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March 12, 2014
10:32 EDTEXPR, AEO, URBNExpress 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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August 18, 2015
14:07 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature on the daily chart is a bullish ascending triangle pattern that has already triggered when price crossed above $18. On bullish news, the pattern could complete which would take price to the $20 area. Resistance above $20 is at $20.50. If the news is a bearish surprise, the first significant support would be at the 21-week moving average at $17.25. A breakdown below this uptrend support line proxy would break the bullish trend in place since October of last year. Support below $17.25 would be at $16.54, $16, and $15.47.
10:51 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:13 EDTURBNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:07 EDTURBNHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: CCOI XONE XDE OMER JMBA URBN W SCCO DKS ESPR FEYE W
10:00 EDTURBN, EXPR, AEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
07:47 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reported 'enviable' results, says Stifel
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07:41 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters remains one of best positioned retailers, says Baird
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05:48 EDTURBNStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN RAD
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August 17, 2015
20:06 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters shares fall after reporting mixed Q2 results
After the close, Urban Outfitters (URBN) reported second quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Outfitters reported Q2 earnings per share of 52c, above consensus estimates of 49c, and Q2 revenue of $867.46M, below analyst expectations of $881.16M. Urban Outfitters reported comparable retail segment net sales up 4%. Broken down by segment, comparable retail sales at Anthropologie increased 2%, Urban Outfitters increased 4%, Free People increased 14%, and wholesale segment net sales increases 21%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the earning conference call, CFO Frank Conforti said that during the third quarter, the gross margin rate could increase, driven by improvements in the Urban Outfitters brand. Conforti also said that the opportunity exists to increase gross margins for the fiscal year, though the magnitude of the increase depends on Q3 and Q4. Conforti also reaffirmed the company's fiscal 2016 capital expenditures guidance of $140M-$150M. ANALYST REACTION: On August 17, Wolfe Research initiated coverage of the stock with a Peer Perform and set a price target of $34.00. The firm said it believes that Urban Outfitters could see improving SSS trends in the second half of fiscal 2015 and said that the Urban Outfitters brand has showed "considerable improvement" and the firm estimates that the brand's gross margins could be in the high 20% range. After Urban Outfitters earnings were released, Nomura released a note indicating that the magnitude of the gross margin decline was "not as bad as expected" with Urban's Q2 gross margin of 36.7% vs. Nomura's estimate of 36.2%, and that shares have been discounting an additional cut to annual gross margins. The firm has a Neutral rating on the stock and a price target of $35.00. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Urban Outfitters are lower by 2.26% to $31.50 in after-hours trading.
19:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fabrinet (FN), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 10.6% after announcing that it is on track to initiate ETC-1002 Phase 3 program by the end of 2015... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), up 3.3% after announcing FDA approval of Adcetris for HL treatment. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: MasTec (MTZ), down 7.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Sunedison (SUNE), down 1% after announcing a $500M perpetual convertible preferred stock offering.
17:06 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Target $34.
17:05 EDTEXPRExpress initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research
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17:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research
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16:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 Anthropologie SSS up 2%
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16:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 EPS 52c, consensus 49c
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14:52 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August 32 straddle priced for 9.8% movement into Q2
14:48 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Agilent (A), consensus 41c... Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 49c... MasTec (MTZ), consensus 15c... Fabrinet (FN), consensus 39c.
14:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters multiple decline overdone, says Stifel
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07:57 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle multiple decline overdone, says Stifel
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