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January 10, 2014
05:36 EDTLB, SHLD, GPS, FDOLow-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
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April 11, 2014
10:49 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility: STZ EPB FDO YONG
09:39 EDTGPSGap declines after March same store sales
The stock is down over 4.4% to $37.54 following last night's report of a 6% drop in March same store sales. At current price, next support is at $37.25 and then at $36.79. Resistance is at $38.67.
09:13 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
06:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:29 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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April 10, 2014
19:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: According to a Bloomberg report that cited sources, Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is set to resign tomorrow. A New York Times report added that President Obama is expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as Sebelius' replacement. HIGHER: Shares of BofI Holding (BOFI) and H&R Block (HRB) both advanced after announcing a deal for BofI to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. BofI, which saw shares gain 9% after hours, said it expects ongoing annual revenue from the deal of $26M-$28M beginning with its fiscal 2015. H&R Block, which gained 7%, said it expects the deal to be 7c-9c dilutive to earnings per share beginning in its fiscal 2015, and the company said it sees the deal resulting in $200M-$250M of immediate excess capital. LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 2.6% after reporting March same-store sales that fell 6% and saying that it expects first quarter gross margins to decline more when compared to the prior year period than they did in the preceding quarter... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 8.8% after reporting earnings that missed expectations on revenue that topped estimates and saying that it identified an accounting overstatement related to share-based compensation for the three and nine months ended September 30... Datawatch (DWCH), down 25% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook... TTM Technologies (TTMI), down 3.9% after cutting its first quarter earnings outlook and saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in at the low end of its previous guidance range.
16:02 EDTGPSGap reaffirms FY14 EPS view $2.90-$2.95, consensus $2.96
As the company noted last month, the Easter holiday is in April this year versus March last year. Given this shift in peak spring selling weeks, the company expected March to be negatively impacted. The company expects gross margins for Q1 to be below the prior year by more than the year-over-year decline in Q4. In addition, given ongoing expense management, the company expects Q1 operating expenses to be flat to last year.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports March SSS down 6%
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13:14 EDTFDOFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
11:15 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility: YONG STZ BBBY FDO EPB
10:46 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says continues to be opportunistic with share repurchases
10:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says search for president, COO is 'under way'
Says last few quarters have been "challenging." Says holiday season was challenged by a more promotional environment and a more financially constrained consumer. Sees opportunities to improve execution, increase relevance. Plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY15. The company says it is on track to open approximately 525 stores this year, 350-400 stores next year. Says 18 storms resulted in 60 days negatively impacted by winter weather in Q2. Sees gross margin for Q3 to be similar to Q2. Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Sees SG&A expense to be develeraged in Q3. Sees gross margin to decline in FY14. Expects SG&A will deleverage for FY14. Expects tax rate for FY14 to be 36%-36.5%.
10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says recently cut about 10% of corporate workforce
Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says winter weather had at least 5c negative impact to Q2 EPS
Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine said, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations. The 2013 holiday season was challenged by a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer. In addition, like many retailers, our second quarter results were significantly impacted by severe winter weather, which resulted in numerous store closings, disrupted merchandise deliveries and higher than expected utility and store maintenance expenses. Notwithstanding the macro-economic pressure, competitive environment and severe weather, we are not satisfied with our results, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we have initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to strengthen our value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve financial performance.” The company estimates that the negative financial impact in Q2 from the adverse winter weather was at least 5c of earnings per diluted share.
07:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS ex-items $3.05-$3.25, consensus $3.38
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07:07 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q3 EPS ex-items 85c-95c, consensus 98c
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to close about 370 stores, take other actions to reduce costs
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07:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 90c
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07:02 EDTLBL Brands reports March sales up 3% to $923.7M, March SSS down 1%
L Brands reported net sales increased 3% to $923.7M for the five weeks ended April 5, vs. $894.8M for the five weeks ended April 6, 2013. The company reported SSS for the five weeks ended April 5, 2014 decreased 1%, in line with expectations, as the later Easter timing this year negatively impacted March SSS sales by 25-3% points.
April 9, 2014
15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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