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June 19, 2014
11:22 EDTKR, SWY, SVU, WFM, TFMKroger 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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October 20, 2014
09:36 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTWFMApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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October 16, 2014
10:42 EDTSVUSupervalu expects to see improvements in back-half of year
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10:37 EDTSVUSupervalu expects margins to improve as company moves to Q3, Q4
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10:04 EDTSVUSupervalu says expectations for full-year have not changed
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08:05 EDTSVUSupervalu reports Q2 adjusted EPS 11c, consensus 11c
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October 15, 2014
05:43 EDTWFMWhole Foods announces responsibly grown produce rating system
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October 8, 2014
15:25 EDTSWYNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:41 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market backs FY14 adjusted EPS view $1.56-$1.66, consensus $1.57
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09:05 EDTWFMLionsgate partners with Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market for new film
Lionsgate (LGF) announced that PepsiCo's (PEP) Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market's (WFM) Whole Planet Foundation will partner with the studio for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 which opens in theaters worldwide on November 21.

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