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May 29, 2014
15:25 EDTANF, AEO, ARO, URBNAbercrombie 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.
News For ANF;AEO;ARO;URBN From The Last 14 Days
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October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:06 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with an Outperform at BlueFin
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October 17, 2014
16:17 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:52 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday, as the averages bounce back following steep declines in several recent sessions. Better than expected earnings from General Electric (GE) and Morgan Stanley (MS), a rebound in European stock markets and a stronger than expected reading on U.S. consumer confidence may all be contributing to the brightened mood evidenced by today's trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rebounded 6.3% to a 1.017M pace in September, beating expectations for a monthly increase of 4.6%. Building permits increased 1.5% to a 1.018M rate, which was below the expected 2.3% rise. The first release on the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.4, versus expectations for a decline to 84.0 from the prior 84.6 reading. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric shares rose over 3% after the company reported better than expected third quarter profit and nearly in-line revenues. Morgan Stanley, whose quarterly results also topped Street expectations, advanced 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Westmoreland Coal (WLB), which gained 23% after it stuck a deal to acquire Oxford GP, the general partner of Oxford Resource Partners (OXF), and contribute certain royalty bearing coal reserves to Oxford in return for Oxford common units. Afterward, Brean Capital raised its price target on Westmoreland to $60, noting the announcement represents an entry into the MLP space. Also higher were shares of Textron (TXT), which advanced 11% after the aircraft and defense company reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. Among the noteworthy losers was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which dropped 13% and was downgraded by at least three Street research firms after the owner of Anthropologie and its namesake clothing stores warned that its Q3 earnings may be negatively impacted by continued weakness in its comparable retail sales. Also lower was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell 7% after guiding to lower than expected Q1 adjusted earnings, citing a higher than expected increase in costs to perform its myRisk Hereditary Cancer test following the test's national launch. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 295.34, or 1.83%, to 16,412.58, the Nasdaq was up 62.43, or 1.48%, to 4,279.82, and the S&P 500 was up 29.48, or 1.58%, to 1,892.24.
11:28 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Note this is the fourth downgrade of the day.
10:43 EDTURBN, ARO, ANF, AEOUrban Outfitters slumps after warning on continued retail sales weakness
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10:00 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters plunges after Q3 sales warning
The stock is down over 15% to $29.35, a fresh 52-week low, following a warning on negative sales trends after the bell yesterday. At current price next support is at $27.41. Resistance is at $30.16.
10:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $41 from $44 at RW Baird
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07:30 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:53 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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06:27 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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05:29 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTURBNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:10 EDTURBN, AEO, ANFAbercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle lower after Urban Outfitters warns on sales
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16:47 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters down 13% after saying gross profit margin outlook weak
16:05 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters says Q3 gross profit margin may deleverage more than in 1H
Urban Outfitters announced that Q3 negative comparable retail segment net sales, as reported in its Form 10-Q filed in early September, has continued quarter-to-date. Due to the lower than expected sales, URBN believes its gross profit margin may deleverage for Q3 at a rate greater than during the first half of the year. If this were to occur, the company's Q3 earnings would be negatively impacted.
10:01 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
05:46 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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