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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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November 18, 2014
12:47 EDTLOWEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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12:08 EDTHDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:02 EDTLOWLowe's names McCanless general counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Lowe's Companies (LOW) announced that Ross W. "Bill" McCanless will be joining the company as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, effective January 12, 2015. McCanless will replace Gaither M. Keener, who announced plans to retire from the company following 30 years of service. McCanless is returning to Lowe's top legal role, a position he held from 2003 to 2006, after serving as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary for Extended Stay America (STAY) and ESH Hospitality
09:38 EDTHDHome Depot says any bias in forecast would be on upside
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09:23 EDTHDHome Depot says 'impressed' with November sales to date
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09:22 EDTHDHome Depot says housing market recovery tracking in line with expectations
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09:20 EDTHDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:47 EDTHDHome Depot mispriced given point in housing cycle, says Janney Capital
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07:33 EDTLOWLowe's November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:06 EDTHDHome Depot backs FY14 EPS view of about $4.54, consensus $4.50
Backs FY14 revenue guidance of up approximately 4.8%. This earnings-per-share guidance includes the benefit of the company's year-to-date share repurchases of $5.74B and the company's intent to repurchase an additional $1.26B of shares in the fourth quarter. The earnings-per-share guidance also includes an estimate of net breach-related costs of approximately $34M for the year. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance does not include an accrual for other probable losses related to the breach that cannot be estimated at this time. Other than the breach-related costs contained in the company's updated FY14 diluted EPS guidance, at this time the company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the breach. Costs related to the breach may include liabilities to payment card networks for reimbursements of credit card fraud and card reissuance costs; liabilities related to the company's private label credit card fraud and card reissuance; liabilities from current and future civil litigation, governmental investigations and enforcement proceedings; future expenses for legal, investigative and consulting fees; and incremental expenses and capital investments for remediation activities. Those costs may have a material adverse effect on the company's financial results in Q4 and/or future periods.
06:02 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q3 EPS $1.15, consensus $1.13
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November 17, 2014
15:16 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:31 EDTHDHome Depot November 99 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q3
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14:25 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:21 EDTHDEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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09:36 EDTHDActive equity options trading
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08:41 EDTHDHome Depot November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Home Depot November call option implied volatility is at 38, December is at 21, January is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
07:54 EDTLOWLowe's price target raised to $68 from $60 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Lowe's to $68 from $60 citing the company's firming sales, solid comps, and operational improvements. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Lowe's, which is scheduled to release its Q3 results on November 19.
November 14, 2014
10:00 EDTHDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTHDHome Depot downgraded to Hold from Buy at Zelman
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