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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.
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October 15, 2014
15:26 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments between $12.5B-$13.0B
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15:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees FY16 net sales growth of 2%-4%
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15:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%
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15:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart drops 4% after giving guidance at analyst day meeting
11:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart Sam's Club CEO: Our business pressure remains mixed
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10:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart says 'Savings Catcher' has 5M users, to open more registers than ever
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10:11 EDTGMEGameStop expands layaway program for 2014 holiday season
GameStop announced that it will expand its 2014 holiday layaway program to include more products. In addition, through its new PowerUp Rewards credit card, GameStop is offering special financing. For a limited time, PowerUp Rewards Pro credit cardholders will receive zero percent interest on purchases of $500 or more for six months, GameStop announced.
09:40 EDTGMEGameStop upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Hilliard Lyons
09:39 EDTWMTWal-Mart US CEO: Our first half was challenging and we need to improve traffic
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09:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart expects to open 190 stores between now and end of the year
Wal-Mart US President Greg Foran believes Q4 actions will offset a portion of significant headwinds like wages and healthcare costs. Says the company will be "thoughtful" on wages.
09:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO outlines growth strategy at annual meeting
President and CEO Doug McMillon said "Customers make their shopping decisions based on four key dimensions – price assortment, experience and access. What we can offer them, and how we compete across those dimensions, is changing... We have tens of millions of customers visiting us weekly online and through our mobile apps looking for information, product options and then buying merchandise from us in stores and online. We’re known for assortment and we will be in the future.” Discussing price and experience, McMillon went on to say, “At Walmart, we serve value-conscious customers that come from all walks of life and all income levels. Price matters to our customers and it always will. As a company, being a low cost operator is in our DNA. This will never change and we will be the price leader, across a broad assortment, everywhere we operate." McMillon continued, “To capture the upside of our strategic advantages, we need to develop a more seamless relationship with our customers. We won't just be a store on the street." McMillon outlined what the company is doing to win now, noting that improving the company’s short-term performance is a priority across all of Walmart’s segments and markets. “Our supercenters in the U.S. should be delivering positive comps consistently. Our combination of pricing, in stock, service levels and merchant skills will generate improved performance in our supercenters. Our Neighborhood Markets continue to be a bright spot in terms of comp sales.” McMillon highlighted three key points that will drive the business going forward: “First, we're going to position ourselves to do a better job serving customers. We can create a next generation customer proposition through the combination of what we do with price, assortment, access and experience. We will save them money and time. Second, our priority is growth. Driving demand is the only sustainable way to deliver returns over time. Finally, we’ll manage capital in a disciplined, thoughtful manner.”
09:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO: We've recognized situation has changed, will respond accordingly
The company expects to continue investing in supply chain to support e-commerce with real momentum there. CEO Doug McMillon says "We will win in the new era of retail." and adds that "driving demand is the only sustainable way to deliver results." Notes once again that the company will manage capital in disciplined, thoughtful manner.
09:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart expects to change capital allocation plans, short term pressure
CEO Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. He adds that the company is in a "period of transformation." He said the company took leverage a bit too far, and improving short term performance is a priority for the company's business segments. McMillon said the company has room to improve in stock and at checkout. He says the changes won't happen overnight. Notes that low fuel prices are in the company's favor although healthcare is a headwind. Says the successor of competitors shows it has no excuse to not improve.
09:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO: Future looks bright with the necessary changes
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart partners with VUDU for digital movie access offering
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October 13, 2014
09:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart October volatility elevated into investment community meeting
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07:15 EDTWMTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 12, 2014
17:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart, DSW could benefit from holiday sales, Barron's says
Wal-Mart (WMT) and DSW (DSW) could benefit from the recent forecast of a 4% increase in holiday spending, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
10:49 EDTGMEHigh option volume stocks
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09:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Gilford Securities
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