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August 14, 2014
10:36 EDTMSO, M, HSNI, JCPEarnings Preview: Analyst sees J.C. Penney reporting positive Q2 comps
J. C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, August 14, 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 (93c) on revenue of $2.79B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is ($1.13)-(65c) on revenue of $2.71B-$2.86B. LAST QUARTER: J. C. Penney reported first quarter EPS of ($1.16), against estimates for ($1.25), on revenue of $2.8B, against estimates for $2.71B. Comparable store sales increased 6.2% for the quarter. The retailer forecast Q2 SSS up in the mid single digits and said the gross margin would improve sequentially against the prior year period. For fiscal year 2014, J.C. Penney forecast same-store sales up in the mid-single digits with gross margin up "significantly" versus the prior year. On its Q1 earnings conference call, the company said that it expected to be cash flow neutral this year and that it sees working capital as a source of funds in 2014. NEWS: Shopper visits to physical stores, not specifically J.C. Penney but all U.S retailers, fell by nearly 7% in June and nearly 5% in July, according to data firm ShopperTrak, reported The Wall Street Journal. The report noted that physical store visits have fallen by 5% or more from a year earlier in every month for the past two years in the U.S. The WSJ also reported that Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN (HSNI), was considered the lead candidate for J.C. Penney Chief Executive Officer Myron Ullman's position. Grossman had been in talks with J.C. Penney but could not agree on terms and negotiations broke down "months" ago, the Journal added in its July 13 report. During the quarter, J.C. Penney appealed a New York state court decision that ruled the company interfered with a contract between Macy's (M) and Martha Stewart (MSO) by selling the celebrity's home products. STREET RESEARCH: Craig-Hallum upgraded J.C. Penney shares to Hold from Sell earlier this week. The research firm expects the Q2 report to reflect better than expected comps from a stronger inventory position and improving vacancy rates in its malls, but remains cautious longer-term given gross margin pressures from outsized e-commerce growth. Piper Jaffray believes a turnaround is "very much underway" at the retailer and says the company is on a path to reclaim $2B-$3B of its $6B revenue loss following a change in management. The firm sees positive comps in Q2 and the second half of 2014, it stated in a report published July 31. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its last earnings report, J. C. Penney shares are up about 12.5%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q2 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up 0.5% to $9.40.
News For JCP;M;MSO;HSNI From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2015
07:43 EDTHSNIHSN, Inc. price target raised to $91 from $80 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on HSN Inc. to $91 from $80. The firm cited the company's capital return program including its stock buyback and special cash dividend. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating on HSN, Inc. shares.
January 28, 2015
13:49 EDTHSNIHSN dividend takes Liberty merger off table for now, says Wells Fargo
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08:23 EDTHSNIHSN, Inc. declares $10.00 per share special dividend, 4M share buyback
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January 23, 2015
09:02 EDTMMacy's Sacramento fulfillment center to relocate to larger facility
Macy’s announced it plans to relocate its West Sacramento, CA, direct-to-consumer fulfillment center to a larger facility in a nearby location in Sacramento County to support continued sales growth driven by Macy’s omnichannel strategy. Contingent on approvals by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Macy’s will begin operations in summer 2015 at a 385,000-square-foot facility at 6200 Franklin St., creating approximately 100 new jobs. The current 92,000-square-foot fulfillment center is located about 10 miles away at 3919 Channel Drive in West Sacramento. The current workforce of 72 associates is planned to grow to more than 175 after the move. Macy’s multi-million-dollar upgrade to the new fulfillment center will include building modifications and the latest technology in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.
January 21, 2015
12:12 EDTM, JCPBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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06:59 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field’s, and Filene’s, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
06:52 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field's, and Filene's, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
January 20, 2015
09:44 EDTMSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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08:12 EDTHSNISequential Brands announces new retail partnership with HSN for Franklin Mint
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06:22 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney to bring back 120-page catalog, WSJ reports
J.C. Penney has decided to resurrect its catalog in the form of a 120-page book that will mark the first catalog the chain has sent out since 2010, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer, which quit the catalog amid a broader pullback caused by the recession and the rise of e-commerce, now believes the catalog can help drive web sales. Reference Link

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