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August 15, 2014
10:30 EDTJWN, M, JCP, KSSJ.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%.
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November 12, 2015
12:02 EDTKSS, MOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened deep in negative territory but the averages began to pare their losses almost immediately. All eyes and ears were on Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who gave a welcoming speech at a Fed conference, though she did not discuss policy or the economy. Other Fed speakers talked about the lack of inflation as well as interest rate expectations, but their comments so far this morning have failed to clarify expectations for the December meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims were unchanged at 276,000 in the week of November 7, versus expectations for 270,000 first-time claims. The JOLTS report showed job openings rebounded 149,000 to 5.53M in September. In Europe, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, in remarks delivered in a hearing in the European Parliament, once again signaled that the bank is ready to boost stimulus at its December meeting as warranted. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) jumped 12% after Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, advanced 8% following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Department store owner Kohl's (KSS), which was weak yesterday along with virtually every company in the space following Macy's (M) disappointing results, bounced back 6% after its third quarter report topped expectations on both the top and bottom lines... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) sunk 13% after its earnings missed the consensus forecast, its profit guidance was lowered, its CEO announced plans to retire and Starboard's CEO Jeff Smith was appointed to the company's board. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Eros International (EROS), which rallied more than 8.5% after it called allegations of security laws violations "baseless and misleading." Also higher was Viacom (VIAB), which gained 2.5% after it quarterly earnings came in roughly in-line with consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Fairmount Santrol (FMSA), which fell 20% after reporting downbeat third quarter earnings and suspending its earnings guidance due to market uncertainty. Also lower was Flower Foods (FLO), which dropped 10% after it reported quarterly earnings and narrowed its fiscal 2015 guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 147.82, or 0.84%, to 17,554.40, the Nasdaq was down 18.15, or 0.36%, to 5,048.87, and the S&P 500 was down 13.77, or 0.66%, to 2,061.23.
10:05 EDTKSSHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... CGI Group (GIB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... EP Energy (EPE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Galena (GALE) upgraded on commercial business divestment at Oppenheimer... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Macy's (M) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Magic Software (MGIC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded on valuation, 2016 outlook at RBC Capital... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Trend Micro (TMICY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura.
10:00 EDTKSSKohl's rallies after results
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09:36 EDTKSSActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTKSSKohl's sees weather as a headwind in Q4
09:31 EDTMMacy's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast
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09:21 EDTKSSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 5.4%... NetEase (NTES), up 6.3%... SunPower (SPWR), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Angie's List (ANGI), up 12.1% after after IAC (IAC) proposes to acquire the company... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 7.4% after submitting a Special Protocol Assessment request to the FDA for OHR-102... Galena Biopharma (GALE) up 6.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... MannKind (MNKD), up 5.4% after confirming a planned stock sale. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 25%... Advance Auto Parts (AAP), down 11.1%... Viacom (VIAB), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Derma Sciences (DSCI), down 30.4% after ending its Phase 3 clinical trials with aclerastide, DSC127, for diabetic foot ulcer healing... Sunedison (SUNE), down 11.2% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Axiom.
09:14 EDTKSSKohl's sees FY free cash flow 'a little lighter' than expected, around $800M
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09:12 EDTKSSKohl's sees gross margin increase in Q4, with 2%-3% comp
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09:11 EDTKSSKohl's sees holiday season 'very promotional,' 'very competitive'
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08:58 EDTKSSKohl's says could get to Q4 comp increase of 2%-3%
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08:56 EDTKSSKohl's sees negative weather trends in Q4
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08:52 EDTKSSKohl's says 'no change' to FY EPS guidance
Says "We still think we can hit $4.40." Previous guidance was the low end of $4.40-$4.60 range, consensus $4.26. says going into holiday season with more inventory than last year.
08:48 EDTKSSKohl's sees low single digit increase in inventory units per store at year end
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08:33 EDTMG-III Apparel estimates lowered at Stephens following Macy's report
Stephens analyst Rick Patel lowered his estimates for G-III Apparel (GIII) and cut his price target on the stock to $70 from $79 in response to the weaker than expected Q3 results reported by its customer Macy's (M). Patel notes that Macy's accounts for only 18% of G-III sales, but also acknowledges that implications of weak consumer demand could have a broader impact. He keeps an Overweight rating on G-III, however, citing its long-term opportunity, and said the recent pullback presents a good buying opportunity for patient investors.
08:06 EDTMMacy's price target lowered to $48 from $60 at Stifel
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07:05 EDTKSSKohl's reports Q3 SSS up 1%
07:05 EDTKSSKohl's reports Q3 adjusted EPS 75c, consensus 69c
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06:41 EDTMMacy's selloff yesterday 'seems excessive,' sayst Citi
Citi analyst Paul Lejuez says the post-earnings selloff yesterday, which reduced Macy's market capitalization by $2.5B, "seems excessive." The analyst "would not be surprised" to see the stock "recover slightly" from current levels. He lowered his price target for the stock to $43 from $48 and keeps a Neutral rating on Macy's.
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