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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.
News For LULU;GPS;VFC;M From The Last 14 Days
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October 9, 2014
10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTMBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:41 EDTGPSGap long-term buy thesis remains intact, says UBS
UBS said the long-term buy thesis for Gap remains intact following its disappointing Q3 results and CEO change. The firm expects the CEO transition to be smooth with no meaningful changes in strategy. UBS lowered its second half estimates for Gap and lowered its price target on the stock to $48 from $50, but maintains its Buy rating on the shares.
07:33 EDTGPSGap volatility elevated into the retirement of CEO Glenn Murphy
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07:16 EDTGPSGap CEO change positive, says Stifel
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06:11 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:10 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NKE LULU
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05:48 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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05:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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October 8, 2014
18:31 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ruby Tuesday (RT), up 19.6%... Exar (EXAR), up 13.7% after reporting second quarter revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Nuance (NUAN), up 2.5% following rumors that Carl Icahn will recommend that Apple (AAPL) buy the company... GrubHub (GRUB), up just under 1% after being initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kofax (KFX), down 20.1% after reporting first quarter revenue and fiscal 2015 revenue guidance below analyst estimates... ARC Group (ARCW), down 17%... E2open (EOPN), down 8.9%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 7.6% following September same store sales data and CEO transition... AMD (AMD), down 7% after announcing CEO transition.
16:50 EDTGPSGap CEO Glenn Murphy says board planned CEO succession
Gap's outgoing chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy stated that the CEO transition to Art Peck was planned in advance and was a part of the company's growth plan. Murphy stated that the board asked him to stay but he is not able to make a personal commitment to be at the company to execute long-term plans. Murphy says he will work closely with Peck during the transition period. Comments made during CEO transition conference call.
16:08 EDTGPSGap trades sharply lower in the extended session
The stock is down over 8% to $38.49 in the after hours market. At that price next support is at $37.25. Resistance is at $39.48.
16:05 EDTGPSGap reports September net sales up 1% vs. last year
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16:03 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
Gap Inc. announced that Art Peck, the president of its Growth, Innovation and Digital division, has been selected by the board to succeed Glenn Murphy as the company’s next CEO, effective February 1, 2015. Murphy made the personal decision to retire from the company at the end of the fiscal year, allowing for a smooth leadership transition. Peck joined the company in 2005. As part of the transition, Bob Fisher will become non-executive Chairman of the board, and Peck will join the board, effective February 1, 2015.
16:01 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
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13:43 EDTMDepartment stores fall after J.C. Penney cuts view due to difficult environment
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11:13 EDTMMacy's October volatility increases as shares pull back
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09:23 EDTMCitigroup to hold a tour
Athletic Footwear Mall Tour travels to Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, New York on October 8.
06:00 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ADHD LULU
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Alcobra (ADHD) 123, lululemon (LULU) 35 according to iVolatility.
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