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March 18, 2014
10:14 EDTGME, WMTGameStop drops after Wal-Mart announces used game trade-in plan
Shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME) are sliding after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that customers would be able to trade in their used video games in return for store credit. Two research firms, however, remained largely upbeat on GameStop's outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Wal-Mart earlier this morning announced that customers will be able to trade in their used video games and use the store credit received on any other products sold by the company. Wal-Mart said it would accept thousands of games under the program, which will kick off next week on March 26. The retail giant added that it would sell the used games it receives. GameStop sells both new and used video games. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said he saw little or no evidence that competition in the used game business would hurt GameStop's financial results. Wal-Mart and at least five other major retailers have tried in the past to enter the used video game market, but have met with only modest success, the analyst wrote. It's difficult to launch a profitable used game business, according to the analyst, who kept a $55 price target and Outperform rating on GameStop. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel thinks the news will weigh on GameStop's shares in the near-term. However, over the long-term, Nagel believes that GameStop has a "significant leg up" on any new entrant into the used video game market. Nagel kept a $47 price target and Outperform rating on GameStop. PRICE ACTTION: In early morning trading, GameStop fell $1.97, or 5%, to $37.78. Wal-Mart shares were fractionally higher near $74.83.
News For GME;WMT From The Last 14 Days
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March 5, 2015
06:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart CFO believes mobile payment is the future, WSJ says
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March 3, 2015
17:16 EDTGMEGameStop raises annual cash dividend 9% to $1.44 from $1.32 per share
GameStop announced that its Board of Directors approved a 9% increase of its regular annual cash dividend from $1.32 to $1.44 per share. The regular quarterly dividend of 36c per share will be payable on March 24 to all shareholders of record as of March 17.
15:57 EDTGMEBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:09 EDTWMTBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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February 27, 2015
06:46 EDTGMEGameStop bids on 163 RadioShack stores, Reuters says
GameStop (GME) bid for 163 RadioShack (RSHCQ) store leases at $15,000 per lease in a Wednesday auction, reports Reuters, citing bankruptcy court filings and spokesperson statements. GameStop has roughly two months to decide whether it will take on the leases or terminate them, and a spokesperson said the locations -- if awarded -- would "primarily be used to expand... Spring Mobile, which is an exclusive AT&T (T) dealer." Reference Link
February 26, 2015
10:42 EDTGMEGameStop wins bid for 150 RadioShack stores, says BofA/Merrill
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February 25, 2015
13:02 EDTGMERadioShack delays sale of stores, GameStop expresses interest, Reuters says
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08:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart still pressured by prominent shareholder over pay, Reuters says
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February 24, 2015
06:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico announces retirement of CFO Rafael Matute
Wal-Mart de Mexico announces that its board approved Rafael Matute's decision to retire from the company, after having served for 17 years as CFO, and the appointment of Pedro Farah as the new CFO. The changes will be effective June 1 and Matute will stay until July 31 to help with the transition. Farah is currently CFO of Walmart Latin America.
February 23, 2015
10:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart to host 2015 Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting
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February 22, 2015
15:31 EDTWMTMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTWMTDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTWMTOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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13:20 EDTWMTAnalysts divided on Wal-Mart after results, pay raise announcement
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) this morning after the world's largest retailer reported its quarterly results and gave forward looking guidance yesterday. However, research firm Janney Capital wrote in a note to investors that it believes shares of Wal-Mart will probably outperform going forward, as other retailers are likely to implement wage hikes similar to the one that the giant discounter announced. BACKGROUND: Yesterday Wal-Mart announced that it would raise the wages of all of its employees to at least $10 per hour by February 2016. The company also reported higher than expected fourth quarter profits, excluding certain items, but its Q4 revenue came in below expectations. Moreover, the retailer provided lower than expected profit guidance for its fiscal 2016 and lowered its fiscal 2016 sales growth guidance to 1%-2% from its previous outlook of 2%-4%. Wal-Mart's stock fell significantly yesterday after the quarterly report. ANALYST REACTION: Barclays lowered its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst David Strasser said Wal-Mart's stock dropped because of worries about the company's spending and the hit the company took from negative foreign exchange trends. However, other retailers are likely to implement similar wage hikes, causing the entire sector to come under pressure and enabling Wal-Mart's stock to outperform going forward, according to Strasser. Additionally, Wal-Mart is likely to continue to benefit from higher gas prices in Q1, wrote the analyst, who kept an $89 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Wal-Mart added 0.5% to $83.94.
10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart can outperform as peers follow suit on wages, says Janney Capital
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07:20 EDTWMTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. The stock closed yesterday down $2.77 to $83.52 after Wal-Mart reported Q4 results.

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