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May 21, 2014
11:57 EDTAEO, ANF, URBNAmerican 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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September 24, 2014
08:33 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters buy on recent weakness, says Mizuho
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06:40 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters targets doubling revenue by 2020
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September 19, 2014
10:06 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abtech Holdings (ABHD) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at ... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Emerge Energy (EMES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Iconix Brand (ICON) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Restoration Hardware (RH) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Sequential Brands (SQBG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Xcel Brands (XELB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
10:06 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Concur (CNQR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial... First Horizon (FHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Guess (GES) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... National CineMedia (NCMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... SABMiller (SBMRY) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Synovus (SNV) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James.
07:27 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
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06:30 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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September 18, 2014
10:57 EDTAEO, ANFU.S. ITC to investigate 17 denim jean companies for patent infringement
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