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May 16, 2014
12:19 EDTJWN, M, JCP, KSSJ.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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April 15, 2015
11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
April 14, 2015
11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
April 13, 2015
06:22 EDTJCPGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
April 10, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bemis (BMS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William... Global Payments (GPN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded on valuation, catalysts at Stifel... Macy's (M) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Reckitt Benckiser (RBGLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded on valuation, growth outlook at Stifel... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.
08:24 EDTMMacy's upgraded at Buckingham
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07:51 EDTMMacy's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTM, KSS, JCP, JWNBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 8, 2015
07:23 EDTKSSKohl's valuation reflects takeout or a turnaround, says Credit Suisse
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April 7, 2015
09:20 EDTKSSKohl's price target raised to $87 from $77 at MKM Partners
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08:57 EDTKSSKohl's price target raised to $87 from $77 at MKM Partners
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