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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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November 20, 2014
16:06 EDTGPSGap down 3% after lowering FY14 EPS guidance
16:05 EDTGPSGap now sees FY14 operating margin to be about 12.5%
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16:03 EDTGPSGap lowers FY14 EPS view to $2.73-$2.78, consensus $2.82
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16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q3 EPS with benefit 80c, consensus 79c
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15:51 EDTGPSGap technical remarks before results
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15:28 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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November 18, 2014
11:40 EDTANF, AROUrban Outfitters sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit misses consensus
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November 14, 2014
13:39 EDTAPPBigger Capital calls for American Apparel's board to be reconstituted
Bigger Capital Fund and the Bigger Family, collectively owning more than 2M shares of American Apparel announced that they have delivered a letter to American Apparel's board. In the letter, Bigger Capital said, We write to you to express our serious and growing concerns with the company and provide the basis for our conviction that the board must be immediately reconstituted to replace David Danzinger and Allan Mayer with direct representatives of American Apparel's minority shareholders... We renew our call for the resignations of Messrs. Danzinger and Mayer for a number of reasons... we are becoming increasingly concerned that the new Board, led by Co-Chairmen Danzinger and Mayer, is not as committed to protect the interests of all shareholders as we had hoped. For example, this Board never bothered to respond to our July 17th letter or address our concerns in any form. At a time when the Company is suffering ever widening losses, is embroiled in a much publicized investigation of its former CEO, is still absorbing changes in its senior executive team, and the stock is taking a beating, the Board has a heightened responsibility to soothe shareholder concerns and assure us that all is being done to protect our investment. Such disregard of minority shareholders especially at this critical time is inexcusable... As things currently stand, American Apparel is continuing to sustain massive losses and erosion of shareholder value persists. The Company has massively underperformed peers on a profitability basis for years... Our expectation is that the Board will immediately engage with us to work constructively towards a solution along the lines laid out in this letter."
10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:35 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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November 11, 2014
07:49 EDTARO, ANFBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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November 10, 2014
16:32 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel reports Q3 EPS (11c), consensus (4c)
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15:57 EDTGPSWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
12:36 EDTANFAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
10:04 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
07:50 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer downgraded to Abercrombie & Fitch Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock, citing lack of visibility, following the company's negative preannouncement. Target to $30 from $50.
07:22 EDTGPSU.S. Retail Softlines sector downgraded to Negative at Barclays
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06:34 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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05:48 EDTGPS, ANFU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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05:40 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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