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May 12, 2014
06:15 EDTEA, WFMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EA WFM
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Electronic Arts (EA) 27, Whole Foods (WFM) 25 according to iVolatility.
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July 30, 2015
06:48 EDTWFMWhole Foods price target lowered to $34 from $45 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton lowered his price target for Whole Foods to $34 saying the company reported slower than expected comps, lower margins than expected and provided a less favorable outlook. He believes believe earnings growth will be difficult to achieve in FY16 and keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
06:45 EDTWFMWhole Foods results likely to bring down United Natural, says Piper Jaffray
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06:29 EDTWFMWhole Foods downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:21 EDTWFMWhole Foods downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
05:46 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMD WFM
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July 29, 2015
19:32 EDTWFMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTWFMWhole Foods to open first 365 by Whole Foods Market Store leases
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16:07 EDTWFMWhole Foods sees 2015 sales growth of 9%
Sees 2015 comparable store sales growth in the low single digits. The company said, "In this rapidly changing marketplace, we believe we are taking the necessary steps to position ourselves for the longer term," added Robb. "We remain focused on innovating and evolving to best serve our customers' diverse purchasing preferences. From the unique experience of our Whole Foods Market stores, to our growing online channel for home delivery, to the exciting launch of our 365 by Whole Foods Market stores, we are making investments to extend our reach to both new and existing customers."
16:07 EDTWFMWhole Foods sees Q4 EPS 34c-35c, consensus 45c
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16:06 EDTWFMWhole Foods reports Q3 EPS 43c, consensus 45c
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15:59 EDTWFMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 47c... MetLife (MET), consensus $1.48... Williams (WMB), consensus 24c... Vertex (VRTX), consensus (58c)... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.26... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), consensus $1.37... Marriott (MAR), consensus 81c... Fiserv (FISV), consensus 94c... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.45... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 9c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 45c... Lincoln National (LNC), consensus $1.53... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.47... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus (2c)... Qorvo (QRVO), consensus $1.06... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 39c.
15:08 EDTWFMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:15 EDTWFMWhole Foods technical comments ahead of earnings
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14:12 EDTWFMWhole Foods July weekly 41 straddle priced for 8.1% movement into Q3
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13:17 EDTWFMEarnings Preview: Whole Foods 'value' concept in focus ahead of earnings
Whole Foods Market (WFM) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, July 29, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Whole Foods Market is a retailer of natural and organic foods and grocer, with over 400 stores through the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting earnings per share of 45c on revenue of $3.69B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 43c-47c on revenue of $3.58B-$3.8B. LAST QUARTER: On May 6, Whole Foods reported second quarter EPS excluding special items of 43c, matching consensus estimates, on revenue of $3.65B, falling just short of analyst expectations of $3.7B. Whole Foods also reported second quarter same store sales growth of 3.6%. The company backed its expectation for fiscal year 2015 same store sales growth in a low to middle single digits percentage range. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its second quarter earnings conference call, Whole Foods announced that it will launch a lower-cost concept that will offer its "industry-leading quality standards at value prices," geared toward millennial shoppers while appealing to "anyone looking for high-quality fresh food at great prices." The company said at the time it plans to begin opening stores next year and sees a "fairly rapid expansion" from there. On June 11, Whole Foods said the name of its value-focused brand will be "365 by Whole Foods Market," slated to begin opening stores in 2016. On July 1, regarding pricing issues in its New York stores, Whole Foods released a video in which co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb stated, "Straight up, we've made some mistakes. We want to own that, and tell you what we're doing about it... We know [the mistakes are] unintentional because the mistakes are both in the customer's favor, and sometimes not in the customer's favor... We're doing a number of things [to fix this issue]. Most importantly, we're going to increase our training in our New York stores and around the country, because we want to be perfect in this area... Secondly, we're implementing a third-party auditing system so that we can see whether we're making progress in this area or not - and in another 45 days, we're going to begin reporting back to you, the customer, exactly what kind of progress we're making here. The final thing is that we want to give [a] 100% guarantee to our customers. If for any reason you think there's a mistake... if there's a mistake that's not in your favor, we promise to give you that item for free." STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last earnings report, the stock received at least one upgrade and at least one downgrade. RBC Capital upgraded the stock to Outperform from Sector Perform, thinking that its comparable sales can accelerate, driven by easier comparisons and store refreshes. RBC also lowered Whole Foods' price target to $51 from $54. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded Whole Foods to Neutral and cut its price target on shares to $48 from $65, citing an uncertain same store sales outlook and the potential impact of its new store concept on its core business. Credit Suisse maintained its Neutral rating on the company, but lowered the price target to $40 from $52 due to weaker Q2 comps and the strategy shift to a value-oriented format. Deutsche Bank also lowered its price target for Whole Foods to $40 from $54 for similar reasons. On June 9, Macquarie initiated Whole Foods with a Neutral rating and a $44 price target. On July 13, Cowen said its survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers regarding their food behaviors indicated that that buyers are in an early stage of demand for more transparent grocery and restaurant offerings. Cowen added in that note that it was concerned about how Whole Foods' rollout of a second concept could potentially impact its core brand. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Whole Foods have slid more than 13.5% over the past three months. In afternoon trading, Whole Foods shares were up 1.6% to $41.60 ahead of the company's earnings report tonight.
July 27, 2015
06:55 EDTWFMWhole Foods July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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July 24, 2015
08:32 EDTWFMWhole Foods July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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July 21, 2015
05:12 EDTEAEA SPORTS partners with Real Madrid C.F. as official videogame partner
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July 20, 2015
10:43 EDTEAZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
05:44 EDTEAZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
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