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January 10, 2014
10:39 EDTAPP, TLYS, ANF, GPS, AEOAbercrombie & 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.
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January 29, 2015
13:23 EDTGPSGap says eliminating Creative Director role
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January 23, 2015
15:37 EDTGPSGap to close Piperlime brand
Gap announced the decision to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The company is committed to executing against its long-term strategy of driving profitable top line sales, and going into the new fiscal year, the company will focus on its portfolio of five brands – Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix, as well as digital and global growth. While Gap Inc. does not break out Piperlime’s sales independently, the brand is by far the smallest of the company’s portfolio with yearly revenue below $100M, representing less than 1% of Gap Inc.’s total revenue base of over $16B, the company said. The wind-down costs associated with the decision are not material to the company’s financials, Gap added.
09:10 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel rumored to prepare to accept $1.30 per share bid, FT blog says
American Apparel, which previously rejected a $1.40 per share takeover bid as too low, appears to have had a "rethink" and it "appears that $1.30 is just right now" and "a deal is just about done," according to posts in a Financial Times Alphaville Markets Live chat. The chat cautioned that the comments are "market chatter – information that has not been formally tested through traditional journalistic channels." Reference Link
January 21, 2015
12:12 EDTGPSBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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11:23 EDTANFSnow Capital reports 5.1% passive stake in Abercrombie & Fitch

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