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January 10, 2014
05:36 EDTSHLD, GPS, FDO, LBLow-end retailers struggle as customers remain pressured, WSJ reports
As the outlook for the U.S. economy has improved, the results show that the slightly rising tide isn't lifting all boats. Retailers catering to lower income consumers had a rough holiday. Those shoppers remain under pressure from tepid job growth, stagnant wages, higher payroll taxes and the loss of government assistance programs like food stamps, reports the Wall Street Journal.Reference Link
News For FDO;SHLD;LB;GPS From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
16:05 EDTGPSGap backs FY15 EPS view of $2.75-$2.80, consensus $2.73
Gap reaffirmed its full-year EPS guidance to be in the range of $2.75-$2.80 for FY15, excluding the negative impact associated with the strategic actions. The company updated its estimate of the charges associated with the strategic actions to approximately $130M-$140M, from the previously announced range of $140M-$160M. This guidance is provided to enhance visibility into the company's expectations regarding its ongoing business, excluding the strategic actions. Gap continues to expect operating margin, excluding the impact associated with the strategic actions, to be down about 1 percentage point in FY15 compared with FY14.
16:03 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 SSS down 2%
Comparable sales by global brand for Q2 were as follows: Gap Global: negative 6% versus negative 5% last year; Banana Republic Global: negative 4% versus flat last year; Old Navy Global: positive 3% versus positive 4% last year.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 EPS ex-items 64c, consensus 64c
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14:42 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:37 EDTGPSGap technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:19 EDTLBL Brands sees Q3, FY SSS up low single digits
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06:08 EDTSHLDSears reports Q2 adjusted EPS ($2.40), one estimate ($2.50)
Reports Q2 revenue $6.2B, one estimate $5.72B. Reports Q2 SSS down 10.8%, comprised of decreases of 7.3% and 14.0% at Kmart and Sears Domestic, respectively, which accounted for $584M of the revenue decline.
August 19, 2015
18:34 EDTLBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:32 EDTLBL Brands raises FY15 EPS view to $3.58-$3.73 from $3.50-$3.70, consensus $3.73
FY guidance includes a negative foreign exchange impact of approximately 12c per share, about 3c of which is in the third quarter.
16:31 EDTLBL Brands sees Q3 EPS 40c-45c, consensus 48c
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16:30 EDTLBL Brands reports Q2 EPS 68c, consensus 68c
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15:05 EDTSHLDSears August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Sears August call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 70; compared to its 52-week range of 44 to 122 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 20.
14:48 EDTLBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include L Brands (LB), consensus 68c... NetApp (NTAP), consensus 23c... Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 59c... Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 44c... Semtech (SMTC), consensus 24c.
13:57 EDTLBL Brands technical notes before earnings
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07:34 EDTGPSGap August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:22 EDTLBL Brands August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
L Brands August call option implied volatility is at 36, September is at 26, November is at 24; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 31 , suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 20.
August 18, 2015
12:54 EDTSHLDEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Lowe's ahead of Q2 earnings
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.24 on revenue of $17.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.21-$1.27 on revenue of $16.97B-$17.48B. LAST QUARTER: On May 20, Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 70c on revenue of $14.13B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 74c and $14.28B, respectively. The company also said Q1 same-store sales rose 5.3% year-over-year. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29 against estimates at the time of $3.31 and said it expects revenue to grow 4.5%-5%. Lowe's also forecast FY15 SSS to grow 4%-5% and added that it expected to open 15-20 home improvement and hardware stores in FY15. On its Q1 conference call, Lowe's forecast FY15 effective tax rate of approximately 38.1%, operating margin up 80-100 basis points, capital expenditures of roughly $1.4B, and cash flow from operations of approximately $5.1B. The company added that it continues to expect steady recovery within the housing market including positive trends in turnover and moderate home price appreciation. NEWS: On May 29, Lowe's announced that its board declared a 21.7% increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 28c per share, payable August 5 to shareholders of record as of July 22. On June 10, the company said at the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference that it was seeing modestly improving wages and saw the income environment as constructive to the industry. It added that it was starting to see pickup from the bottom in housing and modest home price appreciation in 2015. At the Oppenheimer Global Consumer Conference on June 24, Lowe's said it was more focused on asset productivity than square footage, that it was contemplating new geographies, and that it expected to further capitalize on market opportunity in 2015. STREET RESEARCH: The day Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine lowered her price target for the company's shares to $68 from $75 due to lower-than-expected results. Cantor maintained its Hold rating on the stock. The same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the company was still a top pick and reiterated its Buy rating, saying that, despite the Q1 earnings miss, it continued to expect Lowe's to benefit from investments. The day after Lowe's reported Q1 earnings, UBS said it believed the company's shares had room to run from at the time current levels. UBS reiterated its Buy rating for the company and lowered its price target to $82 from $83 on its shares. On June 8, Atlantic Equities initiated its coverage on Lowe's shares with a Neutral rating and a $79 price target. Exactly one week later, Wedbush upgraded Lowe's to Outperform from Neutral, saying it thought at the time that the company was benefiting from strong housing trends as well as Sears' (SHLD) increasing share losses, its previous investments, and macro tailwinds. Wedbush said the company will be a "winner" as long as interest rates remain low and increased its price target for the company's shares to $82 from $80. On June 30, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73, citing expectations of stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. BMO added that sales in the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. On July 20, Deutsche Bank lowered its Q2 comparable sales and earnings estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot below consensus to reflect "weak" industry data for building material, garden equipment, and supplies. Deutsche cut its Q2 comp estimate for Lowe's to 3.0% from 4.5% and earnings estimate to $1.23, below the consensus at the time of $1.25. Deutsche maintained its Buy rating on Lowe's stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up fractionally. In early trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Lowe's are up over 1% to $73.34.
10:00 EDTLB, GPSOn 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.
August 17, 2015
17:08 EDTGPSGap initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research
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17:07 EDTLBL Brands initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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