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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.
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August 19, 2014
09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:01 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters shares should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:14 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters Urban brand turnaround on track, says RBC Capital
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06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
05:48 EDTAEOStocks with implied volatility movement; AEO YHOO
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05:24 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
RW Baird upgraded Urban Outfitters to Outperform citing a more favorable risk/reward following the company's Q2 results. Baird highlights merchandise improvements at the namesake brand and momentum at Anthropologie and Free People. The firm raised its price target for shares to $44 from $40.
August 18, 2014
18:21 EDTURBN, AROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:45 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters has no intentions to close 'college stores'
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17:04 EDTAROAeropostale up 7% after CEO change, Q2 guidance
16:36 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 adjusted EPS (45c)-(42c), consensus (58c)
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16:32 EDTAROAeropostale announces Julian Geiger to rejoin company as CEO
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16:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 SSS flat
Q2 comparable Retail segment net sales, which include comparable direct-to-consumer channel, were flat.
16:03 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 EPS 49c, consensus 49c
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15:26 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 49c; Fabrinet (FN), consensus 35c.
12:32 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters technical comments ahead of earnings
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11:46 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters consensus estimates to come down, says Maxim
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11:05 EDTURBNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:08 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:24 EDTURBNOptions expected to be active
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06:09 EDTAROAeropostale volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Aeropostale September call option implied volatility is at 93, October is at 75, January is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
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