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October 15, 2012
07:14 EDTSWY, SBUX, WMT, KR, M, MA, LOW, TGT, VCredit 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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November 12, 2014
13:47 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:38 EDTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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10:57 EDTMMacy's says "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for holiday season
10:48 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 EPS $2.30-$2.40, consensus $2.54
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10:00 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advent Software (ADVS) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Brookline Bancorp (BRKL) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... CNH Industrial (CNHI) initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DCT Industrial (DCT) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DDR Corp. (DDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Demandware (DWRE) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Douglas Emmett (DEI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Equity One (EQY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hudson Pacific (HPP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kimco Realty (KIM) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Macerich (MAC) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Prologis (PLD) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Regency Centers (REG) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryerson (RYI) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... SL Green Realty (SLG) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Simon Property (SPG) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Sunstone Hotel (SHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Taubman Centers (TCO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... VWR (VWR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Vornado (VNO) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Westfield Financial (WFD) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... XPO Logistics (XPO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
09:21 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:09 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 SSS with licensed businesses up 2%-3%
Macy's said Q4 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties are expected to grow by approximately 2%-3%, or 1.8%-2.8% on a comparable sales basis exclusive of licensed businesses.
08:07 EDTMMacy's, Citi Retail Services renew card agreement
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08:06 EDTVPacific Crest to hold a conference
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08:05 EDTMMacy's CEO says optimistic for Q4
Macy's chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren said, "Going forward, we remain optimistic for the fourth quarter based on several factors. First, we have developed an outstanding merchandise assortment for holiday gift-giving and self-purchase rooted in great style, exclusive offerings and outstanding value during this key shopping period. Second, we have enhanced our transition to fresh post-holiday vacation and resort assortments. Third, we have new store, omnichannel and marketing strategies in place that we believe will drive incremental business throughout the fourth quarter. This includes Buy Online Pickup in Store now rolled out to all full-line Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations, Same Day Delivery pilots up and running in eight major Macy’s markets and four Bloomingdale’s markets, and improved functionality and usability in upgraded mobile apps. And fourth, we are poised to capitalize on a return to more normalized weather patterns after the unusually severe snowstorms in the fourth quarter last year."
08:04 EDTMMacy's says Q3 sales performance fell short of expectations
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08:03 EDTMMacy's lowers FY14 EPS view to $4.25-$4.35 from $4.40-$4.50
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08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q3 EPS 61c, consensus 50c
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07:37 EDTTGTTarget shares overvalued, says MKM Partners
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07:28 EDTVBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:46 EDTWMTWal-Mart reminds stores to display fresh grocery products, NY Times says
Wal-Mart last month issued a memo to managers around the U.S., telling them to discount older meat and baked goods to ensure that they sell before they reach their expiration dates, according to The New York Times. The memo also reminds managers to remove expired dairy products and eggs, as well as moldy or rotting produce, from shelves, and reduce inventory, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
05:58 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Visa (V) 18 according to iVolatility.
05:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces 'New Black Friday' event, holiday pay for associates
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