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WMT

Wal-Mart

$74.80

0.73 (0.99%)

, KR

Kroger

$29.71

-0.24 (-0.80%)

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Wal-Mart escalating ongoing food price war to beat competitors, WSJ says

Wal-Mart (WMT) is escalating an ongoing food price war with the goal of having its food prices 15% lower than its competitors at least 80% of the time, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer is investing heavily to lower prices in U.S. stores, spending to beat competitors' prices and test price drops, mostly on food and household goods sold at stores in the Southeast and Midwest, people familiar with the tactics say. Wal-Mart competes against Amazon (AMZN) and European discounters Aldi and Lidl and supermarkets like Kroger (KR). Reference Link

WMT

Wal-Mart

$74.80

0.73 (0.99%)

KR

Kroger

$29.71

-0.24 (-0.80%)

AMZN

Amazon.com

$902.06

2.86 (0.32%)

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WMT Wal-Mart
$74.80

0.73 (0.99%)

04/19/17
WEDB
04/19/17
NO CHANGE
WEDB
Outperform
Wayfair among 'most ripe' online pure-play takeover targets, says Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Seth Basham says Wal-Mart (WMT) may have started a trend of major online pure play acquisitions with its acquisition of Jet.com last year, pointing to PetSmart's "pricey" acquisition of online retailer Chewy.com yesterday as an extension of that trend. Within this backdrop, traditional retailers, and investors, may be recognizing online pure plays are tough to beat and may be best viewed as targets, contends Basham, who calls Wayfair (W) "one of the most ripe acquisition targets" in the space. The analyst, who lays out a large number of potential suitors for Wayfair, has an Outperform rating on the shares.
04/10/17
MSCO
04/10/17
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MSCO
Underweight
J.M. Smucker downgraded on Wall-Mart, private label risk at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded J.M. Smucker (SJM) to Underweight from Equal Weight saying increased retail competition adds to a challenging US Foods backdrop. Analyst Matthew Grainger sees two headwinds emerging from Wal-Mart's (WMT) increased leverage over Food manufacturers and renewed private label growth. The analyst said Wal-Mart's total grocery sales have grown at a fast 4% CAGR, giving increased leverage over Food manufacturers, and private label trends have inflected across a range of center-store categories, which could intensify an already competitive retail grocery landscape. Grainger said J.M. Smucker's has outsized risk to Wal-Mart and private label risk , and as a result downgraded shares and lowered his price target to $126 from $132.
04/20/17
WOLF
04/20/17
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WOLF
Peer Perform
Amazon downgraded by Wolfe Research with 'retail bloodbath' seen ahead
As previously reported, Wolfe Research downgraded Amazon.com to Peer Perform from Outperform. Analyst Scott Mushkin said shares are approaching his price target and he expects increasing competition through year-end. He expects next year to be a "bloodbath" in retail due to increased competition from Wal-Mart (WMT), traditional consumable operators, and other broadlines/specialty retailers, leading to a deceleration in Amazon sales, he tells investors. Mushkin reduced his FY17 earnings estimate to $6.52 from $6.63 and FY18 to $9.92 from $10.09 due mostly to lowered expectations in North America.
04/18/17
KEYB
04/18/17
NO CHANGE
KEYB
Wal-Mart outlook has improved, says KeyBanc
KeyBanc is more confident in Wal-Mart's near-term and long-term momentum after examining credit card data and visiting one of the company's latest Supercenter prototypes. The firm says that the credit card data indicates that the company's store traffic accelerated by 1.6 percentage points in March. The firm believes that the prototype suggests that the company is going to use technology more effectively to improve customers' experience and lower costs. KeyBanc expects Wal-Mart's Q1 EPS and SSS to beat expectations. It keeps a $90 price target and an Overweight rating on the shares.
KR Kroger
$29.71

-0.24 (-0.80%)

