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May 16, 2014
10:55 EDTJCP, JWN, 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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February 5, 2016
08:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney pursues sale of home office campus
J.C. Penney announced that it is pursuing the potential sale and partial leaseback of its Home Office building in Plano, Texas as part of an ongoing effort to reduce outstanding debt and effectively manage expenses. A combination of favorable market conditions and a surplus of available square footage within the building make this an attractive real estate opportunity for the company. It is expected that the cost of leasing space within the building would be offset by a reduction in maintenance costs, property taxes and interest expense as a result of paying down debt with proceeds from the transaction. CBRE Capital Markets has been selected to market the 1.8 million-square-foot, Class A office campus located in Legacy Business Park in Plano, Texas. The new owner will have the opportunity to market over 650,000 square feet of contiguous space within the coveted Legacy West submarket. These actions follow a decision in 2014 to contribute a significant portion of fringe land around the Home Office to a joint venture with a team of developers.
06:23 EDTM20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
10:28 EDTM, JCPKohl's slumps after cutting forecast on lower than planned sales, margins
Shares of Kohl's (KSS) are plunging after the department store retailer cut its earnings per share guidance for fiscal year 2015 based on lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margins. WHAT'S NEW: Kohl's said this morning that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter increased 0.4%, with total quarterly sales rising 0.8%. The company said that despite a "very strong" holiday selling season, sales were "very volatile and less than planned" in the quarter. Additionally, Kohl's said the holiday season results were offset by a "very slow start" to Q4 in November as well as a weaker than expected January due to soft demand for cold-weather goods that led to lower store traffic. Looking ahead, Kohl's cut its FY15 EPS view to $3.95-$4.00, excluding losses from debt repayment, against analysts' consensus estimate of $4.30. Kohl's previously expected FY15 EPS to be at the low end of its $4.40-$4.60 range. Kohl's said it lowered its guidance as a result of lower than expected quarterly sales and "significantly lower than planned" gross margin. Kohl's is expected to report Q4 results on February 25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Kohl's is considering whether to hire an investment bank to advise the company on alternatives including going private or a break up, The Wall Street Journal reported on January 11, citing a source. Kohl's executives are said to be open to a strategic review, the source said. ALSO NOTABLE: Retailer Ralph Lauren (RL) this morning said that while international net revenue grew 6% in constant currency in its third quarter, North America revenue declined 4%, due in part to warmer temperatures for the fall and holiday season. ANALYST OPINIONS: Buckingham yesterday upgraded Kohl's to Buy from Neutral, as the firm expected Kohl's SSS to rise by a low single digit percentage level in Q4. Analysts at Stifel said on January 11 that Kohl's could be worth as much as $95 in a takeover. PRICE ACTION: Kohl's is down over 14% to $43.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ralph Lauren is down over 17.5% to trade near $95 per share. Department store peers Macy's (M) and J.C. Penney (JCP) are down 3% and 2%, respectively, this morning.
February 2, 2016
09:34 EDTJWNNordstrom initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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06:55 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2016
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February 1, 2016
16:17 EDTMPVH, G-III Apparel announce license agreement for Tommy Hilfiger womenswear
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14:05 EDTMMacy's announces senior executive changes amid 'evolving' consumer preferences
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January 29, 2016
15:00 EDTMMacy's puts Etsy shop in Herald Square store, Fortune reports
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10:05 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
09:21 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
08:27 EDTMMacy's volatility flat into trimming guidance
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08:05 EDTMMacy's cuts Q4 EPS view to $1.85-$1.90 ex-charges from $2.18-$2.23
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08:05 EDTMMacy's cuts FY15 EPS view to $3.54-$3.59 ex-items from $3.85-$3.90
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08:03 EDTMMacy's revises Q4, FY15 earnings guidance
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08:03 EDTMMacy's completes Brooklyn store redevelopment transaction
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06:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
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January 27, 2016
18:00 EDTJWNSL Green Realty signs Nordstrom as retail anchor at 3 Columbus Circle
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January 25, 2016
09:38 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Mixed from Negative at OTR Global
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