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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%. Kohl’s (KSS) is down 0.7%.
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February 24, 2015
08:05 EDTMMacy's reports Q4 EPS $2.44 ex-charges, consensus $2.41
Reports Q4 revenue $9.36B, consensus $9.4B. Comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis for the fourth quarter was 2.5%. On an owned basis, fourth quarter comparable sales grew 2%. The fourth quarter charges of $87 million were lower than the estimate of $100 million to $110 million provided in the company’s Feb. 3 news release on investments for sales growth. This was primarily the result of lower severance expense as the company was able to place more associates than expected in new jobs within the company in the course of its workforce reductions.
08:03 EDTMMacy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.84
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07:39 EDTKSSKohl's volatility slightly elevated into Q4 and outlook
Kohl's March call option implied volatility is at 25, April is at 22, July is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting slightly larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 25.
06:48 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga reiterates J.C. Penney as a top pick for 2015 ahead of the retailer's year-end 2014 earnings report. Tamminga believes Penny's comp for February, the first month of its fiscal year, could be tracking up 4%. The analyst also thinks Penny management could express conviction in the retailer's plan to recapture share among moderate consumers on Thursday's earnings call. Tamminga has an Overweight rating on Penny with a $12 price target.
06:40 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:57 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Applied Materials (AMAT) 43, Macy's (M) 28 according to iVolatility.
February 23, 2015
15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
14:03 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
The shares are in a topping pattern, with the $62 area a key support level. If there were a break below $62, the topping pattern would be confirmed. Next support in that event would be at $60.57, and then at $59 to $57.03. If the news is a positive surprise, next resistance would be at $65.74 and then at the 52-week high and life high at $68.30.
13:56 EDTMEarnings Preview: Macy's sees FY14 EPS $4.35-$4.37, SSS up 2.5%
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.40 on revenue of $9.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.21-$2.59 on revenue of $9.32B-$9.56B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported third quarter EPS of 61c, above estimates for 50c, on revenue of $6.2B, slightly below estimates for $6.34B. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were down 0.7% from the prior year. Q3 comparable sales exclusive of licensed businesses were down 1.4%. Macy's chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren said the company was "optimistic" for Q4, though the company commented on the Q3 earnings conference call that it was "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for the holiday season. Macy's said Q4 gross margin "could be flat or could be down." NEWS: In early February, Macy's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.35-$4.37 from its previous outlook of $4.25-$4.35. Estimates at that time called for FY14 EPS of $4.35. Macy's said the outlook excludes charges of approximately $100M-$110M related to the previously announced merchandising and marketing restructuring, store and field adjustments, store closings and asset impairment charges, as well as approximately $17M of interest expense related to the make-whole premium for the previously announced early retirement of debt. Macy's said Q4 comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis was 2.5%. This calculates to growth in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis 2014 of 1.4%. On an owned basis, Q4 comparable sales were 2%. The retailer said its Q4 performance represents a "strengthening trend" from Q3 and spring season. The company said Jeff Gennette, president of Macy’s, will oversee Macy’s merchandise planning, as well as maintain oversight responsibility for merchandising and marketing of Macy’s stores and digital, and private brand product development. Gennette relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities as Macy’s chief merchandising officer. Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer since 2012, moved to a new role as Macy’s Chief for Innovation and Business Development. Jeff Kantor, previously chairman of macys.com, was named Macy’s Chief Stores Officer. The company also said R.B. Harrison would continue in his role as Macy’s. Chief Omnichannel Officer and that Julie Greiner, Macy’s Chief Merchandise Planning Officer since 2009, will retire from the company in August. During the quarter, Macy's said it would close 14 stores and restructure merchandising and marketing functions at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. In conjunction with the merchandising and marketing restructuring and store and field adjustments, as well as store closings and asset impairment charges, an estimated $100M-$110M of charges, of which approximately $80M-$90M is expected to be cash, will be booked in Q4. The retailer named RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) Chief Financial Officer Leslie Hale to its board of directors, sued Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names and acquired Bluemercury for $210M in cash. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley downgraded Macy's to Equal Weight and removed shares from the Best Ideas List based on share and earnings outperformance. The analyst believes valuation appropriately values Macy's superior execution and sees balanced risk/reward going forward. Evercore ISI initiated Macy's with a Buy and $74 price target given its scale and stability, competitive advantages, strong vendor relationships and significant cash-flow generation. During the quarter, Macy's was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are up fractionally. In afternoon trading, he stock is down 0.3% to $63.51 ahead of Tuesday's report.
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTJWNDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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12:49 EDTJWNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:10 EDTJWNBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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February 19, 2015
16:10 EDTJWNNordstrom down 3% after FY15 earnings miss expectations
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16:09 EDTJWNNordstrom sees FY15 EPS $3.65-$3.80, consensus $4.11
Sees FY15 net sales up 7%-9%, consensus $14.54B. Sees FY15 comparable sales up 2%-4%. Earnings per diluted share growth in the first half of FY15 is expected to be below the full-year outlook range of a 2 percent decrease and 2 percent increase, primarily due to store pre-opening expenses and the full year impact of the Trunk Club acquisition.
16:07 EDTJWNNordstrom reports Q4 EPS $1.32, consensus $1.35
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15:32 EDTJWNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Public Storage (PSA), consensus $2.19... Intuit (INTU), consensus (13c)... Consolidated Edison (ED), consensus 55c... Nordstrom (JWN), consensus $1.35... Mohawk Industries (MHK), consensus $2.21... Newmont Mining (NEM), consensus 10c... Frontier Communications (FTR), consensus 5c... Brocade Communications (BRCD), consensus 24c... Bruker (BRKR), consensus 29c... Rovi (ROVI), consensus 41c... Marvell Technology (MRVL), consensus 24c... MRC Global (MRC), consensus 46c... Equinix (EQIX), consensus $1.03.
15:07 EDTJWNNordstrom February 77 straddle priced for 4.2% movement into Q4
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14:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:32 EDTJWNNordstrom February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:55 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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