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May 21, 2014
11:57 EDTAEO, URBN, ANFAmerican Eagle slides after sales miss, more store closures signaled
Shares of apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are sliding this morning after the company reported first quarter results that reflected weaker than expected sales and increased markdowns and forecast second quarter earnings per share that fell short of analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: American Eagle reported Q1 EPS of 2c and revenue of $646M, which compare to analysts' consensus estimates of 0c and $647.74M, respectively. For the quarter, comparable store sales declined 10%. Interim CEO Jay Schottenstein said results were consistent with the company's expectations, reflecting weak sales and increased markdowns. Schottensetin said the company is committed to improved profitability and is working to strengthen its brands. The company forecast its second quarter to be approximately break-even in terms of profit on a high single digit decline in comparable sales. The consensus forecast of analysts for Q2 prior to the report was for 4c per share in earnings. The company said it has identified an additional 150 stores to close over the next three years in North America, with plans to close around 50 AE and 20 aerie stores in North America beginning this year. American Eagle sees annualized after-tax savings of $10M-$15M related to the closures beginning in 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, the company said its search for a permanent CEO is "underway." Executives said the retailer is "committed to finding a strong successor," and will take the necessary time to find the "right person to do so." In the meantime, American Eagle's focus is "unwavering," and the "very strong" team will facilitate the company's recovery plan. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, American Eagle fell 63c, or 5.6%, to $10.70. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of American Eagle peer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) are down 1.26% to $36.70 while another retailer, Urban Outfitters (URBN), is also down around 1% to $32.63.
News For AEO;ANF;URBN From The Last 14 Days
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April 24, 2015
13:26 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch to end "Look Policy" for employees, Bloomberg reports
Abercrombie & Fitch will retire its "appearance and sense of style" hiring rule for employees, reports Bloomberg. Abercrombie brand President Christos Angelides and Hollister brand President Fran Horowitz said the changes to the dress code are part of their plan to cater to more shoppers. Reference Link
April 22, 2015
11:08 EDTAEOOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CZR FMSA PSEC CSX AEO CRM BBY SPLS HPQ DTV
April 21, 2015
10:01 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
April 20, 2015
16:21 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Buy at Cantor
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April 15, 2015
14:58 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch June calls active
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10:00 EDTANF, AEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:56 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $20.
06:56 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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April 14, 2015
10:01 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:56 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters upgraded at BMO Capital
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06:29 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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April 13, 2015
06:22 EDTURBN, ANFGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link

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