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June 10, 2014
12:19 EDTCHS, NWY, CBK, ANN Christopher & Banks rallies after better than expected results
Shares of women's retailer Christopher & Banks (CBK) are rising after the company's first quarter quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates, and it confirmed it was on track to deliver on its three-year growth plan. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Christopher & Banks reported Q1 earnings per share of 7c and revenue of $103.4M, topping estimates of 2c and $103.23M, respectively. Q1 same store sales fell 0.2%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 SSS up in the low to mid single digit range and approximately 100 to 150 bps of gross margin improvement, as compared to the comparable prior year period, largely driven by improved merchandise margins. LuAnn Via, President and CEO, commented, "Looking ahead, additional opportunities to enhance our merchandise offering, further engage our customer and broaden our reach with our marketing programs are expected to result in continued improvement in store productivity. We also plan to accelerate our MPW strategy and end the year with approximately 190 locations in this format, as these stores continue to deliver strong returns. Overall, we are well-positioned to meet our financial goals for the year, and are on track to deliver on our three-year growth plan.” PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Christopher & Banks rose 70c, or 10.53%, to $7.35 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 4% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other women's retailers include Chico's FAS (CHS), which is up almost 9% after announcing it was exploring a sale to private equity firms, Ann Inc (ANN), and New York & Company (NWY).
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May 19, 2015
07:20 EDTANNAscena Retail upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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06:47 EDTANNAscena Retail pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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05:51 EDTANNAnn 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 EDTANNOn 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 EDTANNAnn Inc. downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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12:51 EDTANNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:10 EDTANNHigh 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 EDTANNAscena Retail acquisition of Ann Inc. a positive, says CL King
09:25 EDTANNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTANNAscena CEO says views Ann Taylor, Loft as two distinct brands
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08:39 EDTANNAnn Inc. CEO says Ascena deal the 'right outcome for stockholders'
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08:01 EDTANNANN 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 EDTANNAscena Retail volatility elevated into acquiring Ann Inc.
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07:48 EDTANNAscena 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 EDTANNAscena 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 EDTANNAnn Inc. rises 19% to $46 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail
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07:35 EDTANNAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
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07:35 EDTANNAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
May 11, 2015
06:07 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks hires Perella Weinberg to explore sale, NY Post reports
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