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January 10, 2014
10:39 EDTAPP, TLYS, ANF, AEO, 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.
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October 9, 2014
10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTANFBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:41 EDTGPSGap long-term buy thesis remains intact, says UBS
UBS said the long-term buy thesis for Gap remains intact following its disappointing Q3 results and CEO change. The firm expects the CEO transition to be smooth with no meaningful changes in strategy. UBS lowered its second half estimates for Gap and lowered its price target on the stock to $48 from $50, but maintains its Buy rating on the shares.
07:33 EDTGPSGap volatility elevated into the retirement of CEO Glenn Murphy
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07:16 EDTGPSGap CEO change positive, says Stifel
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06:11 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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05:48 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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05:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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October 8, 2014
18:31 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ruby Tuesday (RT), up 19.6%... Exar (EXAR), up 13.7% after reporting second quarter revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Nuance (NUAN), up 2.5% following rumors that Carl Icahn will recommend that Apple (AAPL) buy the company... GrubHub (GRUB), up just under 1% after being initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kofax (KFX), down 20.1% after reporting first quarter revenue and fiscal 2015 revenue guidance below analyst estimates... ARC Group (ARCW), down 17%... E2open (EOPN), down 8.9%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 7.6% following September same store sales data and CEO transition... AMD (AMD), down 7% after announcing CEO transition.
16:50 EDTGPSGap CEO Glenn Murphy says board planned CEO succession
Gap's outgoing chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy stated that the CEO transition to Art Peck was planned in advance and was a part of the company's growth plan. Murphy stated that the board asked him to stay but he is not able to make a personal commitment to be at the company to execute long-term plans. Murphy says he will work closely with Peck during the transition period. Comments made during CEO transition conference call.
16:08 EDTGPSGap trades sharply lower in the extended session
The stock is down over 8% to $38.49 in the after hours market. At that price next support is at $37.25. Resistance is at $39.48.
16:05 EDTGPSGap reports September net sales up 1% vs. last year
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16:03 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
Gap Inc. announced that Art Peck, the president of its Growth, Innovation and Digital division, has been selected by the board to succeed Glenn Murphy as the company’s next CEO, effective February 1, 2015. Murphy made the personal decision to retire from the company at the end of the fiscal year, allowing for a smooth leadership transition. Peck joined the company in 2005. As part of the transition, Bob Fisher will become non-executive Chairman of the board, and Peck will join the board, effective February 1, 2015.
16:01 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
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October 6, 2014
10:04 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Air France-KLM (AFLYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... BAE Systems (BAESY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Church & Dwight (CHD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Delhaize (DEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Myers Industries (MYE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... Nationstar (NSM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Tekmira (TKMR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at ... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Underweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore.
10:04 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:46 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Neutral after its channel checks indicated worsening selling conditions across Europe. Piper thinks shares could see pressure in the near-term and lowered its price target for the stock to $35 from $45. Note Abercrombie was upgraded to Buy this morning at Mizuho.
05:56 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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05:37 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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