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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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July 30, 2014
07:37 EDTMMacy's volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 28, 2014
08:01 EDTMMacy's FY14 SSS guidance likely at risk, says Deutsche Bank
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July 23, 2014
09:02 EDTMMacy's reports new initiates in multi-year program to enhance sustainability
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTMVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
10:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney call active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:28 EDTJCPRumor: J.C. Penney moves up on renewed takeover chatter

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