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May 20, 2014
12:52 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target taking 'significant actions' to strengthen security
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 21, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $17.01B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 57c-78c on revenue of $16.84B-$17.21B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.30 on revenue of $21.52B, against estimates for 79c and $21.45B, respectively. GAAP EPS for the quarter was 81c. The company provided guidance for Q1 adjusted EPS of 60c-75c, which excludes approximately (2c) related to the expected reduction of the beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. For fiscal year 2014, Target forecast adjusted EPS of $3.85-$4.15, excluding (7c) related to the expected reduction of the beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The consensus at the time of the Q4 earnings release was $4.15. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q1 and FY14 results. The company said results "meaningfully softened" following the announcement of the data breach. NEWS: On May 5, Chief Executive Officer Greg Steinhafel said he would step down, effective immediately. Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan was appointed as interim president and CEO. The company commented that "Now is the right time for new leadership at Target." Steinhafel will serve in advisory capacity during this transition. Roxanne Austin was appointed as non-interim chairman of the board. Rumored CEO candidates are said to include: HSN Inc. (HSNI) CEO Mindy Grossman, Bon-Ton Stores (BONT) CEO Brendan Hoffman, Gap's (GPS) leader Glenn Murphy and Victoriaís Secret (LB) CEO Sharen Turney. Mulligan, who does not intend to become the company's permanent CEO, said the retailer is working fast to fix issues that persisted under the former CEO Gregg Steinhafel, and stressed the need for speed to improve sales and online operations. Also during the quarter, Target appointed Bob DeRodes as Chief Information Officer, responsible for oversight of the Target technology team and operations, with responsibility for the ongoing data security enhancement efforts as well as the development of Targetís long-term information technology and digital roadmap. Target also shared that there has been an active investigation since the initial confirmation of the data breach, and the company said it has taken significant actions to strengthen security across the network. Target said that beginning in early 2015, the entire REDcard portfolio, including all Target-branded credit and debit cards, will be enabled with MasterCardís (MA) chip-and-PIN solution. The company is continuing its active search for a chief information security officer and a chief compliance officer. Target and Visa (V) said fraud has been limited following the data breach. Target's credit rating cut to A from A+ by S&P in March. Most recently, Target named Mark Schindele as president of Target Canada, replacing Tony Fisher to further the company's efforts to improve its Canadian operations. The timing of this change is unrelated to the Q1 results, the company said. STREET RESEARCH: Sterne Agee wrote that Steinhafel's departure would be positive for the company over the longer term., but Baird said that the change could be viewed as setting Target on course for an eventual recovery, the move probably increases the uncertainty facing the company. Wells Fargo said that the CEO's resignation suggests that the company's financial performance has come under pressure recently, partly due to the credit card breach and its weak performance in Canada. However, in the longer-term the move could help the company by bringing someone with a new perspective to the position. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up fractionally over the past three months. In mid-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are down over 2% at $56.90.
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November 18, 2015
16:01 EDTTGTOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
12:33 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have moved higher throughout the morning. All eyes continue to be fixed on Paris and successful police action in a raid of the dwellings of suspects from the bombing over the weekend may have added to today's positive sentiment. There was little help from the day's economic data, however, as the housing starts report for October came in with the lowest reading in seven months and the energy inventories data showed another buildup in crude. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. The day's big economic event may be yet to come, as investors await the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting, which are scheduled for release at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell more than 5% after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in its holiday quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) spiked in the after-hours trading after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it had sent an offer letter proposing a business combination, but failed to outline the details of its proposal. Norfolk Southern then confirmed Canadian Pacific to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk share, calling the indication of interest "unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional." CNBC's David Faber, citing sources, subsequently reported that Norfolk Southern has no interest in pursuing a merger, but Norfolk shares remain up more than 6% early this afternoon, while Canadian Pacific is up nearly 6% as well... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed about 3% after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aramark (ARMK), which rallied 8% after it reported upbeat quarterly earnings and guided for fiscal 2016. Also higher was Fairchild Semicondcutor (FCS), which gained 8.5% after it agreed to be acquired for approximately $2.4B by ON Semiconductor (ON), which fell 8% following the deal announcement. Another noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which fell nearly 10% after it said that allegations from Korea's FTC that the company did not properly negotiate "aspects" of its licenses are "not supported by the facts." Also lower was Staples (SPLS), which was down 4% after it reported Q3 earnings and provided an earnings outlook for Q4. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 132.98, or 0.76%, to 17,622.48, the Nasdaq was up 43.00, or 0.86%, to 5,029.01, and the S&P 500 was up 15.62, or 0.76%, to 2,066.06.
