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August 18, 2014
11:25 EDTTSCO, LOW, LL, HDEarnings 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%.
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November 18, 2014
12:08 EDTHDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:02 EDTLOWLowe's names McCanless general counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Lowe's Companies (LOW) announced that Ross W. "Bill" McCanless will be joining the company as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, effective January 12, 2015. McCanless will replace Gaither M. Keener, who announced plans to retire from the company following 30 years of service. McCanless is returning to Lowe's top legal role, a position he held from 2003 to 2006, after serving as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary for Extended Stay America (STAY) and ESH Hospitality
09:38 EDTHDHome Depot says any bias in forecast would be on upside
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09:23 EDTHDHome Depot says 'impressed' with November sales to date
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09:22 EDTHDHome Depot says housing market recovery tracking in line with expectations
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09:20 EDTHDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:47 EDTHDHome Depot mispriced given point in housing cycle, says Janney Capital
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07:33 EDTLOWLowe's November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:32 EDTTSCOTractor Supply announces plans for new distribution center in AZ
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06:06 EDTHDHome Depot backs FY14 EPS view of about $4.54, consensus $4.50
Backs FY14 revenue guidance of up approximately 4.8%. This earnings-per-share guidance includes the benefit of the company's year-to-date share repurchases of $5.74B and the company's intent to repurchase an additional $1.26B of shares in the fourth quarter. The earnings-per-share guidance also includes an estimate of net breach-related costs of approximately $34M for the year. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance does not include an accrual for other probable losses related to the breach that cannot be estimated at this time. Other than the breach-related costs contained in the company's updated FY14 diluted EPS guidance, at this time the company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the breach. Costs related to the breach may include liabilities to payment card networks for reimbursements of credit card fraud and card reissuance costs; liabilities related to the company's private label credit card fraud and card reissuance; liabilities from current and future civil litigation, governmental investigations and enforcement proceedings; future expenses for legal, investigative and consulting fees; and incremental expenses and capital investments for remediation activities. Those costs may have a material adverse effect on the company's financial results in Q4 and/or future periods.
06:02 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q3 EPS $1.15, consensus $1.13
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November 17, 2014
15:16 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:31 EDTHDHome Depot November 99 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q3
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14:25 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:21 EDTHDEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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09:36 EDTHDActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
08:41 EDTHDHome Depot November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Home Depot November call option implied volatility is at 38, December is at 21, January is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
07:54 EDTLOWLowe's price target raised to $68 from $60 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Lowe's to $68 from $60 citing the company's firming sales, solid comps, and operational improvements. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Lowe's, which is scheduled to release its Q3 results on November 19.
November 14, 2014
10:00 EDTHDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTHDHome Depot downgraded to Hold from Buy at Zelman
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