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May 30, 2014
06:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart: ISS 'misconstrues the nature of our executive compensation program'
Wal-Mart said in a filing "Independent proxy advisory firm Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC agreed with the Board and recommended a vote FOR Proposal No. 3. Institutional Shareholder Services, another proxy advisory firm, has recommended a vote AGAINST this proposal. We believe that ISS’s analysis misconstrues the nature and operation of Walmart’s executive compensation program. We believe ISS’s recommendations are incorrect and inconsistent with prior years’ analyses. The primary difference this year appears to be the submission of a letter, dated May 19, 2014, from CtW Investment Group, which contains a number of misrepresentations and intentionally misconstrues our executive compensation program. CtW is a union-affiliated group that has a long and consistent track record of opposing Walmart, with its sole motive being to undermine the company in an attempt to organize Walmart’s associates. As ISS acknowledges in its report, ISS’s own quantitative analysis shows that Walmart’s executive pay is of 'low concern,' with executive pay aligned with performance, and that Walmart’s CEO pay is low relative to the median of its peers. As described in our proxy statement, Walmart’s executive compensation program emphasizes performance and is intended to closely align the interests of our Named Executive Officers with the interests of our shareholders. The Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee regularly reviews our executive compensation program to ensure that compensation is closely tied to aspects of our company’s performance that our Executive Officers can impact and that are likely to have an impact on shareholder value."
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August 18, 2014
18:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart not likely to bid for Family Dollar, Bloomberg reports
According to people familiar with the situation, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is unlikely to make an offer for Family Dollar Stores (FDO), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
08:47 EDTWMTDollar General says would slow store opening growth in Family Dollar deal
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTWMTStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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August 14, 2014
19:59 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees rise in DVD orders following Disney, Amazon feud, Bloomberg says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) online division has capitalized on a feud between Disney (DIS) and Amazon (AMZN) by offering discounted pre-orders on Walt Disney DVDs, according to Bloomberg. Wal-Mart pre-orders of "Captain America" have increased by 90%, while orders of other Disney DVDs have increased by 40%, Bloomberg added, citing an e-mail from Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Toporek. Reference Link
17:53 EDTWMTWal-Mart not a bargain, Barron's reports
Wal-Mart reported in-line quarterly results, but lowered its FY15 EPS view due to investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs. The stock trades for approximately 13 times forward earnings, but only has an 8% long-term earnings growth rate, roughly half the industry average. At current levels, the stock is no bargain, Barron's reports. Reference Link
16:30 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target lowered to $80 from $84 at RW Baird
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12:30 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%
"E-commerce is particularly important to both our customers and our company’s future, and we will continue to invest in areas such as technology, talent, and fulfillment. As a result, our fiscal 2015 earnings per share now assumes 5c-7c of incremental investment, versus our prior guidance of 2c-4c. I would like to add that, although we are slightly revising our e-commerce sales growth to 25% for this year, we continue to be very encouraged by the progress we are making on our strategic goals," Charles Holley, Walmart’s CFO, stated on the company's earnings conference call earlier.
07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. comp traffic down 1.1%, average ticket up 1.1%
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07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart says saw double-digit e-commerce growth in 4 'most important' markets
Wal-Mart saw double-digit e-commerce growth from its "four most important markets," the U.S., U.K., China and Brazil, in Q1, Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon stated on the company's Q2 earnings call.
07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hold a summit
2nd Annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 14 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
07:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO says pleased with 'solid' EPS, encouraged by e-commerce growth
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q3 EPS $1.10-$1.20, consensus $1.18
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07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. SSS flat
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07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, consensus $5.15
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07:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 EPS $1.21, consensus $1.21
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August 13, 2014
15:05 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.15-$1.25, U.S. SSS flat
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12:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments ahead of results
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