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February 26, 2014
10:27 EDTARO, GPS, APP, AEO, ANFAbercrombie rises after beating high-end of Q4 earnings expectations
Shares of apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) are rising after the company reported higher than expected fourth quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: The company reported fourth quarter earnings per share excluding items of $1.34 on revenue of $1.3B. Analysts were looking for fourth quarter earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $1.36B, according to First Call. The consensus range for earnings per share was 92c-$1.17 on revenue of $1.25B-$1.67B. Abercrombie & Fitch also reported fourth quarter same-store sales were down 8%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Abercrombie & Fitch announced that its board approved a $150M accelerated share repurchase to be executed during the first quarter of FY14. The company forecast a high-single digit decline in comparable store sales and an approximate 20% increase in comparable direct-to-consumer sales in FY14. The company also said it sees a significant increase in planned marketing spend in FY14 and anticipates opening 16 full-priced international stores throughout the year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Retail rivals to Abercrombie & Fitch include American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Aeropostale (ARO), American Apparel (APP), and Gap (GPS). PRICE ACTION: During mid-morning trading, shares of Abercrombie & Fitch rose about 8% to $38.84, while Aeropostale was up almost 5%, American Eagle gained 3%, and American Apparel and Gap both advanced about 1%.
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January 23, 2015
15:37 EDTGPSGap to close Piperlime brand
Gap announced the decision to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The company is committed to executing against its long-term strategy of driving profitable top line sales, and going into the new fiscal year, the company will focus on its portfolio of five brands – Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix, as well as digital and global growth. While Gap Inc. does not break out Piperlime’s sales independently, the brand is by far the smallest of the company’s portfolio with yearly revenue below $100M, representing less than 1% of Gap Inc.’s total revenue base of over $16B, the company said. The wind-down costs associated with the decision are not material to the company’s financials, Gap added.
09:10 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel rumored to prepare to accept $1.30 per share bid, FT blog says
American Apparel, which previously rejected a $1.40 per share takeover bid as too low, appears to have had a "rethink" and it "appears that $1.30 is just right now" and "a deal is just about done," according to posts in a Financial Times Alphaville Markets Live chat. The chat cautioned that the comments are "market chatter – information that has not been formally tested through traditional journalistic channels." Reference Link
January 21, 2015
12:12 EDTGPSBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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11:23 EDTANFSnow Capital reports 5.1% passive stake in Abercrombie & Fitch
January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:59 EDTGPSGap downgraded at Atlantic Equities
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06:22 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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January 15, 2015
17:06 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein
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