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November 16, 2012
11:00 EDTLOWEarnings Preview: Lowe's Q3 earnings could be helped by Sandy
Lowe's (LOW) is expected to report Q3 earnings before the open on Monday, November 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Analysts are looking for a profit of 35c on revenue of $11.91B. The consensus range is 32c-39c for EPS, and $11.78B-$12.01B for revenue, according to First Call. After reporting EPS and revenue that missed analysts' expectations in Q3, Lowe's forecast FY12 EPS $1.64, consensus $1.66, on flat revenue growth, consensus $50.08B. On its last earnings call, Lowe's forecast 2H same-store sales flat and said 2H gross margin should increase, but to a lesser degree than its previous outlook. The company also said its guidance assumed an additional $1.5B in share buybacks. Lowe's said it would take a more cautious approach to the balance of the year. During the quarter, Lowe's formally withdrew its non-binding proposal dated July 8 to the board of RONA to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of RONA for C$14.50 in cash per share. Lowe's said it believed a deal made sense, but said it was "unfortunate" that the RONA board did not recognize the important economic and commercial benefits of the proposal. The Wall Street Journal said Lowe's board wants to hire a successor to CEO Robert Niblock, even though they're not looking to replace him immediately; the new executive would first fill the post of Chief Merchandising Officer. Barron's said Lowe's should benefit from Hurricane Sandy and could surprise investors in its Q3 report. In addition to consumers looking to buy up home repair supplies to fight off the effects of the storm, Barron's notes that there are signs that the housing market is starting to improve. Oppenheimer increased its target on Lowe's as the firm expects the company to benefit from improving demand trends. ITG Research believes Lowe's SSS finished strong in Q3 boosted by Sandy.
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTLOWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Extended Stay America (STAY) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Peak Resorts (SKIS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ralph Lauren (RL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Huntsman (HUN) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Dow Chemical (DOW) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
07:05 EDTLOWLowe's initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
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December 12, 2014
08:20 EDTLOWLowe's price target raised to $75 from $70 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Lowe's to $75 from $70 following its analyst day to reflect the company's increasingly synchronized internal and external organization. The firm noted the company delivered a three year outlook which included upside to Street estimates next year. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Lowe's shares.
07:48 EDTLOWLowe's analyst day supports investment case, says UBS
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07:35 EDTLOWLowe's outlook has improved, says Oppenheimer
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07:25 EDTLOWLowe's price target raised to $76 from $70 at JPMorgan
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December 11, 2014
10:28 EDTLOWLowe's says business is "sound," brand "strong"
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06:09 EDTLOWLowe's CEO sees Return on Invested Capital reaching 19% by 2017
Robert A. Niblock, Lowe's chairman, president and CEO stated, "The housing market and broader economy are recovering just as our transformation is gaining momentum." Robert F. Hull, Jr., Lowe's CFO, commented, "We continue to generate solid cash flow and have exciting opportunities ahead of us. Return on Invested Capital is expected to reach approximately 19% by 2017, an increase of almost 500 basis points over the next three years."
06:05 EDTLOWLowe's sees FY14 EPS about $2.68, consensus $2.67
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December 9, 2014
10:48 EDTLOWLowe's volatility elevated into analyst and investor meeting
Lowe's December call option implied volatility is at 24, January is at 19, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into a company hosted analyst and investor meeting to be held on December 11.
December 8, 2014
12:04 EDTLOWLowe's to host analyst and investor meeting
Analyst and Investor Meeting to be held on December 11 at 10 am. Webcast Link

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