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July 9, 2014
18:09 EDTLOW, HD, TTS, LLLumber 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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August 18, 2015
09:23 EDTHDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:20 EDTHDHome Depot expects 2015 adjusted debt to EBITDA ratio will be slightly over 2x
The company says it will tap L-T debt markets in the fall.
09:18 EDTHDHome Depot reports July SSS up 8.2%
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09:18 EDTHDHome Depot says positive housing data support its home improvement growth
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08:52 EDTHDHome Depot breaks out to fresh life high following earnings
Shares were last at $121 in the pre-market, edging the prior life high at $120.75. As long as price remains above that prior high, a run to $125 and eventually to $130 may be possible. A breakdown back below the prior high would suggest the move to date has priced-in the better news. Support would then be at $119.70, the prior day close, and then at $118.13.
08:03 EDTLOWLowe's August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Lowe's August call option implied volatility is at 48, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 29, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 19.
07:21 EDTHDFutures suggesting slightly lower open
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07:21 EDTHDFutures suggesting slightly lower open
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06:04 EDTHDHome Depot raises FY15 EPS growth to 13% from 11%-12%, consensus $5.27
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06:02 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q2 comparable store sales up 4.2%
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06:01 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.71, consensus $1.71
Reports Q2 revenue $24.83B, consensus $24.69B
August 17, 2015
15:00 EDTHDHome Depot August 120 straddle priced for 3.3% movement into Q2
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14:48 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:08 EDTHDHome Depot August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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12:55 EDTHD, LOWEarnings Watch: Home Depot up 6% over last three months
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August 16, 2015
20:09 EDTLL'60 Minutes' reiterates view of 'unsafe' Lumber Liquidators flooring
On the August 16 edition of CBS' "60 Minutes," reporter Anderson Cooper reiterated the program's perspective that the company's flooring does not appear safe. During the rerun, head of environmental nonprofit Global Community Monitor Danny Larson -- who is suing the company with the help of attorney Richard Drury -- told the program he wants Lumber Liquidators to replace "every single board, at their cost." Drury added that, among households nationwide, there are "probably hundreds of thousands" using Lumber Liquidators products that exceed acceptable formaldehyde levels. As shown in the rerun, undercover investigators for "60 Minutes" visited three separate Chinese mills that claimed to be major suppliers to Lumber Liquidators -- and at all three mills, employees "openly admitted" to producing flooring with non-compliant formaldehyde levels, reportedly saving the company 10%-15%. Since the report first aired, former Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has resigned and the company has met with numerous investigations. In a statement released this week, the embattled hardwood retailer said it has taken, and continues to take, action to protect its customers, though it offered no concrete details. Note that shares of Lumber Liquidators closed Friday at $14.02 after Tiger Management disclosed a 238,000 share position in the firm.
August 14, 2015
14:42 EDTLLLumber Liquidators rallies ahead of CBS rerun on new Tiger stake
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13:49 EDTLLTiger Management reports new 238,000 share position in Lumber Liquidators
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13:46 EDTLL'60 Minutes' to rerun with updates Lumber Liquidators piece, Bloomberg says
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07:34 EDTHDHome Depot August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Home Depot August call option implied volatility is at 27, September is at 20; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 27 suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 18.
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