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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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July 31, 2014
10:03 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Enphase Energy (ENPH) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Fission Uranium (FCUUF) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Fox Factory (FOXF) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xunlei (XNET) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna.
06:46 EDTLULUlululemon initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
Target $49.
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 25, 2014
12:09 EDTLULUStocks with call strike movement; TWTR LULU
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July 24, 2014
07:08 EDTLULULululemon Athletica August volatility low as shares near 40-month low
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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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07:48 EDTVFCVF Corp. management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in New York on July 23 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
July 21, 2014
14:02 EDTGPSGap expands brand to Slovenia and Austria
Gap announced that it will introduce the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria through agreements with new and existing franchise partners. Magistrat International has been selected for the launch of Slovenia and Gottex, which currently manages the Gap franchise business in Israel and Hungary, will launch Austria. Gap has signed a new agreement with Magistrat International to open three stores for the first time later this year in the capital city of Ljubljana. City Park. All locations are scheduled to open by September this year. Gap will also open its first store in Vienna, Austria this October through an existing relationship with Gottex Brands, which is a part of the Trimera Group.
06:45 EDTLULUlululemon files lawsuit against 'knockoff artists', The Globe and Mail says
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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
09:14 EDTVFCVF Corp. expects Europe jeans business to go back to growth again
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09:04 EDTVFCVF Corp. 'squarely on track' to meet FY14 gross margin goal of 49%
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07:03 EDTVFCVF Corp. sees Q3 revenues up at a rate similar to Q2
Consensus is $3.6B. The company says "Third quarter revenues are expected to increase at a rate similar to that of the second quarter driven primarily by strength within the Outdoor & Action Sports coalition, our international operations and continued strength in our direct-to-consumer businesses. The strongest growth and profit comparisons of the year are expected in the fourth quarter, when direct-to-consumer represents the most significant contribution of the year."
07:02 EDTVFCVF Corp. sees FY14 EPS $3.06, consensus $3.09
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07:01 EDTVFCVF Corp. reports Q2 EPS 36c, consensus 35c
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06:06 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU INTC
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