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June 12, 2014
11:50 EDTLULU, GPS, VFC, 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.
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August 28, 2014
09:57 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Brown Forman (BFA, BFB, BF.A, BF.B) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Visa (V) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bob Evans (BOBE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
09:55 EDTLULULululemon Athletica September volatility elevated into Q2
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08:14 EDTLULUlululemon downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson
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August 22, 2014
12:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTGPSGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
10:19 EDTGPSGap hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
Following an earnings beat last night after the close, the shares have traded to a fresh 52-week high at $45.46. That move may presage a climb to the life highs in the higher $40s. Next resistance above the new high is at $46.18. Support is at $44.68.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTGPSGap valuation very attractive, says Sterne Agee
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09:05 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
07:38 EDTGPSGap well positioned for upside, says UBS
UBS said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive cops driven by ecommerce. Shares of Gap are Buy rated with a $50 price target.
07:16 EDTGPSGap upgraded at Janney Capital
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06:20 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:06 EDTGPSGap announces plans to open first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015
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16:05 EDTGPSGap raises FY14 EPS view to $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.95
The company updated its guidance forFY14 diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.95-$3.00, to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 EPS 75c, consensus 69c
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15:15 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:35 EDTMSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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August 20, 2014
08:31 EDTMMacy's reaches agreement with NY AG on racial profiling allegations
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August 18, 2014
15:18 EDTLULUAdvent International reports 14.82% stake in lululemon
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