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March 7, 2014
12:18 EDTHAWK, SWY, KR, BIG, FL, COO, ALOG, PRGSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite a surprisingly better than expected report on job growth in February. Most market watchers were gearing up for a miss due to weather related issues and when the number came out ahead of forecasts the buyers stepped in, which led the broader market to open sharply higher. The averages held their gains through the first hour of trading but began to weaken and turned mixed before 10 am ET. Only the bluechip Dow had been able to remain in positive ground by midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 175K non-farm jobs were added last month, beating the expected increase of 150K jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 6.7% from last month’s 6.6% rate. The trade balance report for January showed a deficit of $39.1B, versus the expected $38.5B deficit. A report on consumer credit growth in January is expected at 3:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Grocery store owner Safeway (SWY) agreed to be acquired by Albertsons, which is owned by private equity firm Cerberus, for a total value estimated at $40 per Safeway share. Safeway shareholders will receive $32.50 per share in cash, will have the right to receive pro-rata distributions of proceeds from primarily non-core assets with an estimated value of $3.65 per share, and Safeway's shares of Blackhawk (HAWK), with a current value of $3.95 per Safeway share, will still be distributed. Analysts were mixed in their opinions about the deal, with Deutsche Bank saying it views the $40 per share price as too low and adding it believes grocery peer Kroger (KR) should bid during the deal's 21 day go-shop period. Conversely, UBS upgraded Safeway to Neutral following the acquisition news and said it does not expect a counter bid by Kroger. At midday, Safeway shares were down nearly 3% to $38.40, while Kroger was up 1.5% to trade near $44 per share... Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) spiked 19% after the company reported fourth results, said the wind-down of its Canadian operations is on schedule, and approved a $125M share repurchase program... Shoe and apparel retailer Foot Locker's (FL) shares rose 7% after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat the consensus estimate. Following the company's report, analysts at Deutsche Bank raised their price target on Foot Locker shares to $48, noting that the company's FY14 guidance was in-line with Street expectations, unlike most retailers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cooper Companies (COO), which was up more than 5% near noon following its quarterly report. The results prompted analysts from at least two research firms to raise their price target on Cooper shares. Among the noteworthy losers following a disappointing quarterly report was medical technology company Analogic (ALOG), down nearly 17%. Also lower was Progress Software (PRGS), which fell 10% after cutting its first quarter profit and sales outlook last night. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 29.16, or 0.18%, to 16,451.05, the Nasdaq was down 21.37, or 0.49%, to 4,330.76, and the S&P 500 was down 0.82, or 0.04%, to 1,876.21.
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August 22, 2014
10:48 EDTFLFoot Locker jumps after earnings beat expectations
Shares of shoe and apparel retailer Foot Locker (FL) are higher after the company reported second quarter earnings which exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Foot Locker reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 64c, which surpassed analysts' consensus of 54c. The company's Q2 revenue was $1.64B, which was higher than analysts' consensus of$1.57B. Foot Locker's same-store-sales increased 7% and its gross margin rate was up 32% for the quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Foot Locker said third quarter comparable sales are positioned to experience mid-single digit gains. The company noted that it is making "good progress" on maintaining a "solid" flow of inventory and its inventory overall is well-positioned for the upcoming back-to-school and fall seasons. Foot Locker is still on-track to close just over 100 stores this year, but some closures are expected to happen at the beginning of FY15. The retailer is projecting to open 80 stores this year mostly in Europe and Kids Foot Locker, which is an increase from the company's initial projection of opening 60 stores. A high-single digit comparable sales gain has been experienced by the company so far in August. It anticipates a SG&A improvement of 30-40 basis points and gross margins to be up 20-40 basis points in Q3. ANALYST OPINION: Two days ago, Canaccord said that they were positive on Foot Locker prior to Q2 earnings results since they foresaw the results to be "solid." The firm felt that the retailer was "well-positioned" to still benefit from its target of expanding toward casual athletic footwear. The firm maintained a $56 price target on Foot Locker with a Buy rating. Yesterday, UBS increased its price target on Foot Locker to $58 from $54 right before the retailer announced its Q2 results. The firm anticipated higher than expected earnings, positive SSS trends and the potential for increased guidance and valuation. UBS kept Foot Locker with a Buy rating. OTHERS TO WATCH: Foot Locker competitor Finish Line (FINL) is scheduled to report its Q2 quarter earnings on September 25. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Foot Locker shares rose $1.60 or just over 3%, to $54.17, and Finish Line shares rose 19c, or 0.65%, to $29.62.
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09:28 EDTFLFoot Locker says Q3 comparable sales to experience mid-single digit gains
Says making good progress on solid flow of inventory. Says inventory "well-positioned" for upcoming back to school and fall seasons. Still on track to close just over 100 stores this year, but some closures expected to happen at the beginning of FY15. Projecting to open 80 stores this year mostly in Europe and Kids Foot Locker, which is up from the company's initial projection of opening 60 stores. Says has experienced a high-single digit comparable sales gain so far in August. Sees Q3 SG&A improvement of 30-40 basis points. Sees Q3 gross margin up 20-40 basis points. Comments made during the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
09:05 EDTFLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 SSS up 7%
Reports Q2 gross margin rate up to 32%
07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 adjusted EPS 64c, consensus 54c
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August 21, 2014
15:15 EDTFLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 54c; ANN INC. (ANN), consensus 68c; Hibbett Sports (HIBB), consensus 31c.
07:51 EDTFLFoot Locker price target raised to $58 from $54 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Foot Locker to $58 from $54 ahead of Q2 results. The firm sees higher than expected earnings, positive same store sales trends, potential for increased guidance, and valuation. Shares of foot Locker are buy rated.
August 20, 2014
08:00 EDTFLFoot Locker Q2 results expected to be solid, says Canaccord
Canaccord said they are positive on Foot Locker heading into Q2 results as they expect results to be solid. The firm feels Foot Locker is well positioned to continue benefiting from the expanding tend toward casual athletic footwear. Shares of Foot Locker are buy rated with a $56 price target.
August 19, 2014
14:22 EDTKRGabelli liquidates 8.99% stake in Vitacost.com
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13:40 EDTFLFoot Locker September volatility up into Q2 and guidance
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13:38 EDTFLFoot Locker same-store-sales tracking above consensus, says ITG Research
August 18, 2014
08:02 EDTKRKroger completes merger with Vitacost.com
Kroger (KR) and Vitacost.com (VITC) announced the successful completion of Kroger's tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Vitacost.com for $8.00 per share in cash. The tender offer expired at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on August 15, 2014. Kroger expects to complete the acquisition of the remaining eligible Vitacost.com shares not acquired in the tender offer later today through a merger under Section 251h of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. Following completion of the merger, Vitacost.com shares will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Global Market, which is expected to take effect later today.
August 15, 2014
09:34 EDTFLFoot Locker view lowered to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global
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August 12, 2014
06:25 EDTFLFoot Locker added to Focus List at Citigroup
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August 11, 2014
05:41 EDTPRGSProgress Software announces strategic restructuring
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