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January 10, 2014
12:53 EDTSHLDSears dives after negative preannouncement
Shares of Sears (SHLD) are tumbling after the retailer's fourth quarter earnings guidance came in below analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Sears last night estimated that its fourth quarter loss per share excluding certain items would be ($2.01)-($2.98), versus analysts' consensus estimate for a loss of (20c). Moreover, the retailer stated that its U.S. comparable store sales for the fourth quarter had fallen 7.4%, versus the same period a year earlier. Comparative sales at the company's Kmart stores dropped 5.7%, while comp sales at its U.S. Sears stores tumbled 9.2%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Credit Suisse analyst Gary Balter called Sears Holdings earnings shockingly bad and warned that the retailer is losing market share. Given the market share losses and Sears' decision to sell off its strongest performing stores, the company has little chance of mounting a successful turnaround, Balter believes. Moreover, the company is reducing the value of its assets by $10-$14 per share each year it continues to operate, according to Balter. Suppliers are likely becoming concerned about Sears' situation, according to the analyst, who kept an Underperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Sears sank $4.80, or 11.3%, to $37.75.
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September 1, 2015
17:41 EDTSHLDKmart pays $1.4M to settle claims of illegal Medicare inducements
The Department of Justice announced that Kmart, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings, has paid the United States $1.4M to resolve allegations that it violated the false claims act by using drug manufacturer coupons and gasoline discounts as improper Medicare beneficiary inducements. "The United States will continue to pursue retail pharmacies that improperly attempt to influence a beneficiary's choice of pharmacy," said the Justice Department's Civil Division chief Benjamin Mizer. The government alleged that from June 2011 to June 2014, Kmart knowingly and improperly influenced the decisions of Medicare beneficiaries to bring their prescriptions to Kmart pharmacies by permitting them to use drug manufacturer coupons to reduce prescription co-pays that they otherwise would be obligated to pay. The government also alleged that Kmart's conduct caused the Medicare beneficiaries to seek expensive, brand name drugs in lieu of cheaper generic drugs. The government additionally claimed that Kmart improperly encouraged Medicare beneficiaries to bring their prescriptions to Kmart pharmacies by offering them varying levels of discounts on the purchase of gasoline based on the number of prescriptions filled at Kmart pharmacies. "The claims settled by today's agreement are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability," cautioned the Department. Reference Link
August 31, 2015
09:09 EDTSHLDMP Associates to hold a conference
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August 25, 2015
06:18 EDTSHLDSears names Lynn Pendergrass as Hardlines president
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August 20, 2015
06:08 EDTSHLDSears reports Q2 adjusted EPS ($2.40), one estimate ($2.50)
Reports Q2 revenue $6.2B, one estimate $5.72B. Reports Q2 SSS down 10.8%, comprised of decreases of 7.3% and 14.0% at Kmart and Sears Domestic, respectively, which accounted for $584M of the revenue decline.
August 19, 2015
15:05 EDTSHLDSears August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Sears August call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 70; compared to its 52-week range of 44 to 122 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 20.

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