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August 11, 2014
10:19 EDTTWOU, WMT, TDW, OSK, THOR, RGA, MSTR, LPI, KING, FI, FWM, CEQP, AMP, SHZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 2U (TWOU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Ameriprise (AMP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Brown Forman downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Fairway Group (FWM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Frank's International (FI) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Hanger (HGR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... King Digital (KING) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... MicroStrategy (MSTR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Reinsurance Group (RGA) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Thoratec (THOR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Tidewater (TDW) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Wal-Mart (WMT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel.
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October 15, 2014
11:31 EDTFWMFairway Group names Dorothy Carlow as Chief Merchandising Officer
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11:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart Sam's Club CEO: Our business pressure remains mixed
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10:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart says 'Savings Catcher' has 5M users, to open more registers than ever
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10:02 EDTTDWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Atwood Oceanics (ATW) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Baker Hughes (BHI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... C&J Energy (CJES) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... CHC Group (HELI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Chart Industries (GTLS) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Core Laboratories (CLB) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Diamond Offshore (DO) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Dril-Quip (DRQ) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Ensco (ESV) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... FIS (FIS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... FMC Technologies (FTI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Halliburton (HAL) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Hercules Offshore (HERO) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Maxwell (MXWL) reinstated with a Buy at Canaccord... Nabors Industries (NBR) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Noble Corp. (NE) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Oceaneering (OII) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Peabody (BTU) initiated with an Underperform at Imperial Capital... RPC, Inc. (RES) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Receptos (RCPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Rowan Companies (RDC) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Schlumberger (SLB) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Sensata (ST) resumed with a Buy at Citigroup... Tidewater (TDW) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Transocean (RIG) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Weatherford (WFT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group.
09:39 EDTWMTWal-Mart US CEO: Our first half was challenging and we need to improve traffic
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09:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart expects to open 190 stores between now and end of the year
Wal-Mart US President Greg Foran believes Q4 actions will offset a portion of significant headwinds like wages and healthcare costs. Says the company will be "thoughtful" on wages.
09:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO outlines growth strategy at annual meeting
President and CEO Doug McMillon said "Customers make their shopping decisions based on four key dimensions – price assortment, experience and access. What we can offer them, and how we compete across those dimensions, is changing... We have tens of millions of customers visiting us weekly online and through our mobile apps looking for information, product options and then buying merchandise from us in stores and online. We’re known for assortment and we will be in the future.” Discussing price and experience, McMillon went on to say, “At Walmart, we serve value-conscious customers that come from all walks of life and all income levels. Price matters to our customers and it always will. As a company, being a low cost operator is in our DNA. This will never change and we will be the price leader, across a broad assortment, everywhere we operate." McMillon continued, “To capture the upside of our strategic advantages, we need to develop a more seamless relationship with our customers. We won't just be a store on the street." McMillon outlined what the company is doing to win now, noting that improving the company’s short-term performance is a priority across all of Walmart’s segments and markets. “Our supercenters in the U.S. should be delivering positive comps consistently. Our combination of pricing, in stock, service levels and merchant skills will generate improved performance in our supercenters. Our Neighborhood Markets continue to be a bright spot in terms of comp sales.” McMillon highlighted three key points that will drive the business going forward: “First, we're going to position ourselves to do a better job serving customers. We can create a next generation customer proposition through the combination of what we do with price, assortment, access and experience. We will save them money and time. Second, our priority is growth. Driving demand is the only sustainable way to deliver returns over time. Finally, we’ll manage capital in a disciplined, thoughtful manner.”
09:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO: We've recognized situation has changed, will respond accordingly
The company expects to continue investing in supply chain to support e-commerce with real momentum there. CEO Doug McMillon says "We will win in the new era of retail." and adds that "driving demand is the only sustainable way to deliver results." Notes once again that the company will manage capital in disciplined, thoughtful manner.
09:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart expects to change capital allocation plans, short term pressure
CEO Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. He adds that the company is in a "period of transformation." He said the company took leverage a bit too far, and improving short term performance is a priority for the company's business segments. McMillon said the company has room to improve in stock and at checkout. He says the changes won't happen overnight. Notes that low fuel prices are in the company's favor although healthcare is a headwind. Says the successor of competitors shows it has no excuse to not improve.
09:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO: Future looks bright with the necessary changes
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07:25 EDTLPICanaccord to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTFIFrank's International initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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07:03 EDTTDWTidewater initiated with a Hold at ISI Group
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart partners with VUDU for digital movie access offering
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October 14, 2014
09:54 EDTKINGKing Digital falls, levels to watch
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October 13, 2014
17:15 EDTCEQPCrestwood Midstream says Q3 average natural gas gathering volumes up 5%
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09:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart October volatility elevated into investment community meeting
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07:25 EDTTHOREuropean Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery to hold annual meeting
28th EACTS Annual Meeting is being held in Milan, Italy on October 11-15.
07:15 EDTWMTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 12, 2014
17:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart, DSW could benefit from holiday sales, Barron's says
Wal-Mart (WMT) and DSW (DSW) could benefit from the recent forecast of a 4% increase in holiday spending, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
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