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May 16, 2014
12:19 EDTKSS, JWN, M, JCPJ.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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May 13, 2015
09:56 EDTMEquity options with increasing volume
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09:49 EDTMMacy's sees Bluemercury breakeven to EPS this year
09:31 EDTMMacy's CFO says studying real estate transactions closely
Says hasn't yet seen real estate deal that makes sense.
09:21 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:20 EDTMMacy's CFO says expects Q2 EPS below last year
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09:08 EDTMMacy's CFO says 'still comfortable' with guidance for FY15
CFO Karen Hoguet says "disappointed but not discouraged" in Q1 results. Says still comfortable with guidance for FY15. Says sales from international tourists "down significantly," cites strong dollar. Says tourism sales fell double digits in Q1, sees continued decline in tourism at least through summer. Says weather "clearly played a role" in Q1 results. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. Macy's is down 1.04% in pre-market trading.
08:08 EDTMMacy's drops 2% after Q1 earnings miss expectations
08:06 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 comparable sales on owned plus licensed basis down 0.1%
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08:05 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15% to 36c, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
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08:03 EDTMMacy's reiterates FY15 EPS view $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.75
Macy’s continues to expect comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis of approximately 2% in FY15, with comparable sales slightly lower on an owned basis. The company continues to expect total sales growth of approximately 1%, consensus $28.44B.
08:02 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15%, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 EPS 56c, consensus 62c
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May 12, 2015
16:01 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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15:00 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:09 EDTMMacy's May volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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12:44 EDTMEarnings Watch: Macy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, total sales up about 1%
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11:37 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
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07:36 EDTKSSKohl's Q1 estimates, price target raised at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its Q1 earnings per share estimate for Kohl's to 56c from 54c and its comp estimate to 3.0% from 2.5% after its research indicate the company had a "solid" quarter. The firm believes Kohl's various sales initiatives continued to drive traffic. Jefferies raised its price target for shares to $85 from $82 and reiterates a Buy rating on the name.
May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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May 10, 2015
13:43 EDTKSSKohl's may continue to outperform, Barron's says
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