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June 19, 2014
11:22 EDTSVU, TFM, SWY, WFM, KRKroger hits 52-week high after increasing guidance
Shares of supermarket operator Kroger (KR) hit a fresh 52-week high after the company's first quarter results surpassed analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Kroger reported Q1 adjusted EPS of $1.09 and revenue of $32.96B, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $1.05 and $32.64B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to to $3.19-$3.27 from $3.14-$3.25, compared to consensus of $3.22. The company's long-term net earnings per diluted share growth rate guidance is 8%11%, plus a growing dividend. Kroger raised its identical supermarket sales growth guidance, excluding fuel, to 3.0%-4.0% for FY14, versus its prior original view of 2.5%-3.5%. On its Q1 earnings conference call, the company said it was seeing strong positive indicators in shopping behavior, with customers exhibiting less cautious spending behavior. It said more customers perceive the economy to be in recovery. For the remainder of the year, the company sees inflation higher than expected. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Kroger rose about 5.5% to $49.89 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $50.20. Including today's advance, the stock is up about 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the supermarket space include Safeway (SWY), SUPERVALUE (SVU), Whole Foods Markets (WFM), and The Fresh Market (TFM).
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August 20, 2015
19:02 EDTTFMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:27 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market says pursuing ways to communicate price competitiveness
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17:17 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market experiencing 'minimal' product cost inflation overall
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17:12 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market says Chief M&S Officer Marc Jones to depart immediately
Says continues to interview candidates for the CEO position. Says Marc Jones, Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer, is leaving the company, effective immediately. Company executives continue speaking on Q2 earnings conference call.
17:08 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market says promotional, pricing initiatives underwhelmed in Q2
The Fresh Market says promotional and pricing initiatives were not as successful as hoped during Q2 amid more challenging macro environment. Says "on track" to open 18 stores for the year. Says recent store openings give confidence in significant potential for unit growth. Says expects store remodels and refreshes to improve sales. Says laying the foundation for "personalized" marketing programs. Targeting completion of process improvement and store productivity initiatives by end of Q3. Company executives are speaking on the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
16:28 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market down about 10% to $24.00 after lowering FY15 outlook
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16:20 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market reports Q2 SSS down 1%
16:19 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market announces $200M stock repurchase program
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16:18 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market cites YTD results, current environment for lowered outlook
Interim CEO Crane concluded, "We believe that our strategic initiatives will better position The Fresh Market to compete long-term. We remain focused on evolving our operating model to provide customers with a unique and differentiated grocery shopping experience, although we expect that it will take time to fully realize the benefits of our efforts. Based on year to date results and the current operating environment, we are lowering our previously issued sales and earnings guidance for fiscal 2015."
16:17 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market lowers FY15 adjusted EPS view to $1.55-$1.65 from $1.85-$1.93
FY15 consensus $1.85. Management's outlook for the 53-week fiscal 2015 is based upon the following expectations: Total net sales growth for the 53-week fiscal 2015 of approximately 5.0%-7.0% compared to the 52-week fiscal 2014 total net sales. Fiscal 2014 included the benefit of sales from the Company's three California stores prior to their closing; Comparable store sales for the first 52 weeks of fiscal 2015 of -1.0% to -2.5%; An effective tax rate of 37.0% to 37.3%; Approximately $95M-$105M in capital expenditures, primarily related to real estate investments; Unit growth of approximately 18 new stores; Remodeling or refreshing 9 to 10 stores; Approximately 8c per diluted share of earnings related to the 53rd week of operations in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.
16:17 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market hits a fresh life low after results
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16:15 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market lowers FY15 outlook
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16:14 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market announces $200M stock repurchase program
16:13 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market reports Q2 adjusted EPS 36c, consensus 40c
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14:42 EDTTFMNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:52 EDTWFMWhole Foods calls active
Whole Foods August 33 and 33.5 calls are active on total call volume of 4K contracts (3K puts) on the subject of takeover chatter. August call option implied volatility is at 32, August weekly is at 27, September is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 43. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:00 EDTTFMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:08 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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07:37 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
07:10 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market price target lowered to $30 from $34 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst William Kirk lowered his price target for The Fresh Market to $30 after reducing his comparable store estimate for the quarter to 0.0%. The company is not immune from the decelerating trends reported by peers, Kirk tells investors in a research note. He reiterates an Underperform rating on The Fresh Market.
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