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July 10, 2014
10:18 EDTTTS, HD, TSCO, LOW, LLHome 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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July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTLOWWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
08:18 EDTTSCOTractor Supply positive thesis remains intact, says Baird
Baird said its positive thesis for Tractor Supply remains intact following Q2 results that the firm views as solid. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $107 price target on Tractor Supply shares, citing its top-line strength, ramp up in Western stores, improved gross margins and increased guidance.
July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTTSCOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:34 EDTTSCOTractor Supply slips lower after earnings
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16:07 EDTTSCOTractor Supply raises FY15 EPS outlook to $3.00-$3.08 from $2.95-$3.05
Raises FY15 revenue outlook to $6.25B-$6.33B. Comparable store sales are now expected to increase 3.5%-4.5% compared to prior expectation of an increase of 2.5%-4.0%. Cites "strong performance in the first half."
16:06 EDTTSCOTractor Supply reports Q2 EPS $1.12, consensus $1.11
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15:26 EDTTSCONotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
14:37 EDTLOW, HDHome improvement stocks rally after Owens Corning results, home sales data
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08:21 EDTHDHome Depot agrees to acquire Interline Brands for $1.63B
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July 21, 2015
08:09 EDTTTSTile Shop raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to 28c-33c from 27c-33c
Consensus 31c. Tile Shop raises FY15 revenue view to $280M-$290M from $275M-$290M, consensus $285.64M. Gross Margin percentage of net sales is seen at approximately 69%. The updated guidance is based on past performance, anticipated new store openings and current economic conditions.
08:07 EDTTTSTile Shop reports Q2 adjusted EPS 9c, consensus 9c
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July 20, 2015
06:49 EDTLOW, HDDeutsche goes below consensus on Home Depot, Lowe's
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July 17, 2015
10:05 EDTTSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:34 EDTTSCORetailer survey suggests better Q2 backdrop for Tractor Supply, says Baird
Baird said they expect solid Q2 results from Tractor Supply, citing their retailer survey, which suggests a modestly better sector backdrop than Q1 highlighted by strength in big-ticket items. The firm feels the shares deserve their premium valuation as the company continues to stand out among large-cap peers. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $107 price target on Tractor Supply shares.
06:49 EDTTSCOTractor Supply upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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July 16, 2015
15:58 EDTLOW, HDHome improvement stocks slide after Sherwin-Williams cuts view
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