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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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July 25, 2014
11:56 EDTHDDelta Air Lines names Home Depot CEO Frank Blake to board of directors
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July 17, 2014
14:01 EDTHDHome Depot upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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July 15, 2014
07:15 EDTLOWIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
July 14, 2014
08:11 EDTHDHome Depot management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:58 EDTHDMakerBot, Home Depot to bring MakerBot 3D printers to select stores
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys (SSYS), and The Home Depot (HD) announce a collaboration to bring MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers to customers on homedepot.com/makerbot and in 12 Home Depot stores in California, Illinois and New York beginning July 14. This is the first time The Home Depot has offered 3D printers for sale in its stores and will be a pilot program for MakerBot and The Home Depot.

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