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July 10, 2014
10:18 EDTTSCO, LOW, LL, TTS, HDHome Depot, Lowe's estimates cut after warnings from floor, farm retailers
Weak results from Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) do not bode well for Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) near-term outlook, Deutsche Bank warned in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators and farm products retailer Tractor Supply pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and Lowe's. The comparative sales of Home Depot and Lowe's have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, explained Baker. Lumber Liquidators, like Home Depot and Lowe's, is exposed to housing markets, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, like Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Lowe's are exposed to the outdoor/weather sensitive sector, according to Baker. However, there are differences in the companies' business models, and comparative sales at Home Depot and Lowe's are probably trending better than at Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, Baker believes. He lowered his second quarter comparative sales growth forecast for Lowe's to 4% from 4.5%, and for Home Depot to 4.5% from 5%. Baker's Q2 EPS estimates for both home improvement companies are now 1c below consensus levels. He kept a Buy rating on Lowe's and Hold ratings on Home Depot and Tractor Supply. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Home Depot fell 2% to $79.07, Lowe's declined 1.8% to $47.02, Tractor Supply tumbled 5% to $58.23, and Lumber Liquidators plunged 22% to $54.70. Shares of Tile Shop (TTS), which is also exposed to housing markets, fell 11% to $11.55 in early trading.
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February 24, 2015
07:06 EDTTSCOTractor Supply raises long-term domestic store growth, operating margin targets
Tractor Supply increased its domestic store growth target to 2,500 stores from 2,100 stores and its long-term operating margin target to 11.5% from 10.5%. CEO Greg Sandfort stated, "As our business continues to evolve, so do our long-term operating targets. We are pleased to be raising our long-term store growth and operating margin targets. We remain committed to driving long-term sustainable earnings growth and shareholder return by having a balanced approach to driving sales, growing gross margin, managing working capital and improving efficiencies. We believe our key sales and gross margin initiatives, along with ongoing system enhancements such as demand planning, inventory allocation, and price optimization should continue to benefit sales and margins over the foreseeable future."
06:05 EDTHDHome Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, consensus $5.23
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06:04 EDTHDHome Depot targets dividend payout ratio of approximately 50%
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06:03 EDTHDHome Depot board authorizes $18B share repurchase program
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06:03 EDTHDHome Depot board increases quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c
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06:02 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.00, consensus 89c
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February 23, 2015
15:23 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
14:05 EDTHDEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 14% since last earnings report
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13:47 EDTHDHome Depot technical comments before earnings
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07:51 EDTLOWLowe's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 20, 2015
08:27 EDTTSCOTractor Supply well positioned for growth, says BofA/Merrill
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06:10 EDTHDHome Depot volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Home Depot March weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, March is at 24, April is at 19, August is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 24.
February 19, 2015
09:59 EDTTSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Altisource Residential (RESI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... British Land (BTLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Monster Worldwide (MWW) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sasol (SSL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Weingarten Realty (WRI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Werner (WERN) upgraded on improving freight fundamentals at RBC Capital... diaDexus (DDXS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg,
07:37 EDTTSCOTractor Supply upgraded at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer upgraded Tractor Supply to Outperform from Perform. As reasons for the upgrade, the firm cited its increased optimism about the hardlines retail sector, its belief that the company is poised to capitalize on positive macro trends, and its contention that the company has multiple EPS growth drivers. Target $95.
06:45 EDTLLLumber Liquidators volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:44 EDTTSCOTractor Supply upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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February 18, 2015
08:42 EDTTSCOTractor Supply to host investment community meeting
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February 17, 2015
16:22 EDTTTSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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08:09 EDTTTSTile Shop sees FY15 EPS 27c-33c, consensus 30c
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08:07 EDTTTSTile Shop reports Q4 EPS 3c, consensus 4c
Reports Q4 revenue $63.3M, consensus $64.68M. Reports Q4 SSS flat.
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