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May 21, 2014
11:57 EDTURBN, ANF, AEOAmerican 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.
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February 26, 2015
06:11 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) 64, Herbalife (HLF) 94 according to iVolatility.
February 25, 2015
10:10 EDTANF, URBNBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Head of European General Retail Equity Research Steegers, along with Head of U.S. General Retail Equity Research Hutchinson, discuss the global apparel sector, focusing on international expansion, pricing and sustainability of margins and returns on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 25 at 10 am.
08:53 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch Q4 results could be at low end of view, says Janney Capital
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05:53 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 24, 2015
12:22 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Buy at BB&T
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09:10 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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08:19 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle identified as favorite name for Spring at BMO Capital
BMO Capital named American Eagle as its favorite apparel retailer for spring, as the firm expects the company to benefit from the 70s Style fashion trend. .
05:44 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 23, 2015
06:09 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 20, 2015
09:23 EDTANFGoldman sees select Apparel and Footwear opportunities due to FX risk
Goldman said translation currency exposure in the Apparel and Footwear has created volatility and opportunity to gain exposure to this theme. Goldman's analyst sees a positive near-term set-up for Nike (NKE) and Tiffany (TIF) and a negative set-up for Crocs (CROX) and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and of upcoming earnings reports.
06:00 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch March volatility elevated into Q4 and spring outlook
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04:19 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT ANF
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February 19, 2015
05:31 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ANF
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February 17, 2015
05:42 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch implied volatility of 58 at upper end of index mean range
February 13, 2015
10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:51 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Underperform from Neutral. The firm is increasingly cautious due to the pick up in deflationary pressure in the U.S. apparel market combined with increased FX headwinds and further share losses to deep value retailers. Price target lowered to $21 from $25.
06:30 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:09 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch implied volatility of 60 at upper end of index mean range
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