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June 12, 2014
11:50 EDTGPS, M, LULU, VFClululemon 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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July 24, 2015
07:07 EDTVFCVF Corp. reports Q2 EPS 40c, consensus 36c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.51B, consensus $2.46B.
06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
July 23, 2015
15:05 EDTVFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
10:00 EDTVFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTVFCVF Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded VF Corp. to Buy and increased its price target to $86 from $70. The firm has increased confidence the company can outperform driven by a strong brand portfolio, pricing power, and best-in-class growth.
July 22, 2015
08:38 EDTMNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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July 21, 2015
07:50 EDTVFCVF Corp. among best potential 2H earnings revision stories, says UBS
UBS said VF Corp. should be able to raise its 2015 guidance as the firm's channel checks show accelerating tailwinds and positive industry trends. The firm feels the company has one of the highest potential positive second half earnings revision stories in the group. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $83 price target on VF Corp. shares.
06:07 EDTGPSONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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July 20, 2015
13:46 EDTMAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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July 19, 2015
18:13 EDTMMacy's considered, rejected sale/lease-backs in past, WSJ says
Macy's (M) executives have considered sale/lease-backs "over the years" and have come to negative conclusions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the company. The report comes in the wake of Starboard Value pressuring Macy's to spin off its real estate, and sources said the activist investor sees several options, including a REIT, a Hudsonís Bayís-style real estate partnership, a sale/lease-back, or borrowing money against the properties. Separately, a source said Target (T) is still reluctant to relinquish control over its real estate. Reference Link
July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTMStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
July 16, 2015
11:44 EDTMMacy's price target raised to $76 from $67 at JPMorgan
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July 15, 2015
19:08 EDTMStarboard announces stake in Macy's, pushes for real estate spin off, WSJ says
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16:28 EDTMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:00 EDTMOptions Update; July 15, 2015
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12:06 EDTMMacy's calls active, says evaluating real estate ownership structures
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12:00 EDTMMacy's says evaluating real estate ownership structures, Bloomberg reports
Macy's issued the statement to Bloomberg in response to comments made earlier about the value of its real estate assets by Starboard Value CEO Jeff Smith while he spoke at the "Delivering Alpha" conference.
11:37 EDTMJ.C. Penney rises after Starboard CEO names Macy's 'best idea'
Shares of department store operator Macy's (M) are sharply higher in morning trading after Starboard Value CEO and CIO Jeff Smith revealed his firm has taken a stake in the company and believes its stock could be worth $125 per share. Smith, while speaking at the Delivering Alpha conference, contended that Macy's real estate assets are worth $21B and that it could separate its real estate from its retail business. Shares of Macy's, which Smith called his "best idea" for 2015, is up about 45 to $69.24 after the comments, while J.C. Penney (JCP), which is also a department store operator with real estate assets, is up 1.7% at $9.16. Another peer, Sears (SHLD), is down 2.8% at $23.17, but that is well off its session low of $22.66.
11:28 EDTMStarboard's Smith targeting Macy's, says shares worth $125 each, Bloomberg says
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