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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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February 26, 2015
06:11 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) 64, Herbalife (HLF) 94 according to iVolatility.
February 25, 2015
10:10 EDTANF, GPSBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Head of European General Retail Equity Research Steegers, along with Head of U.S. General Retail Equity Research Hutchinson, discuss the global apparel sector, focusing on international expansion, pricing and sustainability of margins and returns on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 25 at 10 am.
08:53 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch Q4 results could be at low end of view, says Janney Capital
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05:53 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 24, 2015
12:22 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Buy at BB&T
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09:10 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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08:19 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle identified as favorite name for Spring at BMO Capital
BMO Capital named American Eagle as its favorite apparel retailer for spring, as the firm expects the company to benefit from the ‘70s Style fashion trend. .
05:44 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 23, 2015
06:09 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 20, 2015
10:16 EDTGPSGap weekly volatility increases into Q4 and spring outlook
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09:23 EDTANFGoldman sees select Apparel and Footwear opportunities due to FX risk
Goldman said translation currency exposure in the Apparel and Footwear has created volatility and opportunity to gain exposure to this theme. Goldman's analyst sees a positive near-term set-up for Nike (NKE) and Tiffany (TIF) and a negative set-up for Crocs (CROX) and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and of upcoming earnings reports.
06:00 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch March volatility elevated into Q4 and spring outlook
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04:19 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT ANF
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February 19, 2015
05:31 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ANF
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February 18, 2015
11:41 EDTGESPiper cuts Guess to sell following Fossil disappointment
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11:00 EDTGESGuess falls sharply, levels to watch
The shares have spiked lower, dropping 2.7% to $18.30. At that price, next support is at the 52-week low at $17.67. Resistance is at $18.68, the opening price of the day. Piper Jaffray downgraded the shares to Underweight.
10:56 EDTGESGuess downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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February 17, 2015
05:42 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch implied volatility of 58 at upper end of index mean range
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