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May 17, 2012
14:42 EDTHD, WMT, TGT, SHLD, LOWMild weather that helped retailers in Q1, may hurt Q2, Reuters says
The warm weather that helped retailers in Q1 may hurt them in Q2 as consumers may pull back after spending more than anticipated, says Reuters. Reference Link
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September 18, 2014
16:26 EDTHDHome Depot reports cyber attack put 56M unique payment cards information at risk
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16:23 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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16:22 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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11:01 EDTTGTTarget to hire 70,000 seasonal workers in 2014, CNBC reports
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10:56 EDTSHLDSears operations erasing $10/share in value each year, says Credit Suisse
In a note titled "Thinking About 'The End,'" Credit Suisse earlier today said events over the past month "had to shake supplier confidence" in Sears. The firm noted that Sears is generating negative operating cash flow of between $1B-$2B in 2014. Credit Suisse concludes that if Sears' real estate assets are worth as much as bulls think they are, then the company should liquidate since its operations are taking over $10 per share of value away every year. It has Underperform rating on Sears with a $20 price target. Shares of the retailer are down 2%, or 66c, to $28.90 in morning trading.
10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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10:40 EDTLOW, HDPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
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September 17, 2014
13:51 EDTHDJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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09:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart faces criticism for dismissing China workers, Bloomberg reports
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06:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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05:46 EDTSHLDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; SHLD GTAT
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September 16, 2014
13:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart finalizes Coca-Cola ad agreement in New York, Bloomberg says
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said that Wal-Mart (WMT) charged New York customers more for Coca-Cola (KO) products than stated in national circulars, going against inaccurate advertising regulations, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from Schneiderman. The retailer will pay a $66K penalty to settle the matter. Reference Link
10:15 EDTSHLDSears tumbles to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares hit a fresh 52-week low at $30.88 before bouncing slightly higher. WIth price last at $31.18, support is at that new low. A break below $30.88 would see next support at $30.10. Resistance is at $31.71, a pivot low on a closing basis, and then at $32.62.
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07:19 EDTHDCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart spokesman steps down due to resume fib, Bloomberg says
The Chief spokesman for Wal-Mart, David Tovar, stepped down after the retailer learned a nearly 20-year fabrication in his official resume, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:35 EDTSHLDSears borrows $400M from CEO's hedge fund
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05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart, AutoInsurance.com announce national expansion
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