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March 20, 2014
06:33 EDTWMT, LOW, HDWal-Mart to be aggressive in outdoor, garden business, NY Times says
Wal-Mart (WMT) for the first time will launch a major initiative to increase its outdoor and garden sales this spring, according to The New York Times. The giant retailer will offer major discounts on more than 60 items in those areas, the newspaper stated. Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) also compete in those markets. Reference Link
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May 19, 2015
06:04 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q1 EPS $1.21, consensus $1.15
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May 18, 2015
16:00 EDTHDOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:37 EDTHDHome Depot May 114 weekly straddle priced for 3.1% movement into Q1
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15:35 EDTWMTWal-Mart May 79.5 weekly straddle priced for 2.4% movement into Q1
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15:32 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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15:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart May weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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15:00 EDTHD, WMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:35 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments ahead of results
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14:04 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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13:49 EDTHDEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
11:09 EDTHDHome Depot May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart Q1 should benefit from lower gas, stronger consumer, says Stephens
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06:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart to repair stores in labor dispute, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart said it would seek permits to rip up floors and replace plumping lines at five stores that justified its abrupt closure, reports Reuters. The move follows a union-backed complaint to the National Labor Relations Board last month after Wal-Mart temporarily closed the stores. The union accused the company for shutting down the stores to stop workers from organizing. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTHDPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:03 EDTLOW, HDBofA/Merrill says to buy Home Depot, Lowe's and Whirlpool
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May 14, 2015
07:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart risk/reward favorable into Q1 results, says Baird
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May 13, 2015
18:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart to launch $50 unlimited shipping service in summer, AP says
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13:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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07:06 EDTWMTAlibaba, Wal-Mart partner on consumer payments, China Daily reports
Alibaba (BABA) announced that it would partner with Wal-Mart (WMT) in China on consumer bill payments, according to China Daily. Under the deal, 25 Wal-Mart stores in the city of Shenzhen will enable consumers to pay their bills through Alibaba's payment service, and the arrangement will be gradually expanded to all of Wal-Mart's stores in China, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
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