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July 9, 2014
18:09 EDTHD, TTS, LL, LOWLumber Liquidators plummets after cutting full-year outlook
Shares of hardwood flooring and accessories retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) are sinking in after-hours trading after the company cut its fiscal 2014 outlook. It also forecast second quarter results far below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, Lumber Liquidators forecast Q2 earnings per share of 59c-61c, far short of the consensus estimate of 90c. Q2 sales came in at $263.1M, also well below estimates of $303.21M. Comparable store sales decreased 7.1% for the quarter, and the company expects gross margin in Q2 to contract year over year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Due to the weak Q2 performance, the company cut its FY14 EPS view to $2.65-$3.00 from $3.25-$3.60, versus consensus of $3.34. It also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $1.05B-$1.1B from $1.15B-$1.2B, versus consensus of $1.16B. It forecast comparable store net sales in the low single digits, either positive or negative, compared to its previous view of an increase ranging from mid to high single digits. It sees opening a total of 33 to 37 new store locations in the expanded showroom format, down from the previous view of 35 to 40. CEO Lynch said, "A number of the factors weighing on our second quarter results are likely to continue in the second half of 2014. While we believe the third quarter may be weaker than we originally anticipated, we have a strong sense of urgency and we expect to regain traction to deliver operating margin expansion in the second half and in coming years." PRICE ACTION: In evening trading, Lumber Liquidators fell $13.52, or 19.2%, to $56.90 on heavy trading volume. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the flooring space include Tile Shop (TTS), down 5%, Home Depot (HD), down 1%, and Lowe's (LOW), down 1.8%.
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March 25, 2015
11:39 EDTLLCPSC announces active investigation of Lumber Liquidators
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10:26 EDTLLLumber Liquidators trading up sharply from session lows, levels to watch
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10:24 EDTLLLumber Liquidators up over 10% as CPSC call continues
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it is actively investigating Lumber Liquidators, but will not use CARB-mandated testing of Lumber Liquidators flooring during its own investigation. CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye reportedly said its investigation is "exclusive to Lumber Liquidators" for now, but could expand to other companies if information warrants. Kaye also reportedly said the options for Lumber Liquidators could include a recall and that CPSC would have to sue to enforce if voluntary recall is found to be needed but is not agreed to by the company. Lumber Liquidators shares are up 10.7% to $31.90 as the CPSC's call continues.
10:18 EDTLLCPSC says calls on Lumber Liquidators down 80% since right after 60 Minutes
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10:15 EDTLLCPSC chair says commission has 'different madate' than CARB
The CPSC will not use CARB-mandated testing of Lumber Liquidators flooring, the commission's chair stated on a call with the media.
10:11 EDTLLLumber Liquidators probe to take 'months, not weeks,' CPSC chair says
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10:06 EDTLLCPSC says actively investigating Lumber Liquidators, Bloomberg reports
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09:51 EDTLLLumber Liquidators March weekly 30 straddle priced for 13% movement
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09:15 EDTLLLumber Liquidators volatility elevated, CPSC planning teleconference CNBC
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08:21 EDTLLRegulator to hold Lumber Liquidators teleconference at 10:00, CNBC says
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March 24, 2015
07:27 EDTHDTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
05:49 EDTLLStocks with implied volatility movement; LL YUM
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March 23, 2015
09:09 EDTLLLumber Liquidators probe called for by Senator Schumer, AP reports
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer is asking federal authorities to investigate the safety of Lumber Liquidators' Chinese-imported wood laminate flooring and force recalls if needed, reported Associated Press. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
16:31 EDTLOWLowe's announces new $5B share repurchase program
Reflecting its commitment to return excess cash to shareholders, the Board of Directors for Lowe's Companies has authorized a new repurchase program of $5B of the company's common stock. This new repurchase program has no expiration date and adds to the previous program's balance, which was $2.4B as of January 30.
06:08 EDTLLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LL YELP
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March 18, 2015
10:18 EDTLOWEvercore ISI to hold a summit and tour
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09:36 EDTHDActive equity options trading on open
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March 17, 2015
08:00 EDTLLLumber Liquidators price target lowered to $40 from $55 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse lowered Neutral rated Lumber Liquidators price target to $40 and reduced estimates to reflect weaker sales trends and uncertainty on how consumers will respond to the fallout over safety concerns. The firm does not believe the sales drop has to be permanent if sales associates can respond to safety concerns effectively and there is more domestic sourcing.
March 16, 2015
05:53 EDTLLStocks with implied volatility movement; XLE LL
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) 28, Lumber Liquidators (LL) 109 according to iVolatility.
March 15, 2015
17:32 EDTLLU.S. trade association recommends avoiding Lumber Liquidators, Reuters says
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