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News For WMT;TGT;FDO;COST;DG From The Last 14 Days
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April 13, 2015
14:18 EDTTGTTarget names Anne Dament as SVP, Merchandising
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07:15 EDTCOSTAmerican Express shares could hit $105 in 18 months, says William Blair
William Blair analyst Robert Napoli says shares of American Express (AXP) are trading at nearly a 20% valuation discount to the S&P 500, reflecting "very high" pessimism in the name. Napoli tells investors today that other periods of "extreme pessimism" for American Express included 1998, 2001, and 2008/2009, with each proving to be a buying opportunity. He believes the current period will be no different. Napoli expects Amex shares to trend to historical valuation levels as investors look past the loss of Costco (COST) and better appreciate the company's growth opportunities. The analyst believes a stock price of around $105 is “reasonable” in about 18 months. The credit card issuer closed Friday up 43c to $79.59.
06:22 EDTTGTGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
15:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walton family puts shares in newly formed trust, Reuters says
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April 10, 2015
18:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Walton family to place 6% of shares in trust, Reuters reports
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTTGT, DG, FDOBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:56 EDTCOSTCostco March comps slow but underlying trends solid, says Baird
Baird noted that March comps for Costco were below expectations and trends slowed from their recent pace, but said that underlying comps remain solid. The firm said shares could dip on the headlines, but they would be buyers, as they believe Costco offers a compelling value proposition, consistent traffic flow, and a loyal member base. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $165 price target on Costco shares.
05:23 EDTCOSTCostco and Tmall Global release joint statement regarding 'false claims'
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05:17 EDTCOSTCostco reports March net sales $10.4B vs. $10.43B last year
The calendar shift negatively impacted this year's net and comparable sales by an estimated 1%-1.5%. Reports March comparable sales down 2%, March U.S. comparable sales flat, March international comparable sales down 9%. Reports March comparable sales, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange up 4%, U.S. comparable sales excluding negative impacts up 4%, international comparable sales excluding negative impacts up 4%.
April 8, 2015
12:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart: Pay raises for over 34,000 associates in Florida effective this week
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08:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says sales trends in March 'rebounded nicely'
"We continue to see tangible benefits from the investments we have made to strengthen our value proposition for customers. Our comparable store sales and customer traffic trends are improving, and we are beginning to see stabilization in key categories. While our trends in late-February were adversely impacted by severe winter weather, our sales trends in March rebounded nicely, reflecting both improved traffic trends and the benefit of an earlier Easter,” said Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about the pending merger with Dollar Tree, and our teams are working to ensure a successful integration.”
08:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says not providing guidance
On January 22, Family Dollar (FDO) stockholders adopted the merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The completion of the merger remains subject to Federal Trade Commission clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and other closing conditions. Dollar Tree, with support from Family Dollar, is continuing to work with the FTC to obtain clearance under the HSR Act, including in connection with arranging for divestitures. Dollar Tree has informed Family Dollar that Dollar Tree intends to close the merger by the end of May 2015. In light of the pending transaction, the company has not provided earnings guidance for fiscal 2015 and will not hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter results.
08:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports March SSS up 3.7%
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08:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 73c
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06:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico reports March sales up 9.4% from last year
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05:49 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $85 from $80 at Deutsche Bank
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05:16 EDTWMTWalmart announces pay raises for over 72K associates in TX go into effect
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April 7, 2015
16:38 EDTFDODollar Tree discloses update on FTC review process of Family Dollar acquisition
Dollar Tree (DLTR) disclosed in a regulatory filing, the following update on the Federal Trade Commission’s review process of the company’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). As of April 1, the FTC’s staff has substantially completed its review and identified approximately 340 stores for divestiture, representing approximately $47.4M of operating income. The company expects that all or almost all of the stores that will be divested will be Family Dollar stores. The company continues to make progress with divestiture buyers and has received multiple indications of interest from buyers, each of whom intend to operate these divested locations as dollar stores to address the FTC's concerns. The company is working to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected bidders in April 2015 and in parallel to secure FTC approval. The company intends to close the proposed merger in May, but this timing is subject to certain factors beyond the company’s control, including FTC approval.
15:30 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:23 EDTTGTFreshpet dry food product launched at Target, says Baird
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