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May 16, 2014
10:55 EDTJWN, JCP, MNordstrom beats on top-line in Q1, seeks partner for credit card receivables
Shares of specialty retailer Nordstrom (JWN) are up almost 11% this morning after the company reported first quarter earnings per share that exceeded expectations and said it will seek a partner for credit card receivables. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Nordstrom reported Q1 earnings per share of 72c and revenue of $2.84B, which compare to analystsí consensus estimates of 68c and $2.86B, respectively. For the quarter, same store sales declined 1.9% and direct net sales increased 33% on top of last year's Q1 increase of 25%. The company backed its fiscal year 2014 guidance for EPS of $3.75-$3.90, revenue growth of 5.5%-7.5% and SSS growth of 2%-4%. The consensus forecast of analysts for FY14 EPS prior to the report was $3.85. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Nordstrom also announced that it will seek a financial partner for its Nordstrom credit card receivables, which totals approximately $2B. The retailer aims to maintain its customer focus "while gaining greater financial flexibility" through such a transaction, the company said. A partnership would have a minimal impact on existing operations and jobs, Nordstrom said. The company has hired Goldman Sachs and Guggeinheim as financial advisors in this process. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, shares were upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse, and the firm believes the credit card receivables transaction will help earnings accelerate in 2016. Buckingham raised its price target on the stock to $70 from $62, and thinks a credit card receivables deal could be 50c-60c accretive to EPS. RBC also raised its price target on Nordstrom, to $75 from $67, and believes trends SSS will continue to improve. PRICE ACTION: Nordstrom is trading up $6.69, or 10.88%, to $68.18 in mid-morning trading. OTHER RETAILERS TO WATCH: J.C. Penney (JCP) is up just over 16% to $9.71 after reporting better than expected Q1 revenue with SSS rising 6.2%. Macy's (M) is trading up almost 1% to $57.48.
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August 28, 2014
11:13 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP PBR
J.C. Penney (JCP) February 12 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 43, Petrobras (PBR) December 23 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 45 according to IVolatility.
09:57 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Brown Forman (BFA, BFB, BF.A, BF.B) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Visa (V) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bob Evans (BOBE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
08:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded at BTIG
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07:43 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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August 27, 2014
17:02 EDTJWNNordstrom files to sell common stock, no amount given
11:32 EDTJWNTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
07:45 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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06:36 EDTJWNNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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August 25, 2014
12:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises, levels to watch
The stock is holding above what was strong resistance at the $10 area. JPMorgan earlier recommended the shares as a long idea, and the stock is up over 4.6% on greater than average daily volume to $10.65. At that price, next resistance is at $11.22. Support is at $10.42.
10:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst predicts more store closures coming
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07:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney recommneded as a Long Trade Idea at JPMorgan
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August 22, 2014
13:21 EDTJWNNordstrom completes Trunk Club acquisition
Nordstrom announced the closing on August 22 of its acquisition of Trunk Club. The company previously announced its proposed acquisition of Trunk Club by press release on July 31. The company believes this acquisition represents a natural extension of its core business, aligns with its strategic priorities around a relevant customer experience and accelerates entry into this market.
August 21, 2014
10:35 EDTM, JCPSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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10:22 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 20, 2014
11:42 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:31 EDTMMacy's reaches agreement with NY AG on racial profiling allegations
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August 19, 2014
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