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June 16, 2014
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August 20, 2014
08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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07:18 EDTMDT, COVMedtronic shares have upside with or without deal, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank sees limited downside risk and significant upside potential for shares of Medtronic (MDT), with or without the pending Covidien (COV) acquisition. Deutsche says the Q1 results show improving trends and it keeps a Buy rating on Medtronic with an $85 price target.
05:20 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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August 19, 2014
15:22 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, 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 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
09:07 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:40 EDTMDTMedtronic sees FY15 gross margin of 74.5%-75%, with Q2 on lower end of range
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08:25 EDTMDTMedtronic: Negative factors in Spine segment in Q1 werre temporary
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08:22 EDTMDT, COVMedtronic: We will continue to pay significant US taxes following Covidien deal
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY15 EPS view of $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.04
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07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 92c
Reports Q1 revenue $4.27B, consensus $4.25B.
07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:16 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says continues to review Nickel West, smaller assets
BHP Billiton said continues to review Nickel West, New Mexico Coal and its smaller petroleum assets. "Each of these assets is subject to its own study and the Group will only pursue options that maximise value for its shareholders," BHP stated.
06:04 EDTBHPBHP says CFO Graham Kerr to be CEO of new company
BHP Billiton announced a series of changes to the senior management of the company. Graham Kerr, currently CFO is appointed CEO designate of the new company that BHP Billiton plans to form in a demerger. Graham will retire from the Group Management Committee on October 1 and will be replaced as CFO by Peter Beaven, currently President, Copper. Brendan Harris, currently Head of Group Investor Relations, has been appointed CFO designate of the new company. BHP said an announcement relating to Beaven's replacement as President Copper will be made in due course. In the interim Edgar Basto, currently Asset President Escondida, will act in the capacity of President, Copper and, following the appointment of a permanent replacement, will take up a new role within BHP Billiton.
05:59 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to create independent metals and mining company
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05:57 EDTBHPBHP Billiton reports FY14 underlying profit $13.45B vs. $12.21B last year
BHP said capital and exploration expenditure is expected to decline to $14.5Bin the 2015 financial year and be no more than $14B should the proposed demerger be implemented. "By maintaining an internal focus and concentrating investment in our major basins we believe an average rate of return of greater than 20% is achievable for our favoured development options," the company said. It added, "With robust volume growth and further productivity gains expected, we remain confident in the outlook for the Group. On this basis, we increased our full-year progressive base dividend by 4% to 121 US cents per share for an Underlying payout ratio of 48%. We will seek to steadily increase or at least maintain the dividend per share in US dollar terms at each half-yearly payment following the demerger, implying a higher payout ratio."
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