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June 2, 2014
08:03 EDTBIGBig Lots upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.
Benchmark upgraded Big Lots to Buy based on improving operations and comps. The firm expects company specific initiatives to sustain comps, leading to operating margin expansion. Price target raised to $49 from $36. Note that Barclays downgraded share of Big Lots this morning.
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May 29, 2015
08:18 EDTBIGBig Lots sees FY15 revenue essentially flat vs. last year
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06:05 EDTBIGBig Lots narrows FY15 EPS view to $2.80-$2.90 from $2.75-$2.90, consensus $2.87
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06:02 EDTBIGBig Lots sees Q2 EPS 31c-35c, consensus 37c
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06:01 EDTBIGBig Lots reports Q1 EPS 60c, consensus 59c
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May 28, 2015
15:25 EDTBIGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Frontline (FRO), consensus 18c... Big Lots (BIG), consensus 59c... Genesco (GCO), consensus 67c.
15:09 EDTBIGBig Lots technical notes ahead of results
The shares hit a life high in November of last year and since that time have had a difficult time holding the $50 area. This has lead to a topping action in the chart, with price having corrected down to support at the $45 area. A breakdown below $42.50 on bearish news would threaten the long-term uptrend in price. Next supports below would be at $41.23, and $39.14. On a positive surprise, first significant resistance would be at the $47.50 area and then the life high and 52-week high at $51.75. With over 15% of the float short as of the last available report, a positive surprise is likely to see strong buy-to-cover demand in a small trading float. That could see price exceeded on the upside, opening up the potential for a run to the $52.50 to $55 area. The stock has a history of extreme price reactions and gaps in price around earnings news.
08:18 EDTBIGBig Lots volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Big Lots June call option implied volatility is at 45, July is at 36; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 47, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 29.

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