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February 20, 2013
12:22 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees in-line Q4 EPS, analyst says comps have peaked
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report Q4 before the market open on Thursday, February 21, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.57 on revenue of $128.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.52-$1.59 on revenue of $127.52B-$130.19B... LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported Q3 EPS of 1.08 against estimates for $1.07, on revenue of $113.9B against estimates for $114.95B. The company forecast Q4 EPS $1.53-$1.58 and reaffirmed the top end of its FY EPS view of $4.88-$4.93, consensus $4.92. In a regulatory filing related, Wal-Mart stated that the board's Audit Committee was conducting an internal investigation into alleged violations of the U.S. FCPA and other alleged crimes or misconduct in connection with foreign subsidiaries, including Wal-Mart de Mexico, and whether prior allegations of such violations and/or misconduct were appropriately handled by the company. The company also said it was conducting a voluntary global review of its policies. During the quarter, the company reported its "best ever" Black Friday events, but CEO Mike Duke later said that the fiscal cliff was affecting shoppers. Bloomberg reported that the Mexican unit of Wal-Mart used a current state governor to facilitate $156,000 in bribes meant to help open stores, an ex-lawyer for the retailer told company officials in 2005, according to documents released by members of the U.S. Congress. Wal-Mart (WMT) executives said February sales are off to the worst monthly start in seven years, calling sales a "total disaster" in internal emails, Bloomberg also reported; the company responded to the Bloomberg report by saying that "internal communications may lack appropriate context" ... STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's U.S. sales have slowed significantly over the last 3-4 weeks and that Q1 comps to date are running negative. The firm sees downside to consensus estimates for the year. Earlier this month, shares were downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan, as the firm believes comps have peaked given pressures from the payroll tax increase and that earnings growth will be challenged going forward following successful company initiatives... PRICE ACTION: Year-to-date, shares are up just over 1%. Ahead of earnings, shares are trading up almost 1%.
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March 31, 2015
09:07 EDTWMTSynchrony partners with My Home Renovator to offer credit card program
Synchrony Financial (SYF) announced a new, multi-year agreement to offer a private label credit card program for consumers to finance a wide range of home improvement products and services through My Home Renovator locations. My Home Renovatorís network of retail locations inside Walmart (WMT) stores nationwide allows shoppers with home improvement projects to easily connect with qualified renovators and products.
08:57 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hold a strategic update
President & CEO Foran holds a U.S. strategic update in New York on April 1 at 9 am. Webcast Link
08:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart April weekly volatility elevated into U.S. strategic update
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06:48 EDTWMTWal-Mart to omit holder proposal on staff motivation, Reuters says
Wal-Mart will omit a proposal by shareholders that would link executive pay as a method of motivation for employee engagement after the SEC sided with the company, reports Reuters. Reference Link
06:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart accuses Converse of 'extorting monetary settlements,' WWD reports
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06:19 EDTWMTOrganizers behind minimum wage increase movement to broaden reach, NY Times says
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March 30, 2015
12:53 EDTWMTNY AG Schneiderman announces agreement with GNC
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March 27, 2015
05:51 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; GLW WMT
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March 26, 2015
10:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility flat into U.S. strategic update
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09:02 EDTWMTSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Samís Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
08:08 EDTWMTStratasys' MakerBot expands 3D printer sales to Sam's Club locations
MakerBot (SSYS) says it recently started selling the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer at more than 300 Samís Club (WMT) retail locations across the United States.
March 23, 2015
06:57 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Trinity church courtcase scheduled for April 8, WSJ says
A U.S. appeals court on April 8 will decide whether Wal-Mart shareholder Trinity church can force the company to hold a shareholder vote on gun sales, reports the Wall Street Journal. Wal-Mart maintains that what it chooses to sell in its stores is a matter of "regular business" and is not subject to shareholder review. Cornell law professor Lynn Stout and three dozen of her peers have submitted friend of the court briefs to support Trinity, which won an initial case against Wal-Mart in November. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
18:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart shareholders allowed to vote for independent chairman, Reuters says
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March 19, 2015
06:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walmex unit to expand more slowly this year, Reuters reports
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March 18, 2015
09:36 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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