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May 20, 2014
12:36 EDTLOW, HDEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares nearly flat ahead of Q1 earnings report
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its first quarter before the market open on Wednesday, May 21, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 60c on revenue of $13.86B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 56c-63c on revenue of $13.56B-$14.26B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 31c, in-line with estimates, on revenue of $11.66B against estimates for $11.67B. The company also reported Q4 same-store sales rose 3.9%. Lowe's forecast fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance of $2.60 against estimates at that time for $2.64 and said it expects total sales growth of 5% in this fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's said it expected to open 15 home improvement and 5 hardware stores in 2014 and expects its FY13 SSS to increase approximately 4%. The company said its board authorized the repurchase of an additional $5B in company stock. On its earnings conference call, Lowe's said it was taking a "cautious" approach due to the slowdown in housing activity. The company said first half comps would be modestly higher than second half. The company forecast $3.4B in share repurchases in 2014, spread evenly across all quarters. Free cash flow for the year is expected $2.9B and capital expenditures is forecast at $1.2B. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's appointed Michael Jones as Chief Customer Officer, succeeding Gregory Bridgeford. At the UBS Global Consumer Conference, Lowe's said the housing industry may grow at a higher rate than GDP and sees another good year of home prices going up. It also expects homeowners will continue to be reengaged in discretionary spending around the home. Lowe's and Porch.com announced the expansion of their strategic partnership to the more than 1,700 Lowe's home improvement stores across the U.S. STREET RESEARCH: Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on Lowe's to Outperform from Perform on expectations sales will improve as the winter weather gives way to more favorable spring conditions. Wedbush downgraded Lowe's to Neutral from Outperform to reflect slower housing trends and continued investment. OTHERS TO WATCH: This morning, Lowe's rival Home Depot (HD) reported Q1 EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.69B, beating analysts' estimates. The company also raised its FY14 EPS view to $4.42, in-line with estimates, and backed its FY14 revenue guidance of up 4.8% from FY13, sending shares up around 2% in mid-morning trading. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are down around 2.3%. In morning trading ahead of tomorrow's report, Lowe's is relatively flat at $45.52.
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September 9, 2014
09:39 EDTHDHome Depot weakness a buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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08:33 EDTHDHome Depot customers not acting strongly to breach, says Jefferies
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September 8, 2014
16:46 EDTHDHome Depot confirms payment data systems breach
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16:44 EDTHDHome Depot confirms payment data systems breach
12:29 EDTHDHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTHDMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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06:27 EDTHDHealthCare.gov insurance site breached by hacker in July, WSJ reports
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September 4, 2014
11:07 EDTHDHome Depot believes we are in 'moderate stage' of housing recovery
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11:05 EDTHDHome Depot says it has no plans to expand in Brazil or going back to China
Home Depot said it has no plans to go back to China because it has not figured out how to make money there. It also said it has no plans in expanding into Brazil even though he has looked into opportunities there. Home Depot said it sees the most opportunities in North America, and will focus its resources there.
11:02 EDTHDHome Depot maintains 2H14 outlook that it will be better than 1H14
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10:57 EDTHDHome Depot seeing high-spend pro customers are growing higher than others
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10:43 EDTHDHome Depot CEO: 3rd parties 'working around the clock' on breach investigation
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10:42 EDTHDHome Depot CEO: We have told everybody what we know on breach
CEO Frank Blake said the company found out Tuesday morning and chose the path of communicating the facts as they know them. Blake said the company felt it was best to communicate the facts quickly and transparently, but cannot answer all of the questions. He added that the company will continue to investigate the breach "intensely." Comments taken from Goldman Sachs Annual Global Retailing Conference.
10:30 EDTHDHome Depot in contact with Secret Service over alleged breach, Reuters reports
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08:25 EDTHDHome Depot could see less impact than Target from data breach, says BMO Capital
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September 3, 2014
17:33 EDTHDSymantec, FishNet enlisted by Home Depot for breach probe, Bloomberg says
Symantec (SYMC) and FishNet Security have been enlisted by Home Depot to help investigate a suspected data breach at the retailer, says Bloomberg Businessweek. Reference Link
17:09 EDTHDSymantec up almost 1% after Bloomberg reports working with Home Depot on breach
17:05 EDTHDHome Depot working with Symantec, FishNet on data breach, Bloomberg says
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14:33 EDTHDHome Depot data breach involves nearly all U.S. stores, Krebs reports
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10:40 EDTHDAnalyst sees security 'spending frenzy' amid high-profile hacks
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