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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.
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November 10, 2014
10:04 EDTANF, AEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
07:50 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer downgraded to Abercrombie & Fitch Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock, citing lack of visibility, following the company's negative preannouncement. Target to $30 from $50.
07:22 EDTAEOU.S. Retail Softlines sector downgraded to Negative at Barclays
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07:11 EDTAEOOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:34 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:16 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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05:54 EDTAEOStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM AEO
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05:48 EDTURBN, AEO, ANFU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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05:40 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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05:36 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded American Eagle to Equal Weight after reducing its outlook for the retail industry. The firm says its industry data suggests substantial risk to its sales expectations for American Eagle. Barclays lowered its price target for shares to $11 from $15.
November 7, 2014
13:32 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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11:58 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
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10:09 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
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10:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:16 EDTANFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sears (SHLD), up 22.5% after reporting Q3 same-store sales were flat with prior year, saying company is actively exploring a REIT transaction involving 200-300 owned properties through a rights offering... Gap (GPS), up 2.9% after reporting October same-store sales fell 3%, giving Q3 EPS guidance that beat estimates... Zynga (ZNGA), up 9%, upgraded at Needham following the company's Q3 earnings report... King Digital (KING), up 8.6% after Q3 results top expectations, company announces $150M share repurchase program... ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), up 30% after earnings, guidance, announcing acquisition of U.K. based E-Tale Holdings... Rockwell Medical (RMTI), up 25% after FDA committee recommends Triferic to treat iron loss in certain patients with chronic kidney disease... Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), up 23% following meeting with FDA regarding Androxal NDA filing. LOWER: Salix (SLXP), down 35%, downgraded at Mizuho, Stifel and William Blair after the company reported worse than expected Q3 earnings, gave lower than expected guidance and announced its CFO had resigned... Intercept (ICPT), down 19% after FLINT trial results published... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 20% after filing convertible preferred stock offering... Transocean (RIG), down 5% after delaying its Q3 earnings release and conference call, stating the company expects Q3 to include a non-cash charge of $1.97B for impairment of goodwill... General Mills (GIS), down 4% after lowering FY15 outlook. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 12.6%... Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), down 17%... Arista Networks (ANET), down 10.5%... First Solar (FSLR), down 6%... Magnum Hunter (MHR), down 2%.
08:11 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch drops 14% to $30.50 after Q3 business update
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08:09 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch says 'reviewing measures' to improve Q4 results
A&F said, "In the short term, we are reviewing measures to drive improvement in our results in the critical fourth quarter. Longer term, we continue to believe we are taking the right steps strategically to position the company for future improvements in our performance. This includes the completion of our move to a branded structure, strategic investments in Asia and in our Direct to Consumer business, shifting our assortment in line with consumer preferences, re-engaging with our customer through store re-design and marketing initiatives, continuing to close underperforming U.S. stores, and continuing to reduce expenses. We will provide a more extensive update on our quarterly earnings call."
08:09 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees Q3 EPS 40c-42c, consensus 67c
It said, "Sales during the quarter were below expectations with comparable sales in September and October being significantly weaker than August. Although the international stores segment was the most difficult, the lower sales trend was broadly based. In addition, the Company now expects modest gross margin rate erosion for the quarter compared to last year, given the highly promotional and challenging environment. The effect of lower sales and gross margins will be partially offset by continued significant expense reductions. The Company's results for the quarter were also adversely impacted by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar."
08:08 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch says 'clearly disappointed' with Q3 results
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08:07 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch reports Q3 sales $911.4M consenus $982.24M
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