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January 13, 2014
04:55 EDTCBK, CBK, BBRG, BBRG, AFCE, AFCE, SONC, SONC, LB, LB, ASNA, ASNA, DFRG, DFRG, FOXF, FOXF, GES, GESPiper Jaffray to hold meeting at ICR XChange 2014
Company Meetings at ICR XChange 2014 are being held in Orlando on January 12-14.
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August 22, 2014
13:12 EDTASNAAnn 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%.
12:08 EDTGESGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
10:06 EDTGESGuess upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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07:46 EDTLBL Brands remains a key idea at Morgan Stanley
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August 21, 2014
15:48 EDTDFRGDel Frisco's management to meet with Sterne Agee
Field Trip to company Southlake, Texas offices to meet with CFO Pennison on August 26 hosted by Sterne Agee.
10:36 EDTLBL Brands fundamentals improving, says Sterne Agee
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10:07 EDTGESGuess falls after Chief Design Officer latest to leave
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09:07 EDTGESOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:07 EDTLBPopeyes Louisiana Kitchen names Matt CFO
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07:51 EDTLBL Brands remains one of the most attractive long-term stories, says UBS
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06:43 EDTGESGuess management turnover concerning, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says it remains concerned with the continued pattern of management turnover at Guess after the company disclosed the departure of its Chief Design Officer. Piper believes it will take longer to turn around the Guess brand and keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
06:40 EDTGESGuess discloses resignation of Chief Design Officer
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August 20, 2014
16:38 EDTLBL Brands raises FY14 EPS guidance to $3.03-$3.18 from $3.00-$3.15
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16:36 EDTLBL Brands sees Q3 EPS 26c-31c, consensus 30c
16:35 EDTLBL Brands reports Q2 EPS 63c, consensus 62c
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15:26 EDTLBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus 89c; L Brands (LB), consensus 62c; Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 60c; CACI International (CACI), consensus $1.43; Semtech (SMTC), consensus 39c; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 39c; America's Car-Mart (CRMT), consensus 60c.
August 19, 2014
16:06 EDTASNADesigner Lela Rose to create limited-edition line for Lane Bryant
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10:13 EDTGESOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Guess (GES) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) downgraded at RW Baird... Lehigh Gas (LGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lexicon (LXRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Nobel Biocare (NBHGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Saint Joe Co. (JOE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded at RW Baird.
09:19 EDTLBL Brands volatility elevated flat Q2 and outlook
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06:12 EDTGESGuess downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Guess to Neutral saying the company's turnaround could take more time to play out.
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