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January 10, 2014
05:36 EDTFDO, SHLD, LB, GPSLow-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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September 5, 2014
12:19 EDTGPSGap falls after reporting August same-store sales decline
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are falling after the company reported disappointing August same-store sales results and Buckingham analysts downgraded the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported last night that its August comparable sales declined 2%, compared to a 2% increase a year ago in the same month. Gap Global SSS fell 9%, Banana Republic Global SSS fell 2% and Old Navy Global SSS rose 2%. Gap also reported its August net sales were flat compared to last year's $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company said Gap's August sales performance will likely put pressure on the brand's gross margins in September. ANALYST REACTION: Gap was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham this morning following the August comparable sales numbers. Buckingham analysts say they question the previously anticipated 2H14 comp recovery at the core brand and do not see upside to the stock if the flagship brand does not turn positive in the second half. Buckingham expects the stock's multiple to contract back to its historical average until sales improve. The firm still expects full-year 2014 guidance to be achievable as Gap manages expenses and it continues to like operational improvements the company is making in its supply chain and omni-channel initiatives. Until sales improve, Buckingham expects shares to remain range bound near $44 to $46. UBS analysts, on the other hand, say Gap's share weakness presents a buying opportunity. The firm said the miss does not derail the company's ability to show improvement over the second half and does not impact their long-term thesis tied to margin improvement opportunities. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Gap fell $2.20, or about 5%, to $44.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Gap include American Apparel (APP), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Express (EXPR), and Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF).
10:05 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTGPSGap downgraded at Buckingham
As noted earlier, Buckingham downgraded Gap to Neutral from Buy. The firm says that weaker than expected August comparative sales at the company's Gap brand is causing it to question its previous forecast for comps to recover in the seocnd half of the year. The firm expects the shares to remain range bound until the sales of the Gap brand improve. Target $46.
09:16 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:34 EDTFDODollar Tree to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:33 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reaffirms support of transaction with Dollar Tree
08:32 EDTFDODollar Tree commits to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:31 EDTFDOFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) on September 2 on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollar’s merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR) contains a customary provision that permits Family Dollar to enter into discussions and share information with any competing bidder, but only if the Board is able to determine that failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties and that the unsolicited, written proposal from the competing bidder would be reasonably expected to lead to a proposal that is not only financially superior, but also “reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.” Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, said, “Our Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside advisors and consultants, reviewed all aspects of Dollar General’s revised proposal and unanimously concluded that it is not reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed. There is a very real and material risk that the transaction proposed by Dollar General would fail to close, after a lengthy and disruptive review process. Accordingly, our Board has rejected Dollar General’s revised proposal and reaffirmed its support of the transaction with Dollar Tree, which delivers attractive value in the form of immediate upfront cash and upside participation in a combined Dollar Tree-Family Dollar entity, as well as closing certainty.” Ed Garden, a Family Dollar director and co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Trian Fund Management, L.P., a large shareholder of the Company, stated, “We are focused on delivering to Family Dollar shareholders the highest value with certainty, and the Dollar Tree transaction does just that. Dollar Tree has taken the antitrust risk off the table by committing to divest as many stores as necessary to obtain antitrust clearance. We remain fully committed to the Dollar Tree transaction.”
08:30 EDTFDOFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
08:00 EDTGPSGap volatility is expected to move following disappointing August comps
Gap volatility is expected to move following disappointing August comps. Overall option implied volatility of 23 is below its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:50 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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07:42 EDTGPSGap weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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06:27 EDTFDONew Dollar General offer might not woo Family Dollar, Reuters says
Dollar General's (DG) improved bid to purchase Family Dollar (FDO) for $9.1B might not be able to reduce its smaller competitors worries that U.S. antitrust regulators will hinder the agreement from transpiring, according to Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Family Dollar is already in the throes of an agreement to sell itself for $8.5B to Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
September 4, 2014
18:28 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:05 EDTGPSGap falls in extended session trading, levels to watch
The stock is down after hours by 3.6% to $44.88. At that price next support is at $43.38. Resistance is at $45.43.
16:03 EDTGPSGap falls 3.7% after announcing August SSS drop, likely gross margin pressure
16:02 EDTGPSGap reports August SSS down 2%
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07:05 EDTLBL Brands reports August sales up 9% and SSS up 5%
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September 3, 2014
14:49 EDTFDOIchan exits Family Dollar position with $200M profit, Reuters says
Carl Icahn, who became Family Dollar's largest shareholder just this June, has now sold his entire stake for a profit of about $200M, according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
14:33 EDTFDOIcahn sold entire Family Dollar stake, Reuters says
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