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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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August 26, 2015
09:25 EDTANFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 15.1%... Express (EXPR), up 9.8%... Frontline (FRO), up 10.4%... Chico's FAS (CHS), up 9.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Oshkosh (OSK), up 11.9% after being awarded a $6.7B contract by the U.S. Army... EMC Corporation (EMC), up 5.8% after Re/code reported that the board is considering a VMware (VMW) downstream merger proposal... Google (GOOG), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ford (F), up 2.4% after Bloomberg reported that the company is considering returning production of Bronco and Ranger to the U.S. NOTABLE: Cameron International (CAM), up 45.4% after announcing that it will be acquired by Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger is down 1.9%. LOWER: WisdomTree (WETF), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi... Transocean (RIG), down 3.4% after proposing to cancel Q3 and Q4 dividends.
09:11 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch says still making adjustments to prices at Abercrombie brand
08:53 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch says new CEO to be appointed 'in due time'
Says recognizes company "still has much to achieve." Says "not naive about the challenges that we face." Says has "intense focus" on productivity improvements. Says "on the right track" to restoring business to health. Sees redesigning eight more Hollister stores this year. Says mobile accounts for 50% of online traffic. Says believes logo will no longer be a headwind going forward. Says new CEO will be appointed "in due time." Says board "deeply engaged" in CEO search. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:11 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees SSS trends improving in 2H, skewed towards Q4
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07:32 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch reports Q2 adj. EPS 12c, may not compare to consensus (4c)
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August 25, 2015
15:00 EDTANFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Chico's (CHS), consensus 22c... Express (EXPR), consensus 16c... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), consensus (4c).
12:49 EDTANFEarnings Watch: Analysts divided on Abercrombie ahead of Q2 earnings report
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12:39 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares are in a downtrend that has persisted since the fall of last year. If the news was a bullish surprise, the first price level of significance would be the channel top at $18.97, which is also the 21-day moving average. Next resistance above the top of the channel would be at $20.31 and then at $21.54. It would take a move above $22 to turn the longer-term trend back toward bullish. If the news continues to be bearish, next support would be at the channel low at the $16.50 area. If price broke the channel low, next support would be at $15.42, the 52-week low. Support below the 52-week low would be at $14.97, which would set a new multi-year low for shares.
08:28 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform on valuation, execution at FBR Capital
As previously reported, FBR Capital upgraded American Eagle to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation, consistent execution in a declining backdrop, reduced expectations, and potential 2H upside. The firm is cautious on the environment beyond 2H 2015 but believes strong brand recognition, product execution, right-sized fleet, and international growth position it for upside in a competitive environment.
08:27 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle should be bought at current levels, says Oppenheimer
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07:07 EDTAROAeropostale August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:05 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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August 24, 2015
10:32 EDTANFBattleground: Firms diverge on Abercombie ahead of earnings
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09:45 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
07:29 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch valuation sets up long-term opportunity, says Susquehanna
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07:15 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle risk/reward remains compelling, says Susquehanna
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06:45 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded to Overweight at Piper Jaffray ahead of earnings
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05:56 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF WMB
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August 21, 2015
08:06 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 108, September is at 70, November is at 52; compared to its 52-week range of 28 to 71, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
05:49 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF ATML
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