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November 24, 2014
08:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart names former American Airlines CEO Tom Horton to board
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November 21, 2014
09:17 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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November 20, 2014
17:21 EDTWMTSolarCity announces new power, energy storage projects with Walmart
SolarCity (SCTY) announced it has entered into contract with Walmart (WMT) for the installation of new solar projects at facilities in up to 36 states over the next four years. SolarCity has completed more than 200 solar projects at Walmart locations since 2010. SolarCity has also installed and tested energy storage projects co-located with solar power generation at 13 Walmart facilities since early 2013, and will be incorporating ten additional storage projects in the next year.
November 19, 2014
05:15 EDTWMTWalmart to match competitors' Black Friday deals one week early
Walmart announced that for the second year, the retailer is lowering the prices on popular toys, electronics and more to match or beat select Black Friday offers from national competitors one week early. Walmart’s Pre-Black Friday Event begins Friday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 a.m. and also gives customers an early taste of Walmart’s Black Friday prices by moving up items typically found on Black Friday.
November 18, 2014
09:03 EDTWMTI.D. Systems receives three-year contract extension from Walmart
I.D. Systems (IDSY) has executed a three-year extension of its contract with Walmart Stores (WMT) to provide VeriWise trailer tracking and management services for Walmart's fleet of cargo trailers. The contract extension, which runs through October, 2017, has a maximum aggregate value of approximately $14M.
05:26 EDTWMTDisney Movies Anywhere now available through Walmart VUDU service
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November 14, 2014
16:39 EDTWMTBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTWMTNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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14:46 EDTWMTDisney movies service partnering with Wal-Mart's Vudu, Reuters reports
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10:00 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $91 from $83 at UBS
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07:27 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $92 from $82 at BofA/Merrill
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
November 13, 2014
16:36 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street saw another day of relatively quiet trading in a tight range, but the major averages once again finished the session higher than where they'd began. The Dow, powered by the post-earnings advance from Wal-Mart (WMT), led and closed at a new all-time high for the third time in the last four days. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rebounded 12K to 290K in the week ending November 8, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell to 4.335M in September, versus the consensus forecast for 4.8M openings. The Treasury reported a $121.7B budget deficit for October, versus the consensus deficit forecast of $117B. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart led the Dow, advancing $3.74, or 4.72%, to $82.94 after the world's largest retailer's earnings beat expectations and it reported U.S. comparable store sales grew 0.5% during the just-completed quarter... Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to acquire the Duracell battery business from Procter and Gamble (PG) via a stock swap. In exchange for a recapitalized Duracell company, which will include approximately $1.7B in cash at closing, P&G will receive shares of its own common stock currently held by Berkshire having a current value of approximately $4.7B, the companies announced. Shares of Procter & Gamble, which also guided to FY15 core EPS growth in a mid-single digit percentage range, fell 88c, or 0.98%, to $88.60 after the deal was announced and guidance was issued. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Baker Hughes (BHI), which surged $7.77, or 15.24%, to $58.75 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in fast-moving talks to be acquired by larger peer Halliburton (HAL), which also rose 56c, or 1.05%, to $53.79 following the report. Also higher was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which jumped $3.15, or 14.08%, to $25.52 after several media outlets reported that the animated movie maker company was in talks about selling itself to toy maker Hasbro (HAS). Hasbro shares fell $2.49, or 4.33%, to $54.98 following the reports. Also lower were shares of Revance (RVNC), which fell $4.93, or 23.48%, to $16.07 after the company said last night that the preliminary results from its ongoing open-label study suggest it still has "some work to do" to increase the probability of success for its upcoming Phase 3 pivotal program for RT001. INDEXES: The Dow rose 40.59, or 0.23%, to 17,652.79, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.11%, to 4,680.14, and the S&P 500 added 1.08, or 0.05%, to 2,039.33.
12:44 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:40 EDTWMTActive equity options trading
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07:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart up 1.3% to $80.25 in pre-market following Q3 earnings beat
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q4 EPS $1.46-$1.56, consensus $1.57
For the 13-week period ending Jan. 30, 2015, Walmart U.S. expects comp store sales to be between flat and 1%. Sam's Club expects comp sales, excluding fuel, for the 13-week period to be between flat and 2%.
07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart narrows FY14 EPS view to $4.92-$5.02 from $4.90-$5.15
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07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q3 continuing ops EPS $1.15, consensus $1.12
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06:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart Canada planning to cut 200 jobs, Globe and Mail reports
Wal-Mart Canada is planning to cut 200 jobs, mostly at its head office in Mississauga, the Globe and Mail reports. The reduction is expected to be announced next week and follows disappointing earnings at the Wal-Mart unit over the past few quarters. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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15:48 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
15:29 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.12; Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.68; Tyco (TYC), consensus 56c; Kohl's (KSS), consensus 74c; Helmerich & Payne (HP), consensus $1.67; Sally Beauty (SBH), consensus 40c; Manulife Financial (MFC), consensus 40c; TransDigm (TDG), consensus $2.02; MAXIMUS (MMS), consensus 52c.
15:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature on the chart is easily seen on a 5-year chart. Since early 2013 the shares have been trading in a sideways channel bound largely by $70 at the low and $80 at the high. Those bounds become the key levels to watch for post-earnings trading. A move above $80, and preferably above the life high at $81.37, would signal a new leg up had begun. It would in effect be a range breakout with the potential for a move to the $90 area over time based on the height of the channel. The stock is pushing up toward that level ahead of earnings. Equally, a major disappointment could send the shares to the low of the range at $70. That area would still need to be broken to the downside to break the range, with an eventual move to $65 possible if it was broken. If the news is insufficiently strong to push price out of the range, it will likely continue in this trading range for some time awaiting a new catalyst.
13:47 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart November weekly 79 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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06:46 EDTWMTWal-Mart reminds stores to display fresh grocery products, NY Times says
Wal-Mart last month issued a memo to managers around the U.S., telling them to discount older meat and baked goods to ensure that they sell before they reach their expiration dates, according to The New York Times. The memo also reminds managers to remove expired dairy products and eggs, as well as moldy or rotting produce, from shelves, and reduce inventory, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
05:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces 'New Black Friday' event, holiday pay for associates
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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12:36 EDTWMTAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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