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April 11, 2014
13:36 EDTANF, TLYS, GPS, AEO, 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.
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September 5, 2014
17:55 EDTGPSGap valuation 'enticing' despite sales drop, Barrons contends
Following Gap's unexpected August SSS drop, shares fell by more than 5% which creates a buying opportunity for the stock, according to Barron's 'Barron's Take' column. Barron's believes share buybacks and effective cost control can help Gap meet its earnings forecasts. Reference Link
16:45 EDTGPSMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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16:25 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:57 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:19 EDTANF, APP, AEO, GPSGap 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).
11:43 EDTAEOZumiez sinks as company provides 'disappointing' Q3 outlook
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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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08:00 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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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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10:59 EDTANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: BIG GES CONN PAY ANF CIEN SPLK OVTI WDAY NAV
September 3, 2014
11:07 EDTANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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September 2, 2014
11:08 EDTANFOptions with decreasing implied volatilit
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09:35 EDTGPSGap identified as top pick at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee identified Gap as its best pick for 2H14, as the firm sees multiple drivers of improved operating performance and stock price gains for the company. Among these drivers are easy compares and company specific initiatives, according to the firm. It raised its price target on the stock to $52 from $50 and sees its risk/reward ratio as very compelling.
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