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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).
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November 17, 2014
18:32 EDTURBNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters says expects to open 35-40 stores in FY15
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16:16 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters CEO says disappointed by results at Urban Outfitters brand
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16:09 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters down 3% following Q3 results
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16:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters total inventories increased by $60M as of October 31
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16:01 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q3 SSS down 1%
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16:01 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q3 EPS 35c, consensus 41c
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15:16 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Agilent Technologies (A), consensus 89c; Jacobs Engineering (JEC), consensus 86c; Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 41c; Omega Protein (OME), consensus 30c.
12:38 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters technical comments ahead of earnings
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11:11 EDTURBNHigh option volume stocks:
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07:46 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters risk/reward remains attractive, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the risk/reward for Urban Outfitters remains attractive ahead of its Q3 results, with the firm citing the company's strong balance sheet, solid customer engagement, and potential for top and bottom line expansion. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $40 price target on Urban Outfitters shares.
07:05 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 14, 2014
10:00 EDTURBN, ANFOn 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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05:45 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
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05:35 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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November 13, 2014
10:19 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility up into Q3 and holiday sales outlook
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November 12, 2014
10:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle rises on raised Q3 guidance, levels to watch
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08:03 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle raises Q3 adjusted EPS view to 22c from 17c-19c
Consensus is 18c. Including restructuring and asset impairment charges of (17c), GAAP earnings are estimated to be 5c per share. Last year, the company earned adjusted EPS of 19c in the third quarter, which excluded asset impairment charges of (6c). The earnings improvement over last year was primarily due to an improvement in markdowns and lower expenses. Third quarter net revenues declined slightly on a comparable sales decline of 5%. The EPS guidance excludes charges of approximately (17c) primarily due to store impairments and corporate overhead reductions related to the company’s profit improvement initiatives. These actions are expected to enable the company to fund key initiatives and generate savings to strengthen future earnings. “Third quarter earnings exceeded our expectations and margins were ahead of last year. We are encouraged by our ability to reduce promotional activity, particularly given the challenging and highly promotional retail climate,” said Jay Schottenstein, Interim CEO. “The team is making steady progress on merchandise improvements. Yet as we approach the holidays, we remain cautious given the ongoing weakness in mall traffic. The restructuring activities reflect our resolve to strengthen our business to deliver higher profitability and returns to shareholders.” Third quarter ending inventories are expected to be down, consistent with prior guidance.
06:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle implied volatility of 60 at upper end of index mean range
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