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February 3, 2014
08:54 EDTGMCR, TGT, WMT, BBBYSales of Green Mountain Keurig strong through January, says Longbow
Longbow reports that sales of Green Mountain's (GMCR) Keurig brewer rose year-over-year over the last several weeks at Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), and Bed, Bath & Beyond (BBBY), despite difficult comparisons. The firm adds that demand for K-Cup coffee pods was up by double digit percentage levels at almost all the retailers it surveyed. Longbow reports that K-Cup pricing was "largely stable" for Green Mountain's owned and licensed K-Cups recently. It keeps a $94 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
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September 18, 2014
11:01 EDTTGTTarget to hire 70,000 seasonal workers in 2014, CNBC reports
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10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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10:40 EDTBBBYPier 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
09:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond 2H guidance appears optimistic, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research checks indicate Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 sales trends remain flattish to up 1%, similar to Q1. The firm believes 2H guidance is too optimistic, especially for FY comps of +3%. The analyst remains cautious on shares and expect margin pressures to continue. Shares are Neutral rated.
09:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart faces criticism for dismissing China workers, Bloomberg reports
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06:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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September 16, 2014
13:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart finalizes Coca-Cola ad agreement in New York, Bloomberg says
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said that Wal-Mart (WMT) charged New York customers more for Coca-Cola (KO) products than stated in national circulars, going against inaccurate advertising regulations, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from Schneiderman. The retailer will pay a $66K penalty to settle the matter. Reference Link
09:36 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart spokesman steps down due to resume fib, Bloomberg says
The Chief spokesman for Wal-Mart, David Tovar, stepped down after the retailer learned a nearly 20-year fabrication in his official resume, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the situation. Reference Link
05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart, AutoInsurance.com announce national expansion
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September 15, 2014
09:59 EDTWMT, TGTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Realty (ARCP) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Athlon Energy (ATHL) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Capital Product (CPLP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Costco (COST) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Solutions (PSIX) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team (TISI) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi... Wal-Mart (WMT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Winnebago (WGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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06:11 EDTTGTTarget initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup started shares of Target with a Neutral rating saying the risk/reward is fair with valuation at three year highs. Citi believes Target is taking the right steps to improve execution and set a $66 price target for the stock.
September 12, 2014
11:03 EDTBBBYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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05:51 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; XHB WMT
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September 11, 2014
12:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell iPhones below suggested prices, Cnet reports
Wal-Mart will begin taking preorders for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $179 and $29 respectivelytomorrow, and customers who pre-order the iPhnoes will also receive a $15 e-gift card from Wal-Mart, Cnet reported last night. Apple had said it was selling the iPhones for $199 and $299. Reference Link
07:13 EDTWMTSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
September 9, 2014
16:15 EDTTGTTarget CEO to narrow focus to re-energize 'signature' categories, WSJ says
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13:58 EDTTGTStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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September 8, 2014
12:29 EDTTGTHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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