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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 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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September 15, 2014
11:51 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) November 57.50 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54, J.C. Penney (JCP) October 12 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52 according to IVolatility.
08:32 EDTMMacy's, Bloomingdales to launch same-day delivery in fall 2014
Macy’s (M) outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology as the company continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will help launch Apple (AAPL) Pay, same-day delivery to be piloted in fall 2014, new POS technology and customer service enhancements in testing, new apps, web functionality and mobile wallet launched, and its RFID is being expanded to fashion categories.
September 12, 2014
07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility low into company hosted analyst day
J.C. Penney September call option implied volatility is at 40, October is at 42, November is at 45, January and February is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data suggesting decreasing price movement into a company hosted analyst day event on October 8.
September 11, 2014
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: lululemon (LULU), up 15%... Sigma Designs (SIGM), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: JDSU (JDSU), up 13.8% after announcing that it will separate into two publicly traded companies... Wet Seal (WTSL), up 4.5%, upgraded at B. Riley following Q2 earnings results... Gogo (GOGO), up 5% after announcing partnership with T-Mobile (TMUS)... Digital Ally (DGLY), up 8.4% after announcing plans to introduce "bullet camera" option at October police conference. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), down 5%... Five Below (FIVE), down 5.6%. LOWER: Radio Shack (RSH), down 8% after reporting Q2 losses, stating that it may need to pursue bankruptcy... E2open (EOPN), down 29%, downgraded at Pacific Crest and Northland after the company announced preliminary Q2 earnings results... Twitter (TWTR), down 1% after announcing that it will offer $1.3B in convertible unsecured senior notes... Crocs (CROX), down 2.6% after downgraded at Buckingham... Macy's (M), down 1.3% after downgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:19 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited valuation and its belief that the company's SSS and EBIT growth are unlikely to accelerate. Target $62.
06:05 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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September 10, 2014
11:43 EDTJCPLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTMApple announces Apple Pay
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07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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September 8, 2014
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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September 4, 2014
09:01 EDTJWNNordstrom board authorizes $1B share repurchase program
Nordstrom announced that its board of directors has authorized a repurchase program of up to $1B of the company’s outstanding common stock, through March 1, 2016. The company intends to fund the repurchase program from existing cash on hand. The actual number and timing of share repurchases, if any, will be subject to market conditions and applicable Securities and Exchange Commission rules. This program is in addition to the company’s existing repurchase program that was approved by the board in February 2013. The existing repurchase program has $323Mn outstanding as of September 3, 2014, and will expire on March 1, 2015.
September 3, 2014
07:05 EDTJWNNordstrom in talks to be early merchant partner with Apple, Bank Innovation says
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