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March 23, 2012
10:15 EDTWAG, SVU, DG, TGT, KR, CVS, WMT, SWY, FDO, COSTCitigroup's food and staples retailing research team holds a conference call
Food & Staples Retailing Research Team, along with Richard Volpe, Research Economist, USDA-Economic Research Service, provide outlook for U.S. Retail Food Prices and Inflation on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant covered companies COST, CVS, DG, FDO, KR, SVU, SWY, TGT, WAG and WMT may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 23 at 11 am.
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August 27, 2015
10:22 EDTDGDollar General says affordability initiative 'front and center'
Says goal to reduce truck to shelf time. Sees further opportunity to better execute future growth initiatives. Says returned $265M to shareholders through repurchase and dividends. Says it has completed first of three phases of labor investment. Says implementations of phases two and three to accelerate in 2H15. Says "strong" results driven by incremental store investments. Says moving forward with inventory management initiatives. Says will capitalize on consumer insights in 2H15. Says broadening reach across categories with more "impactful" licensed products. Says focused on expanding merchandise leading up to holiday season. Says remains "optimistic" about new store outlook. Says has reduced capital investment for remodels. Says development pipeline is nearly 80% complete for 2015 store openings. Says repurchased over $3B of common stock since 2011. Says first priority is investing in new stores. Says roughly $489M of current repurchase authorization remains. Says new store prototype to roll out in 2016 with faster, more convenient checkout. Says "well-positioned" to succeed in hair care market. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call. In morning trading, shares in Dollar General were down 3.42% to $74.09.
10:00 EDTDGDollar General falls after earnings
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09:26 EDTDGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:32 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into two new clinical affiliations
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with two health systems, St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and TriHealth in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations.
07:05 EDTDGDollar General sees FY15 EPS $3.85-$3.95, consensus $3.95
For the 2015 fiscal year, the Company is reconfirming its financial guidance provided on June 2, 2015. Total sales are expected to increase 8 to 9 percent over the 2014 fiscal year, with same-store sales expected to increase 3 to 3.5 percent. Operating profit for 2015 is expected to increase 7 to 9 percent over the 2014 adjusted operating profit. Diluted EPS for the fiscal year is expected to be approximately $3.85 to $3.95. Considering sales performance to date and the current operating environment, management expectations are that same-store sales likely will be closer to the low-end of the range. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $500 million to $550 million in 2015. Dollar General plans to open approximately 730 new stores in 2015, or 6 percent square footage growth, and relocate or remodel 875 stores. To date, the Company is on track with its pipeline development to accelerate new store openings to 7 percent square footage growth in 2016.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General confirms FY15 financial outlook
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07:04 EDTDGDollar General reports Q2 EPS 95c, consensus 94c
Reports Q2 revenue $5.1B, consensus $5.14B. Reports Q2 SSS up 2.8%.
06:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart extends holiday layaway program two weeks, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to boost its holiday layaway program by two weeks ahead of an expected year-end demand for Star Wars toys, a Disney (DIS) property, Reuters reports. The retailer will jumpstart the program on August 28, two weeks earlier than last year, the report says, citing comments from Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Wal-Mart. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
15:00 EDTDGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar General (DG), consensus 94c... J. M. Smucker (SJM), consensus $1.23... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 91c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus $1.15... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 54c... Michaels (MIK), consensus 16c... Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 12c.
14:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart phasing out sales of modern sport rifles, Washington Post says
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08:32 EDTCVSCVS Health to partner with telehealth providers to improve patient care
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August 25, 2015
16:01 EDTTGT, CVSTarget sees $550M pretax gain after closing CVS transaction
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14:37 EDTKRKroger ratifies agreement with UFCW Local 1059
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07:38 EDTDGDollar Tree, Dollar General weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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August 24, 2015
15:29 EDTDGDollar General August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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15:01 EDTTGTWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
13:17 EDTTGTTarget to pay $2.8M to resolve EEOC discrimination finding
Target has agreed to pay $2.8M to resolve a Commissioner's charge of discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Based on the investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity, and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC found. In addition, EEOC found that one of the assessments Target formerly used in its hiring process also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC determined that this particular assessment performed by psychologists on behalf of Target was a pre-employment medical examination. Employers are prohibited by the ADA from subjecting applicants to medical examinations prior to an offer of employment. EEOC found that Target also committed record-keeping violations by failing to maintain records sufficient to assess the impact of its hiring procedures. EEOC's investigation revealed that thousands were adversely affected when Target used these assessments in its hiring process. The monetary settlement will be divided among these individuals as appropriate. Target will pay for a claims administrator to distribute the funds.
August 23, 2015
13:58 EDTCOSTAmerican Express faces challenging year, Barron's says
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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.
August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTTGTRetailers, 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
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