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August 13, 2014
20:25 EDTWMT, WMT, PRGO, PRGO, KSS, KSS, AAP, AAP, HMHC, HMHC, RRGB, RRGB, BGG, BGGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.21; Perrigo (PRGO), consensus $1.55; Kohl's (KSS), consensus $1.07; Advance Auto Parts (AAP), consensus $2.01; Houghton Mifflin (HMHC), consensus 14c; Red Robin (RRGB), consensus 90c; and Briggs & Stratton (BGG), consensus 36c.
News For WMT;PRGO;KSS;AAP;HMHC;RRGB;BGG From The Last 14 Days
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October 2, 2015
08:21 EDTWMTAmazon to be number two player in U.S. consumables by 2018, says Cowen
John Blackledge and the research team at Cowen project that (AMZN) will grow to be the number two player in the $425B market for U.S. consumables - which they define as personal care, household, pet and baby products - by 2018. The firm expects Amazon to use its multi-platform approach, centered around Prime, to help the e-commerce giant gain share in consumables at the expense of Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Walgreens (WBA) and CVS Health (CVS). Cowen has Outperform ratings on Amazon and Target and a Market Perform rating on shares of Wal-Mart.
06:51 EDTWMTWal-Mart Chile eyes shopping center chain sale, Reuters says
Wal-Mart Chile is eyeing a sale of its chain of shopping centers in an effort to focus on its larger supermarket operations in Chile, Reuters reports. The plan would involve the sale of 10 "Espacio Urbano" centers throughout the country, totaling roughly 250,000 square meets, the report says. Reference Link
October 1, 2015
10:37 EDTWMTBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q4 2015
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09:24 EDTKSSKohl's price target lowered to $45 from $53 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Kimberly Greenberger believes Kohl's second half 2015 and 2016 Street estimates are too optimistic and finds it difficult to identify a catalyst to improve sales or margin outlook in 2016 and after. Greenberger lowered her price target on Kohl's shares to $45 from $53 given the erosion in free cash flow and reiterates her Underweight rating.
08:10 EDTWMTAmerican Express cards now accepted at Sam's Club
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06:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart to lay off hundreds of employees at Arkansas headquarters, Reuters says
Wal-Mart plans to cut hundreds of jobs at its headquarters in Arkansas in an effort to pare costs, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Fewer than 500 employees are expected to have their employment terminated and an announcement could come as early as Friday, the report says. Reference Link
September 30, 2015
17:15 EDTKSSKohl's tests in-store cafes, Fortune says
Kohl's has begun testing small, in-store cafes at two of its department stores in Milwaukee, reports Fortune. Reference Link
08:06 EDTAAPStarboard acquires 3.7% ownership stake in Advance Auto Parts
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06:22 EDTAAPStarboard expected to disclose 3.7% stake in Advance Auto Parts, WSJ reports
Starboard Value is expected to announce that it has built up a 3.7% stake in Advance Auto Parts (AAP) at an investment conference in Toronto today, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a presentation reviewed by the publication, Starboard has already met with Advance Auto's management and is urging the company to drive margins higher and improve operations. Starboard believes Advance Auto is lagging behind AutoZone (AZO) and O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) in profit margins. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
12:35 EDTPRGOPerrigo shareholders pressure company to explore sale, Reuters says
Certain Perrigo (PRGO) shareholders have requested that company explore a sale, hoping for an alternative to Mylan's (MYL) approximately $25B hostile bid, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The pressure represents a challenge to Perrigo's defense strategy, the report says. Some of the company's shareholders view Novartis (NVS), Sanofi (SNY), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Colgate-Palmolive (CL) as potential suitors, the report says. Reference Link
12:23 EDTPRGOPerrigo shareholders pressure company to explore sale, Reuters says
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07:11 EDTWMTWal-Mart expands pick-up service to new markets, Fortune says
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September 28, 2015
10:18 EDTKSSJ.C. Penney rises after CEO meeting prompts upgrade
Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising in morning trading after a Sterne Agee CRT analyst upgraded the retailer to Buy with a $13 price target following a meeting with the company's new chief executive officer. WHAT'S NEW: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Charles Grom upgraded J.C. Penney this morning to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target after recently spending time with new CEO Marvin Ellison at the company's headquarters. Grom said he came away from the meeting "more confident" in the company's turnaround plan, adding that Ellison has the "right demeanor" and business sense to lead the company and "right the ship." Ellison took over as CEO of the retailer on August 1, replacing previous CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman. Sterne's Grom said that while the firm has previously been critical of the retailer's strategy, he believes the initiatives, led by Ellison, are "refreshing" and could boost the company's EBITDA. Grom thinks Ellison is the right person to help revive J.C. Penney and believes the company can surpass its long-term EBITDA target of $1.2B by 2017, saying that this goal "may prove to be a floor rather than a ceiling." Additionally, the analyst sees "multiple levers" to drive same-store sales higher. Despite his optimism in J.C. Penney's recovery story, the analyst notes that U.S. consumer spending is shifting away from traditional items in department stores toward move service-oriented products, traditional mall traffic trends remain "suppressed" and weather trends across the U.S. in August and September were not "ideal" for mall-based retailers. WHAT'S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney recently named John Tighe as executive vice president and chief merchant, effective October 1. Tighe, most recently senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions, will succeed Elizabeth "Liz" Sweney, the company said. On August 31, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the stock to $12 from $10, calling the company a "self-help story." Trussell noted that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other department store operators include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Sears Holdings (SHLD). PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney is up 1.5% to $9.57 in morning trading and is up nearly 50% year-to-date.
07:46 EDTPRGOUBS to hold a field trip
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06:42 EDTWMT, KSSPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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September 25, 2015
13:51 EDTPRGOBMO's pharma predictions for rest of year include take on Mylan, Perrigo
BMO Capital analyst David Maris rolled out his rest of year predictions for the Specialty Pharmaceuticals space. Among them is his belief that Mylan (MYL) will be unsuccessful in acquiring Perrigo (PRGO). Perrigo will either be acquired by another company or make an acquisition itself, Maris tells investors in a research note. His other predictions include Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) proving to be a good buying opportunity amidst the current negative sentiment and ZS Pharma (ZSPH) offering upside following the recent pullback given the potential for a near-term buyout and prospects for its "best in class drug for hyperkalemia" winning approval in 2016.
September 24, 2015
15:24 EDTPRGOMylan says Perrigo lawsuit 'without merit'
Mylan (MYL) believes that the Perrigo (PRGO) suit filed in Israel is entirely without merit and that Mylan's offer in Israel is valid and proper in all respects. With that said, Perrigo's efforts are entirely futile, as all Perrigo shareholders-institutional and retail, including those in Israel-have always been free to switch their holdings at any time from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to the New York Stock Exchange, through a simple, fully automated, well-established system by notifying their broker. As a result, shareholders can participate fully in Mylan's compelling offer without regard to any lawsuits in Israel or any other frustrating actions pursued by Perrigo in Israel. Further, as Mylan has previously stated publicly, it has been its intent and desire to list Mylan's shares on the TASE to maintain liquidity in Israel for the convenience of those shareholders in Israel who prefer to trade on the TASE, and Mylan is already well-advanced in the process of submitting its application to the TASE and the Israel Securities Authority, and is committed to continuing to work closely with these parties to complete this process.
September 23, 2015
18:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks 2%-6% cuts on China-made goods from suppliers, Reuters says
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18:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks 2%-6% cuts on China-made goods from suppliers, Reuters says
06:16 EDTPRGOMylan countersues Perrigo, cites tender offer 'misstatements,' Reuters reports
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