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August 15, 2014
10:30 EDTM, JCP, KSS, JWNJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
Shares of retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) are lower this morning despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: J.C. Penney's Q2 adjusted earnings per share was a loss of 75c per share, which was better than analysts' consensus of a 93c loss. The company's Q2 revenue came in at $2.8B, which narrowly beat analysts' consensus of $2.79B. Same store sales for the quarter increased 6% and online sales were up 16.7% compared to the same period last year. Chief Executive Myron Ullman said that the company's turnaround initiatives continued to produce improved financial results. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, J.C. Penney forecast third quarter SSS to be up mid-single digits, while Q3 gross margins are expected to fall in line with Q2. SG&A expenses are anticipated to be slightly above last year's levels. For fiscal year 2014, the company expects SSS to be up mid-single digits, while gross margin is seen to improve significantly compared to last year. The retailer is expecting profitable sales this back-to-school season. ANALYST REACTION: Maxim analyst Rick Snyder said that while J.C. Penney had a quarter which surpassed expectations, he still feels that difficult comps lie ahead. Snyder said that even though the company guided free cash flow to be positive, the projection is a one-time inflow and is not likely to be repeated in the coming years. He is modeling free cash flow to be up only modestly even past the end of the year. The firm maintains a Hold rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga said that a company turnaround is "very much underway" and that it is poised to regain $2B-$3B of its $6B revenue loss after a management shift. He continues to feel that the retailer is positioned to improve cash flow, sales and margins over time. Tamminga believes that the retailers' positive outlook for Q3 comps indicate an optimistic outlook for back-to-school season. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the shares with a price target of $12. Wells Fargo analyst Paul Lejuez said that even though gross margin comps proved notably and gross profit dollars increased by 25%, he feels that there isn't any reason why anyone should "get too excited" about J.C. Penney since they lost 73c per share excluding the gain on sale of land. He maintains his opinion that the current valuation is stretched and keeps an Underperform rating on the company's shares with a $5-$6 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, J.C. Penney fell 26c, or 2.67%, to $9.48, reversing earlier gains. The stock has lost approximately 32% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: J.C. Penney peer Macy's (M), which reported its earnings earlier this week, is down almost 1% this morning, while Nordstrom (JWN), which reported in-line results yesterday, is down almost 4%. Kohlís (KSS) is down 0.7%.
News For JCP;JWN;KSS;M From The Last 14 Days
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March 31, 2015
16:33 EDTJCPJPMorgan ups J.C. Penney price target after seeing management
After meetings with J.C. Penney management, JPMorgan raised its price target for the retailer to $10 from $8. The firm says Penny management expressed confidence in the companyís ability to reach its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. JPMorgan notes that management sees "multiple ways" to achieve the target, even if sales do not grow. More near-term, the firm points out its work suggests Penny will post in-line or better Q1 results despite port issues and inconsistent weather. Nevertheless, the firm keeps a Neutral rating on the retailer. Shares of Penny closed the trading day up 58c to $8.41 after Piper Jaffray this morning upped its price target for shares to $14.
10:19 EDTMMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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08:10 EDTKSSKohl's announces partnership with Gaiam for women's apparel collection
Kohlís (KSS) is partnering with Gaiam (GAIA), a yoga, fitness and wellness company, to launch an exclusive womenís apparel collection on April 23. Designed specifically for the Kohlís customer, the collection is priced from $30-$65 and will offer quality yoga apparel.
06:42 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 comp estimate, price target raised at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes warmer weather versus last year and greater mall traffic from Apple (AAPL) Watch interest will drive positive Q1 momentum for J.C. Penney (JCP). Piper raised its comp estimate for Q1 to up 3% from up 1% and its price target for shares to $14 from $13. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on J.C. Penney.
March 27, 2015
13:31 EDTMKellogg CEO John Bryant elected to Macy's board of directors
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09:01 EDTMFinish Line sees Macy's business generating $240M-$250M in FY sales
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08:56 EDTMFinish Line says Macy's partnership on the way to exceeding long-term vision
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March 26, 2015
06:22 EDTMMacy's says mobile shopping, electronics dampening retail performance, MW says
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March 25, 2015
07:58 EDTKSSKohl's price target raised to $85 from $80 at BofA/Merrill
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March 24, 2015
08:26 EDTMMacy's says will keep investing in e-commerce, online security
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08:24 EDTMMacy's says store closings 'not really about Internet'
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07:27 EDTMTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 20, 2015
09:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says general counsel Janet Dhillon to leave company
J.C. Penney said in a filing that effective March 20, Janet Dhillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, is leaving J. C. Penney Company.
March 19, 2015
13:46 EDTKSSEarnings Preview: Nike sees Q3 constant dollar revenue growth in low teens
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07:04 EDTMAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
13:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney trades lower after news of executive departures
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12:46 EDTKSSKohl's management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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06:16 EDTMAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
15:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney General Counsel Janet Dhillon leaving, Bloomberg says
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06:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CMO leaves company, effective immediately, AdAge reports
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