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News For RIMM;BLOX;KR;GES;DIS;ARO;TIF;LQDT;GPS;TGT;M;TKR From The Last 14 Days
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May 27, 2015
14:03 EDTBLOXInfoblox June volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:36 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:21 EDTTIFTiffany price target raised to $95 from $91 at Sterne Agee CRT
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10:51 EDTTIFTiffany rallies after earnings, levels to watch
The shares were last at $95.62, up over 11% on the day. At that price next resistance is at $96.97. Support is at $93.73.
10:34 EDTTIFMichael Kors sinks, Tiffany soars following earnings reports
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09:50 EDTTIFTiffany price target raised to $97 from $86 at Cantor
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09:38 EDTTIFActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:59 EDTTIFTiffany cites strong dollar, lingering macro uncertainty for unchanged guidance
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08:52 EDTTIFTiffany says on track to add 12-15 stores this year
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08:45 EDTTIFTiffany says Q1 Americas sales reflects higher domestic, lower tourist spending
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07:40 EDTBLOXInfoblox should be bought on any weakness, says Cowen
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07:05 EDTTIFTiffany backs view of 'minimal' growth in FY15 EPS from $4.20 last year
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07:02 EDTTIFTiffany reports Q1 EPS 81c, consensus 70c
Reports Q1 revenue $962.4M, consensus $918.68M. On a constant-exchange-rate basis excluding the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S. dollars, worldwide net sales rose 1% due to growth in all regions except Japan and driven by increased sales of fashion gold jewelry and statement jewelry; worldwide comparable store sales on that basis were 1% below last year.
06:02 EDTDISCMGE enters into cooperation with Disney to publish Star Wars: Commander
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May 26, 2015
15:00 EDTTIFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:57 EDTTIFTiffany technical comments before earnings
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10:53 EDTTIFRumors of LVMH interest in Tiffany likely to resurface, CTFinancialNews says
The underperformance in shares of Tiffany (TIF) has previously stoked rumors that LVMH MoŽt Hennessey (LVMHY) is interested in acquiring the jeweler and those rumors will likely resurface after Tiffany reports earnings tomorrow before the open, said CTFinancialNews, citing comments from Driscoll Advisors' Marie Driscoll. Reference Link
07:32 EDTBLOXInfoblox target raised ahead of Thursday's results at Deutsche Bank
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07:07 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $115-$129 from $113-$118 at Wells Fargo
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06:16 EDTTGTAbbott to start selling G.M.O-free Similac Advance formula, NY Times reports
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May 25, 2015
12:50 EDTDISDisney's 'Tomorrowland' leads U.S. weekend box office with $32.2M
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May 22, 2015
14:09 EDTTGTTarget $19M settlement with MasterCard rejected by banks, Star Tribune reports
Target (TGT) and MasterCard (MA) have both confirmed that their proposed $19M settlement over Target's data breach was not approved by the requisite 90% of banks affected, which appears to send the dispute back to a federal lawsuit that is seeking class action status, reported The Star Tribune. ďAt this stage we will continue to work to resolve the matter,Ē stated MasterCard, according to the report. Reference Link
09:25 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:58 EDTTIFTiffany June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:44 EDTGPSGap turnaround timing remains uncertain, says UBS
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07:14 EDTGPSCredit Suisse remains cautious on The Gap
Credit Suisse believes The Gap's (GPS) core brand continues to struggle and is losing relevance with consumers. The firm's analyst said Gap brand's value proposition is being eroded by the rise of low-cost "deep value" retailers with efficient supply chains and lower markdown risk. Credit Suisse said Gap's supply chain is reliant on long-lead times and design teams removed from production, which should lead to comp and earnings pressure. Credit Suisse rates The Gap an Underperform with a $34 price target.
May 21, 2015
20:08 EDTGPSAnalysts unimpressed by Gap's Q1 results
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18:49 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Autobytel (ABTL), up 14.1% after acquiring Dealix Corporation and Autotegrity from CDK Global (CDK) for $25M and raising fiscal 2015 guidance... StemCells (STEM), up 2.5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), up 2.3% after a Benefit Assessment by Germany's Federal Joint Committee indicated that Translarna provided a benefit for ambulatory patients... CBOE Holdings (CBOE), up 1.6% after raising share repurchase authorization by $100M... Cypress Semiconductor (CY), up 1.2% after being initiated with a Buy at Mizuho. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 18.5%... Brocade (BRCD), down 2.1%... Marvell Technology (MRVL), down 2.9% after reporting quarterly results and departure of CFO. ALSO LOWER: Otonomy (OTIC), down 17.7% following report of Phase 2b topline data for OTO-104... Viggle (VGGL), down 18.8% after filing to sell common stock... CEL-SCI (CVM),down 2.7% after announcing a proposed offering of common stock and warrants.
