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January 10, 2014
10:39 EDTTLYS, APP, AEO, ANF, GPSAbercrombie & Fitch rallies after raising full year profit view
Shares of casual apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) are rallying after the company raised its full year adjusted profit view. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Abercrombie & Fitch reported its fourth quarter comparable sales for the nine weeks ended January 4, including direct-to-consumer sales, decreased 6%. However, based on higher than expected sales for the fourth quarter-to-date, and ongoing cost reduction efforts, the company raised its full year adjusted earnings per share view to $1.55-$1.65 from its prior guidance of $1.40-$1.50. The consensus forecast of analysts prior to the company update was $1.47. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was positive on A&F. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Abercrombie to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $49. Another firm, Wells Fargo, increased its price target on the stock to $37-$39 from $33-$36, but kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. Brean Capital said it remained a buyer of Abercrombie & Fitch’s shares. Brean rates the shares a Buy with a $48 price target. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Abercrombie & Fitch rose $3.86, or 11.6%, to $37.07 on twice its average daily trading volume. However, over the past twelve months, the shares are down about 24%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Abercrombie’s competitors include American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), American Apparel (APP), and Tilly’s (TLYS). Another Abercrombie competitor, The Gap (GPS), reported last night that its comparable sales in the months of November and December grew 1% and that, given the holiday performance, the company is "comfortable" delivering at the high end of its prior full-year earnings per share guidance range. Gap shares are up 0.8% to $39.75 after its own holiday sales update.
News For ANF;AEO;GPS;APP;TLYS From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:31 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel sued by former CEO for $40M, Reuters reports
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05:52 EDTANF, AEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded American Eagle (AEO) to Sell saying it sees 29% downside risk over the next six months. Goldman believes declining mall traffic and "aggressive competition" from low cost stores puts the retailer in a multi-year period of diminishing productivity, margins, and returns. Its six-month price target for American Eagle is $12. Shares of the retailer closed yesterday up 17c to $16.92. Goldman lists Ann Inc. (ANN), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle as its top sell ideas in the Specialty Apparel space. Its lone Buy rated name in the group is Urban Outfitters (URBN).
March 26, 2015
06:07 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel says SEC issued formal order of investigation in February
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March 25, 2015
17:18 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel Reports Q4 EPS (16c), one estimate (2c)
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09:25 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle announces license agreements in Chile, Peru
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) announced plans to further expand its global retail presence with a series of licensed stores throughout Chile and Peru. The company has signed a multi-year license agreement with Eurofashion Limitada, a Chilean company and division of Cencosud (CNCO). The agreement includes American Eagle Outfitters stores, which will offer the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie assortments. The first stores are expected to open in Chile in 3Q15 and in Peru in early 2016.
March 24, 2015
10:20 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees ongoing expense reduction as way of life going forward
10:16 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees 'sigificant' FX headwinds in 2015
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07:27 EDTANFTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 18, 2015
18:32 EDTTLYSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Guess (GES), up 12.4% after reporting fourth quarter results and guidance... Shoe Carnival (SCVL), up 10%... NQ Mobile (NQ), up 9.1%... Tilly's (TLYS), up 1.3%... Cintas (CTAS), up 1.3% after reporting quarterly results and raising fiscal 2015 guidance. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Williams-Sonoma (WSM), down 4.1%... Jabil Circuit (JBL), down 1.8%... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), down 3.3%. ALSO LOWER: Concert Pharmaceuticals (CNCE), down 4.4% after filing to sell common stock... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), down 3.7% after filing to sell 6M shares of common stock.
16:04 EDTTLYSTilly's sees Q1 EPS 3c-5c, consensus 4c
Sees Q1 SSS up in the low single digits.
16:03 EDTTLYSTilly's reports Q4 EPS 25c, consensus 22c
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March 17, 2015
17:41 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel files to delay Form 10-K
The company is engaged in discussions with its revolving credit facility lender with respect to certain waivers and amendments to such facility that, among other things, would reset certain covenants going forward, permit the execution of the previously disclosed $15M credit agreement between one or more entities affiliated with Standard General and one or more of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries as borrowers and waive noncompliance with certain covenants. The Company’s staff and resources have been substantially committed to such discussions and the outcome thereof would impact the Company’s financial statements disclosures as of and for the year ended December 31, 2014 and other information required to be disclosed in the Annual Report. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Standard General Credit Agreement to fund the Company’s near-term interest payments on certain of its indebtedness, including the April interest payment on its senior secured notes, and other liquidity needs. No assurances can be given that the Company will be successful in obtaining such amendments and waivers or in consummating the Standard General Credit Agreement when expected, or at all. In light of the foregoing, the process of completing the financial statements and the related information required to be included in the Annual Report could not be completed by the scheduled filing deadline for the Annual Report.
07:53 EDTAEOMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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March 16, 2015
16:01 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel talks with Irving Place at standstill, Bloomberg says
Buyout talks between private equity firm Irving Place Capital and retailer American Apparel are said to have stalled as Irving Place Capital has grown uncertain about its proposed valuation, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:38 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel talks with Irving Place at standstill, Bloomberg says

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