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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).
News For KR;SWY;SVU;WFM;TFM From The Last 14 Days
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February 11, 2016
05:44 EDTWFMOptions expected to be active
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February 10, 2016
19:33 EDTWFMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: HubSpot (HUBS), up 12%... CSRA (CSRA), up 12%... Expedia (EXPE), up 11.5%... Tesla (TSLA), up 9.6%... Hortonworks (HDP), up 8.6%... Skechers (SKX), up 8.8%... Cisco Systems (CSCO), up 7.3%... Centurylink (CTL), up 8.4%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 5.2%... Kinross Gold (KGC), up 3.7%... Whole Foods Market (WFM), up 2.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Tripadvisor (TRIP) is up 7.1% and Priceline (PCLN) is up 4.5% after Expedia reported its quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), down 10.9%... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), down 3.6%... Mylan (MYL), down 9.4% after reporting quarterly results and announcing that it will acquire Meda Aktiebolag for $9.9B... Zynga (ZNGA), down 8.9%... iRobot (IRBT), down 6.4%... Prudential (PRU), down 1%... Twitter (TWTR), down 3%... Pioneer Natural (PXD), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Franco-Nevada (FNV), down 4.9% after 11.5M share Spot Secondary priced at $47.85... Continental Resources (CLR), down 2.4% after reporting proved reserves of 1.23B Boe at Dec. 31, 2015.
16:12 EDTWFMWhole Foods trades higher following results
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16:10 EDTWFMWhole Foods up 5.7% after reporting Q1 results
16:09 EDTWFMWhole Foods sees FY16 revenue up 3%-5%
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16:09 EDTWFMWhole Foods reports Q1 SSS down 1.8%
Reports Q4 adjusted EBITDA $427M vs. $428M last year.
16:07 EDTWFMWhole Foods reports Q1 EPS 46c, consensus 40c
Reports Q1 revenue $4.83B, consensus $4.81B.
14:49 EDTWFMWhole Foods February weekly 29 straddle priced for 8.8% movement in Q1
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14:32 EDTWFMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Cisco (CSCO), consensus 54c... Tesla (TSLA), consensus 8c... Twitter (TWTR), consensus 12c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 40c... Mylan (MYL), consensus $1.27... Expedia (EXPE), consensus $1.00... Prudential Financial (PRU), consensus $2.30... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.08... Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), consensus (30c)... Skechers (SKX), consensus 20c... Zynga (ZNGA), consensus 0c.
13:02 EDTWFMWhole Foods volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Whole Foods February weekly call option implied volatility is at 157, February is at 81, March is at 51; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 56, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results today.
11:39 EDTKRHormel recalls 450 pounds of beef products to due foreign matter contamination
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06:50 EDTWFMWhole Foods volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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February 9, 2016
18:56 EDTWFMWhole Foods co-CEO sees rise in prepared, on-demand food, WSJ says
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13:47 EDTWFMWhole Foods volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:10 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR WFM
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February 5, 2016
10:02 EDTWFMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded on valuation at Argus... Allstate (ALL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... CACI (CACI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded following Q4 results at Argus... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Fluidigm (FLDM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy at UBS... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Kona Grill (KONA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... LPL Financial (LPLA) upgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Resolute Forest (RFP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Sysco (SYY) upgraded at Argus... U.S. Concrete (USCR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Ubiquiti (UBNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Wi-LAN (WILN) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord.
06:35 EDTWFMWhole Foods upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow
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February 3, 2016
08:02 EDTSVUSupervalu names Mark Gross to succeed Sam Duncan as president, CEO
Supervalu announced the appointment of Mark Gross as the company's president and CEO, effective February 5, 2016. Gross, age 52, will succeed Sam Duncan who has previously announced he will be retiring. Supervalu also announced that Sam Duncan will be stepping down from the company's 11-person Board of Directors effective with his retirement on February 29, 2016, and that until that time, he will continue with the company as a special advisor to the company's Board of Directors to facilitate a smooth transition. Gross will be appointed to the Board effective March 1, 2016. Additionally, the company said that Bruce Besanko, COO, will report to Gross and continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company's Independent Business and Retail Food segments as well as the company's finance organization. From 1997 to 2006, Gross worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers, including serving as Co-President of C&S's overall operations from 2005-2006. Additionally, during his tenure with C&S, Gross served as Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and President of its affiliated retail grocery operations.
February 2, 2016
16:53 EDTWFMGoldman Sachs reports 6% passive stake in Whole Foods
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February 1, 2016
12:48 EDTKROptions with increasing call volume
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