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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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June 30, 2015
15:20 EDTJCPMoody's raises J.C. Penney liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2
Moody's Investors Service revised J.C. Penney's rating outlook to positive from stable. Moody's also affirmed the company's Caa1 Corporate Family Rating, and raised the company's Speculative Grade Liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2. "The rating outlook revision to positive from stable reflects Moody's view that JC Penney's operating performance has shown signs of improvement as a result of better merchandising, cost controls, and integration of its online business" said Moody's Vice President Scott Tuhy. He added, "we have seen positive momentum building for the company to achieve $700M to $800M of adjusted EBITDA, a level in which earnings would fully cover cash flow and interest". The upgrade in the Speculative Grade Liquidity rating primarily reflects the company's improved operating performance as we expect free cash flow to be near break-even levels and the company's meaningful cash balances are sufficient to cover expected seasonal working capital needs.
June 24, 2015
10:26 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) December 40 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 44, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 20 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 42 according to IVolatility.

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