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August 19, 2014
20:25 EDTGLOG, GLOG, AEO, AEO, EV, EV, HAIN, HAIN, MSG, MSG, PETM, PETM, SPLS, SPLS, SJM, SJM, TGT, TGT, LOW, LOWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Lowe's (LOW), consensus $1.02; Target (TGT), consensus 79c; J. M. Smucker (SJM), consensus $1.37; Staples (SPLS), consensus 11c; PetSmart (PETM), consensus 94c; Madison Square Garden (MSG), consensus 20c; Hain Celestial (HAIN), consensus 89c; Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 62c; American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), consensus 0c; GasLog (GLOG), consensus 13c.
News For LOW;TGT;SJM;SPLS;PETM;MSG;HAIN;EV;AEO;GLOG From The Last 14 Days
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September 30, 2014
09:52 EDTMSGMadison Square Garden management to meet with Maxim
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September 29, 2014
09:16 EDTGLOGGasLog announces closing of first option vessels dropdown
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September 26, 2014
08:30 EDTPETMTractor Supply entering pet supply market with two store openings
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08:25 EDTPETMPetSmart has a new competitor in Tractor Supply, says BofA/Merrill
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September 24, 2014
17:15 EDTMSGJAT Capital raises stake in Madison Square Garden to 9.36% from 7.75%
08:29 EDTLOWLowe's management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on September 24 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
September 23, 2014
08:56 EDTLOWLowe's management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in San Mateo/San Francisco/Los Angeles on September 23 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
September 22, 2014
09:54 EDTLOWLowe's management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on September 22 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:11 EDTPETMPetSmart appoints Helen Wallace as Chief Accounting Officer
PetSmart appointed Helen Wallace as Chief Accounting Officer and principal accounting officer. Ms. Wallace is expected to assume her responsibilities on or about October 6. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Wallace served as Senior Vice President, Finance / Principal Accounting Officer of Designer Shoe Warehouse.
September 19, 2014
18:20 EDTLOWLowe's CEO Niblock sells nearly $28M of company stock near record high
In regulatory filings, it was disclosed that Lowe's CEO Robert A. Niblock sold nearly $28M worth of company stock from September 9-11. Lowe's stock has been climbing steadily over the past three months, and it made both a 52-week and record high of $54.81 on Friday, September 19.
10:06 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Concur (CNQR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial... First Horizon (FHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Guess (GES) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... National CineMedia (NCMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... SABMiller (SBMRY) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Synovus (SNV) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James.
06:30 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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September 18, 2014
11:01 EDTTGTTarget to hire 70,000 seasonal workers in 2014, CNBC reports
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10:57 EDTAEOU.S. ITC to investigate 17 denim jean companies for patent infringement
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10:40 EDTLOWPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
September 17, 2014
10:48 EDTSJMHigh option volume stocks
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09:36 EDTSPLSActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS

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