. The company also reported Q1 same-store sales rose 0.9%. Lowe's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to approximately $2.63 from $2.60 against estimates at that time for $2.62 and said it expects revenue up 5% in this fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's said it expected to open 10 home improvement and 5 hardware stores in 2014 and expects its FY14 SSS to increase approximately 4%. The company expects to repurchase $3.4B of stock this fiscal year. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's named Paul Ramsay as Chief Information Officer. The company also raised its quarterly dividend 27.8% to 23c per share. STREET RESEARCH: Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot (HD) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Morgan Stanley initiated Lowe's with an Equal Weight rating and $50 target in June. Canaccord downgraded Lowe's to Sell from Hold due to slowing housing momentum, management changes, and difficult competition. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up almost 14%. In morning trading ahead of tomorrow's report, Lowe's is up nearly 3% to $51.89.
06:02 EDTWENTaco Bell introducing dollar menu, LA Times reports
Taco Bell (YUM) is introducing its new Dollar Cravings menu, which features 11 items, the LA Times reports. McDonald's (MCD) and Wendy's (WEN) both offer dollar menus. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
11:25 EDTLLEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
08:05 EDTLLLumber Liquidators price target lowered to $77 from $84 at Canaccord
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August 15, 2014
10:00 EDTBOBEISS, Glass Lewis recommend Bob Evans investors vote to elect Sandell nominees
Sandell Asset Management, one of the largest shareholders of Bob Evans Farms, reminded shareholders that to follow the recommendations from ISS and Glass Lewis that Bob Evans shareholders “DO NOT VOTE” on the company’s white proxy card. ISS and Glass Lewis have both recommended that Bob Evans shareholders vote on the GOLD proxy card. After conducting a thorough independent analysis, both proxy advisory firms concluded that fundamental change is needed on the Bob Evans Board, and as a result shareholders should not vote the company’s white card:

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