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October 15, 2012
07:14 EDTLOW, TGT, V, SWY, SBUX, WMT, KR, M, MACredit card fee settlement opposed by Wal-Mart, others, Reuters says
In the months since a $7.2B settlement with Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA) over "swipe fees" was filed, a number of major retailers including Wal-Mart (WMT) and several trade groups have come out opposing the deal and asked to have it blocked, reported Reuters. The credit card companies and retailers that do support the plan will ask a judge this week to approve it in spite of the objections, the report noted. Reference Link
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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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September 28, 2015
19:57 EDTTGT, MA, VRetailers urge courts to reject Visa, MasterCard settlement, Reuters says
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10:18 EDTMJ.C. Penney rises after CEO meeting prompts upgrade
Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising in morning trading after a Sterne Agee CRT analyst upgraded the retailer to Buy with a $13 price target following a meeting with the company's new chief executive officer. WHAT'S NEW: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Charles Grom upgraded J.C. Penney this morning to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target after recently spending time with new CEO Marvin Ellison at the company's headquarters. Grom said he came away from the meeting "more confident" in the company's turnaround plan, adding that Ellison has the "right demeanor" and business sense to lead the company and "right the ship." Ellison took over as CEO of the retailer on August 1, replacing previous CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman. Sterne's Grom said that while the firm has previously been critical of the retailer's strategy, he believes the initiatives, led by Ellison, are "refreshing" and could boost the company's EBITDA. Grom thinks Ellison is the right person to help revive J.C. Penney and believes the company can surpass its long-term EBITDA target of $1.2B by 2017, saying that this goal "may prove to be a floor rather than a ceiling." Additionally, the analyst sees "multiple levers" to drive same-store sales higher. Despite his optimism in J.C. Penney's recovery story, the analyst notes that U.S. consumer spending is shifting away from traditional items in department stores toward move service-oriented products, traditional mall traffic trends remain "suppressed" and weather trends across the U.S. in August and September were not "ideal" for mall-based retailers. WHAT'S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney recently named John Tighe as executive vice president and chief merchant, effective October 1. Tighe, most recently senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions, will succeed Elizabeth "Liz" Sweney, the company said. On August 31, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the stock to $12 from $10, calling the company a "self-help story." Trussell noted that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other department store operators include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Sears Holdings (SHLD). PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney is up 1.5% to $9.57 in morning trading and is up nearly 50% year-to-date.
09:31 EDTMASamsung Pay debuts for MasterCard cardholders
Beginning today, Samsung Pay (SSNLF) is now available to MasterCard (MA) cardholders for everyday purchases. Samsung device owners can use their MasterCard credit, debit and select prepaid and small business cards from participating banks directly through Samsung Pay.
06:42 EDTWMT, TGT, MPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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September 25, 2015
08:53 EDTMFinish Line says September comps month to date up low single digits
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06:20 EDTSBUXStarbucks promises to raise wages in U.K. beginning in November, FT reports
Starbucks will raise its average wage in the U.K. beginning in November to just under GBP8 an hour, The Financial Times reports. Additionally, the company will offer interest-free loans to help staff members pay deposits on housing. Reference Link
September 24, 2015
09:32 EDTSBUXActive equity options trading on open
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05:22 EDTSBUXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU SBUX
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTTGTChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
18:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks 2%-6% cuts on China-made goods from suppliers, Reuters says
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18:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks 2%-6% cuts on China-made goods from suppliers, Reuters says
09:18 EDTSBUXPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
07:51 EDTSBUXStarbucks fails to provide better labor practices, NY Times reports
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September 22, 2015
10:45 EDTWMTReimbursement pressure on drug stores should moderate, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research analysts Rob Eich and Rob Stuyck said the firm's work indicates that stepdown reimbursement rates will be more manageable for drug store operators and that generic inflation will be less of a headwind for the group in FY16. However, Direct and Indirect Remuneration clauses will still be a source of margin pressure, the firm said, noting that several payers will be introducing a DIR next year. Cleveland Research has Neutral ratings on CVS (CVS), Walgreens (WBA), Rite Aid (RAD) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
05:24 EDTSBUXStarbucks announces availability of Mobile Order & Pay nationwide
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September 21, 2015
12:08 EDTTGTTarget to test robot workers at concept store, Fortune reports
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09:01 EDTMMacy's to hire 85,000 seasonal associates in 2015
Macy's said it plans to hire seasonal associates for approximately 85,000 positions at its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2015 Christmas and holiday season. The company's 2015 seasonal hiring plan is essentially flat to last year.
07:47 EDTLOWLowe's comps, earnings should support valuation, says Baird
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September 20, 2015
15:44 EDTSWYSafeway recalls cheese trays over possible listeria contamination
Safeway announced it is recalling certain "Flight of Cheese" trays prepared in store at Safeway which may contain recalled Yanni and Gopi brand cheese products due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. The products have been sold from Safeway stores in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products, according to Safeway. There have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products, said the company.
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