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April 23, 2014
08:24 EDTHD, LOW, BBY, HGGAppliances may shift from tailwind to headwind this year, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital believes appliances, which were a strong category in 2013 for key sellers including Home Depot (HD), Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY) and h.h. gregg (HGG), could become a headwind later this year due to weak housing trends and tough comps. The firm thinks a housing slowdown would take a bigger toll on h.h. gregg and Lowe's due to their higher appliance exposure and believes Best Buy could take share in appliances as vendors try to balance sales across channels.
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July 21, 2014
10:45 EDTBBYAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
July 17, 2014
14:01 EDTHDHome Depot upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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July 16, 2014
12:22 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active on speculation of an activist investor stake
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10:24 EDTBBYRumor: Best Buy moves up on speculation of an activist investor stake
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July 15, 2014
07:15 EDTLOWIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
July 14, 2014
08:11 EDTHDHome Depot management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:58 EDTHDMakerBot, Home Depot to bring MakerBot 3D printers to select stores
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys (SSYS), and The Home Depot (HD) announce a collaboration to bring MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers to customers on homedepot.com/makerbot and in 12 Home Depot stores in California, Illinois and New York beginning July 14. This is the first time The Home Depot has offered 3D printers for sale in its stores and will be a pilot program for MakerBot and The Home Depot.
July 11, 2014
06:16 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $31 at Citigroup
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July 10, 2014
16:25 EDTHD, LOWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugal’s largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
10:18 EDTLOW, HDHome Depot, Lowe's estimates cut after warnings from floor, farm retailers
Weak results from Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) do not bode well for Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) near-term outlook, Deutsche Bank warned in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators and farm products retailer Tractor Supply pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and Lowe's. The comparative sales of Home Depot and Lowe's have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, explained Baker. Lumber Liquidators, like Home Depot and Lowe's, is exposed to housing markets, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, like Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Lowe's are exposed to the outdoor/weather sensitive sector, according to Baker. However, there are differences in the companies' business models, and comparative sales at Home Depot and Lowe's are probably trending better than at Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, Baker believes. He lowered his second quarter comparative sales growth forecast for Lowe's to 4% from 4.5%, and for Home Depot to 4.5% from 5%. Baker's Q2 EPS estimates for both home improvement companies are now 1c below consensus levels. He kept a Buy rating on Lowe's and Hold ratings on Home Depot and Tractor Supply. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Home Depot fell 2% to $79.07, Lowe's declined 1.8% to $47.02, Tractor Supply tumbled 5% to $58.23, and Lumber Liquidators plunged 22% to $54.70. Shares of Tile Shop (TTS), which is also exposed to housing markets, fell 11% to $11.55 in early trading.
09:27 EDTHDHome Depot will standout as stable in current retail storm, says RW Baird
Baird believes Home Depot will stand out as stable in the current retail storm, citing its rising sales and margins and its return on invested capital profile. The firm's positive view was reinforced following meeting with management and Baird keeps its Outperform rating and $93 price target on the name.
06:48 EDTLOW, HDHome Depot, Lowe's estimates lowered at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) preannounced Q2 comp misses. The firm says that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Deutsche calls its negative earnings revisions "relatively minor," as it thinks comps are probably holding up better at Home Depot and Lowe's. It keeps a Buy rating on Home Depot and a Hold rating on Lowe's.
July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTHD, LOWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:09 EDTHD, LOWLumber Liquidators plummets after cutting full-year outlook
Shares of hardwood flooring and accessories retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) are sinking in after-hours trading after the company cut its fiscal 2014 outlook. It also forecast second quarter results far below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, Lumber Liquidators forecast Q2 earnings per share of 59c-61c, far short of the consensus estimate of 90c. Q2 sales came in at $263.1M, also well below estimates of $303.21M. Comparable store sales decreased 7.1% for the quarter, and the company expects gross margin in Q2 to contract year over year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Due to the weak Q2 performance, the company cut its FY14 EPS view to $2.65-$3.00 from $3.25-$3.60, versus consensus of $3.34. It also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $1.05B-$1.1B from $1.15B-$1.2B, versus consensus of $1.16B. It forecast comparable store net sales in the low single digits, either positive or negative, compared to its previous view of an increase ranging from mid to high single digits. It sees opening a total of 33 to 37 new store locations in the expanded showroom format, down from the previous view of 35 to 40. CEO Lynch said, "A number of the factors weighing on our second quarter results are likely to continue in the second half of 2014. While we believe the third quarter may be weaker than we originally anticipated, we have a strong sense of urgency and we expect to regain traction to deliver operating margin expansion in the second half and in coming years." PRICE ACTION: In evening trading, Lumber Liquidators fell $13.52, or 19.2%, to $56.90 on heavy trading volume. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the flooring space include Tile Shop (TTS), down 5%, Home Depot (HD), down 1%, and Lowe's (LOW), down 1.8%.

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