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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 1, 2015
06:39 EDTKRWal-Mart pressures suppliers to lower prices, WSJ says
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March 25, 2015
10:48 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market says emphasizing earnings growth over sales growth
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10:43 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market 'really bullish' on long-term gross margins
Remarks made during TAG 7th Annual Spring Consumer Conference.
10:40 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market says board looking at internal, external CEO candidates
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March 24, 2015
11:11 EDTWFMWhiteWave hits 52-week high following upbeat analyst notes
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07:27 EDTKRTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 23, 2015
09:37 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AUY SLB PFE MCP CELG VRTX SHPG GILD LOGI TSLA TASR NFLX SCTY WFM
March 19, 2015
07:35 EDTWFM, KRKroger price target raised to $90 from $80 at Deutsche Bank
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March 18, 2015
09:57 EDTWFMWhole Foods Markets calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Whole Foods Markets March 53, 54 and April 55 calls are active on 8K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. March call option implied volatility is at 38, April is at 25, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for larger near term price movement.
09:43 EDTWFMRumor: Whole Foods active on renewed takeover chatter
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