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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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August 26, 2014
15:58 EDTKRKroger: Food 4 Less and unions reach tentative agreement
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August 25, 2014
06:19 EDTSVUU.S. DHS warns of 'Backoff' malware, WSJ reports
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all companies to check for a "Backoff" malware infection, which targets cash registers, and said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the cyberattack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The DHS said Friday that the malware has likely infected many victims who "aren't aware" that they have been compromised. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
14:24 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market rallies strongly after results, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTTFMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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09:05 EDTTFMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
08:37 EDTTFMGoldman says to Buy Ross Stores and Sell The Fresh Market
Goldman recommends buying Ross Stores (ROST) and selling The Fresh Market (TFM). The analyst expets further upside for Ross driven by sustained top and bottom-line momentum and said The Fresh Market missed EBIT estimates due to greater SG&A deleveraging and management now expects Q3 comps at the low-to-mid point of the 1.5%-3.5% range due to increased competitor openings. Shares of Ross are Conviction Buy rated and The Fresh Market is Sell rated.
07:34 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market Q2 results reinforce buy thesis, says UBS
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06:40 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market sentiment remains overly negative, says Piper Jaffray
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06:20 EDTTFMOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GME ARO CRM INTU TFM MRVL ROST BRCD
August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTTFMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:30 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market rallies after results
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16:27 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market backs FY14 adjusted EPS view of $1.56-$1.66, consensus $1.56
Sees FY14 SSS up 2.5%-3.5%.
16:25 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market reports Q2 adjusted EPS 36c, consensus 35c
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15:15 EDTTFMNotable companies reporting after market close
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August 19, 2014
14:22 EDTKRGabelli liquidates 8.99% stake in Vitacost.com
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August 18, 2014
08:02 EDTKRKroger completes merger with Vitacost.com
Kroger (KR) and Vitacost.com (VITC) announced the successful completion of Kroger's tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Vitacost.com for $8.00 per share in cash. The tender offer expired at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on August 15, 2014. Kroger expects to complete the acquisition of the remaining eligible Vitacost.com shares not acquired in the tender offer later today through a merger under Section 251h of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. Following completion of the merger, Vitacost.com shares will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Global Market, which is expected to take effect later today.
August 15, 2014
05:18 EDTSVUSuperValu says computer network experienced criminal intrusion
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August 14, 2014
17:46 EDTWFMRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Whole Foods Market (WFM). INCREASED STAKES: Clean Harbors (CLH), Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR), Manitowoc (MTW), Esterline Technologies (ESL), and Yum! Brands (YUM). DECREASED STAKES: Bunge (BG), and Hologic (HOLX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: W.R. Grace & Co (GRA), and First American Financial (FAF).
14:13 EDTSVUOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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