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March 18, 2014
06:00 EDTGME, TGT, WMT, BBYWal-Mart makes play for used videogame business, WSJ reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) will next week begin allowing shoppers to trade in used videogames for gift cards based on the value of the games they turn in, the Wall Street Journal reports. The gift cards will be redeemable in stores and online. Though Best Buy (BBY) and Target (TGT) have trade-in programs for games, analysts believe GameStop (GME) is the most vulnerable to Wal-Mart's plans. Reference Link
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August 26, 2015
06:35 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James upgraded Best Buy to Strong Buy from Market Perform and established a $40 price target. The firm said Best Buy's company specific improvements are beginning to offset industry challenges, creating an opportunity to deliver FY16 upside. Raymond James said Best Buy's revenue outlook is beginning to improve and inventory product is starting to recover, which will result in improved earnings.
05:56 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BBY TEVA
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August 25, 2015
16:43 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:01 EDTTGTTarget sees $550M pretax gain after closing CVS transaction
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12:20 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:13 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:51 EDTBBYBest Buy says 'substantial' amount of leases expiring this year
Best Buy CFO Sharon McCollam said, there are no stores that have negative cash flow but there may be additional store closures.
08:43 EDTBBYBest Buy to sell Apple Care in stores this quarter
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08:22 EDTGMEGameStop August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:08 EDTBBYBest Buy sees Q3 flat to low-single digit domestic revenue growth
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07:06 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q2 domestic SSS ex-items up 2.7%
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy sees no material changes in consumer spending in Q3
Sharon McCollam, Best Buy EVP, CAO and CFO, commented, "It is difficult to know, though, if the recent volatility in the financial markets will affect overall consumer spending. To date, however, we have not seen a measurable impact versus our original expectations. As such, our outlook assumes there will be no material changes in consumer spending in the third quarter. With that said, our year-over-year non-GAAP outlook for Q3 FY16 is as follows. In the Domestic business we are expecting (1) flat to low-single digit revenue growth; and (2) an approximately flat operating income rate change driven by a higher gross profit rate offset by increased SG&A due to inflation and growth-related investments. In the International business, due to the ongoing impacts of the Canadian brand consolidation and foreign currency, we are expecting (1) an International revenue decline of approximately 30% and (2) an International non-GAAP operating income rate in the range of negative 2.5% to negative 3.5%."
07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q2 adjusted continuing ops EPS 49c, consensus 34c
Reports Q2 revenue $8.53B, consensus $8.29B.
August 24, 2015
15:09 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Best Buy (BBY), consensus 34c... Toll Brothers (TOL), consensus 49c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.26... DSW (DSW), consensus 42c... Children's Place (PLCE), consensus (33c).
15:01 EDTTGTWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
13:17 EDTTGTTarget to pay $2.8M to resolve EEOC discrimination finding
Target has agreed to pay $2.8M to resolve a Commissioner's charge of discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Based on the investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity, and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC found. In addition, EEOC found that one of the assessments Target formerly used in its hiring process also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC determined that this particular assessment performed by psychologists on behalf of Target was a pre-employment medical examination. Employers are prohibited by the ADA from subjecting applicants to medical examinations prior to an offer of employment. EEOC found that Target also committed record-keeping violations by failing to maintain records sufficient to assess the impact of its hiring procedures. EEOC's investigation revealed that thousands were adversely affected when Target used these assessments in its hiring process. The monetary settlement will be divided among these individuals as appropriate. Target will pay for a claims administrator to distribute the funds.
12:29 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments ahead of results
The shares have been trading in a bearish price channel since a peak of price in March of this year. If the news continues to be bearish, the current trend will likely continue. Next support below the current price of $30.53 is at the $29.50 area, the low of the current price channel. If the news is a sharp negative surprise, next supports will be at $28.11, $27.17, and $26.60. If the news is a bullish surprise, the top of the price channel at $32.78 would be the first important upside objective. It would take a breakout above the channel top to turn the trend back toward bullish. Next resistance above the channel would be at $33.75.
11:31 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTWMTMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
06:31 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility into Q2 and outlook
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