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July 31, 2014
12:58 EDTPEP, WMT, TGTAnalysts 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 nationís 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.
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October 6, 2015
06:37 EDTPEPPepsiCo says on track to deliver $1B productivity savings
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06:35 EDTPEPPepsiCo up 2.3% after reporting Q3 results
06:34 EDTPEPPepsiCo raises FY15 Core EPS view to up 9% from up 8%
Sees mid-single-digit organic revenue growth in FY15. Based on the current foreign exchange market consensus, the company now expects foreign exchange translation to have an unfavorable impact of approximately 10 percentage points on full year net revenue growth and approximately 11 percentage points on full year core EPS performance in 2015, reflecting current expectations for strength of the U.S. dollar. In addition, the company expects: Low- to mid-single-digit commodity inflation, which includes the estimated impact of transaction-related foreign exchange; Productivity savings of approximately $1B; Higher net interest expense driven by higher interest rates and net debt balances; A core effective tax rate of approximately 25%; Over $10B in cash flow from operating activities and more than $7B in free cash flow; Net capital spending to be approximately $3B, within the company's long-term capital spending target of less than or equal to 5% of net revenue; and To return a total of approximately $9B to shareholders through dividends of approximately $4B and share repurchases of approximately $5B.
06:31 EDTPEPPepsiCo reports Q3 Core EPS $1.35, consensus $1.26
Reports Q3 revenue $16.33B, consensus $16.15B.
October 5, 2015
15:15 EDTPEPPepsiCo October weekly 95.5 straddle priced for 2% movement into Q3
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15:02 EDTPEPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:19 EDTPEPPepsiCo technical notes ahead of earnings
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06:53 EDTPEPPepsiCo volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 2, 2015
11:32 EDTWMT, TGTAnalyst sees Amazon becoming #2 player in $425B consumables market
Amazon (AMZN) will advance to the number two position in the $425B U.S. consumables market, excluding food and beverages, by 2018, research firm Cowen predicted in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon's "multi platform approach around Prime" is enabling it to gain share in the U.S. market for goods including personal care, household, pet and baby products, Cowen analyst John Blackledge stated. Specifically, the e-commerce giant is effectively using its Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh offerings to sell consumables and it has significantly increased the number of fulfillment centers it operates, lowering its delivery times, according to Blackledge. The company's delivery times are now "well ahead of (the) competition," the analyst reported. The e-commerce giant's strategy in the consumables market appears to be working, as Cowen's proprietary data indicates that the company is gaining share in the category, Blackledge wrote. Additionally, Amazon is beginning to attract more customers from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT), he believes. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Amazon slipped 0.4% to $518.70.
10:15 EDTWMTWal-mart to cut 450 jobs at Atlanta headquarters, Reuters reports
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10:03 EDTTGTTarget to begin selling Apple Watch at stores this week
Target (TGT) announced that the Apple (AAPL) Watch is coming to Target stores this week and all stores by October 25. At, Apple Watch will be available beginning Oct. 18. Reference Link
08:21 EDTTGT, WMTAmazon to be number two player in U.S. consumables by 2018, says Cowen
John Blackledge and the research team at Cowen project that (AMZN) will grow to be the number two player in the $425B market for U.S. consumables - which they define as personal care, household, pet and baby products - by 2018. The firm expects Amazon to use its multi-platform approach, centered around Prime, to help the e-commerce giant gain share in consumables at the expense of Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Walgreens (WBA) and CVS Health (CVS). Cowen has Outperform ratings on Amazon and Target and a Market Perform rating on shares of Wal-Mart.
06:51 EDTWMTWal-Mart Chile eyes shopping center chain sale, Reuters says
Wal-Mart Chile is eyeing a sale of its chain of shopping centers in an effort to focus on its larger supermarket operations in Chile, Reuters reports. The plan would involve the sale of 10 "Espacio Urbano" centers throughout the country, totaling roughly 250,000 square meets, the report says. Reference Link
October 1, 2015
10:37 EDTWMTBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q4 2015
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08:10 EDTWMTAmerican Express cards now accepted at Sam's Club
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06:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart to lay off hundreds of employees at Arkansas headquarters, Reuters says
Wal-Mart plans to cut hundreds of jobs at its headquarters in Arkansas in an effort to pare costs, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Fewer than 500 employees are expected to have their employment terminated and an announcement could come as early as Friday, the report says. Reference Link
September 30, 2015
14:50 EDTPEPPepsiCo volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:00 EDTTGTTarget management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in New York on October 5 hosted by Jefferies.
11:13 EDTTGTTarget announces expansion of price matching policy
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September 29, 2015
07:11 EDTWMT, TGTWal-Mart expands pick-up service to new markets, Fortune says
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