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August 22, 2014
12:08 EDTAEO, BKE, ANF, GES, GPSGap 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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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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07:15 EDTAEOOppenheimer to hold a conference
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