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May 19, 2015
12:47 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Target sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, 2%-3% sales growth
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $17.09B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.98B-$17.25B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $21.75B, beating analysts' estimates for $1.46 and $21.63B, respectively. The company said comparable sales increased 3.8% in Q4, reflecting a 3.2% increase in comparable transactions. Target said digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to SSS growth. Target forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, SSS up about 2% and said its top priority is to drive digital sales growth. The company said it could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year and noted that its workers' wages are "competitive." NEWS: At its Financial Community Meeting on March 3, Target forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, against estimates at that time for $4.50, on sales growth of 2%-3% for the fiscal year. The company also forecast 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond, as well as 5%-10% annual dividend growth. Target forecast $2B in savings in expenses and cost of goods over the next two years and 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over the next five years. As for share repurchases, Target sees $2B this year, and said it continues to support the dividend and repurchase "billions." Looking to FY15, Target forecast FY15 capital expenditures of $2.1B and sees expected CapEx of $2B-$2.5B over the next five years. Target said its gross margin rate of 29.5% is "achievable." Target said it would focus on categories including style, baby, kids and wellness. As part of its $2B cost savings plan, Target said it will cut "several thousand jobs." Target said in a filing that on March 10, the company notified approximately 1,700 employees whose employment will be terminated as part of an overall plan to transform Targetís business. The company said it expects to incur severance costs of $10M. During the quarter, Target said it planned to raise its minimum pay for all workers to at least $9 an hour starting in April, according to The Wall Street Journal, and agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, Reuters reported. Target reached a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailerís 2013 data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19M in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe. Target Canada said it would close the last 133 retail stores by April 12. Target also announced plans to sell its Target Commercial Interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace. The retailer launched the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection in April, which rendered its website inaccessible for short time after it was overwhelmed by customer traffic, The WSJ said. The WSJ also reported that, according to sources, Target gave notice to Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and others that it will reduce their presence in Target circulars and in-store advertisements. STREET RESEARCH: Following Target's analyst meeting, Wells Fargo said it thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral in April and increased its price target to $92 from $86. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. The firm said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 1.6% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.51% to $77.96.
12:25 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:37 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart drops 2% after Q1 earnings miss expectations
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart now sees forex hurting FY16 net sales by $14B
Wal-Mart CFO Charles Holley said on the company's Q1 earnings call that the company expects currency to remain a "significant headwind" for the year. Assuming exchange rates remain where they are today, the impact on full year net sales would be approximately $14B, which compares to guidance in February of approximately $10B. Assuming exchange rates remain where they are today, the impact on FY16 EPS would be approximately 13c per share, compared to prior guidance of 10c per share.
07:18 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Q1 Sam's Club results 'disappointing'
Rosalind Brewer said on Wal-Mart's Q1 earnings call that Samís Club Q1 results were "disappointing, as comp sales missed guidance, and we delivered softer net sales and profit than last year." Sam's Club reported Q1 comp sales without fuel up 0.4%, with traffic down 0.2% and ticket up 0.6%. Sam's Club expects comp sales for the 13-week period ending July 31 to be between flat and up 2%.
07:14 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q1 global e-commerce sales up about 17%
Walmart U.S. e-commerce saw double-digit comp growth across many departments, the company said. Walmart U.S. mobile traffic was up over 100% for the quarter Walmart U.S. saw higher conversion rates as well, the company added. Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.06-$1.18, consensus $1.17
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07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q1 EPS $1.03, consensus $1.04
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May 18, 2015
15:35 EDTWMTWal-Mart May 79.5 weekly straddle priced for 2.4% movement into Q1
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15:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart May weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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15:00 EDTWMTNotable 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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07:46 EDTCOSTAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
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 17, 2015
19:11 EDTTGTTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTDGPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTFDOTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
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