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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.
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August 18, 2015
09:39 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:33 EDTWMTMarket moves lower at open
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09:23 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:12 EDTWMTWal-Mart trading short-term pain for long-term gain, says Baird
Baird said Wal-Mart's Q2 results fell below expectations due to higher SG&A and softer gross margins caused by investments made to sustain top-line momentum. The firm feels the company is trading short-term P&L pain for long-term profit gain. Baird maintained its Outperform rating and $86 price target on Wal-Mart shares.
07:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees forex impacting FY16 EPS by approx. 15c per share
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07:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart see Q3 Sam's Club SSS flat to up 2% ex-fuel
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07:21 EDTWMTFutures suggesting slightly lower open
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07:21 EDTWMTFutures suggesting slightly lower open
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart says 'optimistic' about prospects in China despite softening economy
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07:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q3 U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
Says U.S. introducing 8,000 new department manager positions. Says U.S. grocery home shopping pilots remain under way, says "encouraged" by performance of Neighborhood Markets format. Sees Q3 U.S. SSS up approx. 1%-2% vs. up 0.5% last year.
07:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees U.S. comps accelerating in short-term
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07:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart trades lower on outlook
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07:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart says updated FY16 EPS range includes headwinds in U.S. business
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07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees operating profit pressured for remainder of year
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07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 total revenue $120.2B, constant currency basis rev. $124.5B
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07:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 e-commerce sales up approx. 16%
E-commerce sales globally increased approximately 16% on a constant currency basis. Gross merchandise value, or GMV, increased approximately 18% on a constant currency basis. Q2 earnings were pressured by currency fluctuations, lower Walmart U.S. margins and investments in customer experience. Consolidated operating income declined 10%. CEO Doug McMillion says, "We're pleased that the investments we've made are helping to improve our business. Even if it's not as fast as we would like, the fundamentals of serving our customers are consistently improving, and it's reflected in our comps and revenue growth. In this case, our desired changes require investments, which are pressuring earnings this year. We're confident that our strategic plan will create robust sustainable growth for shareholder returns over time."
07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q3 EPS 93c-$1.05, consensus $1.08
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07:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart cuts FY16 EPS view to $4.40-$4.70 from $4.70-$5.05
Consensus is $4.77.
07:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 EPS $1.08, consensus $1.12
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06:12 EDTWMTWal-Mart implied volatility of 23 at upper end of index
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