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July 10, 2014
10:18 EDTLOW, HD, LL, TSCO, TTSHome 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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August 19, 2014
09:20 EDTHDHome Depot sees FY14 gross margin up 'a few' bps from FY13
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09:07 EDTHDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:35 EDTHDHome Depot exceptional results reinforce positive thesis, says RW Baird
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07:31 EDTHDHome Depot: Q2 spring seasonal businesses rebounded
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06:03 EDTHDHome Depot raises FY14 EPS to $4.52 from $4.42, consensus $4.41
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06:01 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q2 SSS up 5.8%; US comp sales up 6.4%
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06:01 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q2 EPS $1.52, consensus $1.45
Reports Q2 revenue $23.81B, consensus $23.61B
August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTHDOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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15:26 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTHDHome Depot August weekly 83.5 straddle priced for 2.3% move into Q2
14:32 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:22 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:14 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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11:39 EDTHDHome Depot weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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11:25 EDTHD, TSCO, LOW, LLEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
08:05 EDTLLLumber Liquidators price target lowered to $77 from $84 at Canaccord
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06:24 EDTHD, LOWOptions expected to be active
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August 11, 2014
15:42 EDTLOWLowe's August volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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14:48 EDTHDHome Depot August volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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August 7, 2014
06:20 EDTLOW, HDHome Depot should continue outperforming Lowe's, says Citigroup
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