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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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October 14, 2014
14:17 EDTMMacy's to open 2 hours earlier for Thanksgiving this year, CNN reports
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08:46 EDTJCPHome Depot announces resignation of Marvin Ellison as EVP - U.S. Stores
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07:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney new CEO may not have expertise in right areas, says Wells Fargo
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October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
12:16 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
12:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney risk/reward remains balanced, says RW Baird
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10:12 EDTJCPHome Depot bench deep, Ellison departure not surprising, says RW Baird
RW Baird said it is not surprised to see Marvin Ellison leaving Home Depot (HD) since he was likely in the running for the CEO post that went to someone else, but the firm expects a smooth internal transition and noted that it views the company's management bench as deep. Baird, which maintains its Outperform rating on Home Depot, believes J.C. Penney (JCP) is getting a strong leader with extensive retail experience in hiring Ellison.
10:08 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
10:06 EDTJCP, KSS, MJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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08:38 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney names Marvin Ellison CEO-Designee
The board of J. C. Penney (JCP) announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board. He will then succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year.
06:15 EDTM, KSS, JCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.
October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell with $4 target at Maxim
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07:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Hold at Maxim
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October 9, 2014
10:00 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTMBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney EBITDA guidance appears aggressive, sasy Morgan Stanley
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07:56 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded at Craig-Hallum
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07:43 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Hold at Craig-Hallum
06:56 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views yesterday's pullback in shares of J.C. Penney as a buying opportunity, saying the company's turnaround "is very much underway." Piper notes that despite saying Q3 comps are tracking low-single-digits versus prior guidance of mid-single-digits, J.C. Penney management reiterated full-year guidance. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on Penny with a $13 price target following yesterday's analyst day.
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