17:34 EDTTGTGoogle data shows link between mobile ads, store visits, WSJ says
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17:05 EDTAROAeropostale down 19% after reporting Q1 earnings, Q2 guidance
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16:03 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 EPS (52c)-(60c), consensus (37c)
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16:02 EDTGPSGap backs FY15 EPS $2.75-$2.80, consensus $2.78
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16:02 EDTAROAeropostale reports Q1 adjusted EPS (56c), consensus (55c)
Reports Q1 revenue $318.6M, consensus $325M. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, decreased 11%.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q1 EPS 56c, consensus 56c
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15:01 EDTGPS, ARONotable companies reporting after market close
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12:52 EDTDISESPN and StubHub agree to content distribution deal, Variety reports
Disney's (DIS) ESPN has agreed to a content distribution deal with eBay's (EBAY) StubHub, reports Variet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN plans to feed scores, team stats and articles to StubHub's app, a feature that will be available in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. Reference Link
08:36 EDTTKRTimken management to meet with Jefferies
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07:09 EDTTGTTarget reported solid results, says Wells Fargo
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May 20, 2015
18:40 EDTTGTTarget looks cheap, Barron's says
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10:59 EDTTGTTarget sees Q2 comparable sales up 2%-2.5%
Sees Q2 gross margin rate to improve 50 basis points.
10:55 EDTTGTTarget plans to review with board for need to increase share repurchases
10:54 EDTTGTTarget reports Q1-end inventory 9% higher than a year ago
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10:44 EDTKRKroger CEO says economics of delivery to home 'difficult'
Kroger CEO W. Rodney McMullen says he believes it will always be an "and," not an "or," choice for customers regarding grocery store visits and online purchases. McMullen spoke on CNBC.
10:42 EDTTGTTarget expects to open six additional Target Express locations in 2015
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10:42 EDTKRKroger CEO says consumer spending still 'fragile'
Kroger (KR) CEO W. Rodney McMullen says the company will continue to spend on stores. McMullen said it will be "fascinating" to see how Whole Foods (WFM) customers react to its plans for a smaller, lower-cost format. Kroger's CEO says food inflation has been tracking a 1%-2% and the company expects it to continue at that level. McMullen says Kroger looks at "just about anything that is available" in terms of M&A, but doesn't bid on many things. McMullen is speaking on CNBC.
09:36 EDTTGTActive equity options trading on open
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08:06 EDTTGTTarget CEO says pleased with Q1 traffic, sales
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08:05 EDTTGTTarget incurred breach-related expenses of $3M in Q1
Target incurred breach-related expenses of $3M in Q1, compared with $18M of net pre-tax expense last year. Since 4Q13, Target has incurred net expense related to the data breach of $166M, reflecting $256M of gross expense, partially offset by the recognition of a $90M insurance receivable. As of April 12, Target Canada completed its inventory liquidation efforts and closed the last of its 133 Canadian retail stores. A court-approved real estate sales process is underway and expected to be complete by the end of June, Target said. Consistent with expectations, after-tax losses from discontinued operations were $16M in Q1, compared with $153M last year. Certain assets and liabilities of Targetís discontinued operations are based on estimates. "The company believes it is reasonably possible that future adjustments to these amounts could be material to its results of operations in future periods. Any such adjustments would be recorded in discontinued operations," Target stated.
08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees Q2 adjusted EPS $1.04-$1.14, consensus $1.12
08:02 EDTTGTTarget raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.50-$4.65 from $4.45-$4.65
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.10, consensus $1.03
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07:49 EDTTGTCherokee partnerships add to long-term growth, says Brean Capital
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07:07 EDTKRBMO Capital to hold a conference
10th Annual Farm to Market Conference is being held in New York on May 20-21 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 20 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 19, 2015
15:00 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:41 EDTTGTTarget (TGT) May weekly 78 straddle priced for 3.6% movement Q1
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14:38 EDTTGTTarget volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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13:04 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Lowe's sees FY15 EPS $3.29, strongest comps of year in Q1
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its first quarter before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 74c on revenue of $14.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 69c-80c on revenue of $13.97B-$14.52B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported fourth quarter EPS of 46c on revenue of $12.54B, beating analyst's estimates of 44c and $12.31B, respectively. The company also reported Q4 same-store sales rose 7.3%, with U.S. comparable sales up 7.4%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS $3.29 against estimates at that time for $3.28 and said it expects revenue up 4.5%-5% in the fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS up 4%-4.5% and said it expects to report the highest comp for FY15 in Q1. On its earnings conference call, the company said it expects higher comps in the first half of 2015 than the second half. The company said it expects jobs, incomes and household financial conditions to improve in 2015. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's announced a new $5B share repurchase program, which has no expiration date and adds to the previous program's balance, which was $2.4B at January 30. Seeking Alpha contributor Xuhua Zhou, described as a hedge fund analyst, recently wrote in a blog post that "research confirms Lowe's is guilty of formaldehyde noncompliance in sourcing laminate flooring from China." The Consumer Products Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency should include Lowe's products in their safety testing of Lumber Liquidators' (LL) wood, the writer believes. A Lowe's spokesperson told Bloomberg that the Tescun flooring is being removed from stores. Lowe's Canada recently reached an agreement to acquire the leases of 13 former Target (TGT) Canada Locations and will buy Target's Milton, Ontario distribution center for approximately C$151M. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, UBS raised its price target on Lowe's to $83 from $75, citing the company's big ticket comp growth, the improving economy and pent up demand from consumers putting projects on hold since the downturn. Argus also raised its price target, to $82 from $70, and said its confidence in the company's ability to generate profitable growth has increased. In March, Oppenheimer raised its price target on Lowe's to $85 from $77 and said the stock has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement space is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommends buying Lowe's. The firm remains positive on the company's earnings growth and lack of negative catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up nearly 1%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's is fractionally lower at $72.77.
