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January 11, 2013
10:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney tumbles after UBS cuts rating to Sell
J.C. Penney (JCP) is sinking after UBS analyst Michale Binetti downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral and slashed his price target on the shares to $13 from $21 in a note to investors earlier today. The retailer's earnings outlook is deteriorating, and there are signs that its cash flow is reaching distressed levels, the analyst believes. In order to adopt a new turnaround plan that will have credibility with investors, J.C. Penney will have to significantly reduce its profitability in the medium term, Binetti wrote. The retailer's decision to lower its prices on some products in the fourth quarter increases the likelihood that the company's fourth quarter earnings per share will miss expectations, the analyst believes, adding that the Street's profitability estimates for the company will probably decline. In mid-morning trading, J.C. Penney retreated 88c, or 4.60%, to $18.27.
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March 31, 2015
16:33 EDTJCPJPMorgan ups J.C. Penney price target after seeing management
After meetings with J.C. Penney management, JPMorgan raised its price target for the retailer to $10 from $8. The firm says Penny management expressed confidence in the company’s ability to reach its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. JPMorgan notes that management sees "multiple ways" to achieve the target, even if sales do not grow. More near-term, the firm points out its work suggests Penny will post in-line or better Q1 results despite port issues and inconsistent weather. Nevertheless, the firm keeps a Neutral rating on the retailer. Shares of Penny closed the trading day up 58c to $8.41 after Piper Jaffray this morning upped its price target for shares to $14.
06:42 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 comp estimate, price target raised at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes warmer weather versus last year and greater mall traffic from Apple (AAPL) Watch interest will drive positive Q1 momentum for J.C. Penney (JCP). Piper raised its comp estimate for Q1 to up 3% from up 1% and its price target for shares to $14 from $13. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on J.C. Penney.
March 20, 2015
09:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says general counsel Janet Dhillon to leave company
J.C. Penney said in a filing that effective March 20, Janet Dhillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, is leaving J. C. Penney Company.
March 18, 2015
13:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney trades lower after news of executive departures
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