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August 19, 2014
11:41 EDTLOW, HDHome Depot rises as results beat estimates, company raises guidance
Shares of home improvement retailer The Home Depot (HD) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results and raised its full year profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Home Depot reported Q2 earnings per share of $1.52 and revenue of $23.81B, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.45 and $23.61B, respectively. Q2 same store sales increased 5.8% and comp sales for U.S. stores rose 6.4%. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frank Blake said the spring seasonal business rebounded in Q2, and the company saw strong performance across all of its geographies and in the core of the store. Looking ahead, Home Depot raised its fiscal 2014 EPS view to $4.52 from $4.42, in line with analysts' estimates of $4.41. The EPS guidance includes the benefit of year-to-date share repurchases of $3.5B and the company's intent to repurchase an additional $3.5B of shares over the remainder of the year. The retailer also reiterated its outlook for FY14 sales to increase 4.8%, compared to consensus estimates of $82.53B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q2 earnings conference call, management forecast FY14 gross margin up "a few" basis points from FY13. The company said the housing market remains a modest tailwind for its business, but cited "mixed signals" in housing data. The company said its sales plan remains "intact," and it anticipates rolling out hand-held checkout devices in Q3. For the second half of 2014, Home Depot expects SSS growth about 80 basis points higher than the first half, with the fourth quarter higher than the third quarter, but slightly under what was reported for Q2. Home Depot said it is "very pleased" with August's sales performance. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RW Baird said Home Depot's Q2 results reinforces its positive thesis as the company cycled through its toughest quarterly comparison in years. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Home Depot rose $4.89, or about 5.74%, to $88.37 on heavy trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up over 17% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Home Depot peer Lowe's Companies (LOW), which reports quarterly earnings tomorrow, is trading up 2.3% to $51.61.
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November 18, 2014
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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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
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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
November 12, 2014
13:32 EDTHDEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney lowered Q3 SSS view, affirms FY14 metrics in Q3
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (80c) on revenue of $2.81B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (95c)-(54c) on revenue of $2.72B-$2.93B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported second quarter adjusted EPS of (75c) against estimates for (93c), on revenue of $2.8B against estimates for $2.79B. Comparable store sales increased 6% for the quarter and online sales through jcp.com were up 16.7% from the year-ago period to $249M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, the company said that expected a "profitable" sales in the back-to-school season, adding that the company could see some "anomalies" in expense during Q3. NEWS: During the quarter, J.C. Penney announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, EVP of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board, and succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of the company on August 1, 2015, at which time Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year. At its analyst day in October, the retailer lowered its Q3 SSS view to low single digit growth from its previous view of mid single digit growth. J.C. Penney also warned investors that its September sales were weaker than expected. Despite lowering its SSS forecast, the retailer reaffirmed the rest of its quarterly guidance, including gross margins and SG&A expenses, and maintained all of its fiscal year 2014 guidance metrics, including mid-single digit SSS growth and positive free cash flow. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Wells Fargo, which has an Underperform rating on the stock, said that Ellison lacks expertise in apparel and accessories, where J.C. Penney is having a tough time. J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's said. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are down almost 20%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q3 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up almost 6% to $7.61.
08:01 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $113 from $102 at Jefferies
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November 11, 2014
12:37 EDTLOWLowe's November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Lowe's November call option implied volatility is at 28, December is at 22, January and April is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
07:09 EDTHDHome Depot November volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Home Depot November call option implied volatility is at 24, December is at 20, January is at 18; 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.
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