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May 28, 2014
20:25 EDTCOST, COST, PLL, PLL, ANF, ANF, TECD, TECD, SAFM, SAFMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Costco (COST), consensus $1.09; Pall (PLL), consensus 83c; Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), consensus (19c); Tech Data (TECD), consensus 92c; Sanderson Farms (SAFM), consensus $1.68.
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May 27, 2015
13:56 EDTTECDTech Data technical comments ahead of results
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11:18 EDTANFEarnings Watch: Abercrombie could provide 'depressing' guidance, analyst says
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, May 28 with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am EDT. Abercrombie & Fitch is a retailer of casual apparel for men, women and kids. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (34c) on revenue of $730.91M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (60c)-(12c) on revenue of $685.26M-$788M. LAST QUARTER: Abercrombie & Fitch reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $1.12B, against estimates for $1.15 and $1.17B, respectively. Comparable store sales declined 10% during the quarter. Abercrombie & Fitch said that as it gets greater visibility to the timing and impact of its on-going strategic initiatives, it expects to resume providing EPS and SSS guidance guidance. Regarding SSS, the company said it expects the negative impact from reduced logo sales to modestly abate in the first half of the fiscal year and neutralize in the second half of the fiscal year. Abercrombie said the first half of FY15 would be "challenging" and forecast significant headwinds from foreign currency in FY15. NEWS: At the Telsey Advisory Group's Spring Consumer Conference in March, Abercrombie reiterated its forecast for "significant" foreign currency headwinds in 2015. The company said it was "fully aware" of the challenges the company is facing and was on the "right path" to improve profitability. Abercrombie forecast FY15 capital expenditures of approximately $150M and forecast continued pressure from reduced logos and gross margin flat to slightly up. The retailer said it views ongoing expense reduction as a "way of life" going forward. During the quarter, Bloomberg reported that Abercrombie & Fitch will retire its "appearance and sense of style" hiring rule for employees. Abercrombie brand President Christos Angelides and Hollister brand President Fran Horowitz said the changes to the dress code are part of their plan to cater to more shoppers. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to Abercrombie and other retailers in April over staffing practices and whether the company requires workers to show up or stay home with little notice, according to The Wall Street Journal. STREET RESEARCH: During the quarter, Abercrombie & Fitch was initiated at BB&T with a Hold rating and with an Underperform rating and $17 target at RBC Capital. Wunderlich expects A&F's results will be a "very painful slog" for shareholders, adding that if the company does give guidance, "expect it to be depressing." The firm, which cut its price target for shares to $15 from $17 and reiterated a Sell rating, believes a turnaround is not in sight. PRICE ACTION: Abercrombie & Fitch shares slid 1% to $19.88 in morning trading, putting the stock down about 19.5% over the last three months.
10:58 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:21 EDTCOSTCostco May weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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May 26, 2015
07:56 EDTANFWunderlich sees Abercrombie Q1 as 'very painful slog'
Wunderlich expects Abercrombie & Fitch's Q1 results on Thursday to be a "very painful slog" for investors. If management does provide guidance, "expect it to be depressing," Wunderlich tells investors in a research note. The firm believes a turnaround is not in sight and points to mounting currency headwinds and a "weak" teen apparel environment. It lowered its price target for A&F shares to $15 from $17 and reiterates a Sell rating on the name.
May 22, 2015
08:29 EDTCOSTCostco May weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
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07:40 EDTPLLDanaher price target raised to $94 from $80 at JPMorgan
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May 21, 2015
17:03 EDTPLLPall Corp. reports Q3 pro forma EPS 92c, consensus 85c
Reports Q3 revenue $681.1M, consensus $673.02M.
May 19, 2015
08:10 EDTTECDTech Data announces agreement with Barracuda Networks
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May 18, 2015
20:16 EDTANFUrban Outfitters down over 16% after disappointing Q1 results
Urban Oufitters (URBN) is down sharply after reporting first quarter earnings per share and revenue that missed analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Oufitters reported Q1 EPS of 25c on revenue of $739.01M, below consensus expectations of 30c and $758.25M, respectively. Urban Outfitters also reported Q1 comparable retail segment net sales up 4%, with Q1 retail segment net sales increasing 17% at Free People, 5% at Urban Outfitters, and 1% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales rose 18%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q1 earnings conference call, Urban Outfitters announced that Urban Outfitters Group CEO Ted Marlow, who oversaw the direction of the namesake brand, would retire at the end of August. While Urban Outfitters did not provide guidance, Urban Outfitters Anthropologie Group CEO David McCreight commented on the Anthropologie brand, "We're expecting we could see Q2 shaping up like Q1 in terms of low single-digit comps. We could also see being in the low-mid-single digit comps. It's hard to tell at this point." ANALYST REACTION: Two analyst firms lowered their respective price targets on Urban Outfitters following the company's earnings report. Sterne Agee, which rates Urban Outfitters a Neutral, lowered its 12-month price target to $34 from $46, noting the company has had trouble getting both its Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie brands to perform at the same time. Cantor, which maintained its Buy rating, lowered its price target to $53 from $54, saying that Anthropologie sales disappointed, but noting that a "later catalog release appears to us to have pushed some sales at Anthropologie into May." PRICE ACTION: Urban Outfitters fell 16.4% to just over $34 in after-hours trading. PEERS: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Five Below (FIVE), Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), and Zumiez (ZUMZ).
07:46 EDTCOSTAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
May 15, 2015
16:21 EDTPLLStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
May 14, 2015
10:00 EDTPLLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:55 EDTCOSTBaird says any near-term weakness in Costco a buying opportunity
Baird trimmed its estimates ahead of Costco's Q3 results, but recommended investors use any near-term weakness as a buying opportunity. The firm believes Street sales estimates look aggressive and as a results would not be surprised if the company's streak of three consecutive earnings beats does not continue. However, Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $165 price target on Costco shares.
08:40 EDTPLLDanaher acquisition pricey but still attractive, says Bernstein
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07:23 EDTPLLDanaher worth $100/share on sum-of-the-parts, says Jefferies
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07:03 EDTPLLPall Corp. downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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07:01 EDTPLLDanaher paid an expensive price for Pall Corp., says Deutsche Bank
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05:30 EDTPLLPall Corp. downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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