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June 4, 2014
07:09 EDTKR, HSNI, SALE, LINTA, HD, GPS, ZU, DWRE, COUP, ECOMGoldman to hold a conference
5th Annual Dotcommerce Conference to be held in New York on June 4.
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September 29, 2014
06:08 EDTHDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU HD
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 31, Home Depot (HD) 16 according to iVolatility.
September 26, 2014
06:09 EDTHDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU HD
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September 25, 2014
06:11 EDTHDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BP HD
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September 24, 2014
09:30 EDTHSNI, LINTALiberty Interactive may be considering acquiring HSN, Inc., says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum believes Liberty Interactive (LINTA) may be considering an acquisition of the balance of HSN, Inc (HSNI) it doesn't already own following recent capital structure changes. The firm believes a merger would unlock almost $200M in annual synergies and notes Liberty has already raised $200M-$250M in QVC issued bonds, raised cash inflow of $121M from the ProFlowers sale, and has slowed the pace of share repurchases.
September 23, 2014
17:13 EDTHDData breach at Home Depot triggers fraudulent transactions across U.S., WSJ says
The recent data breach at Home Depot has triggered fraudulent transactions across the U.S. at financial institutions and customer bank accounts, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the impact of the hacking attack. Large financial institutions have proactively started reissuing cards to customers who are victims of the Home Depot data breach, while others are reissuing cards only when they experience fraud attempts. Reference Link
13:25 EDTHSNIHSN, Inc. subsidiary awarded U.S. patent covering innovative HSN2 platform
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September 22, 2014
09:10 EDTZUzulily Q3 revenues tracking above consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research said zulily's Q3 revenue is tracking to $293M vs. consensus of $286.2M and guidance of $275M-$287.5M.
September 18, 2014
16:28 EDTHDHome Depot raises FY15 EPS view to $4.54 from $4.52, consensus $4.50
Based on Q3 results to date, the company confirmed its previous FY14 sales growth guidance of approximately 4.8%. The company also revised its FY14 diluted EPS growth guidance and expects that FY14 diluted EPS will grow by 21% to approximately $4.54, versus the company's prior guidance of $4.52. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance includes estimates for the cost to investigate the data breach, provide credit monitoring services to its customers, increase call center staffing, and pay legal and professional services, all of which are expensed as incurred in a gross amount of approximately $62M, partially offset by a $27M receivable for costs the company believes are reimbursable and probable of recovery under its insurance coverage. Further, the company's FY14 diluted earnings-per-share guidance includes a pre-tax gain of approximately $100M related to the sale of 3.6M shares of HD Supply common stock, which occurred and will be recognized in Q3. The company's ownership of HD Supply is now approximately 8.2M shares. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance does not include an accrual for other yet-to-be determined estimated probable losses related to the breach. At this time, other than the breach-related costs contained in the company's updated FY14 diluted earnings-per-share guidance, the company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the breach.
16:26 EDTHDHome Depot reports cyber attack put 56M unique payment cards information at risk
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16:23 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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16:22 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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14:52 EDTKRKroger testing online ordering, pick-up service, Progressive Grocer says
Kroger is testing a "click-and-collect system" in Cincinnati which allows customers to submit their orders online and pick them up at a drive-thru windows, Progressive Grocer reports. The technology that Kroger is utilizing is the same technology that has been deployed by Harris Teeter, a company that Kroger acquired last year. "Harris Teeter has successfully scaled this model in their stores and we are learning a lot from them about it. Our approach with new technologies and systems is to test small and work out the kinks before scaling more widely," said Rachel Betzler, public relations manage for Kroger's Cincinnati division. Reference Link
14:06 EDTKRKroger price target raised to $58 from $55 at Argus
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10:57 EDTGPSU.S. ITC to investigate 17 denim jean companies for patent infringement
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10:44 EDTKRKroger board raises quarterly dividend by 12% to 18.5c
Kroger's Board raised the quarterly dividend by 12% to 18.5 per share, to be paid on December 1 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 14. The company continues to expect an increasing dividend over time.
10:40 EDTHDPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
September 17, 2014
13:51 EDTHDJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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11:02 EDTKROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTGPS, ZUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:31 EDTKRHouse Committee on Ways & Means to hold a hearing
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