The September U.S. Dollar Index is trading at 96.17, up 0.07.
The U.S. dollar index is trading choppy and just under the highs of the session.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that year over year Core CPI (consumer price index) for June rose to 2.3 percent versus 2.2 percent May. Year over year CPI was 1.0 percent versus 1.0 percent in May. On the month CPI in June rose 0.2 percent, the same as May.
The Census Bureau reported that June retail sales rose 0.6 percent versus a rise of 0.5 percent in May. Year over year retail sales were up 2.7 percent versus a 2.5 percent rise in May.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York Empire State manufacturing survey for July slipped to 0.55 from 6.01 in June.
The Federal Reserve is scheduled to report Industrial production and capacity utilization at 9:15 a.m. ET.
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Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)
Lululemon Athletica Inc., together with its subsidiaries engages in the design, manufacture, and distribution of athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth primarily in Canada, the United States, and Australia. Its apparel assortments include fitness pants, shorts, tops, and jackets for healthy lifestyle activities, such as yoga, running, and general fitness. The company?s fitness-related accessories comprise bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats, instructional yoga DVDs, and water bottles. It sells its products through its retail stores; independent franchises; and a network of wholesale accounts, such as yoga studios, health clubs, and fitness centers, as well as directly to consumers through e-commerce. As of May 1, 2011, the company had 142 corporate-owned and franchise stores under the lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica brand names. Lululemon Athletica Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
In athletic apparel, lululemon (LULU) gained 4.7% and Under Armour (UA) lost 2.6% as Credit Suisse upgraded the former and downgraded the latter.
Disney (DIS) also ended strong, building on yesterdays gains on news it will meaningfully increase its share repurchase plan.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss and team explain why Lululemon Athletica (LULU) needs show sales momentum when it reports earnings on Thursday:
Our proprietary pricing and inventory analysis suggests lululemon’s long-awaited earnings turnaround is likely underway, driven by a best-in-class pricing strategy, normalized inventory levels, and supply-chain driven margin expansion. With shares up 80% from trough levels in November, versus the S&P 500 up 6%, and shares now trading at 30x P/E, the likelihood of a multi-year merchandise margin expansion phase now seems well-embedded in expectations. This means that top-line trends must maintain the momentum seen year-to-date in order to deliver earnings upside, which we see as the most likely catalyst for further upside to shares. This will boil down to new tops execution, which will have to offset lapping of new pant product starting in September. With product now arriving in stores and AURs up recently, the early signals are positive, leading us to maintain our 6% 2H comp assumptions (bringing full year to 7%, above guidance for mid-single digits for the full year.)
Stifel’s Jim Duffy and Peter McGoldrickdon’t think Lululemon’s valuation compensates for the execution risk:
Our 2Q checks showed continued consumer appetite for the brand and evidence of execution progress. We remain impressed with brand relevance, and operational improvements are encouraging. Valuation remains a challenge, however, and in our view, international growth/margin potential is as of yet unproven. Assuming success executing to 2020 objectives of doubling revenue with 20%-22% EBIT margin, improving tax rate to high-twenties, and, $300mn+ annual share repurchases, we imply $5.00-$5.25 in earnings power in 2020. A 10% discount rate suggests the stock is discounting a 20X forward multiple in 2019 on objective 2020 earnings power (a 15% discount rate suggests 23X). While funda
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Safeway (SWY) was up nearly 4% after an upgrade to Outperform at Credit Suisse, which also upgraded lululemon (LULU), sending shares up 1%, and downgraded Under Armour (UA)shares were down 1.6%.
Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now: PAR Technology Corporation(PAR)
PAR Technology Corporation (PAR), incorporated on April 21, 1992, is a provider of systems and service solutions for the hospitality industry. The Company operates through two segments: Hospitality and Government.
The Company’s solutions for the restaurant industry integrate software applications, hardware platforms, software delivery, and installation and lifecycle support services. PAR’s software offerings for the Restaurant market include front-of-store point-of-sale (POS) software applications, operations management software applications (known as back office software), and enterprise software applications for content management and business intelligence. PAR’s hardware offerings for the Restaurant market include POS terminals, kitchen systems utilizing printers and/or video monitors, and a range of food safety monitoring and task management hardware and software solutions. The Company has also developed a checklist solutio n for food safety temperature measurement and task management automation marketed under the name, SureCheck. The Company markets its hardware, software and services as an integrated solution on an individual basis. PAR’s Brink POS (Brink) software is a cloud-based POS platform that scales for single and multi-unit operators with traditional and mobile platforms. PAR restaurant software offerings are designed for multi-unit and individual restaurant operators, franchise and the enterprise alike in the over three restaurant categories, such as fast casual restaurants (FC), quick serve restaurants (QSR) and table service restaurants (TSR). Each of these restaurant categories has separate operating characteristics and service delivery requirements that are managed by PAR’s Brink and PixelPoint software offerings. PAR’s software allows customers to configure their technology systems that meet their order entry, food preparation, inventory, and workforce management needs, while ca pturing real-time transaction data at each location and deli! vering insight throughout the enterprise.
