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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 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.
News For JWN;JCP;M From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
13:31 EDTMKellogg CEO John Bryant elected to Macy's board of directors
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09:01 EDTMFinish Line sees Macy's business generating $240M-$250M in FY sales
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08:56 EDTMFinish Line says Macy's partnership on the way to exceeding long-term vision
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March 26, 2015
06:22 EDTMMacy's says mobile shopping, electronics dampening retail performance, MW says
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March 24, 2015
08:26 EDTMMacy's says will keep investing in e-commerce, online security
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08:24 EDTMMacy's says store closings 'not really about Internet'
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07:27 EDTMTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 20, 2015
09:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says general counsel Janet Dhillon to leave company
J.C. Penney said in a filing that effective March 20, Janet Dhillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, is leaving J. C. Penney Company.
March 19, 2015
07:04 EDTMAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
13:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney trades lower after news of executive departures
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06:16 EDTMAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
15:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney General Counsel Janet Dhillon leaving, Bloomberg says
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06:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CMO leaves company, effective immediately, AdAge reports
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