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August 15, 2014
10:30 EDTJCP, JWN, KSS, MJ.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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October 30, 2014
08:23 EDTKSSKohl's financial targets optimistic, says Morgan Stanley
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08:01 EDTKSSKohl's says will open doors at 6p.m. on Thanksgiving Day
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07:54 EDTKSSKohl's targets may be too aggressive, says UBS
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October 29, 2014
10:31 EDTJWNNordstrom to close Mall of Georgia store in Buford Georgia
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08:13 EDTKSSKohl's to host investor meeting
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October 28, 2014
17:01 EDTKSSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory despite two disappointing economic data points and a mixed report from social media giant Twitter (TWTR). The market moved in a narrow range for the opening half hour of trading but gained upside momentum following a much better than expected consumer confidence reading. The market continued to tack on points throughout the afternoon and closed at its highs, led by the Nasdaq, which gained 1.75% for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders fell 1.3% in September, significantly undershooting expectations for them to have rise 0.7% in the month. The S&P Case-Shiller home price report showed prices were lower on a seasonally adjusted basis in the month of August compared to the prior month. A reading of consumer confidence surged to a seven-year high of 94.5 in October from a revised 89.0 final reading for September. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index rose 6 points to 20 in October, beating expectations for it to have pulled back to 10. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) sunk $4.78, or 9.84%, to $43.78 after the social media company reported in-line profit and higher than expected Q3 revenue, but also reported a slowdown in user growth and provided weaker than expected Q4 guidance. Following last night's report, the stock was downgraded at RBC Capital, Nomura and Bank of America Merill Lynch to "Hold" or equivalent ratings, while Stifel lowered its rating on Twitter shares to Sell from Hold... Shares of Pfizer (PFE) edged up 6c, or 0.21%, to $29.09 after the pharmaceutical giant reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share and revenue that were a bit better than expected and narrowed its fiscal year profit outlook. Of note, Pfizer said during its earnings conference call that while proposed rule changes have made "inversions" more difficult, that meaningful value from inversion deals can still exists on a "case-by-case" basis. Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN), which was previously a target of Pfizer, gained 67c, or 0.95%, to $71.43 following Pfizer's comments. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Whirlpool (WHR), which advanced $10.66, or 6.77%, to $168.06, Cummins (CMI), which gained $9.22, or 6.81%, to $144.59, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which jumped $2.05, or 22.19%, to $11.29. Among the noteworthy losers was Kohlís (KSS), which dropped $3.89, or 6.64%, to $54.66 after the department store operatorís outlook for third quarter same store sales and fiscal 2014 profit missed expectations. Also lower were shares of Coach (COH), which fell $2.15, or 5.95%, to $34.00 after the luxury handbag and accessory maker reported sales declined 9% on a constant currency basis in its first quarter. INDEXES: The Dow rose 187.81, or 1.12%, to 17,005.75, the Nasdaq advanced 78.36, or 1.75%, to 4,564.29, and the S&P 500 gained 23.42, or 1.19%, to 1,985.05.
11:38 EDTJCP, KSSKohl's sinks after profit, sales growth outlook misses expectations
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10:26 EDTKSSKohl's falls after reducing guidance, bearish pattern
There is an active bearish pattern on the daily chart, a bearish flag, that has downside potential to the $50 area, if the pattern remains active and completes. At the current price of $54 next support is at $52.98. Resistance is at $55.39.
07:13 EDTMMacy's, Bloomingdale's stores to open in Abu Dhabi in 2018
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06:43 EDTKSSKohl's sales update positive for Carter's, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views Kohl's (KSS) sales update as favorable for Carter's (CRI) since the retailer highlighted the children's category as having a positive comp trend. Piper estimates Kohl's represents 7%-10% of Carter's wholesale revenue. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on Carter's with a $92 price target.
October 27, 2014
18:26 EDTKSSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:44 EDTKSSKohl's lower by almost 6% after FY14 EPS, Q3 comparable store guidance
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16:42 EDTKSSKohl's sees Q3 SSS down 1.4%, cites soft October sales
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16:40 EDTKSSKohl's sees FY14 EPS at low end of $4.05-$4.45, consensus $4.30
Sees Q3 SSS down 1.4%.
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October 24, 2014
10:29 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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October 23, 2014
08:41 EDTMBuild-A-Bear partners with Macy's to open shop-in-shop locations for holidays
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October 22, 2014
09:50 EDTJWNCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTJCPStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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