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August 14, 2014
10:36 EDTJCP, M, MSO, HSNIEarnings 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.
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September 15, 2014
11:51 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) November 57.50 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54, J.C. Penney (JCP) October 12 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52 according to IVolatility.
08:32 EDTMMacy's, Bloomingdales to launch same-day delivery in fall 2014
Macy’s (M) outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology as the company continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will help launch Apple (AAPL) Pay, same-day delivery to be piloted in fall 2014, new POS technology and customer service enhancements in testing, new apps, web functionality and mobile wallet launched, and its RFID is being expanded to fashion categories.
September 12, 2014
07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility low into company hosted analyst day
J.C. Penney September call option implied volatility is at 40, October is at 42, November is at 45, January and February is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data suggesting decreasing price movement into a company hosted analyst day event on October 8.
September 11, 2014
13:05 EDTHSNILiberty Media CEO says eyeing more deals, sees cable consolidation 'inevitable'
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10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: lululemon (LULU), up 15%... Sigma Designs (SIGM), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: JDSU (JDSU), up 13.8% after announcing that it will separate into two publicly traded companies... Wet Seal (WTSL), up 4.5%, upgraded at B. Riley following Q2 earnings results... Gogo (GOGO), up 5% after announcing partnership with T-Mobile (TMUS)... Digital Ally (DGLY), up 8.4% after announcing plans to introduce "bullet camera" option at October police conference. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), down 5%... Five Below (FIVE), down 5.6%. LOWER: Radio Shack (RSH), down 8% after reporting Q2 losses, stating that it may need to pursue bankruptcy... E2open (EOPN), down 29%, downgraded at Pacific Crest and Northland after the company announced preliminary Q2 earnings results... Twitter (TWTR), down 1% after announcing that it will offer $1.3B in convertible unsecured senior notes... Crocs (CROX), down 2.6% after downgraded at Buckingham... Macy's (M), down 1.3% after downgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:19 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited valuation and its belief that the company's SSS and EBIT growth are unlikely to accelerate. Target $62.
06:05 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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September 10, 2014
11:43 EDTJCPLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTMApple announces Apple Pay
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07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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September 8, 2014
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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