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Jain also highlighted worries about Safeway's balance sheet, mentioning this may be the motivation for the company's Sept. 5 announcement of plans for an initial public offering of a minority stake in its Blackhawk Network Holdings prepaid gift card business.
"We estimate that Safeway's total Debt/EBITDAR
Check out TheStreet's quote page for Safeway for year-to-date share performance, analyst ratings, earnings estimates and much more.Other companies slated to report on Thursday include Emmis Communications (EMMS), Fastenal (FAST), J.B. Hunt Transport Services (JBHT), Sycamore Networks (SCMR), Winnebago Industries (WGO), and Zep (ZEP). The economic calendar features weekly initial and continuing jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. ET; trade balance data for August at 8:30 a.m. ET; export and import prices for September at 8:30 a.m. ET, and weekly crude inventories at 11 a.m. ET. This weekly initial claims number is likely to get more attention than most after the improvement in the September jobs report. The consensus is calling for claims to tick up to 370,000 from 367,000 in the prior week, according to Briefing.com, whose own forecast is a bit worse at 375,000. And finally, Ruby Tuesday (RT - Get Report) was a big loser in late trades on Wednesday after the Maryville, Tenn.-based restaurant operator reported an in-line profit for its fiscal first quarter but gave an outlook that hints at some downside to Wall Street expectations for the full year. The company said it sees earnings excluding items of 24 to 34 cents a share for its fiscal year ending in May with same-restaurant sales projected between flat and up 2%. The current average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is for earnings of 28 cents a share. The stock was last quoted at $6.57, down more than 6%, on volume of nearly 450,000, according to Nasdaq.com. -- Written by Michael Baron in New York.
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