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August 22, 2014
12:08 EDTGES, GPS, AEO, BKE, ANFGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
News For GPS;ANF;AEO;GES;BKE From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2015
19:40 EDTANFJudge rules lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch as 'class action', BI says
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July 27, 2015
19:31 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch to debut 'athleisure' clothing line, Racked says
Abercrombie & Fitch plans to debut a women's "athleisure" or activewear clothing line on July 29, reports Racked, citing company statements. Reference Link
July 23, 2015
07:43 EDTAEO, ANFStephens to hold a tour
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July 21, 2015
06:07 EDTGPSONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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July 15, 2015
12:18 EDTGESOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:01 EDTGESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Avis Budget (CAR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... CSX (CSX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Guess (GES) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory... Hertz (HTZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Liberty Global (LBTYA) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Lonmin (LNMIY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Navient (NAVI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at Pacific Crest... Omnicom (OMC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Primerica (PRI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sands China (SCHYY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:47 EDTGESGuess gaps up, levels to watch
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09:09 EDTGESGuess upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI
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06:46 EDTGESGuess upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory
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July 14, 2015
17:13 EDTGESGuess appoints Victor Guerrero as CEO
Paul Marciano, Co-Founder and CEO of Guess? announced that Victor Herrero will be his successor and new CEO of Guess?, in August. Paul Marciano will replace Maurice Marciano as Executive Chairman of the Board and will continue serving as Chief Creative Officer. Maurice Marciano will remain a director, and has been named Chairman Emeritus by the Board of Directors. Victor Herrero joins Guess? with over twenty years of global experience spanning Europe and Asia. Victor served as the head of Asia Pacific for Inditex Group, the world's largest fashion retailer with brands including Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Bershka, and Stradivarius. In the past 10 years, Victor was responsible for building Inditex's multi-billion dollar business in Asia.
12:01 EDTGESVince Holding sinks to 52-week low after CEO resigns
Shares of Vince Holding (VNCE), a contemporary fashion brand, are sinking after the company announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer. WHAT'S NEW: Vince Holding announced yesterday that CEO Jill Granoff resigned from the company. Granoff, who advised the Board of her decision in advance, will remain CEO through a transition period, the company said. The company's Board of Directors plans to work with an executive search firm to identify potential CEO candidates. The company also announced that it has hired Livia Lee as its new senior vice president of Merchandising, reporting directly to Granoff in the interim and then her successor once appointed. Lee will join the company on July 20. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 25, Vince Holding Chief Financial Officer Lisa Klinger resigned. The company appointed Mark Brody, most recently Managing Director and Group CFO at Sun Capital Partners, as interim CFO. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm William Blair downgraded Vince Holding to Market Perform from Outperform citing reduced visibility on company's long-term strategy following the resignation of CEO Jill Granoff and CFO Lisa Klinger. Despite the downgrade, William Blair did note that its store checks continue to suggest the brand remains healthy. The firm sees limited downside to numbers from these levels. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Vince Holding fell $2.33, or about 19.5%, to $9.62 on more than four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $9.46. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 72% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other contemporary fashion brands include Guess?, Inc. (GES), Ralph Lauren (RL) and Express, Inc. (EXPR).

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