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November 15, 2012
15:47 EDTHD, TOL, FAST, USG, PHM, MASBernanke says obstacles remain in housing recovery, WSJ says
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged improvements in the housing market in a speech but warned of obstacles that still remain, like a "stubbornly high" level of unemployment, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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November 18, 2014
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
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
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.
November 14, 2014
11:38 EDTUSGUSG management to meet with SunTrust
Meeting to be held in Atlanta on November 19 hosted by SunTrust.
11:37 EDTUSGUSG management to meet with Wedbush
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10:00 EDTHDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTHDHome Depot downgraded to Hold from Buy at Zelman
November 13, 2014
07:18 EDTPHM, TOLUBS to hold a conference
Building & Building Products Annual CEO Conference is being held in New York on November 13 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 9:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
November 12, 2014
13:32 EDTHDEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney lowered Q3 SSS view, affirms FY14 metrics in Q3
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (80c) on revenue of $2.81B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (95c)-(54c) on revenue of $2.72B-$2.93B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported second quarter adjusted EPS of (75c) against estimates for (93c), on revenue of $2.8B against estimates for $2.79B. Comparable store sales increased 6% for the quarter and online sales through jcp.com were up 16.7% from the year-ago period to $249M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, the company said that expected a "profitable" sales in the back-to-school season, adding that the company could see some "anomalies" in expense during Q3. NEWS: During the quarter, J.C. Penney announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, EVP of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board, and succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of the company on August 1, 2015, at which time Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year. At its analyst day in October, the retailer lowered its Q3 SSS view to low single digit growth from its previous view of mid single digit growth. J.C. Penney also warned investors that its September sales were weaker than expected. Despite lowering its SSS forecast, the retailer reaffirmed the rest of its quarterly guidance, including gross margins and SG&A expenses, and maintained all of its fiscal year 2014 guidance metrics, including mid-single digit SSS growth and positive free cash flow. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Wells Fargo, which has an Underperform rating on the stock, said that Ellison lacks expertise in apparel and accessories, where J.C. Penney is having a tough time. J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's said. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are down almost 20%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q3 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up almost 6% to $7.61.
08:01 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $113 from $102 at Jefferies
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November 11, 2014
07:09 EDTHDHome Depot November volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Home Depot November call option implied volatility is at 24, December is at 20, January is at 18; 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.
November 10, 2014
10:04 EDTPHMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:51 EDTPHMPulteGroup upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded PulteGroup to Buy from Neutral. The firm's checks indicate PulteGroup's order growth is at a positive inflection point and its balanced approach to capital allocation will drive EPS accretion. Price target raised to $25 from $23.
07:10 EDTTOLToll Brothers reports preliminary Q4 revenue $1.35B, consensus $1.31B
Toll Brothers Q4 total revenues of $1.35B and 1,807 units increased 29% in dollars and 22% in units, compared to 4Q13 results of $1.04B and 1,485 units. The average price of homes delivered was $747,000, compared to $732,000 in Q3 and $703,000 in 4Q13. net signed contracts of $970.2M and 1,282 units rose 16% in dollars and 10% in units, compared to FY 2013's fourth-quarter net signed contracts of $839.0M and 1,163 units. The average price per unit of net contracts signed in Q4 was $757,000, compared to $717,000 in Q3 and $721,000 in 4Q13. On a per-community basis, Q4 net signed contracts were 5.01, compared to 4Q13 totals of 5.17, 4.86 in 4Q12, 3.04 in 4Q11 and 2.94 in 4Q10.
06:09 EDTPHMPulteGroup upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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