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May 9, 2014
10:50 EDTARO, EXPR, ANF, APP, GPSGap advances after April sales beat expectations
Shares of specialty apparel company The Gap (GPS) are rising after the company’s April same-store sales and its first quarter revenue beat expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported first quarter revenue of $3.77B, topping the consensus view of $3.69B. The company’s comparable sales for Q1 decreased 1%. Gap reported April same-store sales increased 9%, with Gap brand comparable sales up 3%; Banana Republic SSS up 7% and Old Navy up 18%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Gap forecast Q1 earnings per share of 56c-57c, ahead of expectations of 53c. The company expects that for Q1 its gross margins will decline less than the year-over-year decline in Q4. In addition, the company expects Q1 operating expenses to be slightly above last year. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Gap is up $1.58, or about 4%, to $40.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained about 5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Others in the apparel space include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), Aeropostable (ARO), American Apparel (APP), and Express (EXPR).
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March 27, 2015
06:31 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel sued by former CEO for $40M, Reuters reports
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05:52 EDTANFAmerican 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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14:58 EDTEXPRExpress management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meetings to be held in Kansas City, MO on March 31 and in Denver on April 1 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
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 17, 2015
17:41 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel files to delay Form 10-K
The company is engaged in discussions with its revolving credit facility lender with respect to certain waivers and amendments to such facility that, among other things, would reset certain covenants going forward, permit the execution of the previously disclosed $15M credit agreement between one or more entities affiliated with Standard General and one or more of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries as borrowers and waive noncompliance with certain covenants. The Company’s staff and resources have been substantially committed to such discussions and the outcome thereof would impact the Company’s financial statements disclosures as of and for the year ended December 31, 2014 and other information required to be disclosed in the Annual Report. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Standard General Credit Agreement to fund the Company’s near-term interest payments on certain of its indebtedness, including the April interest payment on its senior secured notes, and other liquidity needs. No assurances can be given that the Company will be successful in obtaining such amendments and waivers or in consummating the Standard General Credit Agreement when expected, or at all. In light of the foregoing, the process of completing the financial statements and the related information required to be included in the Annual Report could not be completed by the scheduled filing deadline for the Annual Report.
10:13 EDTEXPROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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March 16, 2015
16:01 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel talks with Irving Place at standstill, Bloomberg says
Buyout talks between private equity firm Irving Place Capital and retailer American Apparel are said to have stalled as Irving Place Capital has grown uncertain about its proposed valuation, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:38 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel talks with Irving Place at standstill, Bloomberg says
10:14 EDTEXPROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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