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February 15, 2013
14:31 EDTFDO, WMT, DLTR, COST, DG, TGTRetailers 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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May 1, 2015
16:49 EDTCOSTJ&J says Costco filed complaint against Vision Care unit
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April 29, 2015
10:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart commits to invest in 115 new stores in China by 2017
Walmart’s global president and CEO, Doug McMillon, reiterated Walmart’s commitment to growing its business in China while speaking live at an event in Beijing, the company announced. McMillon committed that from 2015-2017, Walmart will open 115 new stores in China, including supercenter and Sam’s Club formats, creating more than 30,000 jobs in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan and other Tier 1 & 2 cities. Walmart’s Sam’s Club format is also a key part of investment strategy and Walmart plans to open 7 new clubs in the next 2-3 years, the company stated. In the future, Walmart will continue to invest in remodeling and upgrading existing stores, investing more than RMB370M in the remodeling of more than 50 stores in 2015.
05:53 EDTWMTWal-Mart accelerates China expansion, adds 115 new stores, Financial Times says
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April 28, 2015
07:01 EDTWMTVIVUS announces discount program through Sam's Club for Qsymia
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06:24 EDTTGTSmall lenders object to settlements between card networks merchants, WSJ says
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April 27, 2015
20:03 EDTWMTBest Buy's use of Apple Pay raises questions about Wal-Mart's MCX, Re/code says
Best Buy (BBY) announced it will accept Apple (AAPL) Pay in its stores later in the year, reports Re/code, citing company statements. Re/code notes that the move raises questions about Best Buy's previously announced partnership with rival payment consortium MCX, spearheaded by Wal-Mart (WMT). A Best Buy spokesperson said it is "too early to declare" whether the company will use MCX's platform at launch, while multiple sources claimed the delay in implementing Apple Pay is partly due to exclusivity agreements with MCX. Reference Link
06:15 EDTCOST, WMTWal-Mart fighting for right to sell more alcohol in Texas, WSJ reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is fighting for the right to sell more alcohol in Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming legal limits on sales of hard liquor are "unconstitutional," the publication says. Wal-Mart has also joined fellow retailers Costco (COST) and Kroger (KR), as well as other groups, to back legislation that would override the current state beverage laws. Reference Link
April 24, 2015
10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
08:12 EDTTGTTarget upgraded on improving initiatives and consumer at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. BofA/Merrill 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 target increased to $92 from $86.
08:03 EDTTGTTarget upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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April 23, 2015
19:56 EDTWMTWal-Mart blocks shareholder vote to examine possible gender bias, Guardian says
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09:35 EDTCOSTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
April 21, 2015
10:01 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
06:18 EDTWMT, TGTUS merchants struggle to meet deadline for accepting chip cards, WSJ reports
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