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February 25, 2013
05:55 EDTDUK, DUK, DUK, HON, HON, HON, LOW, LOW, LOW, ITRI, ITRI, ITRI, QCOM, QCOM, QCOM, SLAB, SLAB, SLAB, S, S, S, NTGR, NTGR, NTGRParks Associates to host a summit
Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer is being held in San Antonio, Texas on February 25-27.
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August 19, 2015
09:05 EDTLOWLowe's sees FY15 cash flow from operations $5B, CapEx $1.3B
The company expects to repurchase $3.8B of stock in 2015. Sees FY15 effective income tax rate of 38.1%.
09:04 EDTLOWLowe's says key drivers in home improvement include disposable personal income
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09:03 EDTITRIItron management to meet with Needham
Meetings to be held in the Midwest August 25-26 hosted by Needham.
08:22 EDTSSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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07:34 EDTLOWLowe's weakness a buying opportunity, says Baird
Baird said weakness in Lowe's shares following its Q2 earnings miss is a buying opportunity. The firm cited management's confidence in their unchanged full year guidance implying a significant flow through improvement and 30%+ earnings growth over the second half of the year. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $83 price target on Lowe's shares.
06:18 EDTQCOMQualcomm exec among casualties in midair plane crash, AP reports
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06:06 EDTLOWLowe's sees FY15 EPS about $3.29, consensus $3.28
Sees FY15 revenue up 4.5%-5%. Sees FY15 SSS up 4%-4.5%. The company expects to add 15-20 stores in FY15.
06:05 EDTLOWLowe's reports Q2 EPS $1.20, consensus $1.24
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August 18, 2015
18:35 EDTSSoftbank increases Sprint stake by roughly 16.8M shares
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14:51 EDTLOWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:08 EDTLOWLowe's August 72.50 straddle priced for 3.5% movement into Q2
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12:54 EDTLOWEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Lowe's ahead of Q2 earnings
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.24 on revenue of $17.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.21-$1.27 on revenue of $16.97B-$17.48B. LAST QUARTER: On May 20, Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 70c on revenue of $14.13B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 74c and $14.28B, respectively. The company also said Q1 same-store sales rose 5.3% year-over-year. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29 against estimates at the time of $3.31 and said it expects revenue to grow 4.5%-5%. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS to grow 4%-5% and added that it expected to open 15-20 home improvement and hardware stores in FY15. On its Q1 conference call, Lowe's forecast FY15 effective tax rate of approximately 38.1%, operating margin up 80-100 basis points, capital expenditures of roughly $1.4B, and cash flow from operations of approximately $5.1B. The company added that it continues to expect steady recovery within the housing market including positive trends in turnover and moderate home price appreciation. NEWS: On May 29, Lowe's announced that its board declared a 21.7% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 28c per share, payable August 5 to shareholders of record as of July 22. On June 10, the company said at the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference that it was seeing modestly improving wages and saw the income environment as constructive to the industry. It added that it was starting to see pickup from the bottom in housing and modest home price appreciation in 2015. At the Oppenheimer Global Consumer Conference on June 24, Lowe's said it was more focused on asset productivity than square footage, that it was contemplating new geographies, and that it expected to further capitalize on market opportunity in 2015. STREET RESEARCH: The day Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine lowered her price target for the company's shares to $68 from $75 due to lower-than-expected results. Cantor maintained its Hold rating on the stock. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the company was still a top pick and reiterated its Buy rating, saying that, despite the Q1 earnings miss, it continued to expect Lowe's to benefit from investments. The day after Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, UBS said it believed the company's shares had room to run from at the time current levels. UBS reiterated its Buy rating for the company and lowered its price target to $82 from $83 on its shares. On June 8, Atlantic Equities initiated its coverage on Lowe's shares with a Neutral rating and a $79 price target. Exactly one week later, Wedbush upgraded Lowe's to Outperform from Neutral, saying it thought at the time that the company was benefiting from strong housing trends as well as Sears' (SHLD) increasing share losses, its previous investments, and macro tailwinds. Wedbush said the company will be a "winner" as long as interest rates remain low and increased its price target for the company's shares to $82 from $80. On June 30, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73, citing expectations of stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. BMO added that sales in the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. On July 20, Deutsche Bank lowered its Q2 comparable sales and earnings estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot below consensus to reflect "weak" industry data for building material, garden equipment, and supplies. Deutsche cut its Q2 comp estimate for Lowe's to 3.0% from 4.5% and earnings estimate to $1.23, below the consensus at the time of $1.25. Deutsche maintained its Buy rating on Lowe's stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up fractionally. In early trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's are up over 1% to $73.34.
11:34 EDTSSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
08:03 EDTLOWLowe's August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Lowe's August call option implied volatility is at 48, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 29, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 19.
07:23 EDTNTGRBWS Financial to hold a conference
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to supply all modem chips for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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August 17, 2015
18:28 EDTDUKDuke Energy says constituents found in water samples occur naturally
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18:12 EDTSSprint to move away from two-year contracts, WSJ says
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12:55 EDTLOWEarnings Watch: Home Depot up 6% over last three months
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08:22 EDTSSprint customers can upgrade iPhone anytime, included in monthly rate
Sprint (S) announced that customers can upgrade their Apple (AAPL) iPhone anytime, included in their monthly rate. New and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don't have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. It's that simple. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model and their monthly rate will be reduced to just $15 until their next upgrade. As a special promotion, customers who get iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 continue with the discount price of $15 until their next upgrade.
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