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April 11, 2014
13:36 EDTTLYS, ANF, APP, AEO, GPSGap 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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January 23, 2015
15:37 EDTGPSGap to close Piperlime brand
Gap announced the decision to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The company is committed to executing against its long-term strategy of driving profitable top line sales, and going into the new fiscal year, the company will focus on its portfolio of five brands – Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix, as well as digital and global growth. While Gap Inc. does not break out Piperlime’s sales independently, the brand is by far the smallest of the company’s portfolio with yearly revenue below $100M, representing less than 1% of Gap Inc.’s total revenue base of over $16B, the company said. The wind-down costs associated with the decision are not material to the company’s financials, Gap added.
09:10 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel rumored to prepare to accept $1.30 per share bid, FT blog says
American Apparel, which previously rejected a $1.40 per share takeover bid as too low, appears to have had a "rethink" and it "appears that $1.30 is just right now" and "a deal is just about done," according to posts in a Financial Times Alphaville Markets Live chat. The chat cautioned that the comments are "market chatter – information that has not been formally tested through traditional journalistic channels." Reference Link
January 21, 2015
12:12 EDTGPSBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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11:23 EDTANFSnow Capital reports 5.1% passive stake in Abercrombie & Fitch
January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:59 EDTGPSGap downgraded at Atlantic Equities
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06:22 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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January 15, 2015
17:06 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein
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10:00 EDTTLYSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:29 EDTTLYSTilly's upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital
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January 13, 2015
10:00 EDTTLYSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:43 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle has reached positive turning point, says BMO Capital
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06:42 EDTTLYSTilly's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
January 12, 2015
16:02 EDTTLYSTilly's raises Q4 EPS outlook to 21c-23c from 15c-19c
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10:58 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle says expects to end year with cash around $400M
10:40 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle repeats Q4 EPS view 32c-34c, 25% growth vs. last year's Q4
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