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March 11, 2014
10:36 EDTAEO, URBN, ANF, ARO, APP, GPSAmerican 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.
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July 31, 2014
11:20 EDTURBNHigh option volume stocks:
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10:02 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:35 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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July 23, 2014
18:05 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel names four new board members, including one woman
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13:13 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel hopes to resolve Dov Charney situation by August, Reuters says
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July 22, 2014
09:32 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch Q2 revenues tracking below consensus, says ITG Research
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July 21, 2014
14:02 EDTGPSGap expands brand to Slovenia and Austria
Gap announced that it will introduce the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria through agreements with new and existing franchise partners. Magistrat International has been selected for the launch of Slovenia and Gottex, which currently manages the Gap franchise business in Israel and Hungary, will launch Austria. Gap has signed a new agreement with Magistrat International to open three stores for the first time later this year in the capital city of Ljubljana. City Park. All locations are scheduled to open by September this year. Gap will also open its first store in Vienna, Austria this October through an existing relationship with Gottex Brands, which is a part of the Trimera Group.
11:04 EDTANFOptions with increasing implied volatility:
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July 18, 2014
17:25 EDTAPPStandard General working with American Apparel to restructure loan
On July 16, Lion/Hollywood assigned its rights and obligations as a lender under the credit agreement dated as of May 22, 2013 by and among the company, the facility guarantors party thereto, Lion/Hollywood as the initial lender and the other lenders party thereto to Standard General. Standard General purchased the loan in order to resolve any disputes over any alleged events of default under the credit agreement and does not believe that there has been an event of default under the credit agreement. Standard General is working with American Apparel to restructure the loan. As previously discussed on July 11, Standard General is prepared to lend its credibility and capital resources to assist American Apparel in accordance with the support agreement described therein.

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