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July 14, 2014
07:58 EDTSSYS, HDMakerBot, Home Depot to bring MakerBot 3D printers to select stores
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys (SSYS), and The Home Depot (HD) announce a collaboration to bring MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers to customers on homedepot.com/makerbot and in 12 Home Depot stores in California, Illinois and New York beginning July 14. This is the first time The Home Depot has offered 3D printers for sale in its stores and will be a pilot program for MakerBot and The Home Depot.
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September 18, 2014
10:40 EDTHDPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
September 17, 2014
13:51 EDTHDJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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September 16, 2014
08:05 EDTSSYSStratasys to acquire GrabCAD, terms not disclosed
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07:19 EDTHDCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
14:18 EDTHDPulteGroup names Manish Shrivastava as Chief Marketing Officer
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06:32 EDTHDHome Depot took steps to up defenses, but hackers moved faster, WSJ says
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September 10, 2014
06:28 EDTHDHome Depot customer sues firm regarding information breach, Reuters says
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September 9, 2014
18:02 EDTHDStates investigate Home Depot breach, senators call for FTC probe, Reuters says
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09:39 EDTHDHome Depot weakness a buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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08:33 EDTHDHome Depot customers not acting strongly to breach, says Jefferies
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08:29 EDTSSYSStratasys outlook has improved, says RBC Capital
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08:09 EDTSSYSStratasys analyst day supports bullish view, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital remains buyers of Stratasys following its analyst day, as the firm sees earnings and revenue guidance supporting the stock and noted management is taking a very disciplined approach to the prospect of adding metals capability to its systems offering. Brean has a Buy rating with a $140 price target on Stratasys.
08:08 EDTSSYSStratasys addressed concerns at Analyst Day, says Pacific Crest
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07:53 EDTSSYSStratasys analyst meeting leads to more bullishness, says UBS
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06:36 EDTSSYSStratasys recent sales momentum sustainable, says Piper Jaffray
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September 8, 2014
16:46 EDTHDHome Depot confirms payment data systems breach
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16:44 EDTHDHome Depot confirms payment data systems breach
12:29 EDTHDHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTHDMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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06:27 EDTHDHealthCare.gov insurance site breached by hacker in July, WSJ reports
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