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August 13, 2014
12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.15-$1.25, U.S. SSS flat
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, August 14, 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 $1.21 on revenue of $119.0B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.17-$1.24 on revenue of $117.87B-$120.3B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported first quarter EPS of $1.10, missing estimates of $1.15, on revenue of $115B against estimates of $116.27B. The company said severe weather in the United States negatively impacted EPS by approximately 3c. U.S. same store sales were flat in the quarter. Wal-Mart forecast Q2 EPS of $1.15-$1.25 and U.S. comp store sales "relatively flat." Guidance assumed incremental investments in e-commerce, headwinds from higher health care costs in the U.S. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. NEWS: In its Q1 report, Wal-Mart said forecast its full-year effective tax rate 32%-34%, and at the high end of this range for Q2. On its earnings conference call, the company said it expected its capital expenditures to be heavier in the back half of the fiscal year, citing its accelerated rollout of additional small format stores. The company also said costs from higher benefit enrollment and utilization by U.S. associates and healthcare cost inflation would be a headwind of over $300M for the FY. During the quarter, Wal-Mart named Greg Foran as president and CEO of Walmart U.S., effective August 9. The company, which acquired online product discovery community Luvocracy, was set to reduce prices on 10% more items in an effort to combat rivals and woo more customers during this year's back-to-school shopping season, according to the company's executive VP for U.S. general merchandise, Steve Bratspies. Wal-Mart's Asda unit reportedly cut 1,360 jobs as part of an overhaul of its store management structure. Neil Ashe, President & CEO of Walmart Global eCommerce, predicted that the company's e-commerce sales would reach $13B this year. CEO Doug McMillon told the Code Conference in June that the company plans to accelerate the pace of its acquisitions, calling out 3-D printing, wearable computers, connected-home devices and mobile purchasing as areas of interest. STREET RESEARCH: Baird, which sees the potential for improving fundamentals in the second half of the year, believes the company is taking the appropriate steps to grow the business long term. Jefferies downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart shares to Hold from Buy and cut its price target to $76 from $89. The firm said the retailer's investment spending may not be yielding positive results and sees risk to annual guidance from elevated expenses and lackluster sales. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are down almost 6.5% over the last three months and are down 6% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are down fractionally to $74.03.
News For WMT From The Last 14 Days
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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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March 16, 2015
06:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell Tide rival Persil in stores, WSJ reports
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