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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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August 18, 2014
06:24 EDTURBNOptions expected to be active
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06:09 EDTAROAeropostale volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Aeropostale September call option implied volatility is at 93, October is at 75, January is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
August 15, 2014
11:20 EDTURBNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 14, 2014
14:50 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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14:10 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle September volatility elevated into Q2 and autumn outlook
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12:46 EDTAEOHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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August 12, 2014
17:39 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel reports estimated Q2 EPS (9c), one estimate (6c)
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16:48 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel files to delay 10-Q
As previously disclosed, five of the seven directors of American Apparel resigned on July 9, and four new board members were appointed to fill the vacancies resulting from such resignations on August 2, and one new board member was appointed to fill the remaining vacancy on August 8. The new board needs additional time to review the financials and ask questions of management before the Company is in a position to finalize the financials to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30. In light of the foregoing, the process of completing the financial statements and the related information required to be included in the Quarterly Report could not be completed by the scheduled filing deadline for the Quarterly Report.
12:31 EDTURBN, AEO, ANF, AROAbercrombie upgraded at Stifel citing better assortment, trimmed costs
Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) were upgraded by research firm Stifel this morning, though the retailer's shares are slightly lower in early afternoon trading. WHAT'S NEW: Stifel analyst Richard Jaffe upgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Buy from Hold, citing the retailer's better merchandise assortment and reshaped cost structure. Jaffe feels that Abercrombie & Fitch had been running with overblown expenses and believes that having a slimmer cost structure will allow the company to influence sales better and boost future EPS. The analyst raised his Q4 EPS estimate to $1.94 from $1.87, his FY14 EPS estimate to $2.50 from $2.43 and his FY15 EPS estimate to $3.40 from $3.14. Over the next year, Jaffe said that he expects A&F shares will be valued for the company's effort to win back customers at its Hollister and Abercrombie stores. Still, he said that Q3 could continue to be a struggle for the retailer due to external obstacles that are still a headwind. The firm maintains a $50 price target on the retailer's shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at Wunderlich also initiated coverage of the stock this morning with a Buy rating and a $48 price target. PRICE ACTION: During early afternoon trading, shares of Abercrombie & Fitch fell 9c, or 0.2%, to $41.47. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rivals to Abercrombie & Fitch include Aeropostale (ARO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO).
11:10 EDTAROHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTURBN, ARO, AEO, ANFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTANFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:42 EDTAROAeropostale initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich
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08:42 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich
Target $11.
08:42 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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08:42 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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August 11, 2014
18:07 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Buy with a $50 price target citing an improved risk/reward profile given the company's better merchandise assortment and realigned cost structure.
10:19 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:07 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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