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November 14, 2012
06:58 EDTWMT, COST, HDLarge retailers offering financial services, NY Times says
Some of the nation's largest retailers - including Wal-Mart (WMT), Costco (COST) ,and Home Depot (HD) - are offering a wide array of financial services, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
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September 29, 2014
18:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart blames Tracy Morgan for his own injuries in car crash, USA Today says
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08:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom to board
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Systrom, an entrepreneur, software engineer and co-founder of photo-sharing service Instagram (FB), as a new member of the company's Board, effective September 26. Systrom became the 15th member of the Board and will also serve as a member of the company's Technology and eCommerce Committee and its Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee. Systrom is currently CEO of Instagram, where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations and has overseen its growth to more than 200 million monthly active accounts.
06:08 EDTHDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU HD
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 31, Home Depot (HD) 16 according to iVolatility.
September 26, 2014
06:09 EDTHDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU HD
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September 25, 2014
06:11 EDTHDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BP HD
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September 24, 2014
12:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:18 EDTCOSTPolaris Industries partners with Costco
Polaris Industries (PII) announced that it will partner with the Costco's (COST) Auto Program as the exclusive promotional partner for its powersports division. Costco members will be able to access special pricing and promotional incentives on select Polaris products at participating dealers in the U.S. As a partner in the Costco Auto Program, Polaris, Victory and GEM branded products will be on display inside select Costco warehouses.
09:49 EDTWMTGreen Dot's 2014 guidance incorporates Wal-Mart, says Piper Jaffray
Green Dot (GDOT) announced this morning that it will offer its GoBank product at Wal-Mart (WMT) stores nationwide by the end of October. Piper said GoBank has been piloted in a few stores in Texas and the launch has already been incorporated into Green Dot's 2014 guidance and accounts for relatively little in revenues. The firm views the news as a positive in total and said it shows continued traction within GoBank and its relationship with Wal-Mart. Shares of GoBank are Overweight rated with a $24 price target.
09:05 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:14 EDTWMTGreen Dot, Wal-Mart announce nationwide rollout of GoBank
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September 23, 2014
17:13 EDTHDData breach at Home Depot triggers fraudulent transactions across U.S., WSJ says
The recent data breach at Home Depot has triggered fraudulent transactions across the U.S. at financial institutions and customer bank accounts, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the impact of the hacking attack. Large financial institutions have proactively started reissuing cards to customers who are victims of the Home Depot data breach, while others are reissuing cards only when they experience fraud attempts. Reference Link
September 18, 2014
16:28 EDTHDHome Depot raises FY15 EPS view to $4.54 from $4.52, consensus $4.50
Based on Q3 results to date, the company confirmed its previous FY14 sales growth guidance of approximately 4.8%. The company also revised its FY14 diluted EPS growth guidance and expects that FY14 diluted EPS will grow by 21% to approximately $4.54, versus the company's prior guidance of $4.52. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance includes estimates for the cost to investigate the data breach, provide credit monitoring services to its customers, increase call center staffing, and pay legal and professional services, all of which are expensed as incurred in a gross amount of approximately $62M, partially offset by a $27M receivable for costs the company believes are reimbursable and probable of recovery under its insurance coverage. Further, the company's FY14 diluted earnings-per-share guidance includes a pre-tax gain of approximately $100M related to the sale of 3.6M shares of HD Supply common stock, which occurred and will be recognized in Q3. The company's ownership of HD Supply is now approximately 8.2M shares. The company's FY14 diluted EPS guidance does not include an accrual for other yet-to-be determined estimated probable losses related to the breach. At this time, other than the breach-related costs contained in the company's updated FY14 diluted earnings-per-share guidance, the company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the breach.
16:26 EDTHDHome Depot reports cyber attack put 56M unique payment cards information at risk
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16:23 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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16:22 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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14:31 EDTCOSTCapital One said to bump Amex as Costco Canada card issuer, Bloomberg says
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14:14 EDTCOSTCapital One said to replace American Express as Costco Canada card issuer
MasterCard said to be processor for new Costco Canada cards. Reported by Bloomberg.
11:53 EDTCOSTCostco to stop accepting Amex cards in Canada on Jan 1, 2015 Globe and Mail says
Costco (COST) said it will not renew its credit card relationship with American Express (AXP) when it expires on December 31 of this year. Therefore, it will not accept Amex cards in Canada beginning January 1, 2015, The Globe and Mail reports. Reference Link
10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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10:40 EDTHDPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
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