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April 11, 2014
13:36 EDTANF, TLYS, GPS, APP, AEOGap 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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April 1, 2015
13:00 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel laying off 180 employees, NY Times reports
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07:43 EDTGPSBofA/Merrill strategist holds an analyst/industry conference call
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:31 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel sued by former CEO for $40M, Reuters reports
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05:52 EDTAEO, ANFAmerican Eagle downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded American Eagle (AEO) to Sell saying it sees 29% downside risk over the next six months. Goldman believes declining mall traffic and "aggressive competition" from low cost stores puts the retailer in a multi-year period of diminishing productivity, margins, and returns. Its six-month price target for American Eagle is $12. Shares of the retailer closed yesterday up 17c to $16.92. Goldman lists Ann Inc. (ANN), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle as its top sell ideas in the Specialty Apparel space. Its lone Buy rated name in the group is Urban Outfitters (URBN).
March 26, 2015
06:07 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel says SEC issued formal order of investigation in February
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March 25, 2015
17:18 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel Reports Q4 EPS (16c), one estimate (2c)
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09:25 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle announces license agreements in Chile, Peru
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) announced plans to further expand its global retail presence with a series of licensed stores throughout Chile and Peru. The company has signed a multi-year license agreement with Eurofashion Limitada, a Chilean company and division of Cencosud (CNCO). The agreement includes American Eagle Outfitters stores, which will offer the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie assortments. The first stores are expected to open in Chile in 3Q15 and in Peru in early 2016.
March 24, 2015
10:20 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees ongoing expense reduction as way of life going forward
10:16 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees 'sigificant' FX headwinds in 2015
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07:27 EDTANFTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 18, 2015
18:32 EDTTLYSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Guess (GES), up 12.4% after reporting fourth quarter results and guidance... Shoe Carnival (SCVL), up 10%... NQ Mobile (NQ), up 9.1%... Tilly's (TLYS), up 1.3%... Cintas (CTAS), up 1.3% after reporting quarterly results and raising fiscal 2015 guidance. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Williams-Sonoma (WSM), down 4.1%... Jabil Circuit (JBL), down 1.8%... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), down 3.3%. ALSO LOWER: Concert Pharmaceuticals (CNCE), down 4.4% after filing to sell common stock... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), down 3.7% after filing to sell 6M shares of common stock.
16:04 EDTTLYSTilly's sees Q1 EPS 3c-5c, consensus 4c
Sees Q1 SSS up in the low single digits.
16:03 EDTTLYSTilly's reports Q4 EPS 25c, consensus 22c
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