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In a report published Wednesday, Morgan Stanley reiterated its Overweight rating on Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS).

Morgan Stanley noted, “2Q results were below expectations across the board as management lowered its full-year sales and EPS guidance. Following somewhat weaker competitor results, the shortfall is disappointing, but not totally unexpected. While the company reiterated its $1+ bn FCF guidance and repurchased $159 mm of shares in the quarter, it will likely need to make clearer plans to cut costs for investors to believe in medium-term cash flows.”

Staples closed on Tuesday at $13.46.

Latest Ratings for SPLS

DateFirmActionFromTo
Nov 2014JP MorganMaintainsNeutral
Nov 2014Morgan StanleyMaintainsUnderweight
Nov 2014CitigroupMaintainsNeutral

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