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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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April 11, 2014
09:13 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
06:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:29 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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April 10, 2014
19:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: According to a Bloomberg report that cited sources, Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is set to resign tomorrow. A New York Times report added that President Obama is expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as Sebelius' replacement. HIGHER: Shares of BofI Holding (BOFI) and H&R Block (HRB) both advanced after announcing a deal for BofI to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. BofI, which saw shares gain 9% after hours, said it expects ongoing annual revenue from the deal of $26M-$28M beginning with its fiscal 2015. H&R Block, which gained 7%, said it expects the deal to be 7c-9c dilutive to earnings per share beginning in its fiscal 2015, and the company said it sees the deal resulting in $200M-$250M of immediate excess capital. LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 2.6% after reporting March same-store sales that fell 6% and saying that it expects first quarter gross margins to decline more when compared to the prior year period than they did in the preceding quarter... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 8.8% after reporting earnings that missed expectations on revenue that topped estimates and saying that it identified an accounting overstatement related to share-based compensation for the three and nine months ended September 30... Datawatch (DWCH), down 25% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook... TTM Technologies (TTMI), down 3.9% after cutting its first quarter earnings outlook and saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in at the low end of its previous guidance range.
16:44 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel will no longer provide monthly sales results
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16:43 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel sees Q1 revenue $137.8M, one estimate $136.12M
Compares to $138.1M for the prior year period.
16:43 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel reports March SSS down 5%
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16:02 EDTGPSGap reaffirms FY14 EPS view $2.90-$2.95, consensus $2.96
As the company noted last month, the Easter holiday is in April this year versus March last year. Given this shift in peak spring selling weeks, the company expected March to be negatively impacted. The company expects gross margins for Q1 to be below the prior year by more than the year-over-year decline in Q4. In addition, given ongoing expense management, the company expects Q1 operating expenses to be flat to last year.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports March SSS down 6%
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April 9, 2014
16:34 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch names Joanne Crevoiserat CFO
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09:20 EDTANFBofA/Merrill's retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 8, 2014
10:03 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:46 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Neutral at Janney Capital
As previously reported, Janney Capital downgraded American Eagle to Neutral from Buy. The firm cited weak demand so far this spring at American Eagle, as well as the highly promotional mall environment. Janney lowered its price target on the stock to $10 from $17.
06:19 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
April 7, 2014
16:28 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Questcor (QCOR), up 27% after agreeing to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK) for cash, stock valued at $86.10 per Questcor share... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), up 25% after program shows "promising clinical activity" for advanced blood cancers, shares upgraded at JPMorgan... Vocus (VOCS), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by GTCR for $446.5M, or $18.00 per share... Pandora (P), up 1.3% following upgrade at Wedbush. LOWER: MannKind (MNKD), down 13% after announcing FDA extension of PDUFA date for Afrezza... American Eagle (AEO), down 2.2% following downgrade at Cowen... Pfizer (PFE), down 2.8% after announcing data for palbociclib in metastatic breast cancer... Mattel (MAT), down 3% following downgrade at BMO Capital... WWE (WWE), down 1.2% after cautious mention in Barron's, company announcing WrestleMania 30 grossed $10.9M.
08:16 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded at Cowen
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06:34 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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April 4, 2014
12:44 EDTAPPFiveT Capital reports 11.54% stake in American Apparel
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