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February 24, 2014
11:32 EDTKSS, JCP, BONT, DDS, SHLDDillard's falls after quarterly profit significantly trails expectations
Shares of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailer Dillard's (DDS) are falling after the company's fourth quarter profit significantly trailed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q4 adjusted EPS of $2.69 and revenue of $2.03B, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $3.00 and $2.09B, respectively. The company reported its same store sales increased 4% in the quarter. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Buckingham said Dillard's shares remain a compelling value and that the firm would be buyers of the stock on weakness. Buckingham said it was encouraged by the company's ability to produce comparable sales in-line with better performing retailers despite a difficult, highly promotional environment. Buckingham maintained a Buy rating on the shares with a $112 price target. However, the firm added that its price target and estimates were under review. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $4.88, or about 5.5%, to $84.45 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Including today's slide, the stock is virtually flat over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other diversified retailers include Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), Kohl's (KSS), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Sears (SHLD).
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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 EDTKSSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.12; Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.68; Tyco (TYC), consensus 56c; Kohl's (KSS), consensus 74c; Helmerich & Payne (HP), consensus $1.67; Sally Beauty (SBH), consensus 40c; Manulife Financial (MFC), consensus 40c; TransDigm (TDG), consensus $2.02; MAXIMUS (MMS), consensus 52c.
15:29 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:33 EDTKSSKohl's November 57.5 straddle priced for 4.8% move into Q3
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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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10:07 EDTDDSHigh option volume stocks: DDS FOSL ZTS CMA CLVS CZR
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November 11, 2014
15:25 EDTDDSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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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.
07:49 EDTDDSBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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November 10, 2014
14:15 EDTKSSKohlís November puts active into Q3 and outlook
Kohl's November 55 puts are active on 1200 contracts compared to its open interest of 2000 contracts. November put option implied volatility is at 39, December is at 28, January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for near term price movement in the expected release of Q3 results on November 13.
13:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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12:36 EDTKSS, JCPAbercrombie, 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,Ē 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.
09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:08 EDTSHLDSears announces plans for mixed-use development in Aventura
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08:07 EDTKSSKohl's to open stores at 6p.m. on Thanksgiving Day
07:11 EDTSHLDOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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07:05 EDTSHLDMarket too upbeat on Sears report, Reuters columnist says
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November 8, 2014
20:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney could drop 35%, Barron's says
J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
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