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August 30, 2013
10:37 EDTDG, DLTR, BIGBig Lots advances despite lowered 2013 guidance
Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) are advancing after the company reported second quarter profit that beat consensus estimates. The company, however, lowered its full year 2013 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Big Lots reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 31c and revenue of $1.23B. Analysts' consensus expectations were for EPS of 24c and revenue of $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its full year 2013 guidance. Big Lots' FY13 adjusted EPS view was lowered to $2.80-$3.05 from $2.87-$3.12. Consensus prior to the update from the company was $2.96. Its FY13 revenue growth forecast was cut to flat to up 1%, from a prior view of up 1%-2%, while the FY13 SSS outlook remained the same. Big Lots cited its operating results for the first two quarters and its expectations for the third and fourth quarters for the lowered guidance. The company also gave a cautious view for the third quarter. It guided Q3 EPS to (13c)-(5c) versus consensus (1c), and expects Q3 U.S. comparable store sales in the range of flat to minus 2%. The company expects Q3 to be “somewhat of a transitional quarter as it incurs inventory costs" and sets up for the holiday season, executives said. PRICE ACTION: In early morning trading, Big Lots rose 75c, or 2.2%, to $35.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Two competitors, Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Dollar General (DG), were both down fractionally in early trading.
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November 30, 2015
15:53 EDTBIGHigh option volume stocks
November 27, 2015
07:55 EDTDGDollar General December volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Dollar General December call option implied volatility is at 44, December is at 40, January is at 32; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 45, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on December 3.
November 24, 2015
12:08 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the morning. The weakness was attributed to the worldwide travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday as well as the shooting down of a Russian plane by Turkey, both of which heightened the tension of investors. The averages have shown improvement since the European markets closed and have moved to their session highs to turn mixed near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the estimate of third quarter GDP growth was boosted to 2.1% from 1.5%, matching estimates. Personal consumption growth was estimated at 3.0% in the second look, versus expectations for an increase of 3.2%. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite home price index was up a seasonally adjusted 0.6% month over month in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. The Conference Board's consumer confidence reading for November came in at 90.4, missing the consensus forecast of 99.5. COMPANY NEWS: Bill Ackman has put more funds behind his big bet in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), as filings show that Pershing Square raised its stake in the embattled drugmaker to 9.9%. In other news from a high-profile activist investor, Carl Icahn revealed that he has taken a 7.13% stake in Xerox (XRXZ) and may seek positions on the board of the company. Research firm Piper Jaffray believes that Icahn's involvement in the company can amplify the company's review and boost the stock, but was not the case at midday, as Xerox shares slipped about 2% following last night's disclosure. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dollar Tree (DLTR), which rallied 6% after it reported upbeat quarterly earnings and backed its fiscal 2015 guidance. Also higher was Burlington Stores (BURL), which gained 8% after reporting quarterly results and approving a new $200M share repurchase program. In addition, Boulder Brands (BDBD) was up 8.5% after it agreed to be acquired by Pinnacle Foods (PF) for $11 per share. Pinnacle slipped 4% following the deal announcement. Another noteworthy losers was Brocade (BRCD), which fell 8% and was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan following its Q4 earnings. Also lower was Microsemi (MSCC), which dropped 6% after it agreed to acquire PMC-Sierra (PMCS), which was also 6% lower, in a $2.5B transaction. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 15.57, or 0.09%, to 17,808.25, the Nasdaq was down 8.75, or 0.17%, to 5,093.73, and the S&P 500 was down 0.7, or 0.03%, to 2,085.89.
10:07 EDTDLTRDollar Tree spikes higher post-earnings
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09:40 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q4 adjusted EPS $2.32-$2.51, consensus $2.74
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09:39 EDTDLTRDollar Tree raises FY15 revenue view to $15.45B-$15.55B from $15.3B-$15.52B
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09:34 EDTDLTRDollar Tree targeting 200 store conversions in FY15
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07:37 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.33, may not compare to consensus 53c
Reports Q3 revenue $4.95B, consensus $4.84B. Reports Q3 SSS up 2.1% year over year.
November 23, 2015
16:47 EDTDLTRLone Pine Capital reports 5.6% passive stake in Dollar Tree
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15:28 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 83c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 69c... Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 53c... Campbell Soup (CPB), consensus 76c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus 39c... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 75c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.31... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 60c... Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 59c...Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 23c... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), consensus $1.59.
November 20, 2015
15:26 EDTDLTRDollar Tree volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Dollar Tree December call option implied volatility is at 37, January is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 40, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 24.
10:00 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: (FLWS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Diageo (DEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks at JMP Securities... Mazor Robotics (MZOR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Trimble (TRMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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