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February 25, 2014
05:55 EDTHD, HD, M, M, TOL, TOL, TMUS, TMUS, ARIA, ARIA, VSI, VSI, BLMN, BLMN, FE, FE, HFC, HFCNotable companies reporting before today's open
Notable companies reporting before today's open, with earnings consensus, include Home Depot (HD), consensus 71c; Macy's (M), consensus $2.17; Toll Brothers (TOL), consensus 18c; T-Mobile US (TMUS), consensus (13c); ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), consensus (47c); Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), consensus 38c; Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 26c; FirstEnergy (FE), consensus 69c; HollyFrontier (HFC), consensus 20c.
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May 18, 2015
15:32 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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15:00 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:49 EDTHDEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
11:09 EDTHDHome Depot May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:37 EDTARIAOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: NLNK ARWR CTRP ZIOP CLNE ARIA VHC AOL KING XON PEIX
10:01 EDTTOLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: A10 Networks (ATEN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... ChemoCentryx (CCXI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Emerge Energy (EMES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FEMSA (FMX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Holly Energy (HEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... JP Energy (JPEP) upgraded on better visibility on volumes at RBC Capital... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Malvern Bancorp (MLVF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Owens-Illinois (OI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Roche (RHHBY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) upgraded on stabilizing headwinds at KeyBanc... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... United Therapeutics (UTHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Zayo Group (ZAYO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
08:02 EDTTOLToll Brothers upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT
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07:27 EDTMMacy's management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on May 18 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:27 EDTTMUSJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
18:56 EDTMGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTHDPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:15 EDTTMUSPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:51 EDTMGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:01 EDTTOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTHDBofA/Merrill says to buy Home Depot, Lowe's and Whirlpool
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08:50 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Toll Brothers to Outperform and reduced its price target to $41 from $45 citing lack of catalysts to propel shares higher and valuation.
May 14, 2015
10:33 EDTTMUST-Mobile expects ARPU to become tailwind in Q2 after trough last quarter
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10:31 EDTTMUST-Mobile says porting ratio vs. Sprint is approaching 3.0
In regards to LTE competition and sustainability, T-Mobile said it is in a leadership position where it really matters. Backs operating free cash flow and EBITDA guidance. Reports 11M MetroPCS subscribers. Comments taken from MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
08:04 EDTARIAARIAD to present data on Iclusig, brigatinib at ASCO meeting
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06:06 EDTTMUSDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
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