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December 28, 2013
11:16 EDTWMT, PG, KOStaple stocks good insurance for a downswing, Barron's says
Staple stocks such as Wal-Mart (WMT), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Coca-Cola (KO) are a good defensive bet against the risk of a market downswing, according to Barron's "Streetwise" column. Reference Link
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April 15, 2014
07:32 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q1 comparable EPS 44c, consensus 44c
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05:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) to Underperform from Market Perform citing risks with e-commerce competition and the prospect of sector rotation away from retailers. William Blair says retail sales were sluggish in Q1 with weak consumer confidence for low-income households.
05:25 EDTPGHPC sector upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at Goldman
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April 14, 2014
15:17 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), consensus $1.48; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 44c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 22c; Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 78c; Comerica (CMA), consensus 72c; Westamerica (WABC), consensus 58c; Comverse (CNSI), consensus 49c; Pep Boys (PBY), consensus 5c.
15:08 EDTKOEarnings Preview: Coca-Cola shares lag market ahead of Q1 report
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14:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola April 39 straddle priced for 2.1% move into Q1
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April 11, 2014
07:39 EDTKOCoca-Cola April volatility increases into Q1 and volume outlook
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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 EDTWMTFamily 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%.
06:29 EDTKOCoca-Cola boosts advertising in repsonse to downward soda sales, WSJ says
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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06:04 EDTPGYahoo hires Bobbi Brown to be editor-in-chief of beauty site, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) has hired Bobbi Brown, the creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (EL), to be the editor-in-chief of its beauty site, Re/code reports, noting that several of Yahoo's big advertisers -- L'Oreal (LRLCY), Procter & Gamble (PG) and Unilever (UN, UL) -- are competitive with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Reference Link
April 9, 2014
12:18 EDTPGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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09:03 EDTPGMars agrees to buy part of Proctor & Gamble for $2.9B
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April 8, 2014
10:03 EDTKOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
1st United Bancorp (FUBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Avista (AVA) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Cempra (CEMP) initiated with an Equalweight at Barclays... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... JinkoSolar (JKS) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Lumenis (LMNS) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Realty Income (O) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Teekay (TK) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Bristow Group (BRS) initiated with an Outperform at Clarkson Capital... Era Group (ERA) initiated with an Outperform at Clarkson Capital... Endurance (EIGI) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Tutor Perini (TPC) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... MannKind (MNKD) initiated with an Outperform at Brinson Patrick... TriCo Bancshares (TCBK) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Achaogen (AKAO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
07:28 EDTKOSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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April 7, 2014
16:10 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Buy at BTIG
Target $48.
07:04 EDTPGProcter & Gamble increases quarterly dividend 7% to 64.36c per share
The Procter & Gamble Company announced that its Board of Directors declared an increase in the quarterly dividend from 60.15c to 64.36c per share on its Common Stock and on the Series A and Series B ESOP Convertible Class A Preferred Stock of the company, payable on or after May 15, to Common Stock shareholders of record at the close of business on April 25, and to Series A and Series B Preferred Stock shareholders of record at the start of business on April 25. This represents a 7% increase compared to the prior quarterly dividend.
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