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March 1, 2012
12:27 EDTDGI, PEGA, FIATY, M, HUSA, GM, GPS, WMT, VE, F, TGTOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, as unemployment claims remained relatively low and retail sales rose. Each of the major indices is higher, with the Nasdaq near its highs of the day. The futures received a boost following in-line jobless claims data, and after the bell rang investors generally ignored the worse-than-expected construction spending number and the ISM data which also fell short of forecasts. The market weakened ever so slightly but continues to show it is resiliency, with the Nasdaq poised to overtake the 3000 level again... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 351,000 initial jobless claims were reported, versus the expected 355,000. Personal income for the month of January showed an increase of 0.3%, versus the expected increase of 0.5%, while personal spending was up 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Construction spending fell 0.1% in January, versus expectations for an increase of 1.0%. The ISM manufacturing index read 52.4, which was below the expected 54.5. In Europe, sovereign debt yields declined following the latest LTRO and ISDA ruled that no "credit event" had occurred due to Greece's debt swap arrangements. In China, the official PMI reading came in at 51, which was a month-over-month improvement and indicated expansion... MARKET NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) raised its dividend by about 9%. In other retail news, February same store sales were generally strong, with Macy's (M) reporting comparable sales up 4.6% and Target (TGT) saying SSS were up 7%. Among clothing retailers, Gap (GPS) was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a report that surprised to the upside... All the auto makers reporting so far this morning announced increased sales, with Chrysler (FIATY) saying sales were up 40% in February, Ford (F) up 14% and General Motors (GM) up 1% in spite of forecasts that its sales would have declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Pegasystems (PEGA), after its earnings and revenue beat Street expectations, and Veolia Environment (VE), after it reaffirmed its 2012-2013 goal to sell EUR5B in assets and said it is in exclusive talks with an undisclosed investor to sell its stake in its transport unit. Noteworthy losers included Houston American Energy (HUSA), after revealing that its Tamandua #1 well has been plugged, and DigitalGlobe (DGI), following a report of adjusted earnings that missed estimates... INDICES: Near 12:20 pm ET, the Dow was up 49.38, or 0.38%, to 13,001.45; the Nasdaq was up 22.73, or 0.77%, to 2,989.62; and the S&P 500 was up 8.74, or 0.64%, to 1,374.42.
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November 12, 2014
15:29 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.12; Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.68; Tyco (TYC), consensus 56c; Kohl's (KSS), consensus 74c; Helmerich & Payne (HP), consensus $1.67; Sally Beauty (SBH), consensus 40c; Manulife Financial (MFC), consensus 40c; TransDigm (TDG), consensus $2.02; MAXIMUS (MMS), consensus 52c.
15:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature on the chart is easily seen on a 5-year chart. Since early 2013 the shares have been trading in a sideways channel bound largely by $70 at the low and $80 at the high. Those bounds become the key levels to watch for post-earnings trading. A move above $80, and preferably above the life high at $81.37, would signal a new leg up had begun. It would in effect be a range breakout with the potential for a move to the $90 area over time based on the height of the channel. The stock is pushing up toward that level ahead of earnings. Equally, a major disappointment could send the shares to the low of the range at $70. That area would still need to be broken to the downside to break the range, with an eventual move to $65 possible if it was broken. If the news is insufficiently strong to push price out of the range, it will likely continue in this trading range for some time awaiting a new catalyst.
13:47 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:38 EDTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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10:57 EDTMMacy's says "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for holiday season
10:48 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 EPS $2.30-$2.40, consensus $2.54
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09:21 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors' Ammann leading push for change, WSJ says
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08:09 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 SSS with licensed businesses up 2%-3%
Macy's said Q4 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties are expected to grow by approximately 2%-3%, or 1.8%-2.8% on a comparable sales basis exclusive of licensed businesses.
08:07 EDTMMacy's, Citi Retail Services renew card agreement
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08:05 EDTMMacy's CEO says optimistic for Q4
Macy's chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren said, "Going forward, we remain optimistic for the fourth quarter based on several factors. First, we have developed an outstanding merchandise assortment for holiday gift-giving and self-purchase rooted in great style, exclusive offerings and outstanding value during this key shopping period. Second, we have enhanced our transition to fresh post-holiday vacation and resort assortments. Third, we have new store, omnichannel and marketing strategies in place that we believe will drive incremental business throughout the fourth quarter. This includes Buy Online Pickup in Store now rolled out to all full-line Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations, Same Day Delivery pilots up and running in eight major Macy’s markets and four Bloomingdale’s markets, and improved functionality and usability in upgraded mobile apps. And fourth, we are poised to capitalize on a return to more normalized weather patterns after the unusually severe snowstorms in the fourth quarter last year."
08:04 EDTMMacy's says Q3 sales performance fell short of expectations
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08:03 EDTMMacy's lowers FY14 EPS view to $4.25-$4.35 from $4.40-$4.50
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08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q3 EPS 61c, consensus 50c
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07:37 EDTTGTTarget shares overvalued, says MKM Partners
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07:22 EDTFFord offers favorable risk/reward, says UBS
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06:46 EDTWMTWal-Mart reminds stores to display fresh grocery products, NY Times says
Wal-Mart last month issued a memo to managers around the U.S., telling them to discount older meat and baked goods to ensure that they sell before they reach their expiration dates, according to The New York Times. The memo also reminds managers to remove expired dairy products and eggs, as well as moldy or rotting produce, from shelves, and reduce inventory, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
05:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces 'New Black Friday' event, holiday pay for associates
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