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February 3, 2014
08:54 EDTBBBY, GMCR, WMT, TGTSales 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 23, 2014
10:02 EDTBBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Analog Devices (ADI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair... Cameco (CCJ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Clorox (CLX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Del Frisco's (DFRG) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Dick's Sporting (DKS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Equinix (EQIX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Fluor (FLR) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Gordmans Stores (GMAN) downgraded at Canaccord... Jacobs Engineering (JEC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Nanometrics (NANO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Viasystems (VIAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Watsco (WSO) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter.
07:36 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:10 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair
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05:46 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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September 22, 2014
07:31 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond Q2 results likely similar to recent quarters, says UBS
UBS said it expects Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 results to "look a lot like" its recent quarters, reflecting a modest comp sales increase and ongoing gross margin pressure. The firm maintains its Neutral rating and $62 price target on the stock.
07:17 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain favorable antitrust ruling was expected, says KeyBanc
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September 19, 2014
17:22 EDTGMCRJudge denies JBR motion blocking sales of Keurig 2.0 brewer, Bloomberg reports
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16:13 EDTGMCRJudge denies JBR motion blocking sales of Keurig 2.0 brewer, Bloomberg reports
11:06 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:08 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain implied volatility of 29 at lower end of index mean range
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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
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX TSLA YHOO FB PBR MU AA TWTR WMT
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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