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October 6, 2011
07:06 EDTKSS, JCP, BJ, BBY, COST, WMT, M, TGTRetail trade group sees holiday sales up 2.8%, LA Times reports
The National Retail Federation forecasts U.S. retail sales in the upcoming holiday season will rise 2.8% to $465.6B, reported The Los Angeles Times. Reference Link
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April 11, 2014
14:26 EDTJCPCBL & Associates expects more J.C. Penney closures
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09:19 EDTMMacy's management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in Boston on April 15-16 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:49 EDTCOSTCostco earnings can accelerate 'dramatically,' says Janney Capital
Janney Capital says Costco's price investments continue to drive share and build loyalty and have helped its traffic remain robust. The firm expects strong traffic to continue and for gas and forex headwinds to subside, which could lead to Costco's earnings accelerating "dramatically" in 2014. Janney keeps a Buy rating on Costco shares.
07:09 EDTKSS, WMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
April 10, 2014
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
09:48 EDTCOSTCostco sees 1.5%-2% effect on April comps from 1 less shopping day
This April to include 27 selling days, compared to 28 days in same period last year. Costco says average transaction flat year-over-year in March, including forex impact. Comments from March sales results call.
06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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05:47 EDTCOSTCostco reports March total company SSS up 5%
Reports March revenue up 8% to $10.43B vs. $9.67B last year. Reports March total company SSS, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, up 7%.
April 9, 2014
16:34 EDTKSSAbercrombie & Fitch names Joanne Crevoiserat CFO
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09:20 EDTCOST, MBofA/Merrill's retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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April 8, 2014
11:42 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; P JCP
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06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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April 7, 2014
06:33 EDTBBYBest Buy implied volatility of 32 at lower end of index mean range
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06:28 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SWY JCP
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April 4, 2014
11:31 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP TWTR
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08:59 EDTBBYBest Buy has upside drivers ahead, says BofA/Merrill
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08:02 EDTWMTSam's Club extends contract for branded credit card program with GE Capital
Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (GE) to extend their existing relationship to provide Samís Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capitalís Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Samís Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Samís Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard (MA) later this year. Walmart has also extended their relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank and branded cards will transition to MasterCard later this year.
06:07 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; JCP PLUG
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