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December 24, 2012
07:46 EDTSPLS, OWW, COF, AMZN, HD, RST, DFS, ODP, OMX, LOWRetail websites shift prices, deals according to shopper information, WSJ says
The idea of an unbiased, impersonal Internet is now giving way to an online world that is increasingly tailored and targeted. Websites are adopting techniques to find information about visitors to their sites, in real time, and then deliver different versions of the Web to different people, reports the Wall Street Journal . Prices change, products get swapped out, wording is modified, and there is little way for the typical website user to spot it when it happens. The Journal identified a number of companies, including Staples (SPLS), Discover Financial Services (DFS), Rosetta Stone (RST) and Home Depot (HD) who have consistently adjusting prices and displaying different product offers based on a range of characteristics that could be discovered about an Internet shopper. While it's legal, shoppers don' like it. Reference Link
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11:44 EDTAMZNAmazon ends all book discounts in France, WSJ reports
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10:18 EDTLOW, HDHome Depot, Lowe's estimates cut after warnings from floor, farm retailers
Weak results from Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) do not bode well for Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) near-term outlook, Deutsche Bank warned in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators and farm products retailer Tractor Supply pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and Lowe's. The comparative sales of Home Depot and Lowe's have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, explained Baker. Lumber Liquidators, like Home Depot and Lowe's, is exposed to housing markets, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, like Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Lowe's are exposed to the outdoor/weather sensitive sector, according to Baker. However, there are differences in the companies' business models, and comparative sales at Home Depot and Lowe's are probably trending better than at Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, Baker believes. He lowered his second quarter comparative sales growth forecast for Lowe's to 4% from 4.5%, and for Home Depot to 4.5% from 5%. Baker's Q2 EPS estimates for both home improvement companies are now 1c below consensus levels. He kept a Buy rating on Lowe's and Hold ratings on Home Depot and Tractor Supply. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Home Depot fell 2% to $79.07, Lowe's declined 1.8% to $47.02, Tractor Supply tumbled 5% to $58.23, and Lumber Liquidators plunged 22% to $54.70. Shares of Tile Shop (TTS), which is also exposed to housing markets, fell 11% to $11.55 in early trading.
10:05 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTHDHome Depot will standout as stable in current retail storm, says RW Baird
Baird believes Home Depot will stand out as stable in the current retail storm, citing its rising sales and margins and its return on invested capital profile. The firm's positive view was reinforced following meeting with management and Baird keeps its Outperform rating and $93 price target on the name.
07:32 EDTAMZNNews Corp. owned HarperCollins looks to bypass Amazon with new site, FT says
News Corp.'s (NWSA) book publishing unit, HarperCollins, relaunched its U.S. website and is now selling books directly to readers, putting it in competition with one of its largest retailers, Amazon.com (AMZN), reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:48 EDTHD, LOWHome Depot, Lowe's estimates lowered at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) preannounced Q2 comp misses. The firm says that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Deutsche calls its negative earnings revisions "relatively minor," as it thinks comps are probably holding up better at Home Depot and Lowe's. It keeps a Buy rating on Home Depot and a Hold rating on Lowe's.
06:36 EDTAMZNAmazon e-book plan leaves authors in dilemma, Bloomberg says
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06:09 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services partners with Cloudian
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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTLOW, HDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:09 EDTHD, LOWLumber Liquidators plummets after cutting full-year outlook
Shares of hardwood flooring and accessories retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) are sinking in after-hours trading after the company cut its fiscal 2014 outlook. It also forecast second quarter results far below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, Lumber Liquidators forecast Q2 earnings per share of 59c-61c, far short of the consensus estimate of 90c. Q2 sales came in at $263.1M, also well below estimates of $303.21M. Comparable store sales decreased 7.1% for the quarter, and the company expects gross margin in Q2 to contract year over year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Due to the weak Q2 performance, the company cut its FY14 EPS view to $2.65-$3.00 from $3.25-$3.60, versus consensus of $3.34. It also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $1.05B-$1.1B from $1.15B-$1.2B, versus consensus of $1.16B. It forecast comparable store net sales in the low single digits, either positive or negative, compared to its previous view of an increase ranging from mid to high single digits. It sees opening a total of 33 to 37 new store locations in the expanded showroom format, down from the previous view of 35 to 40. CEO Lynch said, "A number of the factors weighing on our second quarter results are likely to continue in the second half of 2014. While we believe the third quarter may be weaker than we originally anticipated, we have a strong sense of urgency and we expect to regain traction to deliver operating margin expansion in the second half and in coming years." PRICE ACTION: In evening trading, Lumber Liquidators fell $13.52, or 19.2%, to $56.90 on heavy trading volume. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the flooring space include Tile Shop (TTS), down 5%, Home Depot (HD), down 1%, and Lowe's (LOW), down 1.8%.
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13:44 EDTAMZNNetflix wins video on demand rights to 'Zoo' series, Variety reports
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11:00 EDTAMZNWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAMZNVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTAMZNGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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