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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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November 12, 2014
08:09 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 SSS with licensed businesses up 2%-3%
Macy's said Q4 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties are expected to grow by approximately 2%-3%, or 1.8%-2.8% on a comparable sales basis exclusive of licensed businesses.
08:07 EDTMMacy's, Citi Retail Services renew card agreement
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08:05 EDTMMacy's CEO says optimistic for Q4
Macy's chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren said, "Going forward, we remain optimistic for the fourth quarter based on several factors. First, we have developed an outstanding merchandise assortment for holiday gift-giving and self-purchase rooted in great style, exclusive offerings and outstanding value during this key shopping period. Second, we have enhanced our transition to fresh post-holiday vacation and resort assortments. Third, we have new store, omnichannel and marketing strategies in place that we believe will drive incremental business throughout the fourth quarter. This includes Buy Online Pickup in Store now rolled out to all full-line Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations, Same Day Delivery pilots up and running in eight major Macy’s markets and four Bloomingdale’s markets, and improved functionality and usability in upgraded mobile apps. And fourth, we are poised to capitalize on a return to more normalized weather patterns after the unusually severe snowstorms in the fourth quarter last year."
08:04 EDTMMacy's says Q3 sales performance fell short of expectations
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08:03 EDTMMacy's lowers FY14 EPS view to $4.25-$4.35 from $4.40-$4.50
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08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q3 EPS 61c, consensus 50c
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08:01 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $113 from $102 at Jefferies
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November 11, 2014
15:25 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:06 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings
The shares have been largely trading in a range of $55 at the low and $62 at the high in the year-to-date period. Ahead of results the shares are trading nearly in the middle of that range. Whether the news maintains the range or breaks it is the key. A move below $55 would be longer-term bearish, with the year-to-date price action becoming a clear topping pattern when viewed on a 5-year chart basis. Additional support levels below would be at $52.54 and $50.05. A move above $62 would be equally bullish, with the life high at $63.10 as next resistance. It would take a move above that life high to keep the shares on a bullish path. It is possible that the news won't be sufficiently strong to break the shares out, in which case the existing sideways trend channel would remain intact.
14:52 EDTMMacy's November 57.5 straddle priced for 5.8% move into Q3
12:09 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst says Macy's trends decelerated at back-end of Q3
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $6.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 46c-55c on revenue of $6.24B-$6.46B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported second quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $6.23B, below estimates for 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were up 4% from the prior year. Q2 comparable sales were up 3.4% vs. 2Q13. Macy's backed its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance of $4.40-$4.50. The consensus for FY14 EPS at that time was $4.47. The retailer said its expectations for the second half of 2014 were "on track," with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, Macy's predicted FY14 SSS up 1.5%-2%, with FY14 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties up 2%-2.5%; previous guidance was for FY SSS up 2.5%-3%. NEWS: On its last earnings conference call, Macy's forecast fall season EPS of $3.04-$3.14 and said it expected Q3 SSS would be lower than fourth quarter SSS. The retailer also forecast second half total sales growth approximately 30 basis points lower than comp growth and gross margin rate "flat to down slightly" for the year. During the quarter, Macy's reached a resolution with the New York State Office of the Attorney General related to allegations of racial profiling in its New York stores. The retailer said it will launch same-day delivery this fall and announced plans to hire 86,000 seasonal associates for the 2014 holiday season. CNN said Macy's will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic. ITG Research said in October that Macy's Q3 revenues were tracking to $6.25B. Northcoast upgraded Macy's to Buy from Neutral on November 5. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are down 2%. The stock is trading down fractionally to $58.92 ahead of tomorrow's report.
09:22 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands 18.308M share Spot Secondary priced at $20.50
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08:59 EDTMMacy's trends softened in back-end of Q3, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic, and to offset the challenging Q3 performance. Shares are Buy rated.
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.
06:45 EDTTMUSGermany may reduce Deutsche Telekom stake, Reuters says
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November 10, 2014
16:29 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands files to sell 18.3M shares for Bain Capital
Goldman, Sachs & Co., is acting as underwriter for the offering.
15:57 EDTTMUSWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
07:12 EDTMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:11 EDTTMUSOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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07:10 EDTTOLToll Brothers reports preliminary Q4 revenue $1.35B, consensus $1.31B
Toll Brothers Q4 total revenues of $1.35B and 1,807 units increased 29% in dollars and 22% in units, compared to 4Q13 results of $1.04B and 1,485 units. The average price of homes delivered was $747,000, compared to $732,000 in Q3 and $703,000 in 4Q13. net signed contracts of $970.2M and 1,282 units rose 16% in dollars and 10% in units, compared to FY 2013's fourth-quarter net signed contracts of $839.0M and 1,163 units. The average price per unit of net contracts signed in Q4 was $757,000, compared to $717,000 in Q3 and $721,000 in 4Q13. On a per-community basis, Q4 net signed contracts were 5.01, compared to 4Q13 totals of 5.17, 4.86 in 4Q12, 3.04 in 4Q11 and 2.94 in 4Q10.
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