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May 5, 2014
08:18 EDTURBN, NWY, PSUN, LULU, ZUMZ, PLCE, KORS, GPS, CHS, ARO, ANF, FRAN, BKE, ANN, EXPR, BEBE, AEOSoftlines sector upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Janney Capital
Janney Capital upgraded the Softlines sector to Neutral from Underweight citing evidence of sequential improvement in inventory levels throughout the companies in the area along with an improving promotional environment. Janney's covered names in the sector include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Ann Inc. (ANN), Aeropostale (ARO), bebe (BEBE), The Buckle (BKE), Chico's FAS (CHS), Express (EXPR), Francesca's (FRAN), Gap (GPS), Michael Kors (KORS), lululemon (LULU), New York & Co. (NWY), Children's Place (PLCE), Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Zumiez (ZUMZ).
News For ANF;AEO;ANN;ARO;BEBE;BKE;CHS;EXPR;FRAN;GPS;KORS;LULU;NWY;PLCE;PSUN;URBN;ZUMZ From The Last 14 Days
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November 12, 2014
07:58 EDTKORSFossil price target raised to $150 from $140 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Fossil (FOSL) shares to $150 saying the company's renewed agreement with Michael Kors (KORS) removes an overhang on the stock. The firm thinks Fossil's European growth potential associated with the Kors relationship is underappreciated. It reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
06:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 60 at upper end of index mean range
November 11, 2014
16:02 EDTKORSMichael Kors, Fossil renew global licensing agreement
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08:01 EDTKORSMichael Kors promotions picked up in November, says Jefferies
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07:49 EDTARO, ANF, CHS, ANN, AEOBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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05:59 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 60 at upper end of index mean range
November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTGPSWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
12:36 EDTANN, ANFAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty, the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
11:35 EDTKORSStocks with call strike movement; WFM KORS
Whole Foods (WFM) February 52.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 28, Michael Kors (KORS) May 85 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 31 according to IVolatility.
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.
09:46 EDTLULUBB&T remains positive on lululemon following channel checks
BB&T said it remains positive on lululemon following recent channel checks. The firm continues to expect lululemon's results to improve as the company improved product assortment and laps 2013 PR stumbles. BB&T views the hire of Duke Stump as EVP of Community and Brand as a a positive and views the controversy over the donation to the Dalai Lama Center as overblown. Shares are Buy rated with a $50 price target.
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 EDTLULU, GPS, AEOU.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 EDTGPS, ANF, LULU, ANN, URBN, AEOU.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.
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