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August 15, 2014
10:30 EDTKSS, JWN, M, JCPJ.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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November 12, 2014
13:32 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney lowered Q3 SSS view, affirms FY14 metrics in Q3
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (80c) on revenue of $2.81B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (95c)-(54c) on revenue of $2.72B-$2.93B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported second quarter adjusted EPS of (75c) against estimates for (93c), on revenue of $2.8B against estimates for $2.79B. Comparable store sales increased 6% for the quarter and online sales through jcp.com were up 16.7% from the year-ago period to $249M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, the company said that expected a "profitable" sales in the back-to-school season, adding that the company could see some "anomalies" in expense during Q3. NEWS: During the quarter, J.C. Penney announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, EVP of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board, and succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of the company on August 1, 2015, at which time Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year. At its analyst day in October, the retailer lowered its Q3 SSS view to low single digit growth from its previous view of mid single digit growth. J.C. Penney also warned investors that its September sales were weaker than expected. Despite lowering its SSS forecast, the retailer reaffirmed the rest of its quarterly guidance, including gross margins and SG&A expenses, and maintained all of its fiscal year 2014 guidance metrics, including mid-single digit SSS growth and positive free cash flow. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Wells Fargo, which has an Underperform rating on the stock, said that Ellison lacks expertise in apparel and accessories, where J.C. Penney is having a tough time. J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's said. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are down almost 20%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q3 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up almost 6% to $7.61.
13:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November weekly 7.5 straddle priced for 11.8% move into Q3
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12:38 EDTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:57 EDTMMacy's says "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for holiday season
10:48 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 EPS $2.30-$2.40, consensus $2.54
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09:21 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:09 EDTMMacy's sees Q4 SSS with licensed businesses up 2%-3%
Macy's said Q4 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties are expected to grow by approximately 2%-3%, or 1.8%-2.8% on a comparable sales basis exclusive of licensed businesses.
08:07 EDTMMacy's, Citi Retail Services renew card agreement
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08:05 EDTMMacy's CEO says optimistic for Q4
Macy's chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren said, "Going forward, we remain optimistic for the fourth quarter based on several factors. First, we have developed an outstanding merchandise assortment for holiday gift-giving and self-purchase rooted in great style, exclusive offerings and outstanding value during this key shopping period. Second, we have enhanced our transition to fresh post-holiday vacation and resort assortments. Third, we have new store, omnichannel and marketing strategies in place that we believe will drive incremental business throughout the fourth quarter. This includes Buy Online Pickup in Store now rolled out to all full-line Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations, Same Day Delivery pilots up and running in eight major Macy’s markets and four Bloomingdale’s markets, and improved functionality and usability in upgraded mobile apps. And fourth, we are poised to capitalize on a return to more normalized weather patterns after the unusually severe snowstorms in the fourth quarter last year."
08:04 EDTMMacy's says Q3 sales performance fell short of expectations
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08:03 EDTMMacy's lowers FY14 EPS view to $4.25-$4.35 from $4.40-$4.50
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08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q3 EPS 61c, consensus 50c
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07:53 EDTJWNNordstrom November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 11, 2014
15:25 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:06 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings
The shares have been largely trading in a range of $55 at the low and $62 at the high in the year-to-date period. Ahead of results the shares are trading nearly in the middle of that range. Whether the news maintains the range or breaks it is the key. A move below $55 would be longer-term bearish, with the year-to-date price action becoming a clear topping pattern when viewed on a 5-year chart basis. Additional support levels below would be at $52.54 and $50.05. A move above $62 would be equally bullish, with the life high at $63.10 as next resistance. It would take a move above that life high to keep the shares on a bullish path. It is possible that the news won't be sufficiently strong to break the shares out, in which case the existing sideways trend channel would remain intact.
14:52 EDTMMacy's November 57.5 straddle priced for 5.8% move into Q3
12:09 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst says Macy's trends decelerated at back-end of Q3
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, November 12, 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 50c on revenue of $6.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 46c-55c on revenue of $6.24B-$6.46B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported second quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $6.23B, below estimates for 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were up 4% from the prior year. Q2 comparable sales were up 3.4% vs. 2Q13. Macy's backed its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance of $4.40-$4.50. The consensus for FY14 EPS at that time was $4.47. The retailer said its expectations for the second half of 2014 were "on track," with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, Macy's predicted FY14 SSS up 1.5%-2%, with FY14 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties up 2%-2.5%; previous guidance was for FY SSS up 2.5%-3%. NEWS: On its last earnings conference call, Macy's forecast fall season EPS of $3.04-$3.14 and said it expected Q3 SSS would be lower than fourth quarter SSS. The retailer also forecast second half total sales growth approximately 30 basis points lower than comp growth and gross margin rate "flat to down slightly" for the year. During the quarter, Macy's reached a resolution with the New York State Office of the Attorney General related to allegations of racial profiling in its New York stores. The retailer said it will launch same-day delivery this fall and announced plans to hire 86,000 seasonal associates for the 2014 holiday season. CNN said Macy's will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic. ITG Research said in October that Macy's Q3 revenues were tracking to $6.25B. Northcoast upgraded Macy's to Buy from Neutral on November 5. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are down 2%. The stock is trading down fractionally to $58.92 ahead of tomorrow's report.
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09:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continue, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Shares are Neutral rated.
08:59 EDTMMacy's trends softened in back-end of Q3, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic, and to offset the challenging Q3 performance. Shares are Buy rated.
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