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Target Corporation (TGT - Free Report) announced that it has recorded the highest online one-day traffic and sales this year on Jul 17. The massive sales were primarily backed by a one-day sale on the company’s exclusive and national brands, which coincided with Amazon’s (AMZN - Free Report) Prime Day.
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Aaron's, Inc. (AAN - Free Report) is scheduled to report second-quarter 2018 results on Jul 26. The company boasts an impressive earnings surprise history, having surpassed estimates in six of the trailing eight quarters. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the second quarter is pegged at 77 cents, reflecting 13.2% growth from the year-ago quarter. Notably, estimates have moved south by a penny over the past 30 days.
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Shares of Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN - Free Report) have risen around 31% year to date, outperforming the industry’s gain of 0.2% and the overall sector’s 13.4%. We believe new store openings, increased digital penetration, merchandising improvement and international expansion bode well. Management is also making all possible efforts to enhance the performance of brands through store refurbishment and by bringing in more compelling assortments.
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Search for safe havens has intensified ever since the trade hostility between the United States and China commenced. However, its high time that you bury the trade related fears and rejig your portfolio, as second-quarter earnings season comes knocking. The reporting period is undoubtedly considered the ideal time to rebalance one’s bucket list, and with analysts looking quite optimistic about the season one must not miss the opportunity.
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Walmart Inc (WMT - Free Report) is set to bolster its presence the retail world with the latest partnership with Microsoft Corporation (MSFT - Free Report) . Yesterday, these behemoths in their respective industries unveiled intentions to establish a five-year strategic partnership. The deal is likely to strengthen Walmart’s digital capabilities through Microsoft’s strength in providing advanced cloud solutions.
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Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG - Free Report) recently announced initiatives under the ‘Signet Path to Brilliance’ plan for the next three years. Notably, the plan primarily focuses on bringing about cost effectiveness.
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Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (SKX - Free Report) is scheduled to release second-quarter 2018 results on Jul 19 after the market closes. In the trailing four quarters, it has outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 21.3%. In the preceding quarter, it reported in-line earnings. The question lingering in investors’ minds now is whether Skechers will be able to post positive earnings surprise in the quarter to be reported or not.
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Dollar General Corporation (DG - Free Report) recently announced the opening of its 15000th store in Wilmington, NC. Notably, this discount retailer has grown as a reliable partner for many communities across 44 states, which includes 800 stores in North Carolina.
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There seems to be no respite for L Brands, Inc. (LB - Free Report) , which slipped 12.1% following the release of its June 2018 sales results. This is because comparable sales (comps) fell 1% at Victoria’s Secret despite an extended sale and slashed prices.
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While expansion in the e-commerce space is the success mantra of most retailers, companies like Walmart Inc. (WMT - Free Report) do not ignore the significance of the brick-and-mortar concept. This is evident from the company’s latest store-oriented moves. There were reports that the big-box retailer introduced a convenience store in Plano, TX and has plans rolled up its sleeves to renovate the North Tampa, FL store.
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It is no secret by now that consumers, especially millennials and younger generations, increasingly desire products that are more convenient, up-to-date with currents trends, and reasonably priced. That is especially evident in the fast-paced and dynamic fashion retail industry, as shown by “fast fashion” and its effects on the entire business.
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The fact that Walmart Inc. (WMT - Free Report) has been trying all means to up the retail game reflects on its latest move to launch convenient and innovative ways to shop this back-to-school season. Most retailers look forward to reap benefits from the extensive consumer spending during this season every year. Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) too is well set to attract customers this season with its extravagant Prime Day offerings on July 16.
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I’ve been a huge bull on beaten-up retail stocks over the past year. The narrative has sharply reversed course from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) killing all of retail to traditional retailers fighting back by remodeling their stores, building out omni-channel sales capability, incorporating more loyalty perks, and discounting prices to reasonable-yet-attractive levels.
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2018-07-17 - Asif
History and Development of the Company Kitov Pharma was incorporated under the laws of the State of Israel (under a previous name) on August 12, 1968 and its ordinary shares were originally listed for trading on the TASE in 1978. The company's ordinary shares are currently traded on the TASE under the symbol “KTOV”, and its ADSs and its public warrants are traded on NASDAQ under the symbols “KTOV” and “KTOVW”, respectively. In October 2012, the District Court in Lod, Israel approved the creditors arrangement in accordance with Section 350 of the Companies Law in order to effectuate the sale by Kitov Pharma (then known as Mainrom Line Logistics Ltd.) of all its activities, assets, rights, obligations and liabilities to a private company held by its then controlling shareholders, and all rights of Kitov Pharma’s creditors against it were extinguished. The sale was made pursuant to an arrangement between Kitov Pharma and its creditors. Following such sale and a related cash...
2018-07-17 - Asif
Overview and Recent Developments Athersys is an international biotechnology company that is focused primarily in the field of regenerative medicine. The company's MultiStem® cell therapy, a patented and proprietary allogeneic stem cell product, is its lead platform product and is currently in later-stage clinical development. The company's current clinical development programs are focused on treating neurological conditions, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory and immune disorders, certain pulmonary conditions and other conditions where the current standard of care is limited or inadequate for many patients, particularly in the critical care segment. Current Programs By applying its proprietary MultiStem cell therapy product, the company established therapeutic product development programs treating neurological conditions, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory and immune disorders, and other conditions. The company's programs in the clinical development stage include ...
2018-07-16 - Asif
General The company's objective is to build a profitable and growing specialty therapeutics company. To meet this objective, Cytori Therapeutics has acquired and are developing two technology platforms that hold promise for treating millions of patients and represent significant potential for increasing shareholder value. The company's current corporate activities fall substantially into advancing these platforms: Cytori Nanomedicine and Cytori Cell Therapy. The Cytori Nanomedicine platform features a versatile liposomal nanoparticle technology for drug encapsulation that has thus far provided the foundation to bring two promising drugs into mid/late stage clinical trials. Nanoparticle encapsulation is promising because it can help improve the delivery and metabolism of many drugs, thus potentially enhancing the therapeutic profile and patient benefits. The company's lead drug candidate, ATI-0918 is a generic version of pegylated liposomal encapsulated doxorubicin. Pegyl...
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