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May 16, 2014
10:55 EDTJWN, M, JCPNordstrom 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 analysts’ 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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July 7, 2015
09:42 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q2 revenue forecast raised at ITG Research
ITG Research raised J.C. Penney's Q2 revenue forecast to $2.953B from $2.897B, above consensus of $2.862B, based on trends through 1H 2015. The firm's same store sales forecast is +5%-+7% year-over-year, versus consensus of +4%.
July 1, 2015
10:35 EDTMMacy's pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from stores, CNN reports
Following recent controversial comments by Donald Trump, Macy's says it will remove his brand merchandise from its stores, CNN reports. In a statement, the retailer says, "In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004." Reference Link
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 29, 2015
17:47 EDTMMacy's CEO was hesitant to lauch outlet chain, Fortune says
Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren stated that he was the obstacle in the way of Macy's opening a chain of outlet stores saying, "I really didn't want this business," reports Fortune. Reference Link
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10:37 EDTMMacy's falls after downgrade, levels to watch
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10:09 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
09:53 EDTMMacy's retreats after Deutsche cuts to sell, says real estate sale unlikely
The shares of Macy's (M) are falling in early trading after research firm Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to Sell from Buy, saying that the retailer is facing numerous challenges. WHAT'S NEW: Macy's same-store sales are likely to remain "anemic," partly due to tourism headwinds and increased competition from its own vendors, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Meanwhile, the company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization is likely to remain "flattish," partly because of higher shipping and healthcare costs and lower leverage on its sales, the analyst stated. Given all of these challenges, Macy's profit growth will probably not exceed high single digit percentage levels over the next couple of years, while its share repurchases will probably be reduced, Trussell said. Although Macy's could drive significant value by monetizing its real estate portfolio, it's unlikely to do so, according to Trussell. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 2, Reuters reported that Macy's would listen to a request by hedge funds who were asking the company to consider options for its real estate holdings. However, the company was worried that selling real estate and then leasing it back would saddle it with significant leasing costs, the news service noted. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Macy's fell 2.1% to $68.38.
06:28 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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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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