04/20/17
FBCO
04/20/17
NO CHANGE
Target $40
FBCO
Outperform
Whole Foods more logical target for Kroger than appreciated, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Edward Kelly has been a big advocate of the turnaround opportunity at Whole Foods (WFM) for some time, but he also believes the market underappreciates the potential to unlock value through a sale to a strategic buyer. The analyst sees Kroger (KR) particularly well-positioned to bid for this still high quality asset, adding that an acquisition by the latter would make a lot of sense. Other suitors could also emerge, as evidenced by news of Amazon's (AMZN) interest last year, he adds. Kelly reiterates an Outperform rating and $40 price target on Whole Foods' shares.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Goldman with analyst Gabriela Borges saying estimates are likely to move higher as momentum builds through 2017. The introduction of advanced analytics platform Helix addresses many of FireEye's previous challenges by reducing total cost of ownership by up to 50% while streamlining the company's go-to-market under its new head of sales, the analyst contends. 2. Kroger (KR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital with analyst William Kirk citing valuation. 3. Dollar Tree (DLTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Edward Kelly saying while challenges clearly remain, particularly given the deteriorating industry backdrop, Dollar Tree differentiates itself at this point by having the resources at its disposal to address its momentum in transaction synergies. Kelly believes it may be one of the few large cap staples retailers to actually grow earnings in 2017 and sees the risk/reward as balanced. 4. Ferrari (RACE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi with analyst Michael Tyndal saying Ferrari can raise prices, grow volumes and reduce unit costs in unison. This is "something that is relatively unheard of in the auto world," the analyst contends. He sees potential for the company's volumes to double in a decade. 5. Winnebago (WGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast with analyst Seth Woolf saying it reported an excellent second quarter report. The analyst said the Grand Design acquisition has been more profitable than previously thought and expects the company to participate in robust growth trends in towables. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
04/18/17
SBSH
04/18/17
NO CHANGE
Target $960
SBSH
Buy
Citi views Trader Joe's as best fit for Amazon
After Bloomberg reported that Amazon (AMZN) mulled a bid for Whole Foods Markets (WFM) last year and the New York Post reported that BJ's Wholesale Club is putting itself up for sale and that Amazon has expressed modest internal interest, Citi analyst Mark May says the best fit for Amazon is a chain not likely for sale: Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's sales per square feet are reportedly $1,723, well ahead of Whole Foods at $937 and Kroger (KR) at $496, May tells investors in a research note. The analyst believes Whole Foods' premium pricing strategy runs counter to Amazon's value proposition. On BJ's, May believes an acquisition by Amazon is also unlikely. He keeps a Buy rating on Amazon with a $960 price target.
04/12/17
JPMS
04/12/17
NO CHANGE
JPMS
JPMorgan thinks JANA wants strategic partner for Whole Foods
JPMorgan analyst Ken Goldman says he increasingly believes that JANA Partners' primary mission with Whole Foods Market (WFM) may less be about operational improvements than creating value for shareholders via a strategic partner. The analyst questions how JANA is confident that management and the board are unwilling to talk to potential suitors being that the activist is yet to engage the company. JANA, with many relationships in the supermarket industry, could be communicating with third parties, Goldman tells investors in a research note after Bloomberg reported that Amazon.com (AMZN) mulled a purchase of Whole Foods prior to JANA's presence. The analyst says "don't sleep" on a possible merger between Whole Foods and a private company since many of the U.S.'s larger supermarket chains are privately held. Public companies could have interest in Whole Foods, but a deal with Kroger (KR) is unlikely, Goldman contends.
AMZN Amazon.com
$902.06

2.86 (0.32%)

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On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Amazon.com (AMZN) downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research with analyst Scott Mushkin saying shares are approaching his price target and he expects increasing competition through year-end. 2. Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research with analyst Brian Wieser saying shares are trading near the value of AT&T's (T) offering price. 3. Molson Coors (TAP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen with analyst Vivien Azer citing expectations for persistent beer volume headwinds. The analyst believes alcohol consumption could be pressured for at least the next decade, partly due to increased cannabis use, and a contraction in the alcohol cycle. Azer said Molson is uniquely exposed to the increasingly vibrant and growing cannabis markets and notes there is an inverse relationship between cannabis use and alcohol consumption over time. 4. eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi with analyst James Cakmak saying he sees insufficient upside to estimates to justify the lofty valuation. The analyst said the path to double-digit growth may be pushed out 2019 and limited potential to outperform topline expectations in 2017. Further, the analyst sees margin pressures from product mix towards StubHub and rising development spend for the backend, and limited opportunities for multiple expansion. 5. Ruth's Hospitality (RUTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James with analyst Brian Vaccaro citing valuation. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
04/21/17
LEHM
04/21/17
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Target $185
LEHM
Overweight
Costco upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Karen Short upgraded Costco Wholesale (COST) to Overweight after her survey of 800 customers indicated more than 80% of them go to Costco stores specifically for food. This suggests the company is "very protected" from Amazon (AMZN), Short tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects Costco's traffic to accelerate amid easing comparisons into the second half of the year. Short also sees the potential for a special dividend from a tax break on foreign cash repatriation. She raised her price target for the shares to $185 from $170.
04/21/17
PIPR
04/21/17
NO CHANGE
Target $1000
PIPR
Overweight
Amazon.com Q2 margin guidance may miss consensus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson expects Amazon.com on April 27 to report Q1 results in-line with expectations. He believes, however, that its Q2 margin guidance may be slightly below consensus. This is consistent with most investor expectations, Olson tells investors in a pre-earnings research note. The analyst believes long-term investors should own Amazon through the Q1 earnings report. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the shares with a $1,000 price target.

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