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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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December 18, 2014
15:54 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel gets takeover bid valuing it at $1.30-$1.40/share, NY Post says
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06:04 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel could become takeover candidate, LA Times reports
American Apparel recently terminated former president and CEO Dov Charney for cause, and now rumors are swirling that the apparel company could become a takeover candidate, The LA Times reports, adding that new CEO Paula Schneider could "lift the retailer out of doldrums," or a buyer could make an offer. Schneider says she will soon decide on a strategy to turn around the company. Reference Link
December 17, 2014
09:22 EDTAPPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Auspex Pharmaceuticals (ASPX), up 83.1% after Phase 3 trial of SD-809 met primary efficacy endpoint... Volcano (VOLC), up 55.3% after Philips (PHG) announced it will acquire the company for $18.00 per share... Paramount Gold and Silver (PZG), up 35.9% after announcing a merger agreement with Coeur Mining... Cerus (CERS), up 17.8% after FDA approves Intercept Blood System... American Apparel (APP), up 15.5% after terminating Dov Charney for cause... TASER (TASR), up 6.1% after LAPD purchases 860 AXON body-worn video cameras... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 5.9% after being called a top 2015 small cap pick at Piper Jaffray... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 7.5% after selling 1,000 electric vehicles to Chengdu City... Stillwater Mining (SWC), up 2.7% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: FedEx (FDX), down 3.5%... Joy Global (JOY), down 1.7%. ALSO LOWER: POZEN (POZN), down 13.1% after receiving a second complete response letter from the FDA for Yosprala... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 13.1% after price target cut to $1 from $10 at Credit Suisse... Coeur Mining (CDE), down 2.8% following merger agreement with Paramount Gold and Silver.
December 16, 2014
18:19 EDTAPPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dave & Buster's (PLAY), up 7.3%... Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 1.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Auspex Pharmaceuticals (ASPX), up 66.5% after Phase 3 trial of SD-809 met primary efficacy endpoint... Cerus (CERS), up 26.6% after FDA approves Intercept Blood System... American Apparel (APP), up 8.6% after terminating Dov Charney for cause. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Heico (HEI), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 10% after price target cut to $1 from $10 at Credit Suisse... Linn Energy (LINE), down 3% after being downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird.
16:13 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel terminates Charney for cause, names Schneider as CEO
The board of directors of American Apparel announced that it has appointed Paula Schneider as CEO, effective January 5. This appointment follows the termination of Dov Charney, former President and CEO, for cause in accordance with the terms of his employment agreement. Scott Brubaker, who has been serving as Interim CEO, will continue in the post until Schneider joins the company, after which he will remain as a consultant to ensure an orderly transition. Charney was suspended as president and CEO by the Board on June 18 for alleged misconduct and violations of company policy. Under terms of an agreement signed by Charney on July 9, a special committee of the board oversaw an internal investigation conducted by FTI Consulting into the allegations against Charney. Based on this investigation, the special committee determined that it would not be appropriate for Charney to be reinstated as CEO or an officer or employee of the company. While under suspension as CEO, Charney had been serving as a consultant to the Company. This relationship has now been terminated.
16:12 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel terminates Dov Charney for cause
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10:38 EDTGPSGap coverage transferred with a Market Perform at Cowen
Target $46.
08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch signs license agreement with Inter Parfums
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December 12, 2014
09:57 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Abercrombie & Fitch December 27 and 28 calls are active on total call volume of 3,300 contracts (250 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. December call option implied volatility is at 47, January is at 44, February is at 45; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
09:50 EDTANFRumor: Abercrombie & Fitch moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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December 11, 2014
08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie an 'extremely attractive' takeover candidate, says FBR Capital
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December 10, 2014
10:20 EDTEXPROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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December 9, 2014
17:49 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch still not a 'buy', Barron's says
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08:50 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries to retire
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08:48 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch CEO to retire
December 8, 2014
10:20 EDTEXPR, ANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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December 5, 2014
18:01 EDTGPSGap shares look cheap, should continue to rise, Barron's reports
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10:40 EDTEXPR, ANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:17 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:16 EDTEXPRExpress price target lowered to $16 from $20 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital cut its price target on Express after the company reduced its Q4 guidance. However, the firm thinks the company's outlet continues to exceed expectations, while its spring product is seeing signs of improvement. The firm adds that the company has easier comparisons in 2015, giving it the opportunity to post positive comp sales. BMO keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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