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March 12, 2014
10:32 EDTURBN, EXPR, 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.
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March 31, 2015
10:01 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: EVERTEC (EVTC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Express (EXPR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Flexion (FLXN) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with a Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... IAC (IACI) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... INC Research (INCR) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Masonite (DOOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... MaxPoint Interactive (MXPT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... NGL Energy Partners (NGL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Neovasc (NVCN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... New York & Co. (NWY) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Pacific Biosciences (PACB) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Rice Midstream (RMP) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Sensient (SXT) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Skullcandy (SKUL) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Virgin America (VA) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... ZAGG (ZAGG) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich.
05:42 EDTEXPRExpress initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Target $21.
March 29, 2015
18:01 EDTURBNInvestors should use caution with Urban Outfitters, Barron's says
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
05:52 EDTAEO, URBNAmerican Eagle downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded American Eagle (AEO) to Sell saying it sees 29% downside risk over the next six months. Goldman believes declining mall traffic and "aggressive competition" from low cost stores puts the retailer in a multi-year period of diminishing productivity, margins, and returns. Its six-month price target for American Eagle is $12. Shares of the retailer closed yesterday up 17c to $16.92. Goldman lists Ann Inc. (ANN), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle as its top sell ideas in the Specialty Apparel space. Its lone Buy rated name in the group is Urban Outfitters (URBN).
March 25, 2015
14:58 EDTEXPRExpress management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meetings to be held in Kansas City, MO on March 31 and in Denver on April 1 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
09:25 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle announces license agreements in Chile, Peru
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) announced plans to further expand its global retail presence with a series of licensed stores throughout Chile and Peru. The company has signed a multi-year license agreement with Eurofashion Limitada, a Chilean company and division of Cencosud (CNCO). The agreement includes American Eagle Outfitters stores, which will offer the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie assortments. The first stores are expected to open in Chile in 3Q15 and in Peru in early 2016.

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