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May 19, 2014
12:20 EDTHDEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares relatively flat ahead of Q1 report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 99c on revenue of $19.95B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 95c-$1.01 on revenue of $19.77B-$20.46B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter EPS of 73c against estimates for 71c on revenue of $17.7B against estimates of $17.91B. The company said same-store sales increased 4.4%, with U.S. SSS up 4.9%. The company provided fiscal year 2014 guidance, seeing FY14 EPS of $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.43. The retailer also forecast FY14 sales growth of 4.8%, with SSS expected to grow about 4.6%. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said its guidance assumed that the housing market would be a continuing tailwind. NEWS: In March, Home Depot named Craig Menear to be its U.S. retail president, setting up a CEO succession plan. Frank Blake, who has led the retail fix-it chain since 2007, has not yet announced his retirement. The retailer said it expected the housing recovery to continue and home prices to increase, though at a lower rate. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is slowing new store openings and focusing its expansion efforts on e-commerce. Barron's said Home Depot looks cheap and shares could rally 25% as the housing market revives. STREET RESEARCH: Home Depot was upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital. The firm believes sales are tracking at or above plan in non-weather affected areas. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are relatively flat. Year-to-date, shares are down almost 7%.
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTHDOn 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.
December 12, 2014
07:35 EDTHDLowe's outlook has improved, says Oppenheimer
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December 10, 2014
08:49 EDTHDHome Depot sees FY14 EPS $4.54, consensus $4.49
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