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July 31, 2014
11:13 EDTFWM, TFM, KR, WFMWhole Foods retreats after lowering guidance
Shares of Whole Foods Market (WFM) are sinking after the company cut its full-year guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Whole Foods reported stronger than expected third quarter revenue and earnings per shares of $3.4B and 41c, respectively, and said that its comparable store sales had risen 3.9%. However, the supermarket operator cut its full-year sales growth outlook to 9.6%-9.9% from its previous guidance of 10.5%-11%. The company also reduced its full-year EPS outlook to $1.52-$1.54 from $1.52-$1.56 and cut its full-year comparable sales growth guidance to 4.1%-4.4% from 5%-5.5%. "Our business model is producing industry-leading sales per gross square foot, healthy returns on invested capital and strong operating cash flow," said Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb in a statement. "We are seeing signs of stability in our sales trends and believe our strategic initiatives will help generate further momentum and produce increasing returns on invested capital over the long term," Robb added. ANALYST REACTION: JPMorgan analyst Ken Goldman downgraded the stock to Neutral from Overweight, stating that the company is likely to deliver low fiscal 2015 EPS as it increases its investments in a number of areas, including advertising, store refreshes, and home delivery. Additionally, Whole Foods could lower its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance well below the $1.74 it provided last quarter, the analyst added. Goldman reduced his fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 EPS estimates significantly below consensus levels and cut his price target on the stock to $38 from $48. Also downgrading the stock was UBS analyst Jason DeRise. Increased competition has caused Whole Foods' market share gains in natural food to stall, according to DeRise. To attract additional natural food customers it must cut its prices, he contended. The analyst downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy and cut his price target to $41 from $48. Morgan Stanley was more upbeat on the stock, saying that the company's growth is poised to re-accelerate over the longer term. The firm recommended buying the stock on weakness and kept a $50 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Whole Foods fell 3.4% to $37.76. Other supermarket stocks also retreated, with The Fresh Market (TFM) falling 3.5% to $29.62, Fairway Group (FWM) losing 1.8% to $5.95, and Kroger (KR) losing 1% to $49.22.
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May 28, 2015
06:14 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded The Fresh Market to Neutral with a $34 price target saying comp uncertainty outweighs improving margins and an attractive multiple.
May 27, 2015
09:17 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market management to meet with Stephens
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May 26, 2015
16:03 EDTFWMFairway Group reports Q4 EPS (20c), consensus (14c)
Reports Q4 revenue $199.1M, consensus $203.07M. Same store sales decreased 3.6%. Customer transactions in comparable stores decreased by 6.7%, although the average transaction size increased by 3.4%, the company noted.
15:00 EDTFWMNotable companies reporting after market close
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09:58 EDTTFMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: L Brands (LB) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Accenture (ACN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Expedia (EXPE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... The Fresh Market (TFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Health Care REIT (HCN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Axiom... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... BB&T (BBT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... InterXion (INXN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
08:55 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market upgraded to Neutral on valuation at Longbow
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06:09 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow
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May 22, 2015
10:03 EDTTFMHigh option volume stocks
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07:52 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market sustain traffic remains 'elusive,' says Morgan Stanley
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May 21, 2015
16:16 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market sees FY15 adjusted EPS $1.85-$1.93, consensus $1.87
Sees total net sales growth for the 53-week fiscal 2015 of approximately 9.0%-11.0% compared to the 52-week fiscal 2014 total net sales. FY15 consensus $1.98B. Fiscal 2014 included the benefit of sales from the company’s three California stores prior to their closing. Sees FY15 comparable store sales growth of 1.0%-3.0%; An effective tax rate of 37.3% to 37.6%; CapEx $100M-$110M; Unit growth of approximately 19 new stores, with two new stores opening in the first quarter; five to six new stores opening in the second quarter; and 11 to 12 new stores opening in the second half of the year. Remodeling or refreshing 10 stores, with the majority completed in the first half of the year.
16:13 EDTTFMThe Fresh Market reports Q1 adjusted EPS 50c, consensus 49c
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15:01 EDTTFMNotable companies reporting after market close
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May 20, 2015
10:44 EDTKRKroger CEO says economics of delivery to home 'difficult'
Kroger CEO W. Rodney McMullen says he believes it will always be an "and," not an "or," choice for customers regarding grocery store visits and online purchases. McMullen spoke on CNBC.
10:42 EDTKR, WFMKroger CEO says consumer spending still 'fragile'
Kroger (KR) CEO W. Rodney McMullen says the company will continue to spend on stores. McMullen said it will be "fascinating" to see how Whole Foods (WFM) customers react to its plans for a smaller, lower-cost format. Kroger's CEO says food inflation has been tracking a 1%-2% and the company expects it to continue at that level. McMullen says Kroger looks at "just about anything that is available" in terms of M&A, but doesn't bid on many things. McMullen is speaking on CNBC.
07:07 EDTKRBMO Capital to hold a conference
10th Annual Farm to Market Conference is being held in New York on May 20-21 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 20 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 19, 2015
06:02 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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May 18, 2015
07:46 EDTWFMAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
06:05 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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May 15, 2015
06:05 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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May 14, 2015
06:22 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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