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June 19, 2014
11:22 EDTWFM, KR, SVU, TFM, SWYKroger 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).
News For KR;SWY;SVU;WFM;TFM From The Last 14 Days
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April 27, 2015
16:53 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market initiated with an Underperform at RBC Capital
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16:53 EDTSVUSupervalu initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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16:53 EDTKRKroger initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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16:53 EDTWFMWhole Foods initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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15:04 EDTSVUNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:41 EDTWFMWhole Foods Markets May weekly calls active
Whole Foods Markets May 49.5 and 50 weekly calls are active on 21K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover speculation by Publix earlier. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, May is at 39, June is at 36, August is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for larger near term price movement.
11:11 EDTKRdunnhumby and Kroger announce new alliance
dunnhumbyUSA joint venture partners dunnhumby and Kroger announced a new chapter in their alliance that will aim to provide greater flexibility for both parties to use data to create substantial opportunities for innovation and growth. Under the new arrangements dunnhumby Ltd and Kroger will replace their existing exclusive joint venture with a new long-term license and service agreement and the acquisition of certain assets from dunnhumbyUSA by Kroger. A new business called 84.51 will operate with those assets as its foundation.
09:36 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
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06:15 EDTKRWal-Mart fighting for right to sell more alcohol in Texas, WSJ reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is fighting for the right to sell more alcohol in Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming legal limits on sales of hard liquor are "unconstitutional," the publication says. Wal-Mart has also joined fellow retailers Costco (COST) and Kroger (KR), as well as other groups, to back legislation that would override the current state beverage laws. Reference Link
April 24, 2015
10:11 EDTSVUHigh option volume stocks
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06:52 EDTWFMStarbucks report bodes well for United Natural Foods, says Piper Jaffray
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April 20, 2015
15:16 EDTSWYGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
April 19, 2015
12:41 EDTKRKroger, Dollar General, others can be bought and held for 3 years, Barron's says
Shares of PACCAR (PCAR), Lam Research (LRCX), Kroger (KR), Autoliv (ALV), Archer Daniels (ADM), and Dollar General (DG) should be bought and held for the next three years due to high return on invested capital, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
April 17, 2015
13:12 EDTSVUSupervalu volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:36 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
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April 16, 2015
09:36 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
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