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August 19, 2014
11:53 EDTAEO, ANF, URBN, AROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
Shares of teen apparel and accessory retailer Aeropostale (ARO) are soaring after the company announced that former Chief Executive Officer Julian Geiger is set to return to his previous position. The retailer also provided second quarter guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Aeropostale's former CEO, Julian Geiger, is taking over effective immediately, the company announced yesterday. Thomas Johnson is leaving the board of directors and will also step down from his role as CEO. Johnson plans to remain available to ensure a smooth transition, the company said. Geiger was chairman and CEO from 1998-2010, when he was replaced with Johnson, and was the CEO and president of Crumbs (CRMBQ) from 2011-2013. WHAT'S NOTABLE: For the second quarter, Aeropostale forecast adjusted EPS of (45c)-(42c), topping analysts' consensus of (58c). Previously, the retailer was anticipating a Q2 loss of (61c)-(55c). Aeropostale anticipates Q2 revenue of $396.2M, which is higher than analysts' $395.44M consensus. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, for Q2 decreased 13% vs. last year. Aeropostale is set to report Q2 earnings on August 21. ANALYST REACTION: Wells Fargo analyst Paul Lejuez feels that the return of Geiger will not aid in the company's future improvement. He feels that Geiger knows Aeropostale better than anyone, but he does not know what he could do to change its current market position. Lejuez says that the retailer is struggling to reinvent itself as a clothing brand and growth potential is still limited. The analyst says that valuation risks include the retailer alienating its core customer even more, failing to attract new customers and that its systems infrastructure could be insufficient. The firm maintains a Market Perform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffrey analyst Stephanie Wissink says that her perspective remains unchanged following Aeropostale's latest announcements. She said that while some investors could view the return of Geiger as a positive move, he comes to the retailers in a different stage of his life. Wissink feels that Aeropostale's business is not decreasing, but its not increasing either. The firm maintains a price target of $4 and Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: During late morning trading, shares of Aeropostale rose 78c or 24.07%, to $4.02. OTHERS TO WATCH: Aeropostale peers include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Urban Outfitters (URBN).
News For ARO;ANF;AEO;URBN From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
05:52 EDTURBN, AEO, ANFAmerican Eagle downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded American Eagle (AEO) to Sell saying it sees 29% downside risk over the next six months. Goldman believes declining mall traffic and "aggressive competition" from low cost stores puts the retailer in a multi-year period of diminishing productivity, margins, and returns. Its six-month price target for American Eagle is $12. Shares of the retailer closed yesterday up 17c to $16.92. Goldman lists Ann Inc. (ANN), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle as its top sell ideas in the Specialty Apparel space. Its lone Buy rated name in the group is Urban Outfitters (URBN).
March 25, 2015
09:25 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle announces license agreements in Chile, Peru
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) announced plans to further expand its global retail presence with a series of licensed stores throughout Chile and Peru. The company has signed a multi-year license agreement with Eurofashion Limitada, a Chilean company and division of Cencosud (CNCO). The agreement includes American Eagle Outfitters stores, which will offer the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie assortments. The first stores are expected to open in Chile in 3Q15 and in Peru in early 2016.
March 24, 2015
10:20 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees ongoing expense reduction as way of life going forward
10:16 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees 'sigificant' FX headwinds in 2015
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07:27 EDTANFTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 17, 2015
07:53 EDTAEOMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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March 16, 2015
10:14 EDTURBNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXPR ULTA SGMS QIHU BKS PAY URBN AGN AGNC

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