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May 19, 2015
05:53 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded Urban Outfitters to Perform with a $35 price target after the company's Q1 results missed expectations. Opco says retailers typically report multiple quarters of weaker than expected results. Shares of Urban Outfitters were also downgraded this morning at Piper Jaffray.
05:50 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Urban Outfitters to Neutral with a $36 price target citing near-term transition uncertainty after the retailer's Q1 results missed expectations.
May 18, 2015
20:16 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters down over 16% after disappointing Q1 results
Urban Oufitters (URBN) is down sharply after reporting first quarter earnings per share and revenue that missed analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Oufitters reported Q1 EPS of 25c on revenue of $739.01M, below consensus expectations of 30c and $758.25M, respectively. Urban Outfitters also reported Q1 comparable retail segment net sales up 4%, with Q1 retail segment net sales increasing 17% at Free People, 5% at Urban Outfitters, and 1% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales rose 18%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q1 earnings conference call, Urban Outfitters announced that Urban Outfitters Group CEO Ted Marlow, who oversaw the direction of the namesake brand, would retire at the end of August. While Urban Outfitters did not provide guidance, Urban Outfitters Anthropologie Group CEO David McCreight commented on the Anthropologie brand, "We're expecting we could see Q2 shaping up like Q1 in terms of low single-digit comps. We could also see being in the low-mid-single digit comps. It's hard to tell at this point." ANALYST REACTION: Two analyst firms lowered their respective price targets on Urban Outfitters following the company's earnings report. Sterne Agee, which rates Urban Outfitters a Neutral, lowered its 12-month price target to $34 from $46, noting the company has had trouble getting both its Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie brands to perform at the same time. Cantor, which maintained its Buy rating, lowered its price target to $53 from $54, saying that Anthropologie sales disappointed, but noting that a "later catalog release appears to us to have pushed some sales at Anthropologie into May." PRICE ACTION: Urban Outfitters fell 16.4% to just over $34 in after-hours trading. PEERS: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Five Below (FIVE), Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), and Zumiez (ZUMZ).
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16:40 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters down 13% following weaker than expected Q1 results
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16:03 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q1 comparable retail segment net sales up 4%
Comparable Q1 retail segment net sales increased 17% at Free People, 5% at Urban Outfitters and 1% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales rose 18%.
16:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q1 EPS 25c, consensus 30c
Reports Q1 revenue $739.01M, consensus $758.25M.
16:00 EDTHDOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:37 EDTHDHome Depot May 114 weekly straddle priced for 3.1% movement into Q1
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15:32 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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15:29 EDTURBNOptions with increasing volume
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15:14 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:00 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:49 EDTHDEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
11:09 EDTHDHome Depot May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:31 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters brands positioned for market share gains, says Brean Capital
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTHDPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:03 EDTHDBofA/Merrill says to buy Home Depot, Lowe's and Whirlpool
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