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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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May 13, 2015
09:49 EDTMMacy's sees Bluemercury breakeven to EPS this year
09:31 EDTMMacy's CFO says studying real estate transactions closely
Says hasn't yet seen real estate deal that makes sense.
09:21 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:20 EDTMMacy's CFO says expects Q2 EPS below last year
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09:08 EDTMMacy's CFO says 'still comfortable' with guidance for FY15
CFO Karen Hoguet says "disappointed but not discouraged" in Q1 results. Says still comfortable with guidance for FY15. Says sales from international tourists "down significantly," cites strong dollar. Says tourism sales fell double digits in Q1, sees continued decline in tourism at least through summer. Says weather "clearly played a role" in Q1 results. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. Macy's is down 1.04% in pre-market trading.
08:08 EDTMMacy's drops 2% after Q1 earnings miss expectations
08:06 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 comparable sales on owned plus licensed basis down 0.1%
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08:05 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15% to 36c, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
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08:03 EDTMMacy's reiterates FY15 EPS view $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.75
Macy’s continues to expect comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis of approximately 2% in FY15, with comparable sales slightly lower on an owned basis. The company continues to expect total sales growth of approximately 1%, consensus $28.44B.
08:02 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15%, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 EPS 56c, consensus 62c
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May 12, 2015
16:01 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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15:00 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:09 EDTMMacy's May volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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12:44 EDTMEarnings Watch: Macy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, total sales up about 1%
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11:37 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
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07:36 EDTKSSKohl's Q1 estimates, price target raised at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its Q1 earnings per share estimate for Kohl's to 56c from 54c and its comp estimate to 3.0% from 2.5% after its research indicate the company had a "solid" quarter. The firm believes Kohl's various sales initiatives continued to drive traffic. Jefferies raised its price target for shares to $85 from $82 and reiterates a Buy rating on the name.
May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTJCPOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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May 10, 2015
13:43 EDTKSSKohl's may continue to outperform, Barron's says
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May 8, 2015
10:59 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
J.C. Penney May call option implied volatility is at 84, June is at 52, August is at 47, November is at 44; compared to its 90-week average of 50, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 15.
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