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March 3, 2015
15:57 EDTHDBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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11:35 EDTHDHome Depot backs FY15 EPS view approximately $5.11-$5.17, consensus $5.25
Backs FY15 sales growth of approximately 3.5%-4.7%, consensus $86.91B. Backs FY15 comp store sales growth of approximately 3.3%-4.5%. Backs FY15 operating margin approximately 60 bps to greater than 13%. Backs FY15 new store openings target of 6 (5 in Mexico, 1 in Canada.) Targets FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. Guidance from slides presentation for Raymond James conference.
March 2, 2015
08:33 EDTHDPep Boys announces Robert Nardelli joins board of directors
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February 27, 2015
16:22 EDTHDStocks have another winning week after Greek deal, Yellen reassurance
Stocks ended higher this week after the euro zone sealed its deal to extend Greece's bailout and Fed chair Janet Yellen reiterated that the central bank would take a patient approach to raising interest rates. MACRO NEWS: Last Friday afternoon, Greece reached a framework deal with its euro zone partners to extend its bailout by four months, contingent on a reform proposal being accepted. The proposals were accepted by the EU early this week... In testimony before Congress, Janet Yellen reiterated that the Federal Reserve can remain patient in deciding when to hike interest rates... U.S. economic data was mixed, as the Q4 GDP growth revision, durable goods orders for January, and an index of consumer sentiment beat expectations, but weekly jobless claims and existing home sales for January missed expectations... Somewhat positive economic data came out of China, as the flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.1, representing a four month high. However, China's export orders declined at the fastest rate in 20 months. COMPANY NEWS: Drug maker Valeant (VRX) agreed to buy Salix (SLXP), which develops gastrointestinal products, for $158 per share. In another development on the M&A front, Bloomberg reported that HP (HPQ) is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), which provides Wi-Fi products. Additionally, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) rose after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN)... Solar energy company SunPower (SPWR) was one of this week's big winners after its quarterly results topped expectations, and the company announced that it's in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar also rallied after the news... Among the noteworthy losers this week was Lumber Liquidators (LL), after the company reported Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations. The flooring retailer also warned on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light and disclosed in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act... Companies that rose after reporting their quarterly results included Home Depot (HD) and Gap (GPS), while HP, TASER (TASR), and J.C. Penney (JCP) dropped after reporting their results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.04% to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq was up 0.15% to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 was down 0.27% to 2,104.50.
February 25, 2015
08:04 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $130 from $110 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on Home Depot after the company reported stronger than expected Q4 results and raised its dividend by 26%. The firm thinks the company's EPS growth was impressive and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:49 EDTHDHome Depot remains a stock to own, says RW Baird
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February 24, 2015
16:42 EDTHDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day almost unchanged as investors awaited the testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen before a Senate panel. Following her prepared remarks, which suggested the central bank will not rush to raise interest rates, buyers stepped in to push the market higher. The Dow moved to all-time highs, as did the S&P, while the Nasdaq extended its most recent streak that saw the index close higher for nine consecutive sessions for the first time that has happened since 2009. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stated in prepared testimony to Congress that the central bank considers it "unlikely" that economic conditions will warrant an increase in the target range for the federal funds rate for "at least the next couple" of FOMC meetings. Yellen also said that while the drop in oil prices will have negative effects on energy producers and will probably result in job losses in this sector, it will likely be a significant overall net positive for the U.S. economy. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-city house price index reported a seasonally adjusted monthly increase of 0.9%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. Markit's services PMI for February came in at 57.0, versus consensus of 54.5. The Conference Board consumer confidence index declined in February to 96.4, which was down from last month's revised 103.8 figure and below the consensus 99.5 forecast. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for February came in at 0, versus the consensus expectation for a reading of 6. In Europe, eurozone finance ministers approved Greece's reform proposals and extended the country's bailout program by four more months. COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) advanced $4.47, or 3.98%, to $116.75 after the Dow member's earnings beat expectations. The home improvement giant also hiked its quarterly dividend by 26% and authorized an $18B share repurchase program. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunPower (SPWR), which rose $5.00, or 17.99%, to $32.80 after its quarterly results topped expectations and the company announced that its in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar shares also advanced $5.06, or 10.19%, to $54.70 during the session, though its shares are fractionally lower in after-hours trading after the company issued its own earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Rosetta Resources (ROSE), which fell $3.29, or 15.04%, to $18.58 after its weaker than expected Q4 report and lowered guidance was followed by at least five analyst downgrades of its stock. Also lower were shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which slid $7.33, or 4.75%, to $147.00 after reports indicated that Macau's government views overcrowding from tourists as a serious problem and plans to review the mainland’s individual visit scheme with authorities after Chinese New Year. INDEXES: The Dow rose 92.35, or 0.51%, to 18,209.19, the Nasdaq gained 7.15, or 0.14%, to 4,968.12, and the S&P 500 added 5.82, or 0.28%, to 2,115.48.
12:42 EDTHDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:22 EDTHDHome Depot expects to see growth rate than higher company average in 2015
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09:10 EDTHDHome Depot expects moderate GDP growth, housing recovery to drive 2015 growth
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08:56 EDTHDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:05 EDTHDHome Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, consensus $5.23
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06:04 EDTHDHome Depot targets dividend payout ratio of approximately 50%
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06:03 EDTHDHome Depot board authorizes $18B share repurchase program
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06:03 EDTHDHome Depot board increases quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c
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06:02 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.00, consensus 89c
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February 23, 2015
15:23 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
14:05 EDTHDEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 14% since last earnings report
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13:47 EDTHDHome Depot technical comments before earnings
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February 20, 2015
06:10 EDTHDHome Depot volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Home Depot March weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, March is at 24, April is at 19, August is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 24.

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