Brink software is a cloud-based POS software for restaurants. The cloud native model manages software version control and organizational updates. Brink POS software is integrated with features that include mobile online ordering, kitchen video system, guest surveys, enterprise reporting and mobile dashboard. PAR’s PixelPoint software solution is primarily sold to independent table service and QSRs through its channel partners. This software solution includes a POS software application, a self-service ordering function, an enterprise back-office management function, and an enterprise level loyalty and gift card information sharing application. PixelPoint Head Office Cloud is a Web-based enterprise reporting solution that consolidates restaurant data and is offered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). It offers PixelPoint for corporate, field and site managers. PixelPoint is a decision-making tool that provides visibility into various restaurant locations through a dashboard displaying customer-defined financials, sales analysis, marketing, inventory and workforce variables. PAR also offers applications for forecasting, labor scheduling and inventory management.
The Company’s SureCheck software solution provides food safety temperature monitoring and employee task management functionality through the combination of a cloud-based enterprise server application, a personal digital assistant (PDA)-based mobile application and an integrated temperature measuring device. This solution helps in managing hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) inspection programs for retail and food service organizations, and automates the monitoring of quality risk factors. The SureCheck platform is used to help hospitality and retail operators to complete and monitor the compliance of employee tasks, while providing insight on abnormal checklist conditions, providing configurable, automated ale rts. The data captured through this solution is used to mana! ge policy! compliance and oversight, loss prevention, safety, merchandising and other audits to the customer.
The PAR EverServ family of hardware platforms is designed to operate in harsh hospitality environments. The Company’s hardware platforms are compatible with various operating systems. PAR’s open architecture POS platforms are optimized to host the Company’s POS software applications, as well as various third-party POS applications, and are compatible with various peripheral devices. PAR partners with a range of vendors of complementary in-store peripherals, including cash drawers, card readers, printers, kitchen video systems, allowing the Company to provide a solution integrated and delivered by a vendor. PAR’s hardware terminal offerings primarily consist of over three POS product lines, such as EverServ 500, EverServ 7000 Series and EverServ 8000 Series. The EverServ 500 platform is a value platform for operators that require features/functions that are used fo r installations. The EverServ 7000 series hardware is built to perform in harsh operating environments, enduring high customer traffic and transaction activities, and the difficult restaurant/retail environments that include grease and liquid spills. The EverServ 8000 series hardware offers design, and is built to perform in harsh operating environments, enduring high customer traffic and transaction activities, and the difficult restaurant/retail environments that includes grease and liquid spills. The Company also offers SureCheck Advantage, an Internet of things (IoT) mobile solution, which is designed for food quality and task management.
PAR’s Government business provides a range of technical services for the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal agencies. This segment is focused on serving intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) customers specializing in the development of signal and image processing and manage ment systems with a focus on geospatial intelligence, geogra! phic info! rmation systems, and command and control applications. Additionally, this business provides mission critical telecommunications, satellite command and control, and information technology operations and maintenance services around the world to the United States DoD. The business is organized in two operating sectors that provide service offerings across their customer base: ISR Solutions and mission systems.
The ISR solutions sector provides systems engineering support and software-based solutions. This sector of the Company has a business in the development of mobility applications that support the needs of mobile teams with real-time situation awareness and distributed communications. The ISR solutions sector is engaged in the advanced research, development and productization of geospatial information assurance (GIA) technology involving steganography, steganalysis, digital watermarking and image forensics. These technologies are used to provide protection and security of geospatial data. The ISR solutions sector also provides scientific and technical support to the United States Intelligence Community. The mission systems sector includes three distinct lines of business: telecommunications, satellite control and information technology services. The telecommunication services include satellite and terrestrial communications operations and maintenance services, which operate elements of the United States DoD’s global information grid (GIG). Additionally, PAR operates the United States navy’s satellite operations center providing tracking, telemetry and control of several space-based satellite communication constellations. The mission systems sector provides information technology (IT) services ranging from advanced systems management to help desk support.
