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May 30, 2014
10:55 EDTBIG, DLTR, FDOBig Lots advances after results top estimates, guidance raised
Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) are sharply higher this morning after the company reported first quarter results that exceeded expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Big Lots reported Q1 earnings per share from continuing operations of 50c and revenue of $1.28B, which topped analysts’ consensus estimates of 44c and $1.26B, respectively, and beat the company's EPS guidance of 40c-45c per share. Same store sales for the quarter increased 0.9%. Inventory at the end of the quarter was $835M compared to $885M a year ago. Looking ahead, the company forecast second quarter EPS of 24c-30c and SSS to rise 1%-3%. The consensus forecast of analysts for Q2 EPS prior to the report was 28c. The company also raised fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to $2.35-$2.50 from $2.25-$2.45, on revenue of flat to slightly up and SSS up 1%-2%. The consensus forecast of analysts for FY EPS prior to the report was $2.38. The company sees FY14 cash flow of approximately $170M from continuing U.S. operations and consolidated cash flow of approximately $145M after the impact of the wind down of our discontinued Canadian operations. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, Big Lots admitted that its Q1 results "could have been better," but believes the issue was weather. The company noted that some of the early groundwork is being established int he social advertising space. The company said "nothing has changed" regarding its gross margin rate forecast. PRICE ACTION: Big Lots is trading up $4.62, or 12.3%, to $42.14 in mid-morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Big Lots peer Dollar Tree (DLTR) are down modestly to $52.88, while another retailer in the space, Family Dollar (FDO), is virtually unchanged at $58.16.
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October 20, 2014
08:31 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar sets Oct. 30 as record date for special meeting of stockholders
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that October 30, 2014 has been established as the record date for determining stockholders entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Special Meeting of Stockholders, at which stockholders will be asked to adopt the previously announced merger agreement, as amended, with Dollar Tree (DLTR).
October 17, 2014
17:36 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says will review Elliot notice on directors in due course
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16:09 EDTFDO, DLTRElliott Advisors expresses concerns over Family Dollar merger, nominates slate
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10:00 EDTBIG, DLTROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:11 EDTBIGBig Lots initiated with a Buy at Stifel
Target $58.
08:11 EDTDLTRDollar Tree initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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October 16, 2014
06:27 EDTDLTRDollar Tree accumulates $866,000 in fines in last year, WSJ reports
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October 15, 2014
11:27 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INO ATLS LOCO OPK INFY EUO FDO
October 13, 2014
12:01 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INFY YUM FDO HSY
October 10, 2014
16:17 EDTFDODollar General receives second request from FTC
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08:11 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar Q4 bad enough to justify merger, says FBR Capital
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October 9, 2014
16:19 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar will not provide guidance for FY15
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16:17 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q4 adjusted EPS 73c, consensus 77c
Reports Q4 revenue $2.61B, consensus $2.58B. Reports Q4 SSS up 0.3%. Q4 adjusted results exclude the negative impact on diluted net income per common share of 43c per share related to the Company’s restructuring charges and fees related to its pending merger with Dollar Tree.
09:41 EDTFDOBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 8, 2014
15:25 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP), consensus $1.29; Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 77c; Lindsay (LNN), consensus 57c.

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