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March 22, 2013
10:58 EDTDG, FDO, WMTFamily Dollar falls after analysts express opposite views
Two research firms expressed different opinions on Family Dollar (FDO) in notes to investors earlier today. Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, while Citigroup downgraded the shares to Neutral from Buy. Fears about future declines in the discount retailer's margins have probably peaked, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell. The company's selling, general and administrative expenses disappointed investors in the first quarter of the company's fiscal year, but investors are now well aware of the headwinds that caused the situation and the problems should ease going forward, Trussell believes. Meanwhile, fears about a price war among dollar store companies is overdone, and Family Dollar is taking market share from Wal-Mart (WMT), according Deutsche's analyst, who added that Family Dollar has begun to benefit from tax refunds. Trussell expects the company's same-store sales to rise 4.3% in the second half of the year and he set a $71 price target on the shares. Conversely, Citigroup analyst Deborah Weinswig expects Family Dollar to have more difficulty beating analysts' earnings expectations going forward. The retailer's margins are likely to be hurt by stronger sales of less profitable items, according to the Citi analyst. Moreover, Family Dollar's "single store format" is hurting the company's ability to compete against Dollar General (DG), which has two expanded store formats, Weinswig wrote. She trimmed her price target on Family Dollar to $65 from $69. In mid-morning trading, Family Dollar fell 95c, or 1.5%, to $60.80.
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20:03 EDTWMTBest Buy's use of Apple Pay raises questions about Wal-Mart's MCX, Re/code says
Best Buy (BBY) announced it will accept Apple (AAPL) Pay in its stores later in the year, reports Re/code, citing company statements. Re/code notes that the move raises questions about Best Buy's previously announced partnership with rival payment consortium MCX, spearheaded by Wal-Mart (WMT). A Best Buy spokesperson said it is "too early to declare" whether the company will use MCX's platform at launch, while multiple sources claimed the delay in implementing Apple Pay is partly due to exclusivity agreements with MCX. Reference Link
06:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart fighting for right to sell more alcohol in Texas, WSJ reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is fighting for the right to sell more alcohol in Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming legal limits on sales of hard liquor are "unconstitutional," the publication says. Wal-Mart has also joined fellow retailers Costco (COST) and Kroger (KR), as well as other groups, to back legislation that would override the current state beverage laws. Reference Link
April 23, 2015
19:56 EDTWMTWal-Mart blocks shareholder vote to examine possible gender bias, Guardian says
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April 21, 2015
06:18 EDTWMTUS merchants struggle to meet deadline for accepting chip cards, WSJ reports
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April 20, 2015
12:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart workers claim store closings are retaliatory, Fortune says
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April 19, 2015
12:41 EDTDGKroger, Dollar General, others can be bought and held for 3 years, Barron's says
Shares of PACCAR (PCAR), Lam Research (LRCX), Kroger (KR), Autoliv (ALV), Archer Daniels (ADM), and Dollar General (DG) should be bought and held for the next three years due to high return on invested capital, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
April 17, 2015
15:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart to slash layer of in-store management, Bloomberg reports
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April 16, 2015
06:05 EDTWMTFormer Wal-Mart CEO Duke heads to Carlyle Group, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
18:32 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart can reject shareholder proposal on gun sales, WSJ says
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