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December 3, 2012
06:35 EDTVRSN, ANFStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ANF VRSN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), VeriSign (VRSN) according to iVolatility.
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August 27, 2015
07:05 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded on improved merchandise, cost controls at Stifel
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05:19 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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August 26, 2015
12:47 EDTANFOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:01 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch surges after posting surprise Q2 profit
Abercrombie & Fitch spiked in early trading after the clothing retailer posted second quarter profit and revenue that exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Abercrombie & Fitch reported Q2 earnings per share of 12c, excluding items, on revenue of $817.8M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of a loss per share of (4c) and $811.46M, respectively. Including items, EPS was (1c). Abercrombie said the quarter included a comparable sales decrease of 4% and an adverse impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates of about 5%. For the quarter, SSS declined 7% at the Abercrombie brand and 1% at Hollister. Executive Chairman Arthur Martinez commented that the quarterly results exceeded what the retailer signaled on its first quarter earnings call and said he is confident "that we are on the right track, although we recognize that we still have much to achieve." Looking ahead, Abercrombie & Fitch sees SSS trends improving in the second half of 2015, skewed towards the fourth quarter. The company expects continued headwinds from foreign currency exchange rates, a gross margin rate approximately flat to last year and flat operating expense compared to last year. Additionally, Abercrombie said it plans to open 15 full-price stores this fiscal year, in markets including China and Japan, and will close about 60 stores in the U.S. during the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Abercrombie is in the midst of a massive turnaround and announced the creation of six new positions as it restructures the management of its Abercrombie brand. The move is part of an effort to organize executives by brand rather than product after announcing last year that it would move away from logos. On its earnings conference call this morning, Abercrombie executives said that the company is "not naive" about the challenges it faces, but believes it is "on the right track" to restoring the business to health. Abercrombie said a new chief executive officer will be appointed "in due time." OTHERS TO WATCH: Abercrombie & Fitch peers include Urban Outfitters (URBN), American Eagle (AEO) and Express (EXPR). PRICE ACTION: Abercrombie & Fitch is up 11.75% in morning trading to $19.30.
10:14 EDTANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility: ANF
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09:25 EDTANFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 15.1%... Express (EXPR), up 9.8%... Frontline (FRO), up 10.4%... Chico's FAS (CHS), up 9.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Oshkosh (OSK), up 11.9% after being awarded a $6.7B contract by the U.S. Army... EMC Corporation (EMC), up 5.8% after Re/code reported that the board is considering a VMware (VMW) downstream merger proposal... Google (GOOG), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ford (F), up 2.4% after Bloomberg reported that the company is considering returning production of Bronco and Ranger to the U.S. NOTABLE: Cameron International (CAM), up 45.4% after announcing that it will be acquired by Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger is down 1.9%. LOWER: WisdomTree (WETF), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi... Transocean (RIG), down 3.4% after proposing to cancel Q3 and Q4 dividends.
09:11 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch says still making adjustments to prices at Abercrombie brand
08:53 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch says new CEO to be appointed 'in due time'
Says recognizes company "still has much to achieve." Says "not naive about the challenges that we face." Says has "intense focus" on productivity improvements. Says "on the right track" to restoring business to health. Sees redesigning eight more Hollister stores this year. Says mobile accounts for 50% of online traffic. Says believes logo will no longer be a headwind going forward. Says new CEO will be appointed "in due time." Says board "deeply engaged" in CEO search. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:11 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees SSS trends improving in 2H, skewed towards Q4
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07:32 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch reports Q2 adj. EPS 12c, may not compare to consensus (4c)
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August 25, 2015
15:00 EDTANFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Chico's (CHS), consensus 22c... Express (EXPR), consensus 16c... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), consensus (4c).
12:49 EDTANFEarnings Watch: Analysts divided on Abercrombie ahead of Q2 earnings report
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12:39 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares are in a downtrend that has persisted since the fall of last year. If the news was a bullish surprise, the first price level of significance would be the channel top at $18.97, which is also the 21-day moving average. Next resistance above the top of the channel would be at $20.31 and then at $21.54. It would take a move above $22 to turn the longer-term trend back toward bullish. If the news continues to be bearish, next support would be at the channel low at the $16.50 area. If price broke the channel low, next support would be at $15.42, the 52-week low. Support below the 52-week low would be at $14.97, which would set a new multi-year low for shares.
August 24, 2015
10:32 EDTANFBattleground: Firms diverge on Abercombie ahead of earnings
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09:45 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
07:29 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch valuation sets up long-term opportunity, says Susquehanna
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06:45 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded to Overweight at Piper Jaffray ahead of earnings
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05:56 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF WMB
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August 21, 2015
08:06 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 108, September is at 70, November is at 52; compared to its 52-week range of 28 to 71, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
05:49 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF ATML
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