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August 5, 2014
12:37 EDTTGT, WFM, DG, FDO, DLTR, ECOM, SALE, CHGGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at the open and remained in negative ground throughout the morning. The market broke its losing streak yesterday but is on track to give back those gains if the levels near noon hold into the closing bell. The move lower comes in spite of the day's economic data generally beating expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's services PMI dipped to 60.8 for the final July print from the 61.0 flash estimate for the month. A similar reading from ISM, its non-manufacturing index, climbed to 58.7 in July from June's 56.0 reading. Factory orders rebounded 1.1% in June, which was better than the expected 0.5% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell about 3% after the company pre-announced that it now expects its earnings per share in the second quarter, excluding some items, to come in at 78c, versus its previous guidance of 85c-$1.00. The company expects its comparable sales in the U.S. to be "essentially flat," and it believes the profit margin on its earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amoritzation were lower than expected in Q2. Discounts weighed on the company's margins, as consumers continued to spend cautiously at the company's stores and focus on value, Target reported. The retailer also estimated that the after-effects of its December 2013 data breach cost it $110M in the second quarter... Shares of Whole Foods (WFM) jumped in early trading, with the strength attributed to speculation that activist investor Carl Icahn may have taken a stake in the natural foods grocer, potentially fueled by a tweet from TheStreet's Douglas Kass. Following the circulation of the rumors early in the trading day, Yahoo Finance's Kevin Chupka reported that Carl Icahn has "absolutely no interest in Whole Foods whatsoever," citing sources familiar with the situation. Near noon, shares of Whole Foods were off their highs, but remained up about 2% near $39 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chegg (CHGG), which gained 17% after reporting higher than expected quarterly results and that it formed a strategic alliance with Ingram Content Group, the world's largest book distributor. Also higher was Dollar General (DG), which rose 3% after Bloomberg said that the company is exploring a bid for Family Dollar (FDO), which it had previously passed on before the latter announced a deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree (DLTR). Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which dropped 28% after its earnings report was followed by analysts at Stifel and RW Baird lowering their respective price targets on the stock to the low $30 area from $40 per share, where both firms previously had their targets pegged. Also lower following its earnings report was RetailMeNot (SALE), which tumbled 26% after the company last night reported weaker than expected results and cut its guidance and saw RBC Capital downgrade its stock to Sector Perform from Outperform. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 87.69, or 0.53%, to 16,481.59, the Nasdaq was down 20.02, or 0.46%, to 4,363.87, and the S&P 500 was down 10.89, or 0.56%, to 1,928.10.
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October 22, 2014
05:50 EDTTGTTarget announces partnership with STORY
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05:49 EDTTGTTarget announces plans for holiday shopping season
Target announced new initiatives for the holiday season centered on products, value and guest-friendly services; including new and enhanced digital tools and free shipping on all Target.com orders now through Dec. 20. With conversion on Targetís digital channels up 40% this year, guests are turning to Target.com for more of their shopping. To make it even easier for guests, for the first time, Target will offer free shipping on all Target.com orders for the holidays, now through Dec. 20. Additionally, more than 65,000 items are now available for Store Pickup on Target.com and 80% of orders are fulfilled within one hour, making it a convenient option for busy shoppers through Christmas Eve. Target will launch a Wish List app beginning Oct. 31; a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists for parents and kids. Cartwheel will offer daily deals for its more than 10M users, and from Nov. 2-Dec. 24, Cartwheel will offer 50% off a different toy every day. The app will have new features for the holidays, including special deals for top users, personalized recommendations and a select number of popular offers that do not expire. For the third year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window.
October 21, 2014
17:27 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRFamily Dollar certifies substantial compliance with FTC
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06:22 EDTTGTStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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October 20, 2014
13:40 EDTSALERetailMeNot risk/reward favorable, says Goldman
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09:36 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTWFMRobinhood.org to hold conference
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08:31 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar sets Oct. 30 as record date for special meeting of stockholders
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that October 30, 2014 has been established as the record date for determining stockholders entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Special Meeting of Stockholders, at which stockholders will be asked to adopt the previously announced merger agreement, as amended, with Dollar Tree (DLTR).
08:00 EDTWFMApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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October 17, 2014
17:36 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says will review Elliot notice on directors in due course
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16:09 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGElliott Advisors expresses concerns over Family Dollar merger, nominates slate
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10:00 EDTDG, DLTROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:11 EDTDGDollar General initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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08:11 EDTDLTRDollar Tree initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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October 16, 2014
07:04 EDTDGDollar General to build new distribution center in San Antonio, TX
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06:27 EDTDLTRDollar Tree accumulates $866,000 in fines in last year, WSJ reports
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October 15, 2014
11:27 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:43 EDTWFMWhole Foods announces responsibly grown produce rating system
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October 13, 2014
12:01 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:15 EDTTGTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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