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April 11, 2014
13:36 EDTTLYS, ANF, AEO, GPS, APPGap falls after experiencing sharp decline in March SSS
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are tumbling after the company reported a sharp decline in its March same-store sales yesterday. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported that its same-store-sales in March declined 6% versus a 1% decrease last year. Broken down by division, same-store-sales for Gap Global were down 7% versus flat last year, Banana Republic Global declined 4% compared to a 1% gain last year and Old Navy Global fell 7% versus a 2% decline last year. Gap also reaffirmed its FY14 earnings per share view of $2.90-$2.95, which is slightly below analysts' consensus of $2.96. Last month, the retailer said that it expected March to be negatively impacted due to Easter occurring in April this year versus March last year. ANALYST REACTION: Today, Janney Capital downgraded Gap to Neutral from Buy and said the retailer's inventory continues to grow faster than sales and that promotions continue to infer a highly competitive backdrop. The firm lowered its fair value estimate for shares to $41 from $50. Janney Capital analysts Adrienne Tennant and Gabriella Carbone said that they expect the retail environment for Gap to still be challenging in the first half of FY14 and feel that SG&A control, margin-driven incentives, and ongoing buyback activity are imperative to help fuel earnings per share. Based on the weak patterns so far in the first quarter, the analysts said that they are lowering their estimates for the quarter to $2.89 from $2.95, consensus $2.96. They are also lowering their FY15 earnings per share view to $3.18 from $3.30. To reflect the spring break/Easter shift from March into April, the analysts are projecting a 1% decline for April comp. OTHERS TO WATCH: Gap's competitors include American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), American Apparel (APP), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and Tilly’s (TLYS). PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Gap are down 79c, or 2.01%, to $38.50.
News For GPS;AEO;APP;ANF;TLYS From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Apollo Education (APOL) downgraded on enrollment uncertainty at BofA/Merrill... Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Global Brass and Copper (BRSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Herman Miller (MLHR) downgraded to Neutral at Longbow... NiSource (NI) downgraded on valuation, post spinoff outlook at Argus... Sysco (SYY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... TCF Financial (TCB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill.
07:02 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Market Perform and maintained its $24 price target. The firm said store productivity could be pressured across segments as the brand image turnaround is a ways out and may require a new generation of consumers. FBR said sweeping cultural changes are positive but benefits will take time, there is potential for continued margin pressure from international, and the teen/young adult industry is in a multiyear transition.
June 29, 2015
06:20 EDTGPSGap plans two flagship stores for brands in Times Square, WSJ reports
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June 26, 2015
14:25 EDTGPSGap to take over Toys R Us location in Times Square, CNBC reports
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June 25, 2015
14:14 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch, DoJ settle immigration related employment case
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10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:45 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Hold at BB&T
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June 24, 2015
09:11 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle says environment continues to be highly promotional
Says "pleased" with 1H15 results. Says has seen "good" sequential improvement starting from 2H14 through 1Q15 and 2Q15. Says environment continues to be highly promotional, but seeing strength across all categories and regions. Says leveraging mall traffic, says AUR continues to grow, as well as unit volume. Sees room for improved merchandise margins in 2H. Sees continued EPS growth in 2H. Says "very" optimistic going into 2H. Comments made at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference.
09:04 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle repeats Q2 EPS view 11c-14c, consensus 14c
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June 23, 2015
07:36 EDTANFJMP Securities to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel unveils Dov Charney’s “sordid” behavior, NY Post reports
American Apparel disclosed “sordid details” of the investigation into founder and former CEO Dov Charney, who recently filed a defamation suit against the company, that resulted in his firing, the New York Post reports, citing a court filing. The filing says that the company found “voluminous evidence” that Charney had “sexual liaisons” with employees and models, exchanged pornographic emails and text messages, and took videos and photographs of these encounters using company property, the report says. Reference Link
07:15 EDTAEOOppenheimer to hold a conference
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June 22, 2015
09:08 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel sued by former CEO Charney, LA Times reports
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June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTGPSStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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07:38 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel to host next shareholder meeting in Chicago, NY Post reports
American Apparel will host its next shareholder meeting in Chicago, Illinois for the first time, the New York Post reported yesterday. The company had held its meetings in either Los Angeles or New York for the past nine years and is moving this year's meeting to Chicago to avoid causing a “big commotion” and a lot of media coverage, the report says, citing comments from Michael Bigger of Bigger Capital Fund. Reference Link

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