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July 31, 2014
12:58 EDTTGT, WMT, PEPAnalysts applaud Target CEO selection
Two analysts applauded Target's (TGT) decision to hire former Wal-Mart (WMT) and PepsiCo (PEP) executive Brian Cornell as its new CEO. WHAT'S NEW: Target announced that it had tapped Cornell, a former CEO of Wal-Mart's Sam's Club unit, as its new CEO, effective August 12. Cornell's most recent position was at Pepsi, where he served as the CEO of the company's PepsiCo Americas Foods unit. He has had more than 30 years of experience at some of the nation’s leading retail and consumer product companies, Target added. ANALYST REACTION: Janney Capital analyst David Strasser praised Target's decision to hire Cornell. During Cornell's tenure at Wal-Mart, he was taking Sam's Club in a positive direction, the analyst believes. Over the course of the three years during which Cornell led Sam's Club, the division's comparative sales growth increased to mid single digit percentage levels from low single digit percentage levels and he was thought of as a solid leader, according to Strasser. Cornell has has "the right mix and background" to lead Target, added the analyst, who nonetheless kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Similarly, Peter Benedict, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, called Cornell "a talented and well-respected leader." Cornell emphasized merchandise quality, space productivity, and labor/operational efficiencies while he was at the helm of Sam's Club, Benedict stated. Sam's Club's membership trends accelerated when Cornell was CEO there, Benedict reported. The analyst also kept a Neutral rating on Target's shares. Meanwhile, another research firm, Cowen, upgraded Target to Market Perform from Underperform, citing Cornell's hiring. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Target fell 2% to $60.18.
News For TGT;WMT;PEP From The Last 14 Days
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October 1, 2014
12:39 EDTPEPPepsiCo October volatility elevated at 18 into Q3 and outlook
PepsiCo October call option implied volatility is at 18, November is at 15, January is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 9.
11:09 EDTPEPPepsiCo to launch Pepsi True exclusively through Amazon, Reuters reports
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September 30, 2014
19:28 EDTWMTFederal judge orders Wal-Mart to face Mexican-bribe claims, Bloomberg says
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17:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart issues statement regarding Tracy Morgan lawsuit
The company said, “Walmart is committed to working to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident. As part of the ordinary course of legal proceedings, Walmart filed an initial response yesterday to the lawsuit that included facts and defenses that may impact the case moving forward. While we were required to respond to the lawsuit, we have also taken steps to encourage settlement discussions. Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone involved, and we remain committed to doing what’s right.”
September 29, 2014
18:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart blames Tracy Morgan for his own injuries in car crash, USA Today says
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08:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom to board
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Systrom, an entrepreneur, software engineer and co-founder of photo-sharing service Instagram (FB), as a new member of the company's Board, effective September 26. Systrom became the 15th member of the Board and will also serve as a member of the company's Technology and eCommerce Committee and its Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee. Systrom is currently CEO of Instagram, where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations and has overseen its growth to more than 200 million monthly active accounts.
September 25, 2014
13:59 EDTPEPCoca-Cola 'Share a Coke' campaign helps boost sales, WSJ reports
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September 24, 2014
13:03 EDTPEPIndia PM asks PepsiCo, Coca-Cola to add fruit juices to drinks, Reuters says
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12:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:49 EDTWMTGreen Dot's 2014 guidance incorporates Wal-Mart, says Piper Jaffray
Green Dot (GDOT) announced this morning that it will offer its GoBank product at Wal-Mart (WMT) stores nationwide by the end of October. Piper said GoBank has been piloted in a few stores in Texas and the launch has already been incorporated into Green Dot's 2014 guidance and accounts for relatively little in revenues. The firm views the news as a positive in total and said it shows continued traction within GoBank and its relationship with Wal-Mart. Shares of GoBank are Overweight rated with a $24 price target.
09:05 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:14 EDTWMTGreen Dot, Wal-Mart announce nationwide rollout of GoBank
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September 23, 2014
13:13 EDTPEPCoca-Cola, others aim to reduce sugary drink calories, WSJ says
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September 19, 2014
16:31 EDTPEPPepsiCo elects David Page to board of directors
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September 18, 2014
11:01 EDTTGTTarget to hire 70,000 seasonal workers in 2014, CNBC reports
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10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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08:04 EDTPEPPepsiCo volatility flat, shares near record high
PepsiCo October call option implied volatility is at 13, January is at 11, and April is at 13; compared to its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:29 EDTPEPPepsiCo said to hire DOJ's West as general counsel, WSJ reports
According to sources, PepsiCo is said to have hired Tony West as its general counsel, the Wall Street Journal reports. West left his position as an official at the Justice Department earlier this week. Reference Link

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