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August 22, 2014
13:12 EDTANN, CACH, ASNA, NWYAnn Inc. slides after Q2 SSS decline
Shares of women's specialty retailer Ann Inc. (ANN) are sliding after the company said that it experienced softer traffic levels along with sales and margin pressure in the second half of the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Ann's Q2 earnings per share was 70c, which is a bit higher than analysts' consensus of 68c. The company's Q2 revenue was $648.7M, which nearly matched analysts' consensus of $648.09M. The clothing retailer cited softer traffic levels and a highly promotional environment pressured sales and margin as the reason for its loss during the second half of the quarter. In addition, LOFT experienced continued softness in basic knit tops, which represented a significant component of its summer assortment. Q2 same-store-sales were down 2.3%. Ann sees Q3 revenue to be $670M, which is a bit lower than analysts' consensus of $673.31M and sees Q3 comparable sales to be flat to slightly negative. The company expects it FY14 revenue to be $2.56B, which matches analysts' $2.56B consensus and anticipates flat comparable sales in FY14. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Ann said that Q3 inventories are "conservatively positioned" as it enters the fall season. Ann said that despite the "challenging" retail environment, the retailer noted that it is focused on optimizing full-price sell-through to drive positive comp and increase productivity. Overall, the company believes that it is better positioned to optimize brand growth. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Ann Inc. fell $1.19, or 3.07%, to $37.62. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ascena Retail (ASNA) is up fractionally, Cache (CACH) is down 1.52%, and New York & Company (NWY) is up 1.84%.
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May 19, 2015
07:26 EDTASNA, ANNAscena Retail weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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07:20 EDTASNA, ANNAscena Retail upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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06:47 EDTANN, ASNAAscena Retail pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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05:51 EDTANN, ASNAAnn Inc. downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Ann Inc. to Neutral with a $47 price target to reflect the acquisition by Ascena Retail (ASNA).
May 18, 2015
16:21 EDTASNA, ANNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
13:55 EDTANN, ASNAAnn Inc. downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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12:51 EDTASNA, ANNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:10 EDTASNA, ANNHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: ASNA LAZ GTI CBRL ANN ISSI ANET HTS URBN LVLT
09:49 EDTANNEquity options with increasing volume
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09:33 EDTASNA, ANNAscena Retail acquisition of Ann Inc. a positive, says CL King
09:25 EDTANN, ASNAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTANN, ASNAAscena CEO says views Ann Taylor, Loft as two distinct brands
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08:39 EDTASNA, ANNAnn Inc. CEO says Ascena deal the 'right outcome for stockholders'
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08:01 EDTASNA, ANNANN volatility elevated into Ascena Retail acquiring for $47
ANN (ANN) June call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 31; compared to its 90-day average of 34; suggesting large near term price movement into a ascena retail (ASNA) paying ANN stockholders $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of ascena common stock.
07:50 EDTANN, ASNAAscena Retail volatility elevated into acquiring Ann Inc.
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07:48 EDTANN, ASNAAscena Retail and Ann Inc. to host conference call
Conference call to discuss merger agreement under which ascena will acquire ANN INC will be held on May 18 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
07:40 EDTANN, ASNAAscena Retail expects Ann. Inc acquisition to be significantly accretive to EPS
Excluding transaction and integration expenses, the acquisition is expected to be significantly accretive to EPS in the first year post closing, accelerating to greater than 20% accretion to EPS thereafter. Additionally, ascena expects the combination to generate significant cash flow while both maintaining appropriate levels of capital expenditures and enabling rapid deleveraging.
07:40 EDTANN, ASNAAnn Inc. rises 19% to $46 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail
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07:35 EDTASNA, ANNAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
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07:35 EDTANN, ASNAAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
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