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May 29, 2014
15:25 EDTURBN, ANF, ARO, AEOAbercrombie 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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February 27, 2015
05:56 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch implied volatility of 66 at upper end of index mean range
February 26, 2015
16:53 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters authorizes repurchase of 20M shares
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10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade SummaryStarz
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08:08 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Underweight from Equal Weight. The analyst is skeptical Abercrombie's international business can turn around, and when combined with FX headwinds, will result in FY15 guidance significantly below consensus of $1.69. Morgan Stanley continues to believe teen retailers are in a structural decline and cut Abercrombie's FY15 EPS estimate to $1.30 and lowered its price target to $18 from $28.
07:34 EDTANFAbercrombie downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
06:49 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch engaged in Supreme Court trial over Muslim scarf, WSJ says
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06:11 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) 64, Herbalife (HLF) 94 according to iVolatility.
February 25, 2015
10:10 EDTANF, URBNBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Head of European General Retail Equity Research Steegers, along with Head of U.S. General Retail Equity Research Hutchinson, discuss the global apparel sector, focusing on international expansion, pricing and sustainability of margins and returns on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 25 at 10 am.
08:53 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch Q4 results could be at low end of view, says Janney Capital
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05:53 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 24, 2015
12:22 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Buy at BB&T
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09:10 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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08:19 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle identified as favorite name for Spring at BMO Capital
BMO Capital named American Eagle as its favorite apparel retailer for spring, as the firm expects the company to benefit from the 70s Style fashion trend. .
05:44 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 23, 2015
06:09 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 20, 2015
09:23 EDTANFGoldman sees select Apparel and Footwear opportunities due to FX risk
Goldman said translation currency exposure in the Apparel and Footwear has created volatility and opportunity to gain exposure to this theme. Goldman's analyst sees a positive near-term set-up for Nike (NKE) and Tiffany (TIF) and a negative set-up for Crocs (CROX) and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and of upcoming earnings reports.
06:00 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch March volatility elevated into Q4 and spring outlook
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04:19 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT ANF
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