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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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September 29, 2014
18:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart blames Tracy Morgan for his own injuries in car crash, USA Today says
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08:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom to board
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Systrom, an entrepreneur, software engineer and co-founder of photo-sharing service Instagram (FB), as a new member of the company's Board, effective September 26. Systrom became the 15th member of the Board and will also serve as a member of the company's Technology and eCommerce Committee and its Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee. Systrom is currently CEO of Instagram, where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations and has overseen its growth to more than 200 million monthly active accounts.
September 24, 2014
12:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:49 EDTWMTGreen Dot's 2014 guidance incorporates Wal-Mart, says Piper Jaffray
Green Dot (GDOT) announced this morning that it will offer its GoBank product at Wal-Mart (WMT) stores nationwide by the end of October. Piper said GoBank has been piloted in a few stores in Texas and the launch has already been incorporated into Green Dot's 2014 guidance and accounts for relatively little in revenues. The firm views the news as a positive in total and said it shows continued traction within GoBank and its relationship with Wal-Mart. Shares of GoBank are Overweight rated with a $24 price target.
09:05 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:14 EDTWMTGreen Dot, Wal-Mart announce nationwide rollout of GoBank
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September 18, 2014
10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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September 17, 2014
09:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart faces criticism for dismissing China workers, Bloomberg reports
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06:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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September 16, 2014
13:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart finalizes Coca-Cola ad agreement in New York, Bloomberg says
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said that Wal-Mart (WMT) charged New York customers more for Coca-Cola (KO) products than stated in national circulars, going against inaccurate advertising regulations, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from Schneiderman. The retailer will pay a $66K penalty to settle the matter. Reference Link
09:36 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart spokesman steps down due to resume fib, Bloomberg says
The Chief spokesman for Wal-Mart, David Tovar, stepped down after the retailer learned a nearly 20-year fabrication in his official resume, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the situation. Reference Link
05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart, AutoInsurance.com announce national expansion
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