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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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April 15, 2015
11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
April 14, 2015
11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
April 13, 2015
06:22 EDTJCPGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTJCPBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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