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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.
News For HD;LOW 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.
07:05 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.
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

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