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February 19, 2014
12:34 EDTFDO, WMT, DG, DLTRFamily Dollar rallies after analyst talks merits of Wal-Mart buyout
Acquiring Family Dollar (FDO) could be worthwhile for Wal-Mart (WMT), a Credit Suisse analyst indicated in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Wal-Mart has suggested that it needs to open more small stores in the U.S., and developing a "small store strategy" will be a top priority for the retail giant's new CEO, Doug McMillon, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The "most logical way" for Wal-Mart to meet this goal may be by buying Family Dollar (FDO), Exstein stated. Wal-Mart has lower geographic overlap with Family Dollar than with Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR), the analyst reported. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission may be more likely to approve a Wal-Mart-Family Dollar combination than an acquisition of either of the other two companies by Wal-Mart, the analyst stated. Wal-Mart could buy Family Dollar for $78-$82 per share and still make the deal immediately accretive, wrote the analyst. He kept an $87 price target and Outperform rating on Wal-Mart. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Family Dollar is not currently holding any talks about selling itself, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning following Exstein’s note. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Family Dollar climbed 1.9% to $65.80, while Wal-Mart fell 0.8% to $74.75.
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August 14, 2014
12:01 EDTDGThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Finisar (FNSR), Amgen (AMGN), Ally Financial (ALLY), and AstraZeneca (AZN). INCREASED STAKES: Dollar General (DG) and Dow Chemical (DOW). DECREASED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Hertz (HTZ), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Intrexon (XON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Verizon (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ).
08:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%
"E-commerce is particularly important to both our customers and our company’s future, and we will continue to invest in areas such as technology, talent, and fulfillment. As a result, our fiscal 2015 earnings per share now assumes 5c-7c of incremental investment, versus our prior guidance of 2c-4c. I would like to add that, although we are slightly revising our e-commerce sales growth to 25% for this year, we continue to be very encouraged by the progress we are making on our strategic goals," Charles Holley, Walmart’s CFO, stated on the company's earnings conference call earlier.
07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. comp traffic down 1.1%, average ticket up 1.1%
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07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart says saw double-digit e-commerce growth in 4 'most important' markets
Wal-Mart saw double-digit e-commerce growth from its "four most important markets," the U.S., U.K., China and Brazil, in Q1, Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon stated on the company's Q2 earnings call.
07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hold a summit
2nd Annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 14 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
07:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO says pleased with 'solid' EPS, encouraged by e-commerce growth
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q3 EPS $1.10-$1.20, consensus $1.18
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07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. SSS flat
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07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, consensus $5.15
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07:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 EPS $1.21, consensus $1.21
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August 13, 2014
15:05 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.15-$1.25, U.S. SSS flat
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12:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments ahead of results
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August 12, 2014
09:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO taking steps to improve business longer-term, says RW Baird
Baird does not expect Wal-Mart's Q2 earnings to be a catalyst for the stock, but the firm believes the company is taking the appropriate steps to grow the business long term. The firm sees a moderation in foreign exchange headwinds and the potential for improving fundamentals across the second half of the year and keep its Outperform rating and $84 price target on the shares.
08:03 EDTWMTGoldman's Retail selections for Q2
Goldman is most above Q2 consensus for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Best Buy (BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM), sees best risk/reward in Ulta Salon (ULTA) and Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and low visibility in Dick's Sporting (DKS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
07:36 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRDollar Tree filing shows Family Dollar talks underway before Icahn involvement
A regulatory filing explaining the history of the merger agreement between Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar (FDO) showed that, on February 24, a representative of Dollar Tree's financial advisor, JPMorgan, made a telephone call to a representative of Morgan Stanley to express Dollar Tree's interest in discussing a potential business combination transaction with Family Dollar. The filing also states that on June 6 Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliates filed a Schedule 13D disclosing that together they beneficially owned approximately 9.39% of the then-outstanding shares of Family Dollar common stock and that they wished to discuss with Family Dollar its business and strategies to enhance stockholder value. That day, Icahn telephoned Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, to discuss the Schedule 13D filing and to express an interest in additional communications with Family Dollar's management regarding the company's current operations and future plans, including potential strategic opportunities and potential business combination transactions. Levine asked Icahn whether he would be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement and Icahn declined, the filing stated. Additionally on June 6, a member of the board of directors of "Company A" emailed Levine to suggest that they speak. On June 7, Levine and the member of the board of directors of Company A had a telephone conversation, during which the representative of Company A "indicated that Company A would be reluctant to participate in the negotiation of a transaction with Family Dollar if Mr. Icahn were to have a role in or control over the process," the filing states, without identifying Company A. Many, including the Wall Street Journal, have surmised that "Company A" in the filing may refer to Dollar General (DG).
August 11, 2014
10:19 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) shares to Hold from Buy saying the retailer's investment spending may not be yielding positive results. The firm sees risk to Wal-Mart's annual guidance from elevated expenses and lackluster sales. It dropped its price target for shares to $76 from $89. The stock closed Friday up 72c to $74.67.
August 9, 2014
16:17 EDTWMTChina regulators investigate Wal-Mart store in Shenzhen, Reuters says
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