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May 19, 2014
20:25 EDTHD, HD, MDT, MDT, TJX, TJX, SPLS, SPLS, DKS, DKS, DCI, DCI, AINV, AINV, RRGB, RRGBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Home Depot (HD), consensus 99c; Medtronic (MDT), consensus $1.12; TJX Companies (TJX), consensus 67c; Staples (SPLS), consensus 21c; Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), consensus 52c; Donaldson (DCI), consensus 47c; Apollo Investment (AINV), consensus 21c; Red Robin (RRGB), consensus 72c.
News For HD;MDT;TJX;SPLS;DKS;DCI;AINV;RRGB From The Last 14 Days
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November 14, 2014
11:50 EDTMDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, Dow reports
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10:00 EDTTJX, HDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTHDHome Depot downgraded to Hold from Buy at Zelman
08:15 EDTTJXTJX downgraded to Sell at Canaccord
As reported previously, Canaccord downgraded TJX to Sell from Hold citing expectations for a deceleration of growth over the long term. The firm raised its price target on the stock, however, to $58 from $54.
06:36 EDTTJXTJX downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord
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06:22 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; SPLS SINA
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November 13, 2014
16:35 EDTMDTMedtronic study reveals heart rhythm disorders in patients with ESRD
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14:50 EDTMDTLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTMDTLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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13:27 EDTMDTMedtronic likely to continue to make new highs, Barron's says
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12:39 EDTDKSDick's Sporting volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:49 EDTTJXTJX November volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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10:51 EDTSPLSStaples November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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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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07:23 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Medtronic November call option implied volatility is at 23, December is at 20, January is at 19, February is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on November 18.
November 11, 2014
07:49 EDTDKSBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:24 EDTMDTMedtronic submits commitments to EU related to Covidien merger
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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.
November 10, 2014
09:10 EDTMDTMedtronic announces Japanese approval, launch of Evera MRI SureScan ICD
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