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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 3, 2015
13:32 EDTWMTNY AG confirms toy gun sales settlement with Amazon, Walmart, others
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11:04 EDTWMTAmazon, Wal-Mart, others settle toy gun sales probe in NY, Bloomberg says
Five retailers, including Amazon (AMZN) and Wal-Mart (WMT) have agreed to pay over $300,000 to end an investigation in New York into alleged sales of toy guns that were deemed too realistic, Bloomberg reports. Under an agreement to be officially announced later, the retailers, which also include Kmart, Sears (SHLD), and ACTA, will pay fines and create procedures to ensure that illegal toy guns are not sold in the state of New York, the report says. Reference Link
July 28, 2015
18:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart warns suppliers to comply with labeling laws, WSJ reports
Last week, Wal-Mart sent a memo to hundreds of suppliers warning them to comply with labeling laws, noting that the amount inside a package should match what is printed on the outside, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
14:55 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: MasterCard reports after peers warn of currency headwinds
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July 24, 2015
06:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart increases offerings in baby category
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July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
05:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart acquires remaining shares of Yihaodian
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July 22, 2015
13:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart to end overnight hours at certain stores, Bloomberg reports
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08:38 EDTWMTNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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July 20, 2015
13:46 EDTWMTAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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