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March 11, 2014
10:36 EDTAEO, GPS, ANF, APP, URBN, AROAmerican Eagle, Urban Outfitters fall after earnings reports
Shares of mall-based clothing retailers American Eagle (AEO) and Urban Outfitters (URBN) are sliding after the both companies reported fourth quarter earnings per share that beat analysts' expectations but also sounded cautious notes about the current quarter. WHAT'S NEW: American Eagle reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 27c which narrowly beat analysts' consensus estimate of 26c. The company's revenue of $1.04B also edged out the consensus estimate of $1.03B, though American Eagle reported fourth quarter same-store-sales fell 7% from last year. The company said it expects its Q1 EPS to breakeven compared to adjusted EPS of 18c last year based on a high single-digit decline in comparable sales and added that "Business conditions remain challenging, with severe winter weather contributing to weak demand." Retail rival Urban Outfitters reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 59c, beating analysts' estimate of 55c, on revenue of $905.9M, which fell below the expectation of $927.86M. The company said comparable retail segment net sales, which include comparable direct-to-consumer channel, increased 1%. Urban Outfitters' CEO said the company will remain "very cautious" about its upcoming first quarter performance due to continued challenges. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its fourth quarter earnings conference call, American Eagle said business has remained highly competitive and sales trends have been choppy so far this year, though added that it was encouraged by what it saw in the first few weeks of January. The company also noted that its search for a new CEO is under way. OTHERS TO WATCH: Retail rivals to both American Eagle and Urban Outfitters include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), Aeropostale (ARO), American Apparel (APP) and Gap (GPS). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of American Eagle fell 6.2% to $13.33, while Urban Outfitters was down 4.9% to $35.68. Shares of Abercrombie, American Apparel and Gap were all lower as well, though Aeropostale rose over 2% to $7.15 per share.
News For AEO;URBN;ANF;ARO;APP;GPS 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 23, 2015
16:17 EDTAROAeropostale announces changes to board
Aéropostale announced future changes to the composition of its board. Robert Chavez has advised the company that he will not seek re-election to the company's board at the 2015 Annual Stockholder Meeting due to his responsibilities and time commitments as president and CEO of Hermes of Paris. Chavez will continue to serve until the 2015 Annual Meeting. Stefan Kaluzny has also advised the company that he will not seek re-election as a Director at the 2015 Annual Stockholder Meeting. Kaluzny, a Managing Director of Sycamore Partners, has served as a designated Series B Director since May 2014. He will also continue to serve until the 2015 Annual Meeting.
06:05 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel hit with third shareholder lawsuit in two weeks, NY Post says
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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 EDTURBN, GPSOn 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
16:22 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Hold at Cantor
Target $47.
16:21 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Buy at Cantor
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April 16, 2015
11:52 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel factory workers file new complaints to Labor Board, WWD reports
American Apparel factory workers may be close to formally organizing after four new grievances filed with the National Labor Relations Board, reports WWD. The complaints all cite varying violations of the National Labor Relations Act, alleging that American Apparel interfered with workers' rights to talk with union organizers. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
14:58 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch June calls active
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10:00 EDTARO, ANF, AEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:56 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $20.
06:56 EDTAROAeropostale initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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, ANF, GPSGap, 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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