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May 15, 2014
12:48 EDTM, JCP, CBL, MSO, PVHEarnings Preview: Analyst sees J.C. Penney posting positive quarterly SSS
J. C. Penney Company (JCP) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, May 15, 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 ($1.25) on revenue of $2.71B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is ($1.50)-(95c) on revenue of $2.62B-$2.77B. LAST QUARTER: J. C. Penney reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of (68c), against estimates for (85c), on revenue of $3.78B, against estimates for $3.85B. Comparable store sales increased 2% for the quarter. The retailer forecast Q1 SSS up 3%-5% and said the gross margin would improve against the prior year period. For fiscal year 2014, J.C. Penney forecast SSS up in the mid-single digits with gross margin up slightly vs. the prior year. On its Q4 earnings conference call, the company said the most challenging part of its turnaround was "behind us" and said gross margin improvement would be stronger in the second half of 2014. NEWS: During the quarter, PVH Corporation (PVH) stated at a retail conference hosted by Nomura that it feels its business at J.C. Penney is strong and running "ahead of time." PVH's Chairman and CEO Manny Chirico said he expects more positive results from its brands at J.C. Penney and the company is encouraged by everything it has seen over the last 4 to 5 months at the retailer. During a business update held in April, CBL & Associates Properties (CBL), a real estate investment trust that operates regional shopping malls and other properties, said that it expects that "at some point" there will be more closures of J.C. Penney locations within its portfolio. CBL believes that the pace of any J.C. Penney closures will "be measured." In an interview with CNBC, J.C. Penney director and former Saks CEO Steve Sadove said he doesn't believe CEO Mike Ullman will stay long-term. Sadove also commented that there's "not a chance" he will become the CEO of J.C. Penney. The retailer also commented that the final resolution of its legal fight with Macy's (M) over Martha Stewart (MSO) will not have a material adverse effect on its financial position, results of operations, capital resources or liquidity. STREET RESEARCH: During the quarter, J.C. Penney was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. The firm believes the retailer can post positive SSS in line with FY14 guidance. Shares were also upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS, and upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo. PRICE ACTION: Shares are up over 40% since reporting Q4 results. In intra-day trading today ahead of the Q1 report, J. C. Penney's stock is down over 4% to $8.24.
News For JCP;PVH;CBL;M;MSO From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
05:35 EDTPVHPVH Corp. announces revised role for Executive Chairman of Tommy Hilfiger
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July 30, 2015
07:44 EDTMMacy's volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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July 29, 2015
16:56 EDTCBLCBL & Associates announces $200M share repurchase program
CBL & Associates announced that its board has authorized a share repurchase program for the company to buy up to $200M of its common stock. Purchases may be made through the program through August 31, 2016.
16:23 EDTCBLCBL & Associates raises 2015 FFO outlook to $2.25-$2.32, consensus $2.29
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16:22 EDTCBLCBL & Associates reports Q2 FFO 54c, consensus 54c
Reports Q2 revenue $253.8M, consensus $238.66M.
July 28, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell due to 'speculative froth' at Gilford Securities
As previously reported, Gilford Securities downgraded Macy's two notches to Sell from Buy. Analyst Bernard Sosnick would use the "speculative froth" in the stock to take profits at attractive prices. Macy's shares rose to a high when Starboard Value announced its belief that Macy's is worth $125 per share based on real estate monetization. Sosnick believes its a "fool's errand" to hold on to shares for real estate value extraction and expects the speculative premium in the stock to disappear.
08:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gilford Securities
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July 24, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abaxis (ABAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... CF Industries (CF) downgraded on nitrogen outlook at RBC Capital... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cepheid (CPHD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... IAMGOLD (IAG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... MSA Safety (MSA) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... MTU Aero (MTUAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Sunesis (SNSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Superior Drilling (SDPI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
July 22, 2015
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
08:38 EDTM, JCPNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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08:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and increased its price target to $12 from $9. The firm believes 2H comps could accelerate as initiatives take hold and has increased confidence it the company's ability to hit its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Buckingham believes FY15 sales comp guidance of 4%-5% is achievable and sees continued gross margin improvement and reduced SG&A levels.
July 20, 2015
13:46 EDTMAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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July 19, 2015
18:13 EDTMMacy's considered, rejected sale/lease-backs in past, WSJ says
Macy's (M) executives have considered sale/lease-backs "over the years" and have come to negative conclusions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the company. The report comes in the wake of Starboard Value pressuring Macy's to spin off its real estate, and sources said the activist investor sees several options, including a REIT, a Hudsonís Bayís-style real estate partnership, a sale/lease-back, or borrowing money against the properties. Separately, a source said Target (T) is still reluctant to relinquish control over its real estate. Reference Link

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