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July 13, 2014
15:18 EDTHSNI, JCPJ.C. Penney CEO successor search faces setback, WSJ says
It appears that J.C. Penney (JCP) is not having an easy time of identifying a successor for current CEO Myron Ullman, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report, Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN (HSNI), who is considered the lead candidate for Ullman's position, had been in talks with J.C. Penney but could not agree on terms and negotiations broke down moths ago. Reference Link
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August 14, 2015
12:37 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
11:08 EDTJCPNordstrom, J.C. Penney shares rise after better-than-expected Q2 earnings
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10:24 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:37 EDTJCPActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR FB NFLX TSLA QIHU JCP BABA BP
09:26 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q3 SSS up sequentially from Q2
Says Men's, Home, Sephora and Fine Jewelry were the company's top performing divisions in Q2. Says Sephora saw a double digit increase in SSS in Q2. Says all regions experienced sales growth vs. last year. Says sales growth through accelerated sequentially from Q1. Says will pilot buy online, pick up in store same day in several markets later this year, sees company-wide rollout in early 2016. Sees "significant" increase in number of new Sephora stores in 2016. Sees Q3 SSS up sequentially from Q2. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
09:08 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says 'needs work on the science of retail'
Says priorities include increasing private brand, increasing e-commerce, increasing revenue per customer. Says company "needs work on the science of retail." Says private brand margins "slightly above" national. Says expects to see benefits of omnichannel strategy in 2H.
08:46 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees 2H free cash flow positive
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08:45 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says 'pleased' with 'strong' start to Q3
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08:42 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees improvement in 2H SSS results vs. 1H
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08:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney 'confident' in ability to achieve long-term financial targets
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08:12 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees FY15 free cash flow breakeven
Sees FY gross margin up 100-150bps. Sees FY15 interest expense approx. $415M, CapEx $250M-$300M.
07:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney backs FY15 SSS view of up 4%-5%
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07:49 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q2 EPS (45c), consensus (48c)
Reports Q2 revenue $2.88B, consensus $2.86B. Reports Q2 SSS up 4.1%.
05:58 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; JCP HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; J.C. Penney (JCP) 68, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 38 according to iVolatility.
August 13, 2015
14:56 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus (48c).
14:17 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney technical comments ahead of earnings news
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14:14 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August weekly 8.5 straddle priced for 10.1% movement into Q2
12:38 EDTJCPEarnings Watch: Analyst says J.C. Penney's FY15 SSS view 'achievable'
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market opens on Friday, August 14 with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (48c) on revenue of $2.86B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (56c)-(38c) on revenue of $2.8B-$2.89B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported first adjusted earnings per share of (57c) against estimates for (77c), on revenue of $2.86B against estimates for $2.87B. Comparable store sales were up 3.4%. The retailer narrowed its fiscal year 2015 SSS view to up 4%-5% from up 3%-5% and forecast FY15 gross margins to improve 100-150 basis points vs. its previous view of a 50-100 basis point improvement. On its Q1 earnings conference call, the company said that it expected to be free cash flow breakeven in FY15, and predicted FY15 capital expenditures of $250M-$300M and EBITDA of approximately $600M. NEWS: At the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference on June 10, J.C. Penney said it is on track to meet its $1.2B EBITDA target by 2017 and said that it believes the company can continue to grow gross margin in a "healthy, sustainable way." Marvin Ellison, the company's Chief Executive Officer, said the company's private brands are "perceived as equal" to national brands, and noted that the company's previous strategy "obviously didn't go well," but that customers "never gave up on us." Ellison said that the resilience required to stabilize the business has been "significant." STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Piper Jaffray and UBS raised their price targets on J.C. Penney, and Baird said the Q1 results were "encouraging." On July 22, Buckingham upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Neutral and raised its price target to $12 from $9. The firm believes comps in the second half of 2015 could accelerate and has increased confidence of the company's ability to hit its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. The firm also believes FY15 SSS guidance of 4%-5% is "achievable." During the quarter, shares were also upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are down 7%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q2 report, J.C. Penney is down over 2% to $8.10
06:00 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; WMB JCP
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