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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).
News For CBK;CHS;ANN;NWY From The Last 14 Days
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November 21, 2014
07:51 EDTANNAnn Inc. nows sees FY14 revenue $2.516B, consensus $2.52B
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07:49 EDTANNAnn Inc. backs view of Q4 SSS down in low-single digits
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07:47 EDTANNAnn Inc. reports Q3 EPS ex-items 72c, consensus 68c
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07:30 EDTCHSChico's FAS December volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Chico's FAS Devices December call option implied volatility is at 43, January is at 38, February is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 25.
November 20, 2014
15:28 EDTANNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 79c; ANN Inc. (ANN), consensus 68c; Hibbett Sports (HIBB), consensus 62c; Berry Plastics (BERY), consensus 37c; Sirona Dental Systems (SIRO), consensus 90c.
07:21 EDTANNAnn Taylor November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday sales outlook
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November 19, 2014
07:16 EDTANNAnn Taylor November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 14, 2014
16:52 EDTCHSGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 13, 2014
13:22 EDTANNAnn Taylor November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday sales outlook
Ann Taylor November call option implied volatility is at 55, December is at 37, January and March is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 21.
November 11, 2014
07:49 EDTANN, CHSBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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November 10, 2014
12:36 EDTANNAbercrombie, 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.
05:48 EDTANNU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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