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January 10, 2014
10:39 EDTTLYS, APP, GPS, AEO, ANFAbercrombie & 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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November 25, 2014
10:10 EDTGPS, ANFJanney to hold a field trip
Janney Montgomery Holiday Mall Tour is being held at Tysons Corner, Virginia on November 25.
07:12 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 24, 2014
05:07 EDTGPSGap, Zalando announce Pan-European partnership
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November 21, 2014
16:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street gained after China's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in over two years to bolster its economy. Additionally, the head of Europe's central bank said he was determined to do what is needed to ensure the area's economy does not once again fall into crisis. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for November had a reading of 7, compared to the consensus forecast for a reading of 6. In Asia, the People's Bank of China unexpectedly cut interest rates, slashing the one-year lending rate by 40 basis points and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points. The move, which was the central bank's first interest rate cut since 2012, surprised markets around the globe. In Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said indicators have been declining to levels he would deem "excessively low" and that he is determined to use more aggressive measures, such as large scale asset purchases, as needed. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) was the worst performer on the Dow after Jefferies initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating. Microsoft's stock has rallied 30% in the last year, but the company is still facing the same fundamental problems as in previous years, Jefferies analyst John DiFucci wrote. He set a $40 price target on the shares, which slipped 74c, or 1.5%, to $47.97. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ross Stores (ROST), which advanced $6.06, or 7.28%, to $89.27 after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. Also higher were shares of Caterpillar (CAT), which rose $4.36, or 4.27%, to $106.45 amid the quantitative easing actions taken abroad and after research firm Stifel initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which sunk $5.68, or 13.05%, to $37.86 after the video game retailer's third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, trailed consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of The Gap (GPS), which dropped $1.68, or 4.19%, to $38.46 after the owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy and its namesake clothing brand lowered its fiscal year profit outlook. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.06, or 0.5%, to 17,810.06, the Nasdaq gained 11.10, or 0.24%, to 4,712.97, and the S&P 500 added 10.75, or 0.52%, to 2,063.50.
16:13 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel names Chelsea Grayson as General Counsel
The Board of Directors of American Apparel announced the appointment of Chelsea Grayson as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the company, effective as of December 15. Tobias S. Keller will continue to serve as Interim General Counsel until Grayson’s employment commences, at which time he has agreed to resign from such position. Chelsea Grayson has more than 15 years of experience in private practice as a corporate attorney with the law firms of Jones Day and Loeb & Loeb LLP, where she was a partner in the corporate groups of both firms.
13:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch enters into franchise agreement with Grupo AXO in Mexico
Abercrombie & Fitch announced that it has entered into a franchise agreement with Grupo AXO to establish a retail store presence in Mexico. The franchise arrangement will encompass both the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister brands. The first Hollister store is set to open in late spring 2015 and the first Abercrombie & Fitch store is expected to open in late summer 2015. The company anticipates a continuing rollout that will include stores in cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.
06:24 EDTGPSGap says Jeff Kirwan to become global president for Gap brand in December
Gap yesterday announced the promotion of two current executives, with 35 years of combined company experience between them, to become global brand presidents for Gap and Banana Republic. The moves were orchestrated by Art Peck as he prepares to take on the role of CEO of Gap Inc. in February, with the full support of current chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy. Jeff Kirwan, who has reported to Murphy for the past three years as president of greater China for Gap Inc., will become Global President for Gap brand in December following a brief transition period. Kirwan succeeds Stephen Sunnucks, who will leave the company on December 19, after steering the growth of its namesake brand to almost 50 countries over the past decade. Andi Owen, 49, who currently leads the Gap Outlet division, will become Global President for Banana Republic, effective January 5. She succeeds Jack Calhoun, who will depart from the company on February 1 after working with Owen during the transition.
November 20, 2014
18:21 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:06 EDTGPSGap down 3% after lowering FY14 EPS guidance
16:05 EDTGPSGap now sees FY14 operating margin to be about 12.5%
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16:03 EDTGPSGap lowers FY14 EPS view to $2.73-$2.78, consensus $2.82
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16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q3 EPS with benefit 80c, consensus 79c
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15:51 EDTGPSGap technical remarks before results
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15:28 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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November 18, 2014
11:40 EDTTLYS, ANF, AEOUrban Outfitters sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit misses consensus
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November 14, 2014
13:39 EDTAPPBigger Capital calls for American Apparel's board to be reconstituted
Bigger Capital Fund and the Bigger Family, collectively owning more than 2M shares of American Apparel announced that they have delivered a letter to American Apparel's board. In the letter, Bigger Capital said, We write to you to express our serious and growing concerns with the company and provide the basis for our conviction that the board must be immediately reconstituted to replace David Danzinger and Allan Mayer with direct representatives of American Apparel's minority shareholders... We renew our call for the resignations of Messrs. Danzinger and Mayer for a number of reasons... we are becoming increasingly concerned that the new Board, led by Co-Chairmen Danzinger and Mayer, is not as committed to protect the interests of all shareholders as we had hoped. For example, this Board never bothered to respond to our July 17th letter or address our concerns in any form. At a time when the Company is suffering ever widening losses, is embroiled in a much publicized investigation of its former CEO, is still absorbing changes in its senior executive team, and the stock is taking a beating, the Board has a heightened responsibility to soothe shareholder concerns and assure us that all is being done to protect our investment. Such disregard of minority shareholders especially at this critical time is inexcusable... As things currently stand, American Apparel is continuing to sustain massive losses and erosion of shareholder value persists. The Company has massively underperformed peers on a profitability basis for years... Our expectation is that the Board will immediately engage with us to work constructively towards a solution along the lines laid out in this letter."
10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:23 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 59 at upper end of index mean range
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05:35 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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