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May 15, 2014
12:48 EDTJCP, PVH, CBL, M, MSOEarnings 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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October 29, 2014
16:22 EDTCBLCBL & Associates raises 2014 AFFO outlook to $2.24-$2.28, consensus $2.23
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16:21 EDTCBLCBL & Associates reports Q3 adjusted FFO 55c, consensus 54c
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October 28, 2014
11:38 EDTJCPKohl's sinks after profit, sales growth outlook misses expectations
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07:39 EDTMSOMartha Stewart reports Q3 adjusted EPS (6c), consensus (7c)
Reports Q3 revenue $29.8M, consensus $33.25M.
07:13 EDTMMacy's, Bloomingdale's stores to open in Abu Dhabi in 2018
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October 27, 2014
09:37 EDTMActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTMSOPlymouth Lane Capital reports 6% passive stake in Martha Stewart
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October 24, 2014
10:29 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:15 EDTPVHHigh option volume stocks
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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 17, 2014
16:55 EDTJCPStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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