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February 15, 2013
16:35 EDTBKW, DG, WMT, FOLD, QLIK, TGT, LOGM, FDO, HLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed on the day, as the averages moved in a narrow range near the flatline before a midday Bloomberg report indicated Wal-Mart's (WMT) February sales were being called "a total disaster" by a company executive sent the market lower. The averages recovered in the final hour of trading, with Dow the only one of the major indices finishing in positive territory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: The New York Fed's February Empire State Manufacturing survey unexpectedly rose to 10.0 from last month's -7.78 reading. Forecast were for a -2.0 reading. The U.S. Treasury International Capital report showed foreigners bought a net $64.2B in U.S. long term assets in December. U.S. industrial production fell 0.1% in January, versus expectations for growth of 0.2%. The preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading for February was 76.3, versus the expected 74.8... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Herbalife (HLF) opened sharply higher following a disclosure by Carl Icahn last night that he has taken a 12.98% stake in the company, but finished well off their highs, up 47c, or 1.23%, to $38.74. Icahn, who three weeks ago appeared on CNBC with Bill Ackman, who is notably short Herbalife shares, said in his filing that he plans to discuss business and strategic alternatives with Herbalife management... An afternoon report by Bloomberg citing a leaked internal email by a Wal-Mart executive that said February sales to date have been a "total disaster," sending shares of Wal-Mart and other retailers, as well as the broader market, lower during the afternoon. Shares of Wal-Mart finished down $1.52, or 2.15%, to $69.30, while peer Target (TGT) lost $1.02, or 1.63%, to $61.71, and discount retailers Dollar General (DG), down 66c, or 1.47%, to $44.37, and Family Dollar (FDO), lost 67c, or 1.18%, to $55.94... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up $4.09, or 17.97%, to $26.85 following its Q4 report and the stock was upgraded by at least two analyst firms. Also higher following better than expected earnings was Burger King (BKW), up 78c, or 4.7%, to $17.36. Among noteworthy losers were shares of LogMeIn (LOGM), down $7.01, or 29.63%, to $16.65 after the company provided Q1 and FY13 guidance fell short of consensus estimates, leading to at least three analyst downgrades. Also lower were shares of Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), down $1.00, or 25.71%, to $2.89 after the company presented additional data from a Fabry monotherapy study... INIDICES: The Dow gained 8.37, or 0.06%, to 13,981.76; the Nasdaq lost 6.63, or 0.21%, to 3,192.03; the S&P 500 lost 1.59, or 0.10%, to 1,519.79.
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April 11, 2014
15:39 EDTHLFU.S. DoJ, FBI launch criminal probe into Herbalife, FT says
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15:38 EDTHLFCriminal probe launched into Herbalife, FT says
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15:08 EDTHLFHerbalife bracing for 20/20 report on business practices, Gasparino says
On Twitter, Charlie Gasparino said, "FBN NEWS: $HLF bracing for news magazine @ABC2020 expose on company's business practices worried abt a new whistle blower." Reference Link
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07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
April 10, 2014
13:14 EDTDG, FDO, WMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
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10:46 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says continues to be opportunistic with share repurchases
10:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says search for president, COO is 'under way'
Says last few quarters have been "challenging." Says holiday season was challenged by a more promotional environment and a more financially constrained consumer. Sees opportunities to improve execution, increase relevance. Plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY15. The company says it is on track to open approximately 525 stores this year, 350-400 stores next year. Says 18 storms resulted in 60 days negatively impacted by winter weather in Q2. Sees gross margin for Q3 to be similar to Q2. Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Sees SG&A expense to be develeraged in Q3. Sees gross margin to decline in FY14. Expects SG&A will deleverage for FY14. Expects tax rate for FY14 to be 36%-36.5%.
10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says recently cut about 10% of corporate workforce
Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says winter weather had at least 5c negative impact to Q2 EPS
Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine said, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations. The 2013 holiday season was challenged by a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer. In addition, like many retailers, our second quarter results were significantly impacted by severe winter weather, which resulted in numerous store closings, disrupted merchandise deliveries and higher than expected utility and store maintenance expenses. Notwithstanding the macro-economic pressure, competitive environment and severe weather, we are not satisfied with our results, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we have initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to strengthen our value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve financial performance.” The company estimates that the negative financial impact in Q2 from the adverse winter weather was at least 5c of earnings per diluted share.
07:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS ex-items $3.05-$3.25, consensus $3.38
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07:07 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q3 EPS ex-items 85c-95c, consensus 98c
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to close about 370 stores, take other actions to reduce costs
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07:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 90c
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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April 9, 2014
15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:20 EDTDGBofA/Merrill's retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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April 8, 2014
06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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