12:20 EDTTGTTarget CEO says 'feels really good' about plan for holidays
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11:10 EDTTGTTarget sees FY15 SSS 'firmly' in 1.5%-2.5% growth range
Says will continue repurchasing shares in Q4. Sees Q4 effective tax rate 34%. Says on track to meet 5%-10% dividend growth this year. Says does not expect to reach 40% digital sales goal this year. Says channel mix of sales has been "different" than expectations.
11:04 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 SSS up 1%-2%
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11:01 EDTTGTTarget says working with CVS team to secure regulatory approval for deal
Target (TGT) says "pleased" with progress to date of CVS (CVS) deal.
11:00 EDTTGTTarget sees industry's move to EMV restoring confidence to U.S. payment system
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10:47 EDTTGTTarget sees Apple Watch to be top gift in wearable category in holiday season
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10:43 EDTTGTTarget says wearable devices bright spot in electronics in Q3
CEO Brian Cornell says "strategy working." Says consumers spending cautiously, but says "confident" heading into the holiday season. says sales in signature categories growing much faster than overall sales. Notes that traffic has turned positive over last four quarters. Reports continued softness in tablets in Q3, says wearable devices a bright spot in electronics. Says Q3 softness in electronics "particularly impactful" online. Comments taken from the Q3 earnings conference call. Target is down 6.03% to $68.51 in morning trading.
09:43 EDTTGTTarget drops after earnings
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08:05 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 SSS up 1.9%
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08:04 EDTTGTTarget says returned $1.3B to shareholders in Q3
08:04 EDTTGTTarget narrows FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.65-$4.75 from $4.60-$4.75
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.48-$1.58, consensus $1.54
08:02 EDTTGTTarget narrows FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.65-$4.75 from $4.60-$4.75
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08:00 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 adjusted EPS 86c, consensus 86c
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November 17, 2015
15:17 EDTTGTTarget November 73 straddle priced for 6% movement into Q3
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15:13 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:53 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Target's Q3 comps ahead of earnings report
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report third quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 86c on revenue of $17.57B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 81c-89c on revenue of $17.42B-$17.76B. In its last earnings report, Target forecast Q3 adjusted EPS 79c-89c Q3 comparable sales up 1%-2%. LAST QUARTER: Target reported second quarter adjusted EPS of $1.22, beating analysts' estimates for $1.11, on revenue of $17.43B, generally in line with analysts' $17.4B consensus. The company said comparable sales increased 2.4% in Q2. Looking ahead, Target raised its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to $4.60-$4.75 from $4.50-$4.65 against estimates at that time for $4.62. On its earnings conference call, Target said it felt "great" about its fourth quarter plans and said it will be "very promotional" in that quarter. NEWS: On August 25, Target said it expects to record a pretax gain of approximately $550M after closing the transaction with CVS Pharmacy (CVS) to sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses for cash consideration of approximately $1.9B. Target also entered into a development agreement with CVS, through which it may jointly develop small-format stores, Target said. The transaction is expected to be accretive to EPS after closing. On September 10, Cherokee (CHKE) announced that Target elected not to renew the license of the Cherokee brand in the U.S., which will expire at the end of its current term on January 31, 2017. Target said on September 30 that it will update its Price Match Policy by expanding digitally and extending its timeframe to 14 days compared to 7 days. The retailer later announced plans to bring back free shipping and returns through the holiday season. STREET RESEARCH: Ahead of the company's earnings report, Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton acknowledged that while sentiment is challenging on Target's stock amid the weakness being reported by a number of retailers this week, he believes Target's Q3 SSS are within the company's guidance of up 1%-2%. The analyst believes Target's fundamentals may be holding up better than some expected. He has an Overweight rating and $88 price target on the stock. Stifel also believes Target will report an above Street comp of 2% versus consensus of 1.7% and inline earnings of 86c. Analyst David A. Schick checks indicate strong merchandising and customer response to key holidays and said PCE trends suggest there is still room for comp upside. Last week, Citi analyst Kate McShane said that in a head-to-head comparison between Costco Wholesale (COST), Target and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), three of the biggest broadlines retailers in the world, Target is the "surprising" winner. McShane said that Target "wins" on potential for EPS growth, operating margin and valuation. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are down over 7% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are up about 1.7% to $73.54.
09:02 EDTTGTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
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