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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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August 18, 2015
10:00 EDTURBN, AEO, ANFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
09:49 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch falls to fresh multi-year lows
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08:46 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch confirms new leadership team for A&F brand
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07:47 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reported 'enviable' results, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters remains one of best positioned retailers, says Baird
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05:55 EDTANFAbercrombie to create six new roles in management revamp, WSJ reports
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05:48 EDTURBNStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN RAD
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August 17, 2015
20:06 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters shares fall after reporting mixed Q2 results
After the close, Urban Outfitters (URBN) reported second quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Outfitters reported Q2 earnings per share of 52c, above consensus estimates of 49c, and Q2 revenue of $867.46M, below analyst expectations of $881.16M. Urban Outfitters reported comparable retail segment net sales up 4%. Broken down by segment, comparable retail sales at Anthropologie increased 2%, Urban Outfitters increased 4%, Free People increased 14%, and wholesale segment net sales increases 21%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the earning conference call, CFO Frank Conforti said that during the third quarter, the gross margin rate could increase, driven by improvements in the Urban Outfitters brand. Conforti also said that the opportunity exists to increase gross margins for the fiscal year, though the magnitude of the increase depends on Q3 and Q4. Conforti also reaffirmed the company's fiscal 2016 capital expenditures guidance of $140M-$150M. ANALYST REACTION: On August 17, Wolfe Research initiated coverage of the stock with a Peer Perform and set a price target of $34.00. The firm said it believes that Urban Outfitters could see improving SSS trends in the second half of fiscal 2015 and said that the Urban Outfitters brand has showed "considerable improvement" and the firm estimates that the brand's gross margins could be in the high 20% range. After Urban Outfitters earnings were released, Nomura released a note indicating that the magnitude of the gross margin decline was "not as bad as expected" with Urban's Q2 gross margin of 36.7% vs. Nomura's estimate of 36.2%, and that shares have been discounting an additional cut to annual gross margins. The firm has a Neutral rating on the stock and a price target of $35.00. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Urban Outfitters are lower by 2.26% to $31.50 in after-hours trading.
19:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fabrinet (FN), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 10.6% after announcing that it is on track to initiate ETC-1002 Phase 3 program by the end of 2015... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), up 3.3% after announcing FDA approval of Adcetris for HL treatment. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: MasTec (MTZ), down 7.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Sunedison (SUNE), down 1% after announcing a $500M perpetual convertible preferred stock offering.
17:06 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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17:03 EDTAROAeropostale initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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17:02 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research
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17:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research
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16:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 Anthropologie SSS up 2%
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16:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 EPS 52c, consensus 49c
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14:52 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August 32 straddle priced for 9.8% movement into Q2
14:48 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Agilent (A), consensus 41c... Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 49c... MasTec (MTZ), consensus 15c... Fabrinet (FN), consensus 39c.
14:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters multiple decline overdone, says Stifel
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07:57 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle multiple decline overdone, says Stifel
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