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March 12, 2014
10:32 EDTEXPR, URBN, AEOExpress tumbles after earnings, guidance disappoint
Shares of apparel and accessory retailer Express (EXPR) are tumbling after the company reported fourth quarter earnings per share that fell below analysts' expectations and also guided below analysts' expectations for the new quarter and fiscal year. WHAT'S NEW: Express reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 57c, which fell slightly below analysts' consensus of 59c. The company's revenue of $715.88M was also lower than the consensus estimate of $721.13M. Express blamed a heavier than planned pace of promotions as a major impact to its top line and margins. Express sees FY14 same-store sales in the negative low single digits to flat. The company also guided first quarter earnings per share of 12c-18c, well below analysts' estimations of 41c, and FY14 earnings per share of $1.03-$1.23, missing the $1.58 consensus. Express said the start of FY14 has been "extremely difficult," citing significantly lower traffic, negative comparable sales and the promotional environment remaining intense. The retailer said it expects the promotional environment will continue and that full-year results will be impacted right from the beginning, but it feels optimistic that earnings per share growth will return in the second half of FY14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Retail rivals to Express include American Eagle (AEO) and Urban Outfitters (URBN), both of whom reported on their own fourth quarters in the last two days. It is notable that both American Eagle and Urban Outfitters were downgraded this morning, with Morgan Stanley downgrading American Eagle to Underweight from Equal Weight and Urban Outfitters being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Express fell 10.3% to $16.36.
News For EXPR;URBN;AEO From The Last 14 Days
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October 29, 2014
06:00 EDTAEOStocks with implied volatility movement; S AEO
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Sprint American (S) 53, American Eagle (AEO) 48 according to iVolatility.
October 24, 2014
12:21 EDTURBN, AEOAbercrombie & Fitch retreats after Goldman cuts to Sell
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10:03 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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October 23, 2014
10:01 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:54 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Hold at BB&T
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October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:06 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with an Outperform at BlueFin
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October 17, 2014
16:17 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:52 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday, as the averages bounce back following steep declines in several recent sessions. Better than expected earnings from General Electric (GE) and Morgan Stanley (MS), a rebound in European stock markets and a stronger than expected reading on U.S. consumer confidence may all be contributing to the brightened mood evidenced by today's trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rebounded 6.3% to a 1.017M pace in September, beating expectations for a monthly increase of 4.6%. Building permits increased 1.5% to a 1.018M rate, which was below the expected 2.3% rise. The first release on the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.4, versus expectations for a decline to 84.0 from the prior 84.6 reading. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric shares rose over 3% after the company reported better than expected third quarter profit and nearly in-line revenues. Morgan Stanley, whose quarterly results also topped Street expectations, advanced 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Westmoreland Coal (WLB), which gained 23% after it stuck a deal to acquire Oxford GP, the general partner of Oxford Resource Partners (OXF), and contribute certain royalty bearing coal reserves to Oxford in return for Oxford common units. Afterward, Brean Capital raised its price target on Westmoreland to $60, noting the announcement represents an entry into the MLP space. Also higher were shares of Textron (TXT), which advanced 11% after the aircraft and defense company reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. Among the noteworthy losers was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which dropped 13% and was downgraded by at least three Street research firms after the owner of Anthropologie and its namesake clothing stores warned that its Q3 earnings may be negatively impacted by continued weakness in its comparable retail sales. Also lower was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell 7% after guiding to lower than expected Q1 adjusted earnings, citing a higher than expected increase in costs to perform its myRisk Hereditary Cancer test following the test's national launch. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 295.34, or 1.83%, to 16,412.58, the Nasdaq was up 62.43, or 1.48%, to 4,279.82, and the S&P 500 was up 29.48, or 1.58%, to 1,892.24.
11:28 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Note this is the fourth downgrade of the day.
10:43 EDTURBN, AEOUrban Outfitters slumps after warning on continued retail sales weakness
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10:00 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters plunges after Q3 sales warning
The stock is down over 15% to $29.35, a fresh 52-week low, following a warning on negative sales trends after the bell yesterday. At current price next support is at $27.41. Resistance is at $30.16.
10:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $41 from $44 at RW Baird
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07:30 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:53 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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06:27 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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05:29 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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