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May 29, 2014
15:25 EDTAEO, URBN, ANF, AROAbercrombie rises after sales beat, guidance backed
Shares of casual apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) are rising after the company reported better than expected first quarter sales and backed its fiscal year profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Abercrombie & Fitch reported a Q1 adjusted loss per share of (17c), which was not as steep as the consensus prediction of (19c) per share. The retailer reported Q1 revenue of $822M, which exceeded the $798.2M consensus expectation. Comparable sales by brand, including direct-to-consumer, decreased 1% for Abercrombie & Fitch, decreased 6% for Abercrombie kids, and decreased 7% for Hollister. The company maintained its guidance of FY14 EPS in the range of $2.15-$2.35, which included the effect of its Q1 accelerated share repurchase. The guidance is based on the assumption that full year comparable sales will be down 3% to 4%, the company said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's Q1 earnings conference call, A&F said that it sees FY gross margin to be down slightly compared to the same period last year. Abercrombie & Fitch expects to open 15 full-price international stores throughout the year and approximately 8-10 international and U.S. outlet stores. The company continues to expect to close approximately 60-70 stores in the U.S. during the year through natural lease expirations. The retailer also noted that a search is underway for Abercrombie and Hollister brand presidents. ANALYST REACTION: Brean Capital analyst Eric Beder wrote in a note to investors that he believes Abercrombie & Fitch's maintained guidance remains conservative and that management made progress on several fronts during the quarter. Abercrombie surpassed "gloomy" Street projections and management has commenced the necessary steps to improve returns and come back to relevance in a "very difficult teen space," Beder wrote. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $50 price target on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rivals to Abercrombie & Fitch include Aeropostale (ARO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO). PRICE ACTION: During late afternoon trading, shares of Abercrombie & Fitch rose $2.07 or 5.9%, to $37.19.
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December 16, 2014
08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch signs license agreement with Inter Parfums
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December 12, 2014
09:57 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Abercrombie & Fitch December 27 and 28 calls are active on total call volume of 3,300 contracts (250 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. December call option implied volatility is at 47, January is at 44, February is at 45; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
09:50 EDTANFRumor: Abercrombie & Fitch moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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06:12 EDTAEOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AEO CBST
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December 11, 2014
10:24 EDTAEOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie an 'extremely attractive' takeover candidate, says FBR Capital
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08:11 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters risk/reward attractive for patient investors, says RW Baird
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07:33 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters Q4 comp trend encouraging, says Oppenheimer
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05:31 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters says Q4 SSS up low single-digit thus far in Q4
Urban Outfitters disclosed last night that thus far during Q4, its comparable Retail segment net sales are low single-digit positive.
December 10, 2014
10:20 EDTAEOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:47 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded at BMO Capital
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08:36 EDTURBNUrban QTD comps may rise as much as low-single digits, says Janney Capital
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06:11 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
December 9, 2014
17:49 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch still not a 'buy', Barron's says
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10:23 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... LHC Group (LHCG) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lincoln Electric (LECO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Northeast Utilities (NU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded at Needham... Wells Fargo sees fewer distractions for lululemon (LULU), upgrades shares... Xcel Energy (XEL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
08:50 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries to retire
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08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch CEO to retire
05:56 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded American Eagle to Outperform with a $14 price target.
December 8, 2014
10:20 EDTANF, AEOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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