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News For SHLD;AAPL;GRPN;AMZN From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
07:52 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices growth being driven by Apple, says Jefferies
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07:42 EDTAMZNPhoenix Amazon warehouse evacuated due to chemical leak, ABC15 says
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple Stores to shift iPod stock to shelves, drop iPad smart signs, 9to5Mac says
Apple plans to make changes at its stores by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, 9to5Mac reports, citing several Apple Retail managers briefed on the plans. Apple will start to roll out these changes overnight on Tuesday of next week in the U.S., the report says. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
18:43 EDTAAPLApple denies report of 48% Apple Music retention rate, The Verge says
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18:06 EDTAMZNAmazon tests 'Flex' package pickup service, GeekWire says
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16:00 EDTAMZNAmazon workplace policies making U.K. staff physically ill, Guardian says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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15:54 EDTAAPL48% of Apple Music listeners give up streaming, Cult of Mac says
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12:54 EDTSHLDEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Lowe's ahead of Q2 earnings
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.24 on revenue of $17.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.21-$1.27 on revenue of $16.97B-$17.48B. LAST QUARTER: On May 20, Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 70c on revenue of $14.13B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 74c and $14.28B, respectively. The company also said Q1 same-store sales rose 5.3% year-over-year. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29 against estimates at the time of $3.31 and said it expects revenue to grow 4.5%-5%. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS to grow 4%-5% and added that it expected to open 15-20 home improvement and hardware stores in FY15. On its Q1 conference call, Lowe's forecast FY15 effective tax rate of approximately 38.1%, operating margin up 80-100 basis points, capital expenditures of roughly $1.4B, and cash flow from operations of approximately $5.1B. The company added that it continues to expect steady recovery within the housing market including positive trends in turnover and moderate home price appreciation. NEWS: On May 29, Lowe's announced that its board declared a 21.7% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 28c per share, payable August 5 to shareholders of record as of July 22. On June 10, the company said at the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference that it was seeing modestly improving wages and saw the income environment as constructive to the industry. It added that it was starting to see pickup from the bottom in housing and modest home price appreciation in 2015. At the Oppenheimer Global Consumer Conference on June 24, Lowe's said it was more focused on asset productivity than square footage, that it was contemplating new geographies, and that it expected to further capitalize on market opportunity in 2015. STREET RESEARCH: The day Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine lowered her price target for the company's shares to $68 from $75 due to lower-than-expected results. Cantor maintained its Hold rating on the stock. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the company was still a top pick and reiterated its Buy rating, saying that, despite the Q1 earnings miss, it continued to expect Lowe's to benefit from investments. The day after Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, UBS said it believed the company's shares had room to run from at the time current levels. UBS reiterated its Buy rating for the company and lowered its price target to $82 from $83 on its shares. On June 8, Atlantic Equities initiated its coverage on Lowe's shares with a Neutral rating and a $79 price target. Exactly one week later, Wedbush upgraded Lowe's to Outperform from Neutral, saying it thought at the time that the company was benefiting from strong housing trends as well as Sears' (SHLD) increasing share losses, its previous investments, and macro tailwinds. Wedbush said the company will be a "winner" as long as interest rates remain low and increased its price target for the company's shares to $82 from $80. On June 30, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73, citing expectations of stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. BMO added that sales in the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. On July 20, Deutsche Bank lowered its Q2 comparable sales and earnings estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot below consensus to reflect "weak" industry data for building material, garden equipment, and supplies. Deutsche cut its Q2 comp estimate for Lowe's to 3.0% from 4.5% and earnings estimate to $1.23, below the consensus at the time of $1.25. Deutsche maintained its Buy rating on Lowe's stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up fractionally. In early trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's are up over 1% to $73.34.
09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:39 EDTAMZNUSPS boosts same-day delivery to compete with FedEx, UPS, Amazon, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTAAPLU.S. PTO views Apple D'677 iPhone design patent as invalid, Foss Patents says
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06:15 EDTAAPLNew Apple TV's OS to be TV-optimized version of iOS 9, 9to5Mac reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLQualcomm to supply all modem chips for next iPhone, DigiTimes reports
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August 17, 2015
19:12 EDTAAPLNew Apple TV device to feature iPhone-like interface, 9to5Mac says
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18:46 EDTAAPLGerman carriers prepare for September launch of next iPhone, AppleInsider says
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17:44 EDTAAPLApple says services, store, cloud may be down for some users, Bloomberg reports
16:53 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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13:11 EDTGRPNAlibaba unlikely to make competing offer for zulily, say Baird
zulily (ZU) shareholder Alibaba (BABA) is unlikely to make a competing takeover bid for the online retailer, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors in a research note. Alibaba, which upped its stake in zulily to 9% in May, likely views the company as an investment rather than a vehicle to enter the U.S. market, Sebastian argues. This morning, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced it had reached an agreement to acquire zulily for $18.75 per share or $2.4B. The analyst sees strategic benefits from the deal. Increased takeover activity in the small-cap internet space could support the valuations of the remaining independents, including ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), Yelp (YELP), Groupon (GRPN), Angie's List (ANGI) and RetailMeNot (SALE), Sebastian writes. Shares of zulily are soaring 47% to $18.50 following the takeover agreement.
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