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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.
News For TGT;WMT;PEP From The Last 14 Days
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April 17, 2015
15:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart to slash layer of in-store management, Bloomberg reports
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April 16, 2015
06:05 EDTWMTFormer Wal-Mart CEO Duke heads to Carlyle Group, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
17:32 EDTTGTMasterCard reaches agreement with Target to resolve claims
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTTGTTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailerís massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
18:32 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart can reject shareholder proposal on gun sales, WSJ says
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18:17 EDTTGTTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, DJ says
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10:01 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
April 13, 2015
17:13 EDTPEPPepsiCo initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
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14:18 EDTTGTTarget names Anne Dament as SVP, Merchandising
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09:47 EDTPEPPepsiCo awarded NBA sponsorship rights, ESPN reports
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06:22 EDTTGTGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
15:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walton family puts shares in newly formed trust, Reuters says
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April 10, 2015
18:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Walton family to place 6% of shares in trust, Reuters reports
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTTGTBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 8, 2015
12:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart: Pay raises for over 34,000 associates in Florida effective this week
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06:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico reports March sales up 9.4% from last year
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05:16 EDTWMTWalmart announces pay raises for over 72K associates in TX go into effect
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April 7, 2015
09:23 EDTTGTFreshpet dry food product launched at Target, says Baird
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