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May 9, 2014
10:50 EDTAPP, GPS, ARO, EXPR, ANFGap 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).
News For GPS;ANF;ARO;APP;EXPR From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2015
13:23 EDTGPSGap says eliminating Creative Director role
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January 27, 2015
08:38 EDTEXPRExpress share repurchases likely to resume in near-term, says Wedbush
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January 26, 2015
16:33 EDTEXPRExpress note redemption adds 11c to FY15 earnings, says Nomura
Nomura expects the redemption of the 8.75% senior notes to add 11c to Express' FY15 earnings. In addition, the firm says its recent meeting with management highlighted better than expected holiday trends. The firm calls Express shares the cheapest in its retail coverage and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $16 price target.
January 23, 2015
15:37 EDTGPSGap to close Piperlime brand
Gap announced the decision to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The company is committed to executing against its long-term strategy of driving profitable top line sales, and going into the new fiscal year, the company will focus on its portfolio of five brands – Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix, as well as digital and global growth. While Gap Inc. does not break out Piperlime’s sales independently, the brand is by far the smallest of the company’s portfolio with yearly revenue below $100M, representing less than 1% of Gap Inc.’s total revenue base of over $16B, the company said. The wind-down costs associated with the decision are not material to the company’s financials, Gap added.
09:10 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel rumored to prepare to accept $1.30 per share bid, FT blog says
American Apparel, which previously rejected a $1.40 per share takeover bid as too low, appears to have had a "rethink" and it "appears that $1.30 is just right now" and "a deal is just about done," according to posts in a Financial Times Alphaville Markets Live chat. The chat cautioned that the comments are "market chatter – information that has not been formally tested through traditional journalistic channels." Reference Link
January 21, 2015
12:12 EDTGPSBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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11:23 EDTANFSnow Capital reports 5.1% passive stake in Abercrombie & Fitch
10:01 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:08 EDTEXPR, EXPRExpress downgraded to Sell from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Express to Sell from Buy following the announcement that buyout talks with private-equity firm Sycamore Partners have ended and expectations apparel trends will remain weak into FY16. Price target lowered to $12.
January 20, 2015
13:08 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:33 EDTEXPR1981 Investments reports 9.8% stake in Express, intends to review investment
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10:21 EDTEXPRExpress weakness a buying opportunity, says Mizuho
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09:11 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTEXPRExpress, Sycamore Partners announce termination of discussions
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08:07 EDTEXPRExpress, Sycamore Partners announce termination of discussions
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