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June 12, 2014
11:50 EDTLULU, VFC, GPS, Mlululemon plummets to 52-week low after outlook cut, CFO retires
Shares of athletic apparel retailer lululemon (LULU) are sinking after the company's second quarter view missed analysts' consensus estimates and it lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. The company's CFO, John Currie, also announced his retirement. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, lululemon reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 34c and revenue of $384.6M, topping estimates of 32c and $381.24M, respectively. Q1 SSS on a combined basis increased 1% on a constant dollar basis. Comparable corporate-store sales for Q1 decreased by 4% on a constant dollar basis and direct to consumer revenue increased 25% on a constant dollar basis. For Q2, the company forecast EPS of 28c-30c and revenue of $375M-$380M, falling short of consensus of 36c and $387.19M, respectively. The company lowered its FY14 normalized EPS view to $1.71-$1.76 from $1.80-$1.90, compared to consensus of $1.89. It also narrowed its FY14 revenue guidance to $1.77B-$1.8B from $1.77B-$1.82B, versus consensus of $1.8B. The company's CFO, John Currie, also announced his intention to retire by the end of the fiscal year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, the company said Q2 sales have started off behind plan and that comps have been "more impacted than originally anticipated." ANALYST REACTION: Following the company's quarterly report, the stock was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel. OTHERS TO WATCH: lululemon has been facing increased competition from rival yoga-wear retailers and department stores such as Gap's (GPS) Athleta brand, VF Corp's (VFC) lucy, Macy's (M), and others who are selling athletic-wear at lower prices and across more locations, according to a Reuters report. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, lululemon fell about 15% to $37.87 on nearly six times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $37.00. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 41% over the past 12 months.
News For LULU;GPS;VFC;M From The Last 14 Days
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May 13, 2015
08:06 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 comparable sales on owned plus licensed basis down 0.1%
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08:05 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15% to 36c, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
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08:03 EDTMMacy's reiterates FY15 EPS view $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.75
Macy’s continues to expect comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis of approximately 2% in FY15, with comparable sales slightly lower on an owned basis. The company continues to expect total sales growth of approximately 1%, consensus $28.44B.
08:02 EDTMMacy's boosts dividend 15%, raises share buyback authorization by $1.5B
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q1 EPS 56c, consensus 62c
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07:02 EDTLULUlululemon announces resignation of EVP, Global Retail Delaney Schweitzer
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May 12, 2015
15:00 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:09 EDTMMacy's May volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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12:44 EDTMEarnings Watch: Macy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, total sales up about 1%
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10:28 EDTLULUOptions with increasing implied volatility: YELP HUM LULU CTRX
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10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
06:24 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
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May 11, 2015
17:55 EDTGPSGap price target lowered to $44 from $47 at Cantor
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16:06 EDTGPSGap down 1.2% after reporting April, Q1 same-store sales
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16:05 EDTGPSGap sees Q1 EPS 55c-56c, consensus 55c
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16:04 EDTGPSGap reports Q1 SSS down 4%
Gap reported Q1 net sales decreased 3% to $3.66B, compared with $3.77B for the first quarter last year. The translation of net sales in foreign currencies into U.S. dollars negatively impacted the company’s reported sales for Q1 by about $90M, primarily due to the weakening Japanese yen and Canadian dollar. On a constant currency basis, net sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 decreased 1% compared with last year. Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for Q1 were down 4%, versus negative 1% last year. Comparable sales by global brand for the first quarter were as follows: Gap Global: negative 10%; Banana Republic Global: negative 8%; Old Navy Global: positive 3%.
16:02 EDTGPSGap reports April SSS down 12%
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15:33 EDTLULULululemon Athletica calls active on renewed takeover speculation
Lululemon Athletica May 67.5 and 68 calls are active on total call volume of 3,100 contracts (500 puts) on May call option implied volatility is at 31, June is at 37, September is at 36; compared to its 90-day average of 36. Active volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
15:14 EDTLULURumor: lululemon strength attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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13:07 EDTLULULululemon Athletica volatility flat on tight price movement
Lululemon Athletica June call option implied volatility is at 37, September is at 36; compared to its 90-day average of 36, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q1 in June.
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