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February 15, 2013
14:31 EDTDLTR, COST, DG, TGT, FDO, WMTRetailers lower after Wal-Mart reportedly calls February 'a disaster'
Shares of a number of department and discount stores moved lower in afternoon trading after the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart (WMT), reportedly said that its sales in February have been "a total disaster." In internal emails obtained by Bloomberg, Wal-Mart executives said sales in February are off to their worst start in years, attributing the weakness to the expiration of payroll tax cuts, the report said. Following the headlines, shares Wal-Mart fell to near their session low, down 3.3% to $68.47. Peers Target (TGT) and Costco (COST) fell sharply as well, with Target down nearly 3% and sliding about 0.6% after being higher in morning trade. A number of dollar stores fell as well, as Family Dollar (FDO) and Dollar General (DG) gave ups their earlier gains and were both nearly flat following the report.
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August 28, 2015
07:44 EDTDGDollar General weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
UBS said to use the pullback in Dollar General as buying opportunity. The firm expects its profitability formula to remain stable for the foreseeable future and sees the company's sales trajectory as setting up well for the second half of the year and beyond. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Dollar General shares.
August 27, 2015
16:28 EDTDGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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12:41 EDTDGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
10:55 EDTDGDollar General 'bullish' about 2H15, holiday season
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10:22 EDTDGDollar General says affordability initiative 'front and center'
Says goal to reduce truck to shelf time. Sees further opportunity to better execute future growth initiatives. Says returned $265M to shareholders through repurchase and dividends. Says it has completed first of three phases of labor investment. Says implementations of phases two and three to accelerate in 2H15. Says "strong" results driven by incremental store investments. Says moving forward with inventory management initiatives. Says will capitalize on consumer insights in 2H15. Says broadening reach across categories with more "impactful" licensed products. Says focused on expanding merchandise leading up to holiday season. Says remains "optimistic" about new store outlook. Says has reduced capital investment for remodels. Says development pipeline is nearly 80% complete for 2015 store openings. Says repurchased over $3B of common stock since 2011. Says first priority is investing in new stores. Says roughly $489M of current repurchase authorization remains. Says new store prototype to roll out in 2016 with faster, more convenient checkout. Says "well-positioned" to succeed in hair care market. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call. In morning trading, shares in Dollar General were down 3.42% to $74.09.
10:00 EDTDGDollar General falls after earnings
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09:26 EDTDGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:05 EDTDGDollar General sees FY15 EPS $3.85-$3.95, consensus $3.95
For the 2015 fiscal year, the Company is reconfirming its financial guidance provided on June 2, 2015. Total sales are expected to increase 8 to 9 percent over the 2014 fiscal year, with same-store sales expected to increase 3 to 3.5 percent. Operating profit for 2015 is expected to increase 7 to 9 percent over the 2014 adjusted operating profit. Diluted EPS for the fiscal year is expected to be approximately $3.85 to $3.95. Considering sales performance to date and the current operating environment, management expectations are that same-store sales likely will be closer to the low-end of the range. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $500 million to $550 million in 2015. Dollar General plans to open approximately 730 new stores in 2015, or 6 percent square footage growth, and relocate or remodel 875 stores. To date, the Company is on track with its pipeline development to accelerate new store openings to 7 percent square footage growth in 2016.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General confirms FY15 financial outlook
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07:04 EDTDGDollar General reports Q2 EPS 95c, consensus 94c
Reports Q2 revenue $5.1B, consensus $5.14B. Reports Q2 SSS up 2.8%.
06:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart extends holiday layaway program two weeks, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to boost its holiday layaway program by two weeks ahead of an expected year-end demand for Star Wars toys, a Disney (DIS) property, Reuters reports. The retailer will jumpstart the program on August 28, two weeks earlier than last year, the report says, citing comments from Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Wal-Mart. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
15:00 EDTDGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar General (DG), consensus 94c... J. M. Smucker (SJM), consensus $1.23... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 91c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus $1.15... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 54c... Michaels (MIK), consensus 16c... Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 12c.
14:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart phasing out sales of modern sport rifles, Washington Post says
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August 25, 2015
16:01 EDTTGTTarget sees $550M pretax gain after closing CVS transaction
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07:38 EDTDLTR, DGDollar Tree, Dollar General weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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August 24, 2015
15:29 EDTDGDollar General August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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15:01 EDTTGTWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
13:17 EDTTGTTarget to pay $2.8M to resolve EEOC discrimination finding
Target has agreed to pay $2.8M to resolve a Commissioner's charge of discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Based on the investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity, and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC found. In addition, EEOC found that one of the assessments Target formerly used in its hiring process also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC determined that this particular assessment performed by psychologists on behalf of Target was a pre-employment medical examination. Employers are prohibited by the ADA from subjecting applicants to medical examinations prior to an offer of employment. EEOC found that Target also committed record-keeping violations by failing to maintain records sufficient to assess the impact of its hiring procedures. EEOC's investigation revealed that thousands were adversely affected when Target used these assessments in its hiring process. The monetary settlement will be divided among these individuals as appropriate. Target will pay for a claims administrator to distribute the funds.
August 23, 2015
13:58 EDTCOSTAmerican Express faces challenging year, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTWMTMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
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