PAR focuses its business in five service areas: ISR; Systems Engineering and Evaluation; Satellite and Telecommunications Services; Space and Satellite Control Servic es, and Information Technology/Systems Services. The Company! provides! a range of geospatial intelligence solutions, including full motion video, geospatial information assurance, raster imagery, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR). It also offers a range of products relative to these technologies, and provides integration and training support. PSR integrates and tests electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR), radar and multi/hyper-spectral sensor systems for a range of government and industry surveillance applications. The Company designs and integrates radar sensor systems, including experimentation, demonstration and test support. The Company also provides scientific and technical engineering, and analysis to intelligence community customers, as well as program management services for the acquisition, development and deployment of prototypes and reaction systems. The Company provides a range of technical and support services to sustain mission critical components of the DoD’s GIG. These services include system enhancements and associated mai ntenance of very low frequency (VLF), high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) ground-based radio transmitter/receiver facilities. Additionally, the Company operates and maintains several extremely high frequency (EHF) and super high frequency (SHF) satellite communication earth terminals and teleport facilities. It provides satellite operation, management and maintenance services in support of satellite control center operations. Primary services include satellite telemetry monitoring, tracking and command support, and satellite control in order to provide space-based satellite services conducting command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) operations. The Company delivers services in support of satellite telemetry, tracking, control and remote terminal operations from over seven locations across the world. It also offers various services, which include helpdesk services, systems administration, network adminis tration, information assurance and systems security, databas! e adminis! tration, telephone systems management, testing and test bed management, and information technology infrastructure library (ITIL)-based service management.
The Company competes with Oracle Corporation, NCR Corporation and Panasonic Corporation.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Tuesday, technology shares gained by 1.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: HIMX), up 13 percent, and PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR), up 9 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $6.59. Par Technology reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.13 per share on revenue of $56.8 million.
Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Watch For 2016: Smithfield Foods Inc.(SFD)
Smithfield Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and marketing of fresh meat and packaged meats products in the United States and internationally. The company involves in the production of hog; and produces various fresh pork, beef, poultry, and packaged meats products. It sells fresh pork to retail customers as unprocessed and trimmed cuts, such as butts, loins, picnics, and ribs; packaged meats products, including smoked and boiled hams, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli and luncheon meats; specialty products, such as pepperoni and dry meat products; and ready-to-eat prepared foods comprising pre-cooked entrees, and pre-cooked bacon and sausages. The company offers its products to supermarket chains; wholesale distributors; the foodservice industry, including fast food, restaurant and hotel chains, hospitals, and other institutional customers; export markets; and other further processors. It sells its products through its salespersons an d independent commission brokers. Smithfield Foods, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia.
- [By Victor Mora]
Smithfield Foods is a provider of fresh and packaged meat products that are seen as a staple food item for many consumers and growing populations worldwide. A takeover of the company is believed to be going through after a shareholder vote scheduled for Tuesday. The stock has been moving higher in recent years and is now trading slightly below all-time high prices. Over the last four quarters, investors have had mixed feelings about the company, as earnings have been decreasing and revenues have been rising. Relative to its peers and sector, Smithfield Foods has been a year-to-date performance leader. WAIT AND SEE if a vote to acquire Smithfield Foods goes through.
Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development and operation of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company?s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD?s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of November 22, 2011, it operated 608 company-owned locations in 42 states. The company was formerly known as CBRL Group, Inc. and changed its name to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. in December 2008. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) shares dropped over 4% on Wednesday morning after the company reported lower fourth quarter earnings and a weak outlook for its first quarter.
The Lebanon, TN-based company reported fourth quarter earnings of $34.3 million, or $1.43 per share, down slightly from $34.7 million, or $1.47 per share, a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see earnings of $1.35 per share.
Total revenue fell to $646.1 million from $700.01 million last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $668.68 million.
Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra Cochran commented: “The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 represents the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in comparable store traffic, restaurant sales, and retail sales. The financial results of the fourth quarter and full year reflect the effective execution of our strategic plan. As we begin our 2014 fiscal year, we are poised to capitalize on the achievements of fiscal 2013.”
For FY2013, CBRL’s earnings rose 14% to $117.27 million, while EPS rose to $4.90 per share. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $4.97 per share, up 15% from the year prior. Total revenue for the year was $2.64 billion, up 3% from a year ago.
Looking forward, the company expects to see first quarter earnings between $1.05 and $1.15 per share. This estimate would fall significantly below the average analyst estimate of $1.32 per share.
For FY2014, the company expects EPS in the range of $5.60 to $5.80 and revenue between $2.7 billion and $2.75 billion. Analysts expect to see earnings of $5.69 per share and $2.74 billion in revenue.
Cracker Barrel shares were down $4.70, or 4.39%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up 59% YTD.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts are expecting Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) to have earned $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million in the latest quarter. Cracker Barrel shares gained 0.67 percent to $152.50 in after-hours trading.