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March 11, 2014
10:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney advances after Citi ups to Buy, Opco still cautious
Shares of troubled retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) are climbing after Citigroup upgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. However, research firm Oppenheimer expressed caution about the company's outlook in a separate note to investors earlier today. BULLISH TAKE: J.C. Penney's comparative store sales can continue to rise by around 5%, in-line with its guidance, as the company eliminates inappropriate merchandise, focuses on private label products, and fixes its home stores and kids offerings, wrote Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen. If the retailer is able to meet its first quarter and fiscal 2014 guidance, investors will become more confident in the name, Chen forecast. Moreover, fears about J.C. Penney's liquidity - which Chen views as overdone - are holding back the stock, he contended. At the end of this year, J.C. Penney should have about $2B in liquidity, he predicted. Chen upgraded the shares to Buy from Neutral, and hiked his price target on the shares to $11 from $7.50. BEARISH TAKE: Much more pessimistic on the company's outlook was Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel. Profitability is "still a ways off for" J.C. Penney, and the company is unlikely to significantly recover anytime soon, the analyst contended. Mid-tier retailers are having a difficult time, while the company is facing more difficult comparisons going forward, according to Nagel, who expects the company to report an FY14 loss per share of $3.00, versus the consensus outlook of a $2.89 per share loss. He kept a Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, J.C. Penney jumped 60c, or 7.1%, to $9.03.
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August 14, 2014
16:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney expects profitable sales this back to school season
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16:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rallies 9% to $9.74 after Q2 earnings beat
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16:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees 2014 SSS up mid-single digits
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16:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q3 SSS up mid-single digits
Sees Q3 gross margin in-line with Q2 and SG&A expenses slightly above last year's levels.
16:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reports Q2 adjusted EPS (75c), consensus (93c)
Reports Q2 revenue $2.8B, consensus $2.79B. Same store sales increased 6.0 %. Online sales through jcp.com were $249M for the quarter, up 16.7 % versus the same period last year.
15:03 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:24 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August 9.5 straddle priced for 11.2% move into Q2
12:00 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP KING
J.C. Penney (JCP) November 12 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 53, King Digital (KING) February 17 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 52 according to IVolatility.
10:36 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: Analyst sees J.C. Penney reporting positive Q2 comps
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05:54 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP P
Stocks with implied volatility movement; J.C. Penney (JCP) 67. Pandora (P) 59 according to iVolatility.
August 13, 2014
14:51 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August 9.5 straddle priced for 11.2% move into Q2
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11:56 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP DDD
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11:46 EDTJCPMacy's shares trading lower as Q2 results fall short of expectations
Shares of Macy's (M), a retailer that sells a range of merchandise, including apparel, accessories and home furnishings, are lower after the company's second earnings missed analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: The company reported Q2 earnings per share 80c on revenue of $6.23B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Comparable sales were up 3.4% for the quarter and comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties were up 4%. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren noted that even with an improved sales trend in Q2, the company could not make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. Looking ahead, Macy's reaffirmed its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of $4.40-$4.50 against estimates of $4.47, but cut its FY14 SSS view to 1.5%-2% from 2.5%-3%. Second half same store sales are expected to be up 2%-3%, and the company said expectations for the second half of the year are "on track." Lundgren said the company is approaching 2H with "confident optimism." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Macy's Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet said the retail expects third quarter SSS to be lower than fourth quarter, adding that it "feels good" about the back half of the year. Macy's said that it sees fall season EPS, or the combined EPS for Q3 and Q4, of $3.04-$3.14 and expects total sales for the second half of the year to be about 30 basis points lower than comp growth. Macy's sees gross margins flat to down slightly for the year and fall season. ANALYST OPINION: This morning, UBS analysts said the Q2 miss could signal Macy's have been unable to generate incremental margin support from brands into increasingly promotional sales trends. Morgan Stanley analysts, meanwhile, believes the Q2 miss and the pullback in shares will be temporary and it presents a buying opportunity. The firm expects more margin misses over the next few weeks due to the promotional environment and remains convinced that Macy's key strategies are still in the early stages of delivering results. PRICE ACTION: In late-morning trading, shares of Macy's dropped $2.89, or 4.84%, to $56.88. OTHERS TO WATCH: J.C. Penney (JCP), which reports earnings tomorrow, is down 2.15%. Nordstrom (JWN), which also reports earnings tomorrow, is relatively flat.
August 12, 2014
13:43 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Macy's lowering EPS, SSS guidance for FY14
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10:25 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 11, 2014
10:19 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum
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August 7, 2014
07:23 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 6, 2014
07:47 EDTJCPRetailers pare store openings as shopper visits slide, WSJ says
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