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July 9, 2014
18:09 EDTLL, HD, LOW, TTSLumber 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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October 30, 2014
10:02 EDTLOWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Banco Bradesco (BBD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Grand Canyon (LOPE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... MicroStrategy (MSTR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Moelis (MC) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... STMicroelectronics (STM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Sealed Air (SEE) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Software AG (STWRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Southwest (LUV) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Sprint (S) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... TriQuint (TQNT) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
06:28 EDTLOW, HDLowe's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Lowe's (LOW) to Buy saying housing is going through a multi-year recovery. Goldman believes the large home improvement retailers have limited risk of disruption by Amazon (AMZN). It raised its price target for Lowe's shares to $63 from $58. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Home Depot (HD) but raised its price target for shares to $103 from $100.
October 28, 2014
19:14 EDTLLLumber Liquidators management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meeting to be held on Boston on November 4 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
08:07 EDTTTSTile Shop CEO Rucker to retire, COO Homeister to succeed
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08:06 EDTTTSTile Shop sees FY14 EPS 23c-25c, consensus 29c
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08:05 EDTTTSTile Shop reports Q3 SSS up 0.6%
08:04 EDTTTSTile Shop reports Q3 EPS 3, consensus 6c
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October 27, 2014
10:32 EDTHDVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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October 23, 2014
10:54 EDTLLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:13 EDTLLLumber Liquidators outlook still positive, says Wedbush
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October 22, 2014
09:21 EDTLLLumber Liquidators drops after earnings and guidance, levels to watch
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09:21 EDTLLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
07:14 EDTLLLumber Liquidators reports Q3 comparable store sales down 4.9%
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07:04 EDTLLLumber Liquidators sees Q4 EPS 71c-85c, consensus 89c
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07:03 EDTLLLumber Liquidators cuts FY14 EPS to $2.38-$2.52 from $2.65-$3.00
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07:01 EDTLLLumber Liquidators reports Q3 EPS 58c, consensus 68c
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October 21, 2014
10:53 EDTLLExact Sciences, Lumber Liquidators shorts recomended by Tilson, Bloomberg says
Kase Capital's Whitney Tilson recommended short positions in Exact Sciences (EXAS) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) while speaking at the Robin Hood Conference, according to Bloomberg.
06:22 EDTHDStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTHDStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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October 16, 2014
16:12 EDTLLPoint72 Asset reports 5.2% passive stake in Lumber Liquidators
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