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August 18, 2014
11:25 EDTLOW, LL, HD, TSCOEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
News For HD;LOW;TSCO;LL From The Last 14 Days
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTLOW, HDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Extended Stay America (STAY) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Peak Resorts (SKIS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ralph Lauren (RL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Huntsman (HUN) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Dow Chemical (DOW) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
07:06 EDTTSCOTractor Supply initiated with a Buy at Nomura
Target $89.
07:06 EDTLLLumber Liquidators initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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07:05 EDTHDHome Depot initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
Target $110.
07:05 EDTLOWLowe's initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
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December 12, 2014
08:20 EDTLOWLowe's price target raised to $75 from $70 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Lowe's to $75 from $70 following its analyst day to reflect the company's increasingly synchronized internal and external organization. The firm noted the company delivered a three year outlook which included upside to Street estimates next year. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Lowe's shares.
07:48 EDTLOWLowe's analyst day supports investment case, says UBS
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07:35 EDTHD, LOWLowe's outlook has improved, says Oppenheimer
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07:25 EDTLOWLowe's price target raised to $76 from $70 at JPMorgan
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December 11, 2014
10:28 EDTLOWLowe's says business is "sound," brand "strong"
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06:09 EDTLOWLowe's CEO sees Return on Invested Capital reaching 19% by 2017
Robert A. Niblock, Lowe's chairman, president and CEO stated, "The housing market and broader economy are recovering just as our transformation is gaining momentum." Robert F. Hull, Jr., Lowe's CFO, commented, "We continue to generate solid cash flow and have exciting opportunities ahead of us. Return on Invested Capital is expected to reach approximately 19% by 2017, an increase of almost 500 basis points over the next three years."
06:05 EDTLOWLowe's sees FY14 EPS about $2.68, consensus $2.67
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December 10, 2014
08:49 EDTHDHome Depot sees FY14 EPS $4.54, consensus $4.49
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December 9, 2014
10:48 EDTLOWLowe's volatility elevated into analyst and investor meeting
Lowe's December call option implied volatility is at 24, January is at 19, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into a company hosted analyst and investor meeting to be held on December 11.
09:15 EDTTSCOTractor Supply demand healthy, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Tractor Supply demand looks healthy and the company is making progress with merchandising and execution. The analyst believes Tractor Supply is well positioned to continue posting upside results near-term.
December 8, 2014
12:04 EDTLOWLowe's to host analyst and investor meeting
Analyst and Investor Meeting to be held on December 11 at 10 am. Webcast Link
December 5, 2014
08:35 EDTHDHome Depot continues to execute at very high level, says RW Baird
Baird said Home Depot continues to operate and execute at a very high level and should remain a stable port in the choppy retail environment. The firm reiterates its Outperform rating and $110 price target on Home Depot shares, citing operational efficiencies across the organization and a balanced approach to capital allocation.

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