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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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March 25, 2015
14:49 EDTLLCPSC's emissions testing a positive for Lumber Liquidators, says Goldman
Goldman said the Chairman of the Consumer Products Safety Commission's decision not to replicate deconstructive tests but to test emissions is a positive for Lumber Liquidators. The firm said the deconstructive tests were an important component of the bear case and Lumber Liquidators says it has passed, based on its testing, emissions tests. Goldman rates Lumber Liquidators a Neutral with a $35 price target given significant gross margin pressures.
13:07 EDTLLCSPC test method positive for Lumber Liquidators, says Janney Capital
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12:52 EDTLLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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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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