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June 10, 2014
09:10 EDTANF, ANF, BDE, BDE, BAGL, BAGL, IRG, IRG, JWN, JWN, HAIN, HAIN, ZUMZ, ZUMZ, RUTH, RUTH, PVH, PVH, TPX, TPX, CAKE, CAKE, NDLS, NDLSPiper Jaffray to hold a conference
34th Annual Consumer Conference is being held in New York on June 10-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 10 at 9:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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August 27, 2014
11:32 EDTJWNTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
07:29 EDTNDLSStephens to hold a plane trip
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06:36 EDTJWNNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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August 25, 2014
13:44 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 48, October is at 44, December is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 45 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
10:54 EDTIRGHigh option volume stocks
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August 22, 2014
13:21 EDTJWNNordstrom completes Trunk Club acquisition
Nordstrom announced the closing on August 22 of its acquisition of Trunk Club. The company previously announced its proposed acquisition of Trunk Club by press release on July 31. The company believes this acquisition represents a natural extension of its core business, aligns with its strategic priorities around a relevant customer experience and accelerates entry into this market.
12:08 EDTANFGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
August 21, 2014
11:54 EDTHAINWhiteWave Foods retreats after analyst cuts rating
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10:14 EDTCAKEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:29 EDTHAINHain Celestial price target raised to $109 from $98 at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital raised its price target for Hain Celestial shares to $109 citing strong execution following the company's Q4 results. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:39 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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08:21 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill
August 20, 2014
11:09 EDTHAINHigh option volume stocks
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07:33 EDTHAINHain Celestial sees FY15 EPS $3.72-$3.90, consensus $3.73
Sees FY15 revenue $2.73B-$2.8B, consensus $2.51B; Provided guidance includes July 2014 acquisition of Hain Pure Protein Corporation with approximately $230M in net sales in fiscal year 2014, which is expected to be accretive by 3c-5c per diluted share:
07:32 EDTHAINHain Celestial reports Q4 US sales $323M, UK sales $200.5M
Reports Q4 Rest of World segment sales $60.4M.
07:31 EDTHAINHain Celestial reports Q4 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 89c
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05:44 EDTHAINHain Celestial unit recalls products for Salmonella risk
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTHAINNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:45 EDTHAINHain Nspired brand recalls certain nut butters due to Salmonella, Bloomberg says
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11:53 EDTANFAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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