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May 16, 2014
12:19 EDTJCP, JWN, KSS, MJ.C. Penney soars following better than expected Q1 results
Shares of retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising after reporting better than expected first quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, J.C. Penney reported Q1 earnings per share of ($1.16) and revenue of $2.8B, topping consensus views of ($1.25) and $2.71B, respectively. The company’s Q1 same store sales increased 6.2%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney forecast Q2 SSS up mid-single digits, while Q2 gross margin was expected to improve sequentially. For FY14, the company expects SSS up mid-single digits, while gross margin is seen improving significantly year over year. The company also announced it obtained a $2.35B senior secured ABL credit facility to replace its existing $1.85B ABL bank line, which matures in April 2016. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Deutsche Bank raised its price target on J.C. Penney to $10 from $6 citing the company's "very impressive" Q1 results. The firm noted the quarter had the easiest same-store-sales comparison of the year, and it kept a Hold rating on the stock. Contrarily, Credit Suisse remained cautious on J.C. Penney. Credit Suisse said it was encouraged by J.C. Penney's progress, but remained cautious on the shares given the difficulty in predicting consistent profitability in the challenging lower-end retail environment. Shares were Underperform rated with a $7 price target. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, J.C. Penney gained $1.18, or about 14%, to $9.55 on heavy trading volume. Despite today’s advance, the stock has lost approximately 49% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Others in the retail space include Nordstrom (JWN), Kohl’s (KSS), and Macy’s (M).
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July 23, 2014
09:02 EDTMMacy's reports new initiates in multi-year program to enhance sustainability
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTMVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
10:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney call active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:28 EDTJCPRumor: J.C. Penney moves up on renewed takeover chatter
July 14, 2014
15:45 EDTJWNNordstrom in talks to buy personal shopper start-up Trunk Club, Re/code says
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July 13, 2014
15:18 EDTJCPJ.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
July 9, 2014
12:05 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP DDD
3D Systems (DDD) November 65 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 47, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 47 according to IVolatility.

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