12:47 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Target sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, 2%-3% sales growth
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $17.09B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.98B-$17.25B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $21.75B, beating analysts' estimates for $1.46 and $21.63B, respectively. The company said comparable sales increased 3.8% in Q4, reflecting a 3.2% increase in comparable transactions. Target said digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to SSS growth. Target forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, SSS up about 2% and said its top priority is to drive digital sales growth. The company said it could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year and noted that its workers' wages are "competitive." NEWS: At its Financial Community Meeting on March 3, Target forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, against estimates at that time for $4.50, on sales growth of 2%-3% for the fiscal year. The company also forecast 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond, as well as 5%-10% annual dividend growth. Target forecast $2B in savings in expenses and cost of goods over the next two years and 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over the next five years. As for share repurchases, Target sees $2B this year, and said it continues to support the dividend and repurchase "billions." Looking to FY15, Target forecast FY15 capital expenditures of $2.1B and sees expected CapEx of $2B-$2.5B over the next five years. Target said its gross margin rate of 29.5% is "achievable." Target said it would focus on categories including style, baby, kids and wellness. As part of its $2B cost savings plan, Target said it will cut "several thousand jobs." Target said in a filing that on March 10, the company notified approximately 1,700 employees whose employment will be terminated as part of an overall plan to transform Targetís business. The company said it expects to incur severance costs of $10M. During the quarter, Target said it planned to raise its minimum pay for all workers to at least $9 an hour starting in April, according to The Wall Street Journal, and agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, Reuters reported. Target reached a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailerís 2013 data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19M in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe. Target Canada said it would close the last 133 retail stores by April 12. Target also announced plans to sell its Target Commercial Interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace. The retailer launched the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection in April, which rendered its website inaccessible for short time after it was overwhelmed by customer traffic, The WSJ said. The WSJ also reported that, according to sources, Target gave notice to Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and others that it will reduce their presence in Target circulars and in-store advertisements. STREET RESEARCH: Following Target's analyst meeting, Wells Fargo said it thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral in April and increased its price target to $92 from $86. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. The firm said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 1.6% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.51% to $77.96.
08:11 EDTDISVerizon CFO says customers 'tired of paying for 300 channels'
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06:29 EDTDIS21st Century Fox expects to continue investing in TV, Deadline reports
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May 18, 2015
07:27 EDTMMacy's management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on May 18 hosted by JPMorgan.
May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTTGTTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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18:56 EDTMGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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15:37 EDTDISUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
May 15, 2015
16:51 EDTMGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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May 14, 2015
14:46 EDTDISDisney CEO Robert Iger reports sale of ~291K shares of stock
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14:32 EDTTGTTarget to sell commercial interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace
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May 13, 2015
16:23 EDTMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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14:05 EDTTGTTarget May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Target May weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, June is at 21, July is at 19; compared to its 90-day average of 19, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 20.
12:39 EDTMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:41 EDTDISDisney CFO says gas prices have 'zero bearing' on park attendance
Disney CFO Jay Rasulo is speaking at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
10:34 EDTMMacy's falls after earnings disappoint, levels to watch
Shares had bounced from the open, but have resumed their downside slide with price last at $63.59, down over 2.5%. At current price support is at $62.36. The $62 area has been important support for the shares since November of last year. Resistance is at $64.44.
09:57 EDTMMacy's sees Q2 comps positive, but not reaching 2% annual guidance
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09:56 EDTMEquity options with increasing volume
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09:49 EDTMMacy's sees Bluemercury breakeven to EPS this year
09:31 EDTMMacy's CFO says studying real estate transactions closely
Says hasn't yet seen real estate deal that makes sense.
09:21 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:20 EDTMMacy's CFO says expects Q2 EPS below last year
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09:08 EDTMMacy's CFO says 'still comfortable' with guidance for FY15
CFO Karen Hoguet says "disappointed but not discouraged" in Q1 results. Says still comfortable with guidance for FY15. Says sales from international tourists "down significantly," cites strong dollar. Says tourism sales fell double digits in Q1, sees continued decline in tourism at least through summer. Says weather "clearly played a role" in Q1 results. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. Macy's is down 1.04% in pre-market trading.
08:08 EDTMMacy's drops 2% after Q1 earnings miss expectations
08:06 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 comparable sales on owned plus licensed basis down 0.1%
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08:05 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15% to 36c, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
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08:03 EDTMMacy's reiterates FY15 EPS view $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.75
Macyís continues to expect comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis of approximately 2% in FY15, with comparable sales slightly lower on an owned basis. The company continues to expect total sales growth of approximately 1%, consensus $28.44B.
08:02 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15%, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 EPS 56c, consensus 62c
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05:38 EDTDISAlibaba announces partnership with Disney
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