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February 27, 2013
18:48 EDTJCP, JWN, BWC, CWH, GRPN, PANL, VCRA, BSFT, ANIKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Babcock & Wilcox (BWC), up 8.7%... Anika Therapeutics (ANIK), up 3.2%... Universal Display (PANL), up 2.8%... ALSO HIGHER: Nordstrom (JWN), up 1.3% after announcing an $800M share repurchase program and increasing its dividend 11% to 30c per share... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Broadsoft (BSFT), down 24.5% after its Q1, FY13 guidance came in below current estimates... Groupon (GRPN), down 26% after its Q4 earnings, Q1 revenue guidance missed estimates... J.C. Penney (JCP), down 14.5% after a wide Q4 EPS miss and reporting Q4 SSS were down 31.7%... Vocera (VCRA), down 10.9%... ALSO LOWER: CommonWealth REIT (CWH), down 5.8% after its 30M share secondary offering was priced at $19 per share.
News For BWC;ANIK;PANL;JWN;BSFT;GRPN;JCP;VCRA;CWH From The Last 14 Days
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November 12, 2014
16:06 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS to increase 2 %-4 %
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16:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q3 EPS (77c), consensus (80c)
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15:29 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:32 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney lowered Q3 SSS view, affirms FY14 metrics in Q3
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (80c) on revenue of $2.81B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (95c)-(54c) on revenue of $2.72B-$2.93B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported second quarter adjusted EPS of (75c) against estimates for (93c), on revenue of $2.8B against estimates for $2.79B. Comparable store sales increased 6% for the quarter and online sales through jcp.com were up 16.7% from the year-ago period to $249M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, the company said that expected a "profitable" sales in the back-to-school season, adding that the company could see some "anomalies" in expense during Q3. NEWS: During the quarter, J.C. Penney announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, EVP of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board, and succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of the company on August 1, 2015, at which time Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year. At its analyst day in October, the retailer lowered its Q3 SSS view to low single digit growth from its previous view of mid single digit growth. J.C. Penney also warned investors that its September sales were weaker than expected. Despite lowering its SSS forecast, the retailer reaffirmed the rest of its quarterly guidance, including gross margins and SG&A expenses, and maintained all of its fiscal year 2014 guidance metrics, including mid-single digit SSS growth and positive free cash flow. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Wells Fargo, which has an Underperform rating on the stock, said that Ellison lacks expertise in apparel and accessories, where J.C. Penney is having a tough time. J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's said. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are down almost 20%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q3 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up almost 6% to $7.61.
13:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November weekly 7.5 straddle priced for 11.8% move into Q3
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07:53 EDTJWNNordstrom November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:42 EDTGRPNGroupon price target raised to $10 from $8 at Brean Capital
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November 11, 2014
12:38 EDTGRPNGroupon reports 53M total customers, sold 88M Groupons in the last quarter
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10:02 EDTGRPNGroupon sets target for 20%+ revenue growth by 2017
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10:00 EDTGRPNGroupon sees FY15 revenue growth 15%+, consensus $3.61B
Groupon sees FY15 AEBITDA growth of 25%. 2015 growth targets in slides for analyst day presentation.
09:59 EDTGRPNGroupon repeats view of Q4 EPS ex-items 2c-4c, consensus 4c
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09:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continue, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Shares are Neutral rated.
November 10, 2014
17:32 EDTANIKAnika Therapeutics announces CMS assigned J-Code to MONOVISC, effective Jan. 1
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15:55 EDTBSFTNeedham to hold a conference
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13:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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12:36 EDTJCPAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty, the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
10:49 EDTJWNNordstrom November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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November 9, 2014
20:15 EDTANIKAnika Therapeutics management to meet with Sidoti
Meeting to be held in Boston on November 13 hosted by Sidoti.
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