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May 20, 2014
20:25 EDTPETM, PETM, AEO, AEO, LOW, LOW, TGT, TGT, HRL, HRL, TIF, TIFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Lowe's (LOW) , consensus 60c; Target (TGT), consensus 71c; Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 56c; Tiffany & Co. (TIF), consensus 78c; PetSmart (PETM), consensus $1.01; American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), consensus 0c.
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November 18, 2014
15:21 EDTPETMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), consensus 7c; M/A-Com Technology (MTSI), consensus 33c; La-Z-Boy (LZB), consensus 34c; PetSmart (PETM), consensus 94c; Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 53c.
15:08 EDTTGTTarget technical comments ahead of results
The stock in the past three months has outperformed the broader averages, trading up over 14%. Most of that outperformance has been in recent days leading up to earnings. That move broke the shares out of a very narrow trading range that had persisted for two months. With the shares trading close to the 52-week high at $68.28, strong positive news or an upside surprise could propel the stock through that level and to the lifetime high at $73.50. A failure to break through the $70 area, particularly on a negative surprise, could leave the shares vulnerable to a larger than normal correction. On a long-term basis a failure at $70 would be a third attempt up that failed at resistance. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $64.65, $61.46, and $59.57. The low of the range prior to the recent breakout was at $54.66, which is the 52-week low.
13:51 EDTPETMPetSmart technical notes ahead of results
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12:47 EDTLOWEarnings Preview: Lowe's shares up over 15% since last earnings report
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12:44 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees FY14 adjusted EPS view of $3.10-$3.30
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11:40 EDTAEOUrban Outfitters sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit misses consensus
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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
07:53 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:33 EDTLOWLowe's November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 17, 2014
14:21 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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10:29 EDTHRLTyson advances after profit beats expectations
Shares of meat producer Tyson Foods (TSN) are climbing after the company reported higher than expected profits and roughly in-line revenue. The company also made optimistic comments about the outlook for its meat products. WHAT'S NEW: Tyson reported fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding some items, of 87c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 76c. The company's Q4 revenue of $10.11B was roughly in-line with expectations. Tyson provided fiscal 2015 EPS guidance of $3.30-$3.40, versus the consensus outlook of $3.33. However, the meat producer's fiscal 2015 revenue guidance came in at $42B, compared with the consensus outlook of $42.51B. Tyson expects its chicken segment to generate a 7%-9% return on sales over the long-term, but a return on sales of more than 10% in fiscal 2015. Hillshire Brands, which was acquired by Tyson earlier this year, should generate revenue synergies of $4B in fiscal 2015, added Tyson. Meanwhile, demand for beef is "very strong," and pork margins should be good in 2015, the meat producer stated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tyson gained 4% to $42.34. Other meat producers also advanced, with Sanderson Farms (SAFM) rising 0.5% to $84.17 and Hormel Foods (HRL) gaining 0.6% to $54.84.
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.
07:42 EDTTGTTarget looks to put massive breach in rear-view one year later, WSJ says
Encouraging signs are appearing for Target as the company looks to put its massive data breach in the rear view mirror about one year later as it reports earnings this Wednesday, said The Wall Street Journal's "The Week Ahead" column. Target shares are near 2014 highs after analysts have recently reported a pickup in foot traffic at its stores, the article noted. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTPETMPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:44 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated at 29 into Q3 and outlook
Target November call option implied volatility is at 29, December is at 21, January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
06:23 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 59 at upper end of index mean range
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November 12, 2014
10:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle rises on raised Q3 guidance, levels to watch
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08:03 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle raises Q3 adjusted EPS view to 22c from 17c-19c
Consensus is 18c. Including restructuring and asset impairment charges of (17c), GAAP earnings are estimated to be 5c per share. Last year, the company earned adjusted EPS of 19c in the third quarter, which excluded asset impairment charges of (6c). The earnings improvement over last year was primarily due to an improvement in markdowns and lower expenses. Third quarter net revenues declined slightly on a comparable sales decline of 5%. The EPS guidance excludes charges of approximately (17c) primarily due to store impairments and corporate overhead reductions related to the company’s profit improvement initiatives. These actions are expected to enable the company to fund key initiatives and generate savings to strengthen future earnings. “Third quarter earnings exceeded our expectations and margins were ahead of last year. We are encouraged by our ability to reduce promotional activity, particularly given the challenging and highly promotional retail climate,” said Jay Schottenstein, Interim CEO. “The team is making steady progress on merchandise improvements. Yet as we approach the holidays, we remain cautious given the ongoing weakness in mall traffic. The restructuring activities reflect our resolve to strengthen our business to deliver higher profitability and returns to shareholders.” Third quarter ending inventories are expected to be down, consistent with prior guidance.
07:37 EDTTGTTarget shares overvalued, says MKM Partners
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06:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 60 at upper end of